March 19, 2014 - More watch dogs needed in community
In response to: "One man can bring down the government!?" Don't Rush Me, March 5, page 7, great commentary, Don. Unfortunately, indeed, there are not enough folks that stand like a rock. We as a society continue to cede control of our own destiny out of ignorance and complacency. People choose to ignore the issues of the day and are content with that fact.
They are too busy to be bothered, too scattered to care, too willing to write a blank check. I know, because I am one of them far too often! We need people like you. We need more watch dogs. More folks that care and question the leaders of policy. I wish that elections to government seats ran more like a jury pool. Serving your community should be a duty and privilege....not a career!
I trust no one that makes it a occupation. No matter the noblest of intentions, special interests and personal greed almost always rise to the top. It is time as a community, a state, and a country that we look to what our forefathers envisioned and scrap the path that we are now on. It is a trail that leads to nowhere and we're getting there fast!
Thanks to patrol, EMS
I want to extend a huge thank you to the Pine Knob Ski Patrol for their excellent, immediate response when my son was injured while skiing, March 9.
Their expert knowledge with handling his injury and emotional trauma was incredible. They also went above and beyond to comfort his brother who was with him, as well as mom and dad!
Additionally, we are so grateful to the Independence Township EMS for their quick response in handling his pain and advising us of the best hospital to go to for his injury so no further transfers were needed. We are so blessed to have been taken such good care of. Thank you!
Kim said her son is getting better but still in pain due to his broken femur, and will be in a wheel chair for 4-6 weeks.
Rights in jeopardy
This is an alert to all Independence Township waterfront property owners.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014, the Township Board listened to attorney Steve Joppich try to explain extensive changes to ordinances covering Wetlands and Watercourses. The stated goal of township Supervisor Pat Kittle is to bring ordinances in harmony with state law.
Dozens and dozens of interested individuals, many owners of waterfront property listened, then questioned the wisdom of proposed changes. I congratulate those who came and spoke for their diligence on such short notice.
The supervisor, having seen and heard the large concerned crowd, floated the idea of a volunteer citizens panel to make suggestions. People were encouraged to sign up, and meet with building department officials to guide changes. Their first discussions will have already happened by the time you read this.
This is a dodge.
If the township wanted to become harmonious with state statute they merely could 'cut and paste' verbiage from state law and leave jurisdiction to the alphabet soup of state and county regulators, DNR,DEQ, WRC, RCOC, rather than spend taxpayer money on rewrites that deny rights to riparian property owners.
To see this meeting at home, fire up that computer, go to the township website (www.twp.independence.mi.us), click on departments, click on Independence Television, go to the small beige box on the right, and click on 'on demand' viewing to watch the meeting.
Your waterfront property rights are in jeopardy. Proposed ordinance changes would make removing debris from your culvert or weeds from your beach a ticket-able offense. The number of boats, docks, rafts, jet skis, and hoists and how you can use them will be dictated by township building officials.
Contact your township officials and trustees after watching the meeting, and become involved now. Ice out is just a few weeks away.
No to ramp proposal
It's surprising to see the Independence township officials who are in support of the proposed McClaren hospital on Sashabaw Road has failed to get a certificate of need from the state three times in a row are now complaining about congestion problems on the Sashabaw - I-75 corridor, exactly where the proposed hospital would be located ("Pressure Valve," March 12, page 19).
The "fix" to the congestion problem of the township's making is even more surprising – a proposal for a I-75 entrance ramp on Clintonville Road at Maybee Road.
The ramp being proposed is for the expressed purpose of shifting Sashabaw roads "congestion problems" into a residential area who's residents thought they were successful keeping the I-75 ramps out of their residential neighborhood. Yet, here we are again!
If there's a congestion problem now, just imagine the traffic problems there will be if a major hospital is put on Sashabaw Road.
The "pressure valve" I-75 ramp being proposed on Clintonville Rd. at Maybee Road would shift that congestion into residential neighborhoods that have already said no to the I-75 ramps long before the Sashabaw corridor businesses were even in place.
Township residents should be aware the proposed I-75 Clintonville entrance ramp is on property now being "conserved" by the North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy.
It will be very interesting to see if the NOHLC fights to "conserve" a green space they are entrusted to conserve, or if they sell this green space to relieve congestion so a hospital can be built on another green space.
Independence Township officials want to know what you think about this idea. By all means call them at 248-625-5111 and email them Pressurevalve@Indetwp.com. Let them know what you think about their Clintonville Road - I-75 "pressure valve" ramp proposal for your residential neighborhood. Tell them to keep their "Sashabaw Corridor" congestion problems in their own neighborhood and not visit those problems onto your neighborhood. No still means NO!
Yes to library millage
On Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, Independence Township and Clarkston voters will decide if our district library will be funded.
The issue on the August ballot is a survival millage. Without approval, the district library, which is no longer funded by township budgets, could be forced to close. How attractive will our community be to current and potential residents if we lack something as fundamental as a public library?
As a newly formed district library serving residents of both Independence Township and City of the Village of Clarkston, the millage on the August ballot will provide virtually all funds needed to operate the building.
The district library is an important community center. In addition to providing access to books and electronic media for all age groups, our district library hosts a wide range of informative programs at little or no cost to residents.
It is far more cost effective for us to maintain and improve our existing library than to lose it due to lack of funding and then try to replace it in the future.
We need your help and your support. Please vote YES on the district library millage on Aug. 5.
Henry S. Woloson
Library part of community
In the next couple of months, you will have the opportunity to vote for a library millage.
I strongly encourage you to vote in favor of this proposal. Whether you use the library a lot or a little, a good library is a cornerstone of any community.
The significance of our spiritual values is reflected in our many magnificent churches. The many wonderful national and state parks reflect our love of nature and our intention to preserve nature and the importance of physical fitness.
The statues in Washington D.C., Mt. Rushmore, and Stone Mountain, Ga., reflect our love and admiration for our nation's founding fathers.
Our libraries keep under one roof and available 3,000 years of learning.
Libraries indicate our interest in lifelong learning.
A library is much more than a building that stores books. A library represents how far we have come out of the cave and out of the tall grasses. A failure of the library millage would be a step bck into the cave and tall grasses.
Gerald McNally, retired judge
I served on the Clarkston Board of Education from 1973-1981, and learned firsthand it's very easy to stand outside and complain, even tear down, and it's very hard to have a public position and work to encourage and build up in the face of the criticism. During those years, the late Jean Saile, then editor of The Clarkston News, was very positive in her editorial leadership, building up the community.
In recent years, the News seems to me to have given special place to carping and even mean-spirited and very personal criticism, highlighted by the present kerfuffle. In fact, the News has even become a party in the negative exchanges. The March 5 edition did run former city councilman Richard Bisio's informed and constructive opinions, but also printed the usual ranting on the front page with the largest headline, along with other negative and defensive editorial commentary.
I long for healthy editorial perspective, constructive criticism, and efforts to build up our community instead of tearing it down.