I would like to respectfully disagree with the Record-Eagle's [July 27] editorial regarding the Clinch Park train. To compare keeping this train, that is dear to so many residents and tourists alike, to introducing a work of modern art to the park lacks insight and sensitivity.
If residents seem to be launching a sudden, last-minute effort, it is because their "ample opportunities" for comment involved attending meetings. The kind of person who enjoys this train has precious little time to attend "Your bay your say" meetings because they're busy raising children. In Traverse City this often involves holding down more than one job and may also mean a long commute, since many families can't afford to live within the city limits with what our local businesses pay.
Obviously the people who had time and money to attend the meetings and speak out loudly enough to be heard don't value the train. They don't represent a good cross section of the residents of this area.
Every year our downtown loses a little more of its small-town feeling and looks more like just one more mall, thanks to meetings and planners. Listen to the families; keep the train.
Neither party listens
It is now apparent, more than ever, that both sides of the aisle of our government have their heads up their politics so far they can neither see past their upturned noses nor hear the cries of America.
Do your research
I saw in one of your polls where 35 percent of local people would vote for Michelle Bachmann. Do people even find out anything about who'll they'll vote for? Michelle Bachmann is bat guano crazy. As an example, here is just one of her incoherent quotes: "I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out under another, then under another Democrat president, Jimmy Carter. I'm not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it's an interesting coincidence." -- Rep. Michele Bachmann, on the 1976 swine flu outbreak that happened when Gerald Ford, a Republican, was president; April 28, 2009.
Michelle Bachmann in the White House is about as good as an idea as Casey Anthony in a Chuck E. Cheese.
Column will be missed
I want to express how much I will miss Dee Blair's column. Her column is my favorite. She writes in a musical and lyrical style that is so pleasing.
You can hear the happiness in her words as she shares her experiences with us.
I do not know Dee Blair. I saw her once in her garden and said how beautiful her garden was and how much I enjoyed her column.
Here we have this gracious lady who lives in our community who opens up her beautifully tended garden "for free" to all of us that live here and those who visit. Unbelievable.
Her column will be missed by many.
There's a hole in IPR
There's a hole in Interlochen Public Radio. On June 30, the longtime host of the early morning show, Dick Wallace, retired after 10 years of getting his vast listening audience off to a good start every weekday morning. The big question amongst faithful IPR listeners has been, "Who is going to replace Dick, and when?"
To date, there appears to be no search in progress for another radio personality to host this very important time slot. It seems that Jeffrey Kimpton and/or the trustees do not want to spend the money to hire someone new, relying instead on existing IPR staff to fill in. The result has been haphazard programing with little or no continuity. And no "one" familiar voice to relate to as we start our days.
IPR needs to fill in this hole. I encourage the listener-owners to express their opinions about the need to fill this void when they give their financial support.
It's about jobs
While Gov. Rick Snyder and his House and Senate clones dismantle state, municipal and educational institutions, forcing many people to be laid off or lose their sources of income, who is working in Michigan's government to bring jobs to our once great state?
Not tea party's fault
How dare any politician, of whom our president is also one, less he forget, blame the tea party for the financial crisis that our country is now facing. Washington has been behaving like a bunch of drunken sailors, and now they have to wake up and face the hangover. To point fingers at the tea party for our financial demise just shows how removed Washington is from those they are supposed to be serving.
"We the people" are everyday Americans who work hard, pay our taxes and are sick and tired of being told that we are the problem, and that Washington needs more from us to clean up their mess. Those elected were sent in to sober things up while many would still rather belly-up to the bar to buy another round in the hope of winning votes.
Insanity is, "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results," which explains the lunacy. The one for politicians to remember for 2012 is from Bill Cosby, who said, "You know I brought you into this world and I can take you out; I'll make another one that looks just like you."
Ave Maria, Fla.
The writer is a former resident of Traverse City.
Teach classes we can use
When we talk about education, it is usually about tenure or teachers' salaries. What about the educational process? When I was in high school, I was in the "college prep" group, so I wasn't allowed to take "shop" classes. So after four years of college, with one semester of basic shop instruction, I was sent out to teach industrial arts (shop). In high school and college it was required that you take a "science" class. I chose physics and chemistry respectively, neither which I have used.
Why don't we "require" classes we are really going to use, like: "How to Balance a Checkbook," "How to Use a Debit or Credit Card Properly," "How to Set Up and Live on a Budget," or "How to Work Your Way Through College Without a Massive Debt at the End." Then maybe the next generation of legislators will get it right.
Kurt J. Benghauser