Lessen poverty through wages

On July 17 our Michigan Supreme Court hopefully will rule on the side of justice, listen to the voices of the people, and help many out of poverty. Last fall, 400,000 Michiganders sided with justice to help lessen poverty by petitioning for raising the minimum wage to $12 an hour and the right to be paid through earned paid sick time.

By changing and gutting these petitions, the lame duck session of Michigan Legislature violated our citizen's rights to have our voices heard through legal petition. They also violated the State Constitution. The Constitution states, “any law proposed by initiative petition shall either be enacted or rejected by the legislature without change.” (Article II, Section 9)

Emmy Lou Cholak

Traverse City

Clean energy goals

The Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has been strongly supportive of establishing clean energy goals in northern Michigan communities. We supported 100 percent clean energy goals for Traverse City and for Traverse City Light and Power. We also were pleased to learn Petoskey has established a 100 percent goal, and other communities are moving toward establishing goals as well.

Many communities now are realizing climate change poses a direct threat to northern Michigan and are moving swiftly to meet those goals. With the recently approved expansion of the solar farm along M-72, it is apparent Traverse City is serious about meeting its goal by the end of 2020 or 2021. In addition, a much larger solar farm at Cherry Capital Airport now is being seriously considered — and other solar projects are in the works.

That’s why Tony Anderson’s recent forum denouncing clean energy goals is so puzzling and out of step. Mr. Anderson stated that these community goals are “hollow words of a far-off date.” In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. Cherryland Electric would be wise to set its own clean energy goal. Having a goal is the best way to achieve success.

Greg Reisig, Co-Chair

Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council

Traverse City