2012-06-16 / Letters

‘Have To Stand Up For Mackinac Island’

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to a letter to the editor, “Is Mackinac Island A Unique Destination,” written by James P. Dieleman in the June 9-15 edition of the paper. In the letter, Mr. Dieleman compares Mackinac Island to Mackinaw City, declares them the same, and asks “Why bother” visiting Mackinac Island? As a previous Town Crier intern who spent two summers on the Island, I have to stand up for the Island. Aside from the charm of the downtown area, the Island is full of history, beautiful nature, and wonderful, kind people. To me, the Island is akin to the Cheers Bar. Visiting the Island, people remember me from years ago. It’s like I never left. And it’s a feeling that I don’t get anywhere else than when I’m on the Island. I know that I was more than a summer visitor, but I think views like Mr. Dieleman’s are shortsighted, at best. The Island is a treasure trove, but only if you are willing to explore beyond the downtown area and the harbor. I truly hope that despite the recent unrest about downtown expansions, people will be willing to give Mackinac Island a chance. If you don’t go beyond Mackinaw City, you are definitely missing out. To me, Mackinac Island is one of the most spectacular places in Michigan. I cannot say enough about the Island or its people. And I can’t wait to visit again, soon.

Leslie Rott

Ann Arbor

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