LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
In this day and age whe
re it seems the world is filled with controversy and negativity, we would like to recognize a group of professionals in our community for their outstanding service.
Dr. Charles Morrison of Elk Rapids Animal Hospital has provided excellent veterinary care for two of our canine family members for several years. He is a knowledgeable, professional, kind, caring and compassionate man who has gone above and beyond the call of duty for us more times than we can count.
During a recent emergency, we had the opportunity to meet Dr. Erin Shaw at ERAH. She was thorough, persistent and considerate while making a diagnosis.
Dr. Kathryn Cochran of Suttons Bay Animal Hospital also helped us through this extremely critical and stressful time. She explained treatment options, answered all of our questions and helped us long after office hours were over.
Thank you to Drs. Morrison, Shaw and Cochran for your expertise. Thank you also to each and every one of the staff members at both hospitals who helped take care of our girls, greeted us with a smile and treated all of us with respect and empathy.
David and Rosemary Knott
There to serve the needs of the community
At the Clearwater Township Special Meeting Master Plan review on 10/8/19 at 10 a.m., several members of the public attended. Supervisor Mike Gaylord instructed the secretary not to bother with a roll call as he had someplace to be at noon. The meeting ended well before noon. Comments were made at the start and end of the meeting during the Public Comment allowed times. I was the last person making a comment. I raised my hand immediately following comments made by the proceeding person but was ignored by Mr. Gaylord. I made it known I had a comment to make. Mr. Gaylord made it clear he was not happy having to listen.
What Mr. Gaylord failed to take into consideration is, everyone had other places they would have rather been at 10 a.m. on a Tuesday morning. Some taking time away from jobs to attend. His rude, inconsiderate behavior toward me was acknowledged by others attending and was uncalled for. This was not the first time Mr. Gaylord has been rude to township members during meetings.
Mr. Gaylord may need to remember he is in the position of Township Supervisor to “serve” the needs of the Clearwater Township Community.
Artists not supported in a meaningful way
I’ve lived in the Grand Traverse region for 40 years and have often heard it said that we have many talented artists and that we support the arts. Though we do have many talented artists we do not support them in a meaningful way. I have been fortunate to travel and visit other small towns like Traverse City. Two that come to mind are St. Joseph, Michigan and Orillia, Ontario. In St. Joseph I counted a dozen works of art along their riverfront. In Orillia they hold a competition every year for artists to create work on a specific theme. This year it was “bicycles” and the main street was lined with the most creative version of “art bikes” imaginable. I come away from towns like these impressed by their grasp of the importance of art in maintaining or even creating culture.
With a few exceptions the culture of Traverse City consists of beer, wine, and bachelorette parties. Which would we like our visitors to remember? Hangovers and indigestion? Or how Traverse City is a place that embraces their past, present, and future? A place where art and culture are showcased for all to view, remember and be enriched by.
Thank you, Village Market
On behalf of the Elk Rapids Area Historical Society, I am thanking the Rick Young family and all the Village Market employees who make the Community Cash Program available to organizations like ours. We, who survive on dues, donations, and grants and do not have the advantage of governmental support, appreciate the contribution the Community Cash program makes toward our successful operation. This program is a significant contributor in helping the History Museum fulfill its mission to be a center that inspires people to explore the past, understand the present, and envision the future. For that, we are extremely grateful. Thank you to the Rick Young family and Village Market for supporting our community with the Community Cash Program.
Dan LeBlond, President
Elk Rapids Area Historical Society
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