By Readers

Fix typos

In the Feb. 10 issue the Acorn article:

“Michigan is expected to loose one member of Congress… .” I believe “lose” was intended.

The Bernero article: “This is a usual year,” Ruff said… .” I believe “an unusual year” was intended.

I don’t read your paper often but when I do, I have noticed that errors such as these occur frequently. Why does this happen? Don’t your writers realize that spell check will not correct improper usage? Is it a time issue? I am not an English major but these errors pop right off the page.

It seems to me that these continual errors erode your reputation as a credible news source. This is further troubling when one considers the decimation of the Lansing State Journal political reporting staff. The only publication left to fill this void is the City Pulse. I hope you take the time to address and remedy these easily correctable errors.

— Jeffrey Kristin East Lansing

Civil discourse

I read with complete agreement the recent letter from Matt Letts concerning the state of civility (or lack thereof) in our political discussions. My views are often 180 degrees from yours, but that does not keep me from appreciating your viewpoint.

Political arguments are always worth the effort, it’s the tone of those arguments that’s troubling. I don’t think much of several of Barrack Obama’s positions, and am willing to argue against the policies as long as my adversaries are willing to accept that their position might be wrong. Certainly, I’ve been around long enough to know that many of the positions I’ve advocated haven’t held up to scrutiny, and many other positions have. I’m willing to hear the other side, because sometimes I’m just wrong.

Letts talks about having respect for office holders and I could not agree more. Although many liberals hated Bush so much it colored their view of anything he proposed, I suspect the same of Obama. Their policies are rooted in what they perceive as best for the country, and yet people will continue to savage them personally rather than argue with their ideas.

I realize that attacks on those whose policies you disagree with rather than the policy itself is a tradition in this country, albeit a shameful one. I have some experience with personal attacks for volunteering (that’s volunteering, mind you) to serve as I am sure many of your readers do.

So, thank you to Letts. I suspect we would have political disagreements and maybe even could engage in a political argument or two without being personally disagreeable with each other. It can and should happen often.

— Dennis Muchmore Laingsburg

Resign to run

I have given much thought to Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero running for governor. There is a trend that Bernero seems to use while running for public office: He always has a job to fall back on. This run for governor affords him that same protection again on the heels of a successful re-election.

Now here is where I have a big problem with his attempt to run for governor: He will be campaigning for this office while being paid to be the mayor. A city worker would have to use their personal time to go to a doctor’s appointment, school conference for their child or any personal matter. But the mayor is allowed to use on the job time for his campaign. This not only takes him away from the job, but pays him with city dollars to campaign for another political job.

Randy Hannan, the mayor’s deputy chief of staff, says that "You’ll never see a more hands-on guy than this.” I would suggest that if you are a hands on guy, you need to be available to provide the leadership that you were entrusted with by the voters of Lansing.

At-Large Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar was asked if the mayor should receive a salary while he is out campaigning. She replied, "Why not? I mean seriously, how many days a week do I work as a Council member?" I can answer that: you were elected to a parttime position and not as the mayor earning around $100,000 per year.

If you want to run for governor, Bernero, my suggestion is that you resign as mayor. Please allow another person to fulfill the duties of that office, one who will give it the full time attention that is warranted. Campaign on your own time and money.

— William Jackson Lansing