2018-03-11 / Opinion


Youth will make a difference

I know my daughter is planning to participate in the student walkout on March 14 in solidarity with the kids in Florida who lost so many of their classmates to another mass shooting in this country.

I’m proud of her and all the other kids that are tired of watching their classmates be killed by someone with an assault weapon. I commend today’s youth for using their energy and commitment to force change in this country.

Because let’s face it, the adults in the room have failed to make our schools and society safe from violence.

Keep up the good work County Press to help give today’s youth a voice in your newspaper to talk about the issues important to them. I suspect their issues are not much different than yours — to be safe from random violence, but I’m hoping the youth will start a movement where they will help get out the vote and force real change in this country.

If anyone is going to do it, it will be the youth because clearly the white-haired lawmakers in Lansing and Washington are more concerned about their political careers than in making society safe from mass shootings.

Change needs to start with banning the AR-15 and any other weapons of mass destruction, and don’t give me the Second Amendment crap because citizen safety needs to be above the interests of the NRA and companies like Glock, Smith & Wesson or Sturm Ruger that only want to sell more guns to whomever

Meghan Tresnak

Elba Township

Everybody is offended by something

Benjamin Franklin was asked what kind of government was given “to us” and he responded, “a Republic if you can keep it.” John Adams stated, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

If you think there is freedom of religion in this country, try being a bonafide Christian facing the illicit lifestyles that have been deemed good and moral. Christians are offended by attacks on our accountability, standards and beliefs — but that is ok because it is politically correct to hate Christians.

If you believe there is freedom of the press, you are not watching the news with discernment. There is no news reported today that is not trying to confuse, stress society and control the minds of the people.

If you believe that there is nothing wrong with being “politically correct” you have relinquished your First Amendment right to free speech. You walk on eggshells so you won’t “offend anybody.” I’m sorry, but everybody is offended by something — get over it. Yes, there are winners and there will always be losers.

If you see nothing wrong with abortion, you have given up the right to life guaranteed in the Declaration of Independence which reads, “All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

If you believe there is nothing wrong the living off the government, you have given up your right to the pursuit of happiness as found in the Declaration of Independence.

If you believe people should not have guns, you have given up your right to defend yourself. You have given criminal with guns the right to enter your home and steal your belongings and shoot you. Do yourself a favor and read the Constitution. It will shock you.

Joy Boots

Mayfield Township

Kiwanis Sunrise says ‘thanks’ for your support

The Sunrise Kiwanis Club of Lapeer held its semi-annual euchre tournament on March 3. The Sunrise Kiwanis Club raises funds so that we may send food home with 330 elementary students each weekend who are food insecure. The tournament raised $4,600 to help us with the expenses involved in this program.

We want to thank all who attended and sponsors who contributed to the funds needed to financially support this important program.

We will be holding our next tournament on September 22. For more information, please e-mail kiwaniseuchre@yahoo.com

Thanks so much.

Carol Boom

Lori Schmidt

Event chairs

Practical choice for renewable energy

The opposition to wind powered electric generators perplexes me. I understand that the presence of wind turbines change the aesthetics of the landscape that accommodates them from pastoral to a visual that is somewhat less than urban, and I have to admit that I am not fond of seeing them and their red navigational lights on the landscape either. However, wind energy seems to be the practical choice for renewable electricity.

The standby options of coal, gas, or nuclear generating plants come with a vast array of environmental risks that solar and wind are exempt from. With that being said, of the two low risk options, solar and wind, I have to vote for wind powered generators over solar panels. According to a Google search, in Lapeer the solar panels that produce electricity occupy over 200 acres of land and supply power to some 11,000 homes. Conversely, an 80-acre parcel of land can host up to 53 wind generating turbines and supply nearly half the power requirements to over 17,000 homes.

Another added factor is that a wind plant has the potential to provide electricity during dark periods in addition to daylight. Again according to Google, Mayfield Township has between 3,000 and 4,000 housing units in the township. And if Google’s stats are correct, that means that an 80-acre plot of land, about the size of the Durakon property in Mayfield, could provide a significant amount of the township’s power needs. These are facts that should be considered when discussions revolve around allowing wind turbines in a community, even if one is of the mentality “not in my backyard.”

Robert Denton

Mayfield Township

Recommendations for crafting wind ordinances

Wind turbines are multiplying across the U.S., and most are installed in rural areas overlooking crops, cattle, timber and lakes. Rural communities receive several benefits from the development of wind energy, but the growth of the industry has also presented a challenge in the form of local regulations that may be insufficient or out-of-date.

The Center for Rural Affairs suggest residents and local officials take the following steps when drafting new zoning regulations or ordinances:

• Consult experts on key issue areas in a proposed ordinance, for example, measuring the potential impacts of a wind energy system on sound/noise and frequency. Anecdotal evidence should not be substituted for expert guidance; it does not provide a sound foundation for zoning standards.

• Communicate with officials from neighboring counties who have wind development experience. They can provide valuable insight and identify useful items to include in an ordinance.

• Encourage developers to hold community meetings early in the process to provide education on wind energy development, offer details about the project, and answer questions.

• Consider potential unintended consequences of ordinances and zoning standards. Items such as setbacks and noise limits can eliminate potential development if they are too strict.

• Counties should seek out ways to ensure developers address land and infrastructure concerns. For instance, a common requirement is that developers submit road use plans that include clear measures for mitigating impacts and steps to repair any damage incurred during construction.

Rhea Landholm

Center for Rural Affairs

Lyons, Neb.

Follow the lead, support new library

It was great to see the story in the paper (Wednesday, March 7 edition of The County Press) that the Lapeer City Commission went on the record and supported the bid for a new main library to replace the Marguerite deAngeli Library.

Just like the E.T. White building ran its course of usefulness, so has the Marguerite. Buildings have lives just like people do. We go there a lot and frequently have trouble to find a place to park. That’s just the first problem and that’s before you even step foot into the building. The building is too small and doesn’t provide enough computer stations. They’re always busy when I’m there and I have to wait to get onto one of them to look for a new job and update my resume.

I hope people follow the lead of Lapeer officials and support the new library. It won’t cost much and think of the wonderful investment and commitment it makes to the future thinkers of the Lapeer area. Whether or not someone reading this uses the library they should see the value it offers to the community.

It’s kind of like the schools. I don’t have any children in the schools, but I will always support a millage to operate and upgrade the schools because it’s good for the kids and it’s good for the community.

Communities that have lousy schools or libraries don’t value education, and a result they’re a less desirable place to live. I don’t think that’s a reputation Lapeer wants to have around its neck.

Marcella Dunn

Elba Township

Make gun purchases more difficult

Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. We have all heard this and there is a certain truth to that.

Microwaves don’t heat food, people do. There is also truth in that.

The microwave makes it easier to heat food, and the gun makes it easier to kill. Each is just the tool best suited for the purpose.

We can’t keep an adolescent from getting alcohol, but we have regulations on the sale and distribution to make it more difficult.

We can’t keep “bad guys” from getting guns, but we can and should enact regulations for the distribution and sale of weapons to make it more difficult.

Denis Neumann

Elba Township

Hurray for Judge Holowka

After reading the rebuke of local opinions on the Zemmer 3 sentencing, I felt compelled to respond. How can you be so quick to condemn?

These are young teens far from adulthood. Yet condemning them to an adult sentence would have ruined their young lives and become nothing more than a detriment to themselves and society with lasting repercussions.

I am totally against sentencing teens as adults. It’s cruel and unusual punishment. We were all teenagers at one time making stupid, dangerous teen mistakes. Not one person was injured or killed. Threats were expressed and nothing more.

I feel relieved that in this case the justice system actually worked. Judge Holowka was wise and discerning with his sentencing of the Zemmer 3. So hurray for Judge Holowka! Keep up the good work.

Carol Lindsay

Brandon Township

Give my regards to Oscar!

Like most of America I did not watch the Oscars last Sunday. The Oscars are a lot like pro-basketball and soccer. The only time it gets good is in the last two minutes. Besides, if I want to see conservatives get trashed, I’ll watch daytime TV.

Personally I turned my back on Hollywood years ago. As one of the “deplorables” I have no desire to help fund the left wing agendas of those whose only claim to fame is make-believe and a big mouth. So for many years I refused to pay to see their stuff. So far I have lived a full and happy life without the poor offerings of Clooney and Co. However I may be ready to change.

After some soul searching I discovered my gripe is with the actor. Let’s take Meryl Streep for example. Her politics make me puke, but on the whole I like her movies. Her characters are generally interesting believable, and almost human. So why should I turn my back on them? Meryl’s the jerk.

So I have decided to allow Hollywood to once again become a small contributor to my personal amusement, but with conditions. (1) I will never pay admission to a theater or pay-perview to see their work. I realize this may cause some hardship to the pop-corn industry, and I’m sorry for that. (2) I’ll wait until it comes on TV, or (3) buy a bootlegged Chinese version of it and share it with my friends. I know to some this may make me a bad actor, but that’s show biz!

Give my regards to Oscar.

Randy St. Laurent

Oregon Township

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