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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Letters 4/11/02

Various - April 11th, 2002
Stop the sprawl

The Express deserves praise for a recent flow of articles and letters concerning sprawl, threats to the region‘s natural resources, and the changing face of Northern Michigan.
There can be little doubt that all of the counties, townships, and villages along the Lake Michigan shoreline are faced with the same problems of growth and how to manage it. This story has been on-going for the last 20 years and it appears will go on for many more years. It is the top story in our region and deserves continuous coverage by the Express, Record-Eagle, and all other local media.
Each of the counties, townships, and villages has updated master plans that involved extensive surveys of public opinion. They all indicate the top priority of area residents is protecting the natural resources and existing character of the region, yet our wetlands are still being filled, farmland divided into subdivisions, thousands of trees cut, condominiums built along fragile shoreline areas and small villages faced with doubling of current populations. The rate of change is accelerating rapidly and there seems to be no end in sight as proposed beltways, bypasses, oversized resorts, and any number of other development projects threaten to open new corridors of sprawl. In some cases, the courts wil be thrust into action to determine if and how all this growth will proceed.
In the meantime, conservancies, watershed councils, land use institutes, lake associations, coalitions for sensible growth, and an ever-growing number of other concerned groups and individuals are growing in number and popularity. Their efforts to protect the region‘s valuable natural resources and rural character mandated in all of the region‘s governmental master plans is crucial. The big question is why our elected and appointed officials at the state, county and local levels are not representing this mandate.
The Express is serving a valuable role by presenting this on-going story in an intelligent and in-depth way that will not only inform readers, but urge them to get involved. Keep up the good work and remember, good journalism promotes thought and action.

Greg Reisig • Elk Rapids


Go Yob

Chuck Yob has faithfully served the Republican Party for over 30 years and
should not resign from his position as Michigan Republican National
Committeeman and it was ridiculous for Lt. Gov. Dick Posthumus to ask. The
grassroots have spoken and they do not want to lose Chuck Yob.
Chuck has solid record of working hard to recruit women not only to run for
office but to also stay active in the Party. I am such an example as Chuck
has inspired me to stay active in Republican politics.
The elections are coming up fast and we, as Republicans, need to get back on
track. Now more than ever we need a unified front working to get all our
candidates elected, not just Posthumus for Governor but Rocky for Senate,
Mike Cox for Attorney General, and Terri Land for Secretary of State!
Let‘s support Chuck Yob. Period. Exclamation Point.

Jill Coleman • Swartz Creek

Church cover-up

The cover-up of scandals in the USA, and elsewhere, is present within many churches,
and not just the Catholic Church, and affects all who claim to be “Christian,“ thereby
influencing religions throughout the whole world.
There are many who say they love God, but in reality, they are spiritually lukewarm, for they do not truly practice their faith.
Our country needs more than “flag waving“ to restore it to it‘s former greatness - it needs a “spiritual awaking“ so that people of all faiths will again come to realize the needs of their fellow countrymen, and offer their time and talents to help the less fortunate, not only in the
USA, but in other countries as well. Only then will we have true peace within ourselves,
and also contribute to bringing a just peace to our troubled world.

Vincent Bemowski • Menasha, WI

Arctic drilling

As countless businesses both large and small found out in California a year
ago, an energy crunch can be devastating. Now think of the consequences if
the entire country faced an energy shortage.
That‘s why the U.S. Senate should follow the U.S. House‘s lead when it
returns from its Spring recess and pass President Bush‘s energy plan -
particularly the part that would authorize exploration for new oil in the
remote ANWR region in northern Alaska.
The reality is, America‘s dependence on foreign oil is growing dramatically.
In the 1970‘s, this country only imported a only a third of its oil. Today,
almost 60% of our oil comes from foreign sources. And about 10% of those
imports come from Iraq alone.
It only takes a sliver of common sense to recognize that with uncertainty in
the Middle East, this country needs the option of producing more energy here
at home.
Exploring ANWR makes great sense. ANWR is projected to produce over a
million barrels of oil a day - about 20 percent of domestic oil supplies.
It could replace all of the oil we now import from Iraq for the next 50
years.
And ANWR has another advantage: the 2000 acres needed for oil production
(about the size of a regional airport) is in about the most remote and
desolate place in the entire country. In fact, even the roads in ANWR will
be made of ice. As other areas of oil production in Alaska have
demonstrated, this about the most environmentally safe place in this country
to drill for oil.

Darrell McKigney
President, Small Business Survival Committee
Washington, D.C.

Turn off the tube
I am writing on behalf of National TV-Turnoff Week, to be held April 22-28. I am hoping that your publication will consider publicizing this nationwide event along with any local activities that ean provide an alternative to watching TV during that week.
Each year millions of children and adults across the country take those seven days to explore life without TV. In schools, churches, libraries, community organizations, and homes across the nation, folks will take the time to read, exercise, explore the outdoors, talk with friends and family, finish lingering projects and try new hobbies.

Sharron May, TV-Turnoff Coordinator
 
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