Letters to the editor, Oct. 15

Editor, Here we go again – I read in the Oct. 6 edition of the Detroit News paper that the residents of Beaver Island are having problems with the cormorant birds. Beaver Island residents are pressing State and Federal wildlife officials to control the exploding population of the cormorants in northwestern Lake Michigan. What about Saginaw Bay around the Charity Islands? I live in AuGres and on any given morning one can see thousands of these birds diving for fish. I sure hope we don’t have another five year study to find out how many fish these birds are devouring! Come Spring, let’s be ready for the migration of these birds. Let’s have shotguns, airplanes, F-16’s, battleships or whatever it takes to get rid of these birds. Let’s bring back fishing in Saginaw Bay! Ronald Cymbal AuGres

Local elections are important too Editor, Well, well, well, it seems like both presidential candidates along with Nancy Pelosi are looking for a bailout to help the lower middle class (are they so out of touch they don’t realize the middle class is gone, how can there be gradations like upper-middle class, middle-middle class, or lower-middle class?) Upper or lower, that’s what we have here in America. Now if I had a bunch of Wall Street executives that I was indebted to, I wonder how I would help them out. Hmmmmmmmm…. Oh I know, lets print up massive amounts of money that will destabilize the stock market. Then when it’s just above the 2000 mark all my good buddies can gobble up all the viable stock that have survived. To insure they don’t lose money, I’ll make sure they get massive “loans” that will hold them over. Then when Wall Street rebounds, just think, they can make lots and lots of money and we can try to maybe ask if they can pay back some of the loans. Only after they make a killing on the devalued stocks, with American tax dollars. Now at a much lower level – how about the people running for office in our area and specifically, AuGres Township? What is your view on issues like blight, job creation, phosphates in lawn fertilizer vs. phosphates in the farm fields, government involvement in our personnel lives. How do we know if you deserve our vote if you don’t speak up? Remember, there is no electoral college for local politics, so you better speak up. Folks, even with the poor state of America, our local politicians have more of a direct effect on our personal life than Washington. Tim DeWald AuGres

Editor, What effects Wall Street affects Main Street, but it is Main Street that makes for the existence of Wall Street, thus Wall Street is a reflection of Main Street. The foundation of Wall Street is Main Street. If you wish to make Wall Street healthy, solidify the foundation by shoring up the cracks. Having credit at a time of such chaos is not furthering good health, but perpetuating weak lending practice could very well deepen the crisis. Mend the chaos. Feed the local banks, the bottom of the fiscal pyramid, and you will secure credible lending practices again. Be fair and share with each American household equally. R. George Dunn Alger

Editor, I understand the Arenac County Road Commission is putting a one-mill request for the primary road system on the November ballot, so I would like to give you a little information about the thumb counties’ millage system. The three counties in the upper thumb, Huron, Tuscola and Sanilac, have township millages for local roads and county millages for primary roads. Tuscola also has a separate millage for bridge replacement. The cities and villages all keep the money raised in their jurisdictions to help maintain roads, as would the cities and villages in Arenac County if the millage is passed. You need to understand the voters of our counties take great pride in their road system and rightfully so. Without their support, our roads would be in poor condition. They understood long ago the importance of good road systems being a benefit to their way of life. Huron County is in its fifteenth year of having a primary road millage. The first five years it was for two mills and the second and third five-year stretch was for one mill. We magnify our millage money by using it to match federal and state funds to insure our 344 miles of primary roads stay in excellent condition, and our townships, with their individual millages, do a great job keeping the county’s 1,280 miles of secondary roads the best in the state. With the current three Road Commissioners in Arenac County, and the management team they have in place, I would hope you agree your millage money will be spent on the road system it is intended for and not be misdirected. If you wait for Lansing lawmakers to cure your road problems, just watch them for a while, they can’t even solve their own problems. John Hunt Huron County Road Commissioner Bad Axe

Editor, As a friend of cancer patients and a survivor myelf, I have seen first-hand the impact cancer has on individuals and families — young and old. And as a volunteer advocate with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action network (ACS CAN), I recognize the importance of the government’s role in helping to prevent and fight cancer. I am excited to be part of the grassroots army that ACS CAN is mobilizing to encourage elected officials at all levels of government to enact policies that help people fight cancer and ultimately save lives. On Sept. 23, I joined more than 500 cancer advocates from every state in Washington D.C. to ask Congress to join us in the fight against cancer. Our small group met with Senators Levin and Stabenow and Rep. Bart Stupak, and asked them to give the FDA the long-overdue authority to regulate tobacco products, boost federal funding for cancer research and increase access to cancer screenings and treatments. With 1.4 million Americans being diagnosed with cancer every year and 565,000 dying needlessly, elected officials must commit to helping in the fight against this deadly disease. Betsy Leadbetter Standish

Editor, Barack Obama is the most inexperienced and mysterious candidate for President in our history. His national experience comprises four years in the U.S. Senate. John McCain has 26 years in Congress. Obama has no executive experience. McCain has 22 years of executive experience in the Navy. Obama denigrates citizenry, and described people in Pennsylvania as bitter, gun carrying, religious people. McCain supports all Americans. Obama’s teenage mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, was identified by the Commission on Subversive Activities to the Legislature of the Territory of Hawaii as a member of the Communist Party. Obama’s mentor and pastor of 20 years, Reverend Wright, dislikes America. William Ayers, the Weather Underground anarchist, was a campaign supporter for Obama’s run for the Illinois Senate. Tony Rezko, a felon, promoted a real estate transaction for Obama. McCain’s background is impeccable. Obama will entertain the world’s tyrants, and appease them. McCain’s staff will meet with counterparts and arrange for presidential discussions. Obama is hiding many of his funding sources. McCain has divulged his sources. Obama believes in sex education for kindergartners. McCain does not. Do we take a chance on a very risky, clandestine Obama, or do we elect McCain, a proven leader and patriot? Donald A. Moskowitz Londonderry, NH

Editor, Ignorance of the law is NO excuse —that’s what defendants are told in court when they violate the law and ultimately have to pay the price for their actions. It is absolutely amazing to me that attorney Chris Martin wants to become a judge but failed to follow the Michigan Election Law when filing his petition to run for office as a 23rd Circuit Judge. Now, he is taking the matter public and is blaming his ineptness on incumbent Circuit Judges Ronald Bergeron and William Myles for calling attention to his filing a petition that didn’t contain enough signatures as required by law in order to have his name placed on the Nov. 4 ballot. The aforementioned information is also obtainable by reading the Michigan Election Law—a legal exercise that any attorney must do when researching and preparing for court. It is also an exercise required of judges when presiding over court cases. It is ironic that Mr. Martin is at the Iosco County Courthouse on a regular basis when conducting legal business. All he had to do was visit the County Clerk’s office to obtain the required number of signatures for his petition. I would think he had access to the courthouse law library, or he could have gone on-line to the State of Michigan Website to find the answer. Crying foul and blaming everyone but himself is not an attractive character trait I want to see in a judge or attorney that I potentially would have to work with. I applaud Judges Bergeron and Myles for challenging Mr. Martin’s petition inasmuch as it was in violation of the Michigan Election Law. Is Mr. Martin somehow exempt from this law? Do your homework, Mr. Martin! Be responsible for your actions instead of playing the blame game! Dixie Rigg Standish

In the early 1990’s residents around Hardwood Lake began to notice a large influx of weeds in the lake, which is in Richland Township. Research was done and petitions signed. Eventually a lake board was established under state law to oversee the cleanup and control of the weeds. It was a joint board that involved representative of Richland and Logan Townships, along with an Ogemaw County Board member, the Drain Commissioner and a representative of the Hardwood Lake Property Owners Association. Richland Township trustee, Brian Bellville was selected as chairman of the Lake Board. He has served in that position ever sense. Under his leadership a special assessment district was established and an engineering consultant and management firm hired. The control of the non-native invasive weeds in the lake was brought under control. In July of this year the board voted to continue the weed control program for another four years until 2012. As the representative of the Property Owners Association and a non-local resident, I have had the privilege to work with the elected officials in Ogemaw County and have found them easy to work with and the citizens best interest at heart. After the recent primary election I was surprised to learn that Bellville will not be serving Richland Township as an elected official. Because of this, the Hardwood Lake Board will lose a valuable member with a lot of experience. Bellville added valuable insight and understanding on the use of herbicides for some of the weed control. I feel the residents of Ogemaw County have lost a valuable leader of the community. I would hope that, if he chooses to run again, the community will restore him to a leadership position. David Sommers Freeland


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