Apartment traffic

In the March 4 edition of the paper, an article states that two new low income apartment buildings are proposed for the Eighth Street area. One 58 apartment building would be between the river and Wellington and exit on Eighth Street. The other has 46 apartments near Railroad and Station and exits on either Eighth Street or Woodmere — either way greatly adding traffic to Eighth Street.

With working couples at 1.5 cars per apartment, that is an addition of 156 cars at least twice a day on an already busy road. Getting out of my condo on Eighth Street, even in the winter, is difficult. After waiting, I usually turn right when I need to turn left. In the summer it is far, far more crowded. Actually, the traffic is insane in the summer. Have you driven on Eighth Street near the river lately? Have you seen the proposal to improve Eighth Street, which narrows the lanes? We certainly need low income housing, but why add to the problems Eighth Street already has?

John Scarbrough

Traverse City

Voting bloc

After viewing the Wednesday, March 6, Grand Traverse County Commission online, as well as previous meetings, I am concerned that a four-member voting bloc is exactly that, a block on democracy.

Prior to election, these four commissioners backed out of a scheduled League of Women Voters election forum, and in office, they continue to work against transparency and accountability to the GT County citizenry.

First of these is changing the time of the meetings to 8 a.m., a time when most of the population is either at work or commuting there, thereby limiting public participation.

Next, they restored the practice of starting the meetings with an invocation, a prayer, despite the fact that previous commissions had halted those due to public opposition, which is still vigorous as shown by the number of people who wrote and spoke in the meeting in opposition.

Clearly they are not interested in doing the will of the people and would rather impose their own will regardless. Unhappy with what the public writes and speaks, now the same four commissions vote for rules changes to limit the voices of the other commissioners and the public. So much for democracy in Grand Traverse County.

Gilda Povolo

Traverse City