Something is very wrong with this whole presidential election process. I am speaking from a neutral position politically. Please do not stop reading this admonition because it appears on the surface to be the ranting of a liberal.
In actuality, I am almost equally disappointed in both the liberal and conservative agendas.
If Mitt Romney is the highest expectation that we can look forward to, then I fear something more sinister is afoot, and we are in great trouble as a country.
The need to come together as fellow citizens in a united spirit of outrage and righteous indignation at the garbage we are being fed as "news" has never been greater.
Every day we all meet and interact with lots of people.
Some of them are Republicans and some of them are Democrats.
All of them, however, are human beings living in this great country of America.
Together we represent a collective goodness that is the backbone of America.
Let us not allow political posturing to destroy our ability to live and work together.
We deserve better, as do those who follow us in years to come. Today's reality is tomorrow's heritage.
William E. Scott
Joy of fresh produce
I want to thank the Record-Eagle and Mrs. Vanthomme for the recent article about teaching children to cultivate farm-fresh vegetables and fruit.
Currently growing up with a horticulturist mother, I know the joy of snacking on fresh tomatoes and beans from our family garden.
In the spring, rows of small sprouts burst through our garden compost, and the summer-long adventure of tending our delicious crops begins.
The article caused me to appreciate the happiness and memories I experience from our garden and the outdoors.
I appreciate the Record-Eagle for publishing stories about family life as well as global news.
The writer is 15
Don't be shortsighted
A recent television news interview with our mayor was rather enlightening.
Mr. Mike Estes questioned the need for our "full-fledged" city Fire Department capable of responding to "two fires at once," implying it is an outdated "100-year-old model."
Fire protection is not unlike personal insurance ... probably won't ever be needed, but forever welcome when the unthinkable occurs.
Had our nation not planned on fighting two (unlikely) simultaneous wars, would our world be better today?
As we finalize our budget, let's not be foolishly shortsighted on how we attach a price tag to those risking their lives around the clock to ensure the safety of all within our city limits.
The writer's son is a Traverse City firefighter.