2005-05-13 / Letters

Letters to the Editor

Remembering Island Veterans

To the Editor:

This Memorial Day, May 30, the Mackinac Island community should remember the following veterans: Patrick Chambers and Alfred Edward “Gunne” Chambers, who served their country during WWII. Both men were born on Mackinac Island and attended the Indian Dormitory School.

Patrick’s son, Michael, served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Evelyn Williamson served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1942 to 1946. After WWII ended, Evelyn married Alfred Chambers and their son, Edward, served in the USMC during the Vietnam War as a Sergeant Tank Commander. Evelyn’s father, John, served in the Life-Saving Service of the U.S. Coast Guard.

On Memorial Day we should give a special thanks to these and all veterans.

Pat Andress

Mackinac Island

A Matter

of Civic Morality

To the Editor:

Hoorah, hurray and huzzah for Kent Weber, who is expressing publicly what a number of us are feeling privately, horror , at the plans of developers for the suggested condos. I don’t mean those among us who are building their own private homes here. I specifically mean the condo builders.

This blessed isle, already straining beyond its capacities, is in plenty of incipient trouble with those condos lurking in the wings. Fact: the Island has four basic constituencies: 1) the people who visit for recreational and educational purposes and support the Island through Park fees, taxes and shopping/dining; 2) those who live here year-around and depend on it alone for employment or retirement; 3) those who live here seasonally for vacation needs; 4) those who live seasonally for purposes of profit and personal financial gain. There is no reason why these four cannot live in harmony except that now a fragment of number 4 category threaten the efficient function of this lovely place.

It is not a question of legality; it is not a matter of do these people have the proper papers allowing them to build these condos. It is, above all, a matter of civic morality. Over-building is a grievous civil wound, one made all the more awful and hurtful by our failure to fight it with public opinion. There is no wound more grievous than one self-inflicted, so unless we individually make our opposition known to our elected representatives, we are at fault. So after the election, please write, call or contact one of them and let your opinion be known. It’s up to us, folks.

John McCabe

Mackinac Island

P.S. Please note that I heartily and warmly support all the foregoing. And my husband didn’t have to ask me either.

Karen McCabe

Mackinac Island

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