Shade for wags

Dogs and their owners are thankful for “Wags West,” the local dog park. Can somebody please donate a fast-growing shade tree? It appears there was an attempt a few years ago, but I guess nobody could figure out how to keep it alive. I assume it was not watered enough by people, but was instead “watered” by the male dogs. This could damage a young tree. The existing trees only provide minimal shade at certain times of the day.

My dog was too old to play at the park, and I do not have another one yet. Perhaps people who enjoy the park — but avoid it on sweltering summer days — could each donate a small amount? (You cannot measure the heat by this unusually chilly summer.) I would do it myself if my income afforded it, or if I was strong enough to dig a large hole.

I suppose the tree should be placed near the middle of the southwest section of the large dog area. I think a highly visible, sturdy, temporary fence should be placed around it. Everyone will benefit from the shade if this task gets accomplished. Thank you.

Susan Plamondon

Traverse City

Class of 0000 (Zero)

I recently learned of a significant new movement by our young people: the Class of 0000 (Zero) — high schoolers and young college folks.

They have recognized the urgent need for immediate action to address climate change (and a few other concerns).

They are telling our political leaders that their future votes will be based entirely on those leaders showing real action to redeem our future.

These young people are putting us older folks to shame!

I urge everyone to look at this “Class of 0000” and their goals and objectives. This is real wake-up call for everyone and we must support them.

Jim Reed


Re: Parking in T.C.

Years ago you were known for your friendly attitude toward parking to encourage tourists to want to enjoy Traverse City. I know times are always a ‘changing, but ... instead of parking ambassadors walking around helping you if you get lost, etc. you have these parking kiosks with people waiting in line trying to figure out how to work it or wondering if the 0 on your plate is a 0 or an O (which the machine seems know).

Then there are the back-in spaces instead of front-in near Eighth Street and the parking lot off of Union with these new signs below the meters talking about a “surface permit.” No one seems to know what this means since it would be hard to not park on a surface. The meters are still there so we put the coins in and hope for the best. Tourists will still come to Traverse, but saving money seems to have replaced the former friendly goals. I guess they call this progress.

Joey Latterman


Dems’ ship foundering

What happened to the Democrat Party? Remember John F. Kennedy’s words “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”? That famous statement is now the opposite of today’s Democrat platform. Today, it is “You deserve free stuff from your government and the wealthy should pay!”

It seems that if you have a “D” after your name in politics, you will get the Democrat vote regardless of your platform or your radical beliefs. Bernie Sanders says he is an Independent. In fact, if he had any guts, he would run as the Socialist he is and not hide behind the benign “Independent” label.

John F. Kennedy would have been disgusted with the inflated welfare rolls Obama’s administration created. Martin Luther King Jr. would cringe if he saw the racist behavior and attitude of the black leadership of today. He would cry if he saw how many blacks were killing each other in Chicago, yet let one bhite officer be involved in the shooting of a black and the black racists stir the pot before the circumstances of the shooting are even known.

Based on the 2020 candidates, your ship is foundering.

James Miller


Through the eyes of a child

Recently I talked with my 11-year-old grandson face to face. I asked him if he thought about what he might like to do when he grows up. He said, “Grandmom, since I like animals and plants, I might start an organization for plants and animals.”

He started Spotted Owl Pops when he was 8 years old. He made popsicles and sold them. He gave the lion’s share of the money to Wings of Wonder, a local organization that cares for wounded birds of prey.

His love of animals and plants made me say that he might also want to work on climate change. At that point he got very quiet.

Then he looked at me very seriously and said, “You know that in 20 years 20 percent of life as we know it will be extinct.” His eyes got all red and he turned his head away from me.

The weight of my 11-year-old grandson’s depth of feeling for the loss of life on our planet overwhelmed me. I wish everyone was as caring for all life as that smart, aware 11-year-old. I also wish adults did a much better job of taking care of our precious planet.

Dana Getsinger

Traverse City