Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 23, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 04/23/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — On potholes

Top 10 comments made around the office water cooler regarding Traverse City’s potholes.

10. Potholes are so big, I saw a family of beavers bathing in one.

9. No, officer, I have not been drinking. Just dodging those small craters on Eighth Street.

8. Never had so much business in all my life said Joe at the alignment center.

7. Sign on Union Street offering free mule rides to the bottom of a pothole.

6. Pot hole was so big along Grandview Parkway they applied to the postal service for their own zip code.

5. You know a pot hole is big when the guy starts a used car lot in one.

4. Pulled my car out of a pothole the other day and realized I was in Beijing.

3. Here is a thought. How about filling the potholes with the rubber from all the blown tires.

2. Headline — Food trucks apply for permits to locate in potholes to take advantage of steady stream of visitors.

And the No. 1 comment about potholes in TC ... There are still less potholes than there are excuses from the road commission.

Jerrold Jenkins

Traverse City

Education and action

The recent National Geographic magazine had an excellent and educational article on fracking oil in the United States. It describes in detail the damage to the environment and community by the fracking that is occurring in North Dakota and Canada. Now the companies want to “educate us” on the values of fracking in our state and especially in Kalkaska, Crawford and Roscommon counties.

I encourage you to read that article and then contact our Michigan and U.S. politicians to prevent this damage to our land and loss of water in our soil and Great Lakes.

Another action is to join the Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan at Education and action about the dangers of fracking and pipe lines through our state are important actions to save our land and waters for us and future generations.

Jean Umlor


Time to reward labor

The push to eliminate paid sick leave is a goal of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, a reactionary, corporate-funded entity which seeks to de-legitimize labor. Besides the push to deliver a “kill shot” to paid sick leave, ALEC is behind much state legislation meant to allow the arbitrage of labor and promote a “work until you die” quality of life for all but the elite or their managers.

There also is no debate since the issue of cost is a lie when this ALEC initiated legislation, like that of right-to-work (for less), is only meant to destroy a worker’s ability to fairly negotiate with employers. It is anti-labor legislation for special interests meant to chip away at our ability to secure a decent living.

This legislation is not only cruel, but it diminishes the fantastic doubling of productivity by American labor. Not only should all workers have paid sick leave, but, as U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren pointed out, if minimum wage increased with productivity it should be $22/hour.

Isn’t it about time American labor was rewarded?

Gerald Wilgus


Changing lives

My wife and I recently had the pleasure of visiting Traverse City for the first time. Even though it was in February, the town was vibrant and alive. There was a strolling festival that weekend and numerous events happening. You have a lovely city.

We were there as guests of the Grand Traverse Region chapter of Habitat for Humanity. I gave a speech at their annual dinner auction about my having been raised in a Habitat home and what the Habitat mission and ministry meant for my family.

After being introduced to some wonderful leaders in your area, including Lee Perry, Dan Brady, Wendy Irvin and Rep. Wayne Schmidt, the chapter’s vision for the Depot Neighborhood was shared with me.

The idea of a neighborhood of ultra-efficient homes for needy families was thrilling. Thank you for embracing this concept.

Keep up the good work, Traverse City. You are changing lives for the better. We look forward to visiting again soon.

Ben and Lydia Frederick