LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Event barn survey is critical
Last summer, my neighbors and I packed the Whitewater Township Hall to speak out against a planned event barn in our community. Aside from the concerns that any resident would have about noise and light pollution, increased traffic, and drunk driving, we were deeply concerned that an event barn would be selling the “rural experience” at the cost of our residents’ right to enjoy the peace, quiet, natural beauty and safety of this place that our families call home.
This spring an event barn survey was sent to all Whitewater residents. The results of a survey have the power to influence decisions, regardless of whether the results are “statistically viable.” I am urging all Whitewater residents to complete and return this survey and let our township board know that we will only permit commercial businesses, such as event barns, to be operated on commercially-zoned property.
Sadly, the topic of event barns has become about selfish, private interests who seek to get special use of agricultural land to run a commercial business, with no regard to how that affects residents and families.
I need your help in protecting our community.
Super Recycling Day tremendous success
The GREEN Elk Rapids Committee extends a special thank you to Kathie Carpenter and Dan Reszka for incredible help at our 11th Annual Super Recycling Day last Saturday, May 18. We set new records as 227 cars came through along with generous donations. As usual, it is dedicated volunteers who make this event a huge success each year. We would also like to thank Alex Campbell and the Bay Area Recycling for Charities (BARC) team for excellent work collecting tons of electronics, metal, latex paint along with mattresses and box springs and other items to be recycled.
Also, a special thanks to everyone from the village and surrounding area who brought items to be recycled instead of them going into a local landfill. This is the ultimate recycling. The County’s Hazardous Waste pick-up day will be held on Saturday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Public Works Garage on Lake Street.
GREEN Elk Rapids Super Recycling Committee
Thank you, Elk Rapids Cinema
Thank you, Joe Yuchasz for bringing the movie “Unplanned” to Elk Rapids. A powerful, true story account of Abby Johnson, a clinic director of a Planned Parenthood facility in Texas, who has a life-changing event with the creator God of this universe and becomes a voice for the pro-life movement.
It is interesting how militant the government is, making sure that every child is vaccinated so as not to get the measles. We read about New York City fining parents $1000 if their children aren’t vaccinated for the measles, yet the last known death in the US (as reported by the N.V.I.C.) due to measles was in 2015. On the other hand, if we knew that a disease was taking the lives of our precious children to the tune of 72 deaths per hour or over 1748 deaths every day for a whole year, wouldn’t you think there would be an outcry? Yet, this is how many babies died in 2018 thanks to the abortion industry. Yes, 638,169 precious children’s lives snuffed out.
Last I knew, if a body has a heartbeat, it is a living person. Science has proven that a baby has a heartbeat only 22 days after conception. How precious life is!
James Tollefson, CGCS
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