LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
The individual must retain choice
The masking of children is state-sanctioned child abuse. Many within the school district are perpetuating the abuse. Parents who are fighting back against mandates simply want a choice. They’re not telling someone else not to wear a mask. They’re not asking for the child abuse to end. They simply want a choice.
All parents should demand their parental rights, while not infringing on another parent’s rights. This is America. The individual is guaranteed the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. That pursuit is not defined by someone else. That pursuit also does not expire during a pandemic. The individual must retain choice. There is no other option in a free country. One person choosing for another person is tyranny. It is tyranny of one person over another. Just as it is tyranny when one person at the health department chooses for four counties full of people.
The bottom line is that when a meeting is held for parents wanting a choice, one hundred percent of parents should show up. Every single parent should want a choice! None of us should be so bold as to think we get to decide for another parent. To think otherwise is ignorant and self-righteous.
Sally A. Hoedel, Williamsburg
Best route for bicyclists?
In the U.S. we can freely speak our mind and express support or displeasure with anything. The latest negative displays in Elk Rapids are focused upon the use of our public roads. Signs are being erected expressing that a public road, South Bayshore, should not be used by bicyclists traversing our village. What’s next, limiting travel to one of our wonderful attractions like the Art Park by walkers only? Motorcycles not allowed to travel this road?
The real message here is “Tart trails are OK, as long as they are not in my backyard (NIMBY).” NIMBYs apparently believe that a bike trail would be better suited along a 45MPH commercial route with thousands of vehicles per day passing by in lieu of a 25MPH scenic residential route. What’s the basis for their objection to promoting South Bayshore?
It seems to me that many of the projects and improvements proposed within our wonderful community are immediately boo-hooed by a vocal minority. Our community planners and officials should see that the use of this residential route into and through Elk Rapids is the best route, not only considering safety but also the positive economic impact this may have for Elk Rapids businesses.
George Seifried, Elk Rapids
Thank you Village Market
Once again, Rick Young and the Village Market family have shown the community their support with the community cash program. Numerous organizations have benefited as a result. The Elk Rapids Area Historical Society is grateful for their generosity. We strongly urge the community to shop at Village Market to show our support in return. Save your receipts and donate them to the organization of your choice.
Thank you, Village Market,
Dan LeBlond, President,
Elk Rapids Area Historical Society
Critical Race Theory has no place in our schools
My Sicilian Ancestors were made subservient by every invading entity including but not limited to the Romans, Moors, Spanish and the French. Even the Piedmontese, the Northern Italians who governed Sicily after the unification of Italy, practiced a form of slavery. They conscripted the young Sicilian males into the military for eight years. Yes, eight years, which resulted in mass emigration of the young male population and anarchism.
Up until the 1700’s conquered populations, worldwide, were subjected to slavery. One of the most violent being Sultan Mehmed II conquest of Constantinople, which resulted in three days of raping, pillaging and arson by the invaders before he called them off and sold the population to slavery.
Fortunately, all of what these conquerors may have been guilty of is history. We need to move on.
“Critical Race Theory,” has no place in our schools.
Salvatore Castronovo, Elk Rapids
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