Why use vulgar words? 

To the Editor: 

Dear fellow neighbors and friends, I think we all agree that everybody has the first amendment right of displaying signs and flags for the candidate of their choice, but, could we also agree that in order to raise responsible and courteous children that we will not put up with rude and vulgar language on political signs.

It bothers me that children traveling through our small town on their way to school, to the park, or to visit Grandma are seeing some very vulgar words used to disparage candidates for office, often for the office of the president of the United States. Out of respect for the office and in choosing to raise our children to respect decency, let’s all ask our neighbors with vulgar words on their signs to take those down and put up a sign for their candidate that is not rude and that respects the political office. Let’s do that in the spirit of teaching our children to be involved in politics but to always be respectful and civil.

With respect for all.

Mary Kay Sloan

Pine City

Connection from Linden Tree Road to County Road 13 should go forward

To the Editor: 

I wholeheartedly agree with the Sept. 9 letter to the editor regarding the traffic and safety concerns on Linden Tree Road, along the west side of Pokegama Lake.

I live adjacent to the Woods Farm development and I see first hand the traffic levels and safety concerns. While I would rather have a rural, non-developed area where I live, I do not oppose the development and understand that development is inevitable. 

The traffic volume is way above what the township projects. To say otherwise is asking me not to believe what I see with my own eyes. I’m retired, I see it every day. I was the one who recorded 713 vehicles on a game camera from 10 a.m. on a Saturday to 5 p.m. the next day. The Woods Farm development must be connected to County Road 13 as the letter writer describes. 

The township does the best they can with their limited knowledge and resources. However, to add perspective around the township’s understanding of these roads, I was cutting my lawn on Saturday, Sept. 4 of Labor Day weekend and at 1 p.m., the township road grader comes down to grade the road. It’s Labor Day weekend on a lake for Pete’s sake. There are walkers, families pushing strollers, people walking their dogs, bicycle riders, kids on ATVs, etc.  And heavy traffic as usual. Vehicles lined the roads as those visiting lake residents needed a place to park. The grader had to zig-zag down part of the road. It made zero sense to any clear-thinking person. A non-holiday weekday morning with less traffic would make much more sense.

We had been waiting over eight weeks to get the road graded as all the construction traffic has beaten the heck out of it from the development.

And it’s pretty clear township officials rarely (if ever) drive on those roads. Because if they did, it wouldn’t be over eight weeks between road maintenance. The 80 plus people who signed a petition to request the township to require the new development to connect to County Road 13 only makes sense to those that live here.  The township officials have no frame of reference as they don’t live here.   Ironically, these roads are some of the township’s highest tax revenue generators and deserve a little more attention in light of all the construction. If road maintenance costs more during the development, that should be added to the permit process.

Tom Brytowski 


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