By Readers


Refocus on clean energy

It is disturbing to be part of a hypocritical society that has proficient leaders calling out ‘RENEWABLE,’ ‘GREEN ENERGY,’ etc. on one hand and having propositions for new coal plants on the other hand. This certainly is an appalling decision to come up with at a time when the country is a leader of pollution of all sorts. Why is it hard for our leaders to see the intellectual strength of this nation? Why do they fail to rely on that to establish green technologies and more sustainable jobs? Why would they want to grab all of us of a healthy living?

Well, one can either choose to do the “right” thing or take a tour of Michigan before it is left to dilapidate with soot and smog.

— Robin Bala Chandran East Lansing

America’s modern political climate is characterized by empty gestures and mere symbols of progress. The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 is no exception. While it is a proverbial step in the right direction, this legislation (more affectionately known as “ACES”) will be a watered-down version of itself once passed through the Senate.

On July 4, we celebrated another year of American independence. While this is a lovely sentiment, the methods by which we do this are embarrassing: setting off fireworks as mindless entertainment to pollute the country we love, the greatest country in the world. The greatest country in the world needs jobs. It needs the Environmental Protection Agency to continue protecting public health. It needs investments in clean, renewable technologies. And it needs us to get the word out.

— Sabrina Cook Lansing

Support for Bernero

There was a community gathering at Beck Park on the city’s south side (last week), and Mayor Virg Bernero stopped by.

As he was chatting with citizens, he mentioned that his proudest accomplishment in his first four years was a sidewalk and gutter installation on Northrup Street between Cedar Street and Washington Avenue.

It’s hard to remember now how truly frightening that stretch of road was as little as a year ago. It’s a highly traveled connector between Cedar and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Proof of that is in the stoplight at Cedar and Washington, and two additional stop signs between that relatively short stretch. This is just to control the speed and flow of traffic between those major north-south arteries and the busy neighborhoods in between.

Before, Northrup was a tight, twolane blacktop with lots of traffic, much of it exceeding the posted 25 mph. For pedestrians and bike riders, there were impassable stretches where you’d have to venture out by the crumbling asphalt onto the minimal shoulder and share the road with whizzing cars. It was tragedy waiting to happen.

The city had several times tried to put safer paths in place, but a small group of determined homeowners consistently blocked improvements. Bernero was able to complete the project on the city’s dime. I know, the city’s dime is our dime, but it is a worthwhile investment to keep our school kids and pedestrians out of harm’s way.

If you’re looking for "concrete results" check out the sidewalks and bike path on Northrup Street. Re-elect Mayor Virg Bernero.

— Charlie Barshaw Lansing

Healthy food costs

I am responding to the letter about Magdalena’s Tea House. The writer felt that the food was too expensive.

I had gone to the Tea House since it opened. The owner served excellent healthy food. The food kept a large clientele coming back time after time.

It cost money to eat well. Raw foods are excellent for the body. The Tea House even had classes teaching principles of a raw food diet and excellent entertainment.

The owner is highly regarded in the health food community and will be missed by many who know and love her.

Whoever wrote the offending letter might have researched the benefits of raw foods and the costs of running a small business before sprouting off. Many friends of Mico’s have been offended by it.

— Terry Silberstein East Lansing