May 24 2018 09:41 AM
Don’t forget Gretchen Driscoll

Thanks for the feature on Elissa Slotkin.

I appears that she is highly qualified and in position to replace the invisible Mike Bishop. Congressional District 6 deserves more and better than absentee occupancy of the office.

Simultaneously, Gretchen Driscoll has become the obvious choice to remove Tim Walberg from his perch. Walberg’s recent claims of opioid concerns and Facebook privacy all carry the disclosures of outside funding. Due to gerrymandering, Walberg shifted to safe territory of extremist views rather than serving all of his constituents. District 7 should have got the message when he established his office in Jackson, lacking access to the greater Lansing area constituents. Some are suggesting that sleeping on the couch in his office to save on federal spending might be his greatest achievement. The greater Lansing area needs leadership to provide solutions and support for addressing employment, poverty, aging and education, rather than the distortion of personal accomplishments that have not happened.

Finally, the Town Hall meetings need to have Congressmen that actually attend, receive and listen rather than structuring written responses, and engage in open debate. My observation that the facade of constituent service insults the voters. It remains that the ineptness is no longer acceptable. Mid- Michigan will change in November, thankfully.

John F. Greenslit

Lansing



Brixie’s land-use role disputed

It’s important to note that Kyle Melinn’s article on the local State Rep races (May 16) was not entirely correct when he said Julie Brixie (had) “experience ... in developing the first-ever local land use preservation program”: in fact, the Land Use Preservation millage was placed on the ballot by the all-Republican Township Board in 2000 and championed, then steered, by the late, great Republican Clerk Mary Helmbrecht. The program was approved with 56 percent of the vote, so it’s not surprising that a come-lately Democrat would then claim credit for this popular and effective program. Again, the true credit belongs to Mary Helmbrecht.

T.E. Klunzinger

Haslett