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Letter to the editor
Van Portfliet fan urges write-in votes

August 31, 2011

Dear Editor,

 On September 13, we who live in the Village of Lake Orion will be voting for members of the Village Council. I would like you to pay particular attention to candidate Ken Van Portfliet. He has been a member of the council for a number of years and has excellent vision for the present and future of our village. He is a write-in candidate on the ballot this time. He is an incumbent.  He has been part of the long-term planning with years of historical and immediately useful knowledge.

His long term residency in the village and his extensive track record of local community involvement speaks for itself. In an era where technology seems to have trumped kindness and goodwill, Ken is an ever smiling presence and helping hand. He and his wife Sara support many community events that I have attended. He has a very level head, is an excellent local business person, and is all around smart choice for our village. 

The act of physically writing a name on a ballot is in effect a silent written endorsement by the voter that says "I have taken the time to cast my favor to this person" whose name I hand- write on this document. This is the best-of-the-best use of the democratic system our country has used for 200-plus years. Peggy Barry Bartz