Parking fine spillover

A glaring example of government officials, elected and bureaucrats, deluded into thinking that the people are subordinate to them, not vice-versa. I have provided all necessary information, have completed all required action and have paid a fee of $200 each for permits to rent two condos within the city limits. Instead of receiving my permits, I received a notice that I owed the city money for a parking ticket of which I was not aware. If I don’t pay the ticket, I won’t receive my permit and will be fined $500 per unit for every day I rent my units after July 1.

I’m not a wealthy man (except in the brainpower department, relatively speaking, if you get my drift) so a $1,000 per day fine for not paying a fine of $26 ($10 was the original ticket, but you see how these things work) strikes me as cruel and unusual, not to mention crass and arrogant. I’m debating how to proceed in what seems like a learning moment for our, uhh, “leaders” in the community. Will appreciate any guidance.

John Casteel

Traverse City

Election spending

I’m uncertain here, but from everything I’ve looked at, it appears that candidates who have been able to outspend their opponents, as a rule, win the election. As I understand it, Larry Inman is charged with basically putting his vote on a particular issue up for bid. If convicted that would make him a criminal.

Does it strike anyone else as odd that our politicians, before they’re elected, offer up their votes on issues to a wide range of “highest bidders” — thus raising the money they need to get elected? If Mr. Inman is guilty as charged, I’m as appalled as anyone, but doesn’t it appear that the crime is just a matter of timing? For those of us without Big Money, democracy is too important to be an auction.

Roger Merriman

Suttons Bay