Strengthen energy rules
Using more wind, solar and renewable energy sources will reduce pollution, which is worsening incidences of asthma and lung diseases among children and senior citizens.
Michigan must invest in more renewable energy at a community level in order to improve public health, quality of our environment and the preservation of our Great Lakes.
By strengthening Michigan's renewable energy standard to 25 percent by 2025, community health will improve.
Locally based programs and the actions we make daily as families are the best ways in which we can maintain our beautiful environment and the well being of Michigan as a whole.
Demand permanent fix
I appreciate the Record-Eagle's great editorial about Suttons Bay Schools and calling for legislators to deal with the school funding inequity issues that have put our school in such a difficult position.
The editorial stated that the Suttons Bay community had contributed $55,000. I'm thrilled to report that private citizens have now donated $90,000 to help our school "level the playing field."
Those donations continue from $5 to $5,000. Even our students are donating; one kindergarten student recently donated her pack of Skittles to Mr. Murray because she "wanted to give something to help our school."
This is all great, but we certainly wish that this $90,000, along with the $55,000 from the staff and the $180,000 from the generous Grand Traverse Band, could be put to work in the local economy instead of trying to fix a problem that our legislators keep ignoring.
I appreciate the Suttons Bay community for stepping up.
Let's continue to demand a permanent fix to school funding from our legislators.