Traverse City Record-Eagle

Archive: Tuesday

August 13, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 08/13/2013

We want to know

It’s hard to believe Traverse City balked at spending $28,000 to do the proper job of fixing the splash pad. That is the cost of a moderately priced mid-size car. If money is that tight, why not just pass up replacing one of the city cars for a while? Why hold up fixing a serious problem with a brand-new tourist attraction for under $30,000? Isn’t a tourist attraction intended to attract tourists? Fixing it promptly should recoup at least some of the cost, shouldn’t it?

As they say, inquiring minds want to know.

William Batterson

Glen Arbor

Full fracking disclosure

Fracking, fracking, fracking, do you know what this is, really know? Know what chemicals are being put into our ground water, escaping into our air? These are questions we all deserve answers to. Bill HB4899-HB4906 requires full disclosure of chemicals used in “fracking.” Contact your state representative to support it.

Carmien Goggin

Traverse City

Obama not transparent

When Barack Obama was running for president he said over and over again that his administration would be the most transparent ever.

When I heard him say that I expected he would be sure the American people would always know what was going on in his administration. Instead, it has been the opposite.

When the consulate was attacked in Benghazi, the public has never been told where Mr. Obama was during the attack or what he was doing to protect the embassy personnel. We only know that early the next morning, even before the smoke cleared in Benghazi, he was on his way to campaign in Las Vegas.

When the IRS held up the processing of various conservative political and church groups applying for tax-exempt status, Mr. Obama claimed he knew nothing about it until he read about it in the newspapers. Now there is evidence that one of his political appointees was involved.

And there are numerous other examples.

Mr. Obama is not transparent. He is invisible except to his most friendly audiences where he gives speech after speech. He should be meeting with congressional leaders of both parties solving the nation’s problems.

Carl M. Lehto

Traverse City

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