Fact, solutions, advice
In regard to Lou Platteborze's Nov. 20 letter doubting if the "fiscal cliff" is real or fabricated, I invite him and everyone else in this area to join us Wednesday, Nov. 28, in a public town hall meeting at the Grand Traverse Resort with the Honorable David M. Walker, former Comptroller General of the United States and head of the General Accounting Office from 1998 to 2008.
Mr. Walker first "blew the whistle" on the runaway deficit in 2003 and resigned four years later to bring the truth to the American people. He has the facts, suggested solutions and advice for us, the voters. The evening is being made possible by the E.N.D*. runvotersofmichigan (*End National Deficits). We are a resolutely non-partisan group. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. "right here in River City."
Susan Esser Helton
They stood their ground
I'm a native son of Traverse City and sang under the direction and tutelage of Mel Larimer from 1963 to 1965 at Traverse City High School. I had the lead role in the musicals. He was my mentor, and I loved him. He had a profound impact on my life and the lives of thousands like me. I'm incensed that today's Record-Eagle devoted two thirds of the front page to politicizing a wonderful musical event, founded in Mel's honor.
I commend Pastor Wall and the leadership at First Congregational Church for their sensitivity to the veterans and families they meant to honor. Doug Bishop serves on that church council, the Northwestern Michigan College Board and served in Vietnam in the U.S. Navy. He seems to enjoy a unique, "triangulated perspective" on the issue.
Unlike nativity scenes being banished from public property, this event took place on private property. There, Christians "stood their ground" and showed respect and sensitivity to those they came to thank and honor. Bravo!
As for "NMC withdrawing their official support of the concert," let me paraphrase a one-liner from Hennie Youngman: "Take your support, please." Then harken the deafening silence of the masses, who actually care.
James L. Savage