Letters to the Editor Nov. 14, 2020

Recycling needed
Dear Editor,
Recycling is more than sorting your trash. Recycling can be looking at local charitable and consignment stores not only as a place to drop off our used clothing for resale, but also a rich source for purchases.
When we buy a lamp or a side table from these stores, we do not contribute to deforestation, we do not exploit third world labor, we do not add to pollution. When we find a dandy wheelbarrow, a flawless piece of crystal, a book, a box of new candles, a sweater we not only save money (the prices are silly low) but we also help people in need in our communities.
When we donate our old stuff, we know that it will not end up in a landfill. Consider a different way of shopping that can be a new way to recycle.
Bonnie Beltramo
We can do better
Dear Editor,
I would like to say thank you for your vote of confidence and support with electing me as one of your Village of Ortonville Trustees. I am very excited for the opportunity to serve our community in this role. We heard you loud and clear about your desire for change. Please know that I want to hear your ideas, visions and issues that you may have and will acknowledge your communication. A special thanks to the Kratt family and local businesses for your movement of solidarity and support. As always, thank you to the many volunteers and poll workers that put many hours and work in the voting process.
WE CAN DO BETTER was not just a slogan….it is my belief. All of us are very fortunate to live in such a nice community of friends and neighbors. I only ask that you become involved and stay involved. In these unprecedented times, we need each other and our community more than ever. Once again, I thank you for the honor to serve this place we call home. Melanie Nivelt melanierepresents@gmail.com
Dear Editor,
There are lessons to be learned from the Cloward-Piven strategy for chaos which Americans are currently experiencing.
Number One: Freedom is not free. It absolutely requires citizens to make investments of time and money, along with informed decision-making, in order to maintain and preserve the freedoms delineated in the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Number Two: We must teach our history, warts and all, to our children. How else will they become citizens who will pass on to their children the story of a great nation? Pioneers and patriots were willing to die to keep America from totalitarianism and all those other “isms” which threaten to destroy the American way of life.
Number Three: We cannot allow factions to destroy the American spirit of inclusion. We all have an ethnic background in one sense or another; however, we are also people who are free, and we share our freedom with others who declare allegiance to the American Dream. Asserting an American identity does not equal bigotry. It equals a gift of liberty. Right now, we ignore these lessons at the cost of our nation and of our children’s futures. Marilyn Plenar Webb
(In response to, “Don’t Rush Me,” a column by Don Rush, Nov. 7, page 7)
Just not worth it
Dear Editor,
Rush: “I wonder how long restaurants can survive, now, starting this week the state mandates they need to keep track of all patrons’ personal info and reduce the number of patrons to only 50. How many of you are going to stop going to restaurants because you do not want to be contact-traced? Can ma and pa shops survive another shut down? Any ideas out there from the peanut gallery how we can keep are local small businesses afloat? Please send them to me.”
Response: Personally, I understand why some would be leery about providing their name and phone number for Covid tracing in a bar or restaurant. I don’t think Big Brother really cares what I am doing but some may feel differently. But heads up, very important! Never order a pizza from your phone you will be required to give your name and number and if you have it delivered they will have your address. Never ever make a dinner reservation. Again sharing name and number. Not wise to order anything online they will have all the info above plus your e-mail address. This one is big, when the Country Club has a drawing for a free round of golf don’t enter. To win you have to provide your name and phone number. The same info they ask for to set at the bar upstairs. Very dangerous.
Just not worth it. Lynn Hoffman, Goodrich,

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