JOHN and NANCY DOYLE: What kind of community do we want to be?

TO THE EDITOR:

It is the eve of an important decision to tonight by the zoning board of Mecosta Township, of which we are residents.

Last month a proposal to open a topless bar at the site of the former Serendipity Restaurant (last known as the Ruddy Dux bar) was discussed. We were among the many concerned citizens at that meeting and it was a clear consensus that area folks do not want the “Gentlemen’s Club 131” to be allowed in our locale.

The Pioneer’s account of that vocal meeting labeled the protesters as mostly “religious.” It is true that many Amish men in attendance spoke out against the Godlessness of a topless bar here, as did more than 40 men and women who live in the township. They questioned what type of person will be invited to come to our area, and they worried about college students combining drinking with sexual arousal in such a place. One man provided statistical documentation for the board – evidence that, given the crime rates currently a local problem, an escalation brought by the bar would be a major concern.

When the Amish settled in our midst, they quickly assimilated as good neighbors and friends. They’ve shown how to live, sometimes in difficult circumstances, and raise families with admirable values. We believe that any one of them, whether they knew us or not, would try to help us if we needed something. Of course, they are upset at the prospect of having a topless “girlie” bar near their homes in Stanwood. We all are.

We appreciate this beautiful woods-and-water county we live in, and the civic pride displayed in its city and hamlets. Folks live here to enjoy the “quality” of Mecosta Township and county. Will we cheapen it now and forever by making a place for the entertainment of “gentlemen”?

It seems the Amish and the local men who live here are the real gentlemen.

JOHN and NANCY DOYLE

Mecosta Township

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