Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 7, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 11/07/2012


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Turn disaster into good

Back in 1921 the Brown Bridge Dam was constructed using real money and in its time was a magnificent feat of imagination, engineering, and ingenuity, built by sweat and tears, using simple tools and horse power, and providing jobs for lots of people that I'm sure needed them.

The end result was truly something to be proud of. It provided much-needed power and a recreation area that must have brought enjoyment to hundreds of people.

Hindsight being 20/20 we can now see that removing it was just not meant to be. The people who were promoting the demolition completely ignored all the experts who warned them against what indeed did happen. Now that we have screwed things up just about as bad as we possibly can, why not turn this disaster into something good.

Take another look at the whole idea and reconsider removal of the other two dams and even consider rebuilding Brown Bridge Dam.

Let the original group step aside and bring in a new group who will use some common sense and new technology and turn this thing into a landmark for sustainable energy that our children and grandchildren can look back on with pride.

Walt Lund


Lynch an inspiration

My recollections of Budd Lynch of Detroit Red Wings hockey fame date back to the 1940s (including the year and season celebrating VJ Day). Annually, my family vacationed the last two weeks of August at Indian Trail Lodge on East Bay, operated by Jane, Wilhemina and Nellie Green.

Budd Lynch vacationed there at the same time.

It was an inspiration to watch Mr. Lynch walk into the chilly morning waters of East Bay on a daily basis and swim for considerable time and distance parallel to the shore line. Keep in mind that Mr. Lynch swam with only one arm, having lost his other arm in combat in service with the Canadian Army in World War II.

My acquaintance with Budd Lynch made listening to his play-by-play announcing of Red Wing hockey on WWJ radio all the more colorful.

Paul H. Schultz

Traverse City