‘Hey, I got a bridge I can sell ya’

Rep. O'Malley, of the MI 104th District, at his June 24 meeting at the Almira Twp. Fire Station in Benzie County said he is considering Rep. Matt Maddock's harebrained scheme of selling off the Blue Water Bridge, which connects Port Huron and Sarnia, Canada as well as some airports and railways. Rep. Maddock is beholden to the Moroun family of billionaires who line his campaign coffers and who own the Ambassador Bridge.

Transportation infrastructures are the arteries over which Michiganders travel, and over which food, construction materials, oil, gas, military supplies and equipment flow. Selling transportation infrastructure to private parties is a national and state security issue. The Saudis and Chinese would jump at the chance to own parts of our infrastructure.

The selling off our transportation infrastructure will impact our citizen's freedom to travel safely, supply our grocery stores, put gas in our cars and defend our state militarily. The GOP and O’Malley need a reminder to quit with their dangerous, harebrained ideas and get down to the business of fully investing in our transportation system and fixing our roads. Anything less is an infringement of Michiganders’ freedoms.

Sylvia McCullough

Interlochen

Keep sports out of politics

No more White House invitations to sports teams! We are very happy for the women’s soccer team that they were able to meet the challenge and win the World Cup. We agree it is a good time for them to fight for a better pay scale. However, we are also very sad that the team leader used such foul language when referring to our White House. If she doesn’t want to share the team’s success with the rest of the country, that is fine. We are a free country and a simple “I don’t want to attend” said without the expletives would suffice. What an example to our youth.

Who are the true beneficiaries of their win? Our tax dollars are better spent on “White House dinners,” honoring veterans and first responders, people who volunteer or supporting organizations like St. Jude, Habitat for Humanity, Christmas in July and Wounded Warriors, those who design and create limbs and equipment for our wounded veterans as well as groups like the Shriners that work with children born with real challenges. These are the true American heroes. They represent Americans as we really are as a whole: caring, compassionate people.

Pat Skarnulis

Rapid City