Letters to the Editor week of 11-6-08



To the Editor:

 I got quite a kick in seeing a picture of Mike Jones in the local paper honoring the two ladies for their many years of service on the election board. I, too, praise the ladies for their commitment to such a worthy cause. I will add, however, that I was not surprised to see Mike front and foremost in the picture as that seems to be the time he and a lot of politicians shine. I call this “Show and Tell” or “Look at Me, I’m Important.”

 I have many times appealed to Mike for support of the Markland bridge or at least for him to see what he could do in speaking with the commissioners to see if anything can be done in order to leave the bridge standing. The last time I received a response from Mike, he asked me to contact him if I had any more questions. I did contact Mike, (by way of e-mail, as that is the only way I can reach him), with more questions and like many times before, I am still waiting for replies.

 I’m not asking that Mike would have a passion for this old bridge that many of us do, I am just simply asking that he show the same courtesy that he would when asked to appear for a photo-op. You can rest assured if we win this fight in saving the Markland bridge and get a crew in there to clean up, (which I am told the county still hasn’t done), and make a few repairs, Mike Jones will be there for the rededication, with his suit and tie on and beaming brightly. I, for one, would most likely ask him to leave.

And while I’m on the subject of non-support, the biggest part of the puzzle is the local Historical Society. What gives with you people? Steve Bladen has explained it for the most part, in that you folks appear to be afraid of possibly losing funding, but he didn’t explain why you would allow a historic wrought iron bridge, the only thru truss bridge left in the county, be taken down for a few dollars a year. Try to keep in mind that the historical society was at one time and may again some day be, fully volunteer. You survived before the casino came to the county and you will survive when it leaves. It is also rather puzzling that your organization can be so selective in what you call historic.

I visited the museum on main street years ago and saw exhibits pertaining to the ferry boat Martha A. Graham and also of the steamboats and river trade in general. The Markland bridge carried a lot of the river trade across Log Lick Creek, as merchants east of Markland took their wares to meet the steamboats and other smaller boats at Vevay. I’m quite positive that many of the merchants would use the docks at Markland as well, but I’m just as positive that the Markland bridge played a big part in the history of shipping on the river. So you see, history isn’t just about famous people, old buildings, riverboats and dates, bridges have their place in the spotlights also.

 Harold Scudder

Homer, Michigan