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Party insecurity?
To the editor: To the person who is stealing Democratic candidates’ signs on Walbridge Road on the west end of Walbridge, on the Lake Township side of the road – you should know you’re breaking the law. We will be watching you and when we catch you, I intend to press charges.

I have informed both police departments of all the signs you have stolen.

Are you are so insecure of your Republican Party that you have lower yourself to stealing? Smile – you will be on Candid Camera.
Joann Schiavone
Walbridge


Irresponsible driver
To the editor: On Oct. 25 at 2:35 p.m., I was pulling out of Fassett Middle School’s parking lot. A Fassett student walked up to the crosswalk (which was from a grant received from Safe Routes to School), pushed the button, and waited for the lights to come on. I stopped short and waited for him to cross. The student looked both ways.

As I watched, the driver in the other lane didn’t pay attention to the crosswalk or the crossing yellow flashing lights. I was so in shock and I just couldn’t believe it. I took a good look at the driver, and there she was in her dark minivan talking on the phone. Here we have a responsible middle-schooler, and we can’t even rely on our adults to be responsible enough to put down their cell phones when driving through not one school zone but two (Fassett and Starr).

We as teachers will continue to remind our students to be mature and responsible. I just hope the adults out there would do the same. We already lost a student four years ago from someone on a cell phone on Starr Avenue in the exact same area. We don’t need another.
Karina Hahn-Claydon
Fassett Middle School teacher


On the right track?
To the editor: I have been asking the village council members of Walbridge the past few years about the condition of the alleys in town. They are occasionally graded, but this time they have not been graded in over three months because the backhoe or front-end loader is broken.

They are talking about buying or leasing a grader that does the alleys better than a backhoe or a front-end loader. Talking about all this is getting us nowhere for the past two or three years. I am getting sick of listening to all these council people.

I talked to the mayor this year and he said he was considering a type of rubber paving and would do it this year. The alley behind the police station would be the first. The last meeting I went to was three months ago. I talked to a couple of council people. Another personal also said something about the alleys at the meeting, so I am not the only one – most people just gave up. They said it is not worth the cost of the material to repair the alleys correctly. Also, there may not be enough in the budget for this project. This excuse is getting old. This town has spent several hundred thousand dollars in the last few years improving things around town, but nothing on these alleys.

A few months ago, I talked to the mayor and he said they should at least try something. He said I should keep talking to the council people.

Personally, I am getting fed up talking to the council people. Some of them think they are too important to discuss this issue. They get paid almost $300 a month to do their job. If they don’t like the complaints, then quit. I am sure I am not the only one complaining about this issue.

They need to take the alleys down at least a foot, level it off and put in new stone. That is a cheap way, and this would eliminate the holes. They have done a lot in Walbridge the last several years after complaints by the people in the village. They have fixed roads and curbs and the baseball field to keep the water draining from the field. There are still yards at some homes that need to be cleaned up and dogs in the yards that are not on leashes running around neighbors’ yards.

If these council people don’t want to do anything, it is time to get rid of them, especially the person or people in charge of roads and alleys. I am retired and have lived here over 20 years. I am not trying to criticize all the council people, but I am not trying to win a popularity contest either.

This is the town that is supposed to be on the right track, according to the signs in town, but we are not there yet. For those of you who don’t like what I have to say, I really don’t care anymore. I am almost 70 years old and I don’t have the patience to listen to all of the excuses.
Ernie Frohlich
Walbridge


Where’s the trickle?
To the editor: Ever since the 1980s, this nation has mostly voted for candidates favoring “trickle down” economics.

Thirty years later, the U.S. is still waiting for the beneficial effects of this failed economic Ponzi scheme. The top 1 percent in this pyramid have prospered the most, while the rest of us have seen plenty of down and no trickle. Wages relative to inflation have remained flat for 30 years. Jobs have been sent to foreign countries.

If the definition of insanity is continually committing the same act resulting in the same result, then this country is truly insane.
Paul Szymanowski
Curtice