LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Safety and security high priority
I would like to take this opportunity to commend and thank Principal Mike Travis, Assistant Principal Jim Standerfer, the Elk Rapids District School Board and the Elk Rapids Police Department for the most recent efforts to continue to make our schools a safe place to learn and grow. Recent announcements regarding steps to improve building safety during a climate in which school violence has an un-welcome presence has provided me (as a parent and supportive community member) with a great feeling of relief. Thank you for keeping our children safe and continuing to place safety and security high on the priority list.
Respectfully and with gratitude,
Sarah Weitschat Ward, Elk Rapids
Definition of hypocrisy?
Mr. Bergman recently mentioned that Manistique, Alger, Schoolcraft, and Charlevoix counties were recipients of USDA Rural Development funds for purchasing EMS vehicles. He stated, “I applaud USDA and the Trump Administration for realizing the importance of our rural communities and prioritizing these investments.”
But he voted to approve the American Health Care Act of 2017 that would have had a dire impact on Michigan’s 1st District.
Many highly respected organizations, including the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy, the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Wall Street Journal, the George Washington University Department of Health Policy and Management, and others determined that the bill would: eliminate Emergency Medical Health and other essential benefits such as hospitalization, mental health, substance abuse services, and prescription drugs, severely threaten our vulnerable rural hospitals, increase insurance premiums, making coverage unaffordable for many in our district, jeopardize the health coverage of nearly 44,000 residents by eliminating Medicaid expansion.
His celebration of new EMS equipment after voting for a bill that would that would reduce emergency health services in communities across the district is the definition of hypocrisy.
Doesn’t Mr. Bergman realize that he can run for office but he cannot hide from his voting record?
Forest Jones, Traverse City, Michigan
Egg hunt a success
I would like to thank everyone in the community for their help and support in putting together the Elk Rapids Egg Hunt. The egg hunt went great. It was a day of smiling faces, sharing and gratitude. Many, many thanks to everyone involved and a special thank you to our volunteers; Gitchie Wabanimkee, Justin Krogel, Tony Baker, Jessie Willson, Tayler Klumb, Rhett Bartman, Antonio Bartman, Annabell Bartman, Harley Bargy, Mark Alford, K.T. Rafferty, Chris Lewis, Kathy Breece and everyone at Sunrise Academy, Elk Rapids Schools and Dell.
I would also like to thank everyone who donated funds and whatever else was needed to put the egg hunt together; everyone who made cash can donations at the Village Market, Elk Rapids Rotary Club, Elk Rapids Village Market, Kewadin United Methodist Church, Elk Rapids Schools Title 7 program, Elk Rapids Masonic Lodge, Better Yards and Gardens, Alden State Bank, Jeffery and Libby Bergman, Sacred Heart Church, The Zivkovich family, Kelli Sergent of Century 21 Northland, Chef Charles, The Moose, Elk Rapids News, TJ Charlies, Sons of Amvets, Elk Rapids Bible Church, Fitzpatrick Agency, ERPC Steven Pray, Lakeside Properties, AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, Chemical Bank, Kewadin Indian Mission Church Woman’s Group, All Smiles Dentistry, Elk Rapids Electric, Calvary Lutheran Church, Elk River Marina, Elk Rapids Cinema, The Granary at Seven Gables, Covell Funeral Home, Mortenson Funeral Home
Last, but not least, I would like to thank Vikki, Jen and the Village Market for doing such a great job on this event for so many years past. Thank you!
Sandra Giordani, Elk Rapids Township
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