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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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‘We take hard cases‘ A. C. Paws celebrates with a pet reunion

Danielle Horvath - May 19th, 2005
For the past nine years, A. C. Paw has rescued over 3,000 cats, dogs, puppies and kittens in Northern Michigan which would have otherwise been destroyed. This often means animals that have been abused, neglected, sick or when there is no room at the local shelters.
To celebrate their successes, they are having their second annual “Family Reunion” day on Saturday, May 21, 11 a.m. 5 p.m. at PetSmart in Traverse City. Anyone who has adopted a pet through A.C. Paw is encouraged to bring their animal, or a picture of them to the reunion. Highlights of the day will include door prizes, a display, and a raffle of specially-built dog houses to support the Gimme Shelter Project. The event will be broadcast live by Steve Cook from WTCM.
“This is a chance for all our volunteers to see the results of their hard work and dedication,” says Brian Manley, co-founder of A.C. Paw, along with partner June McGrath.
“We take the hard cases,” said Manley, “like dogs with Parvo, kittens and puppies that require round-the-clock feedings and older animals who need somewhere to live out their last years.” Parvo is a virus that primarily attacks puppies and is often fatal. A.C. Paw volunteers have turned around 41 Parvo infected dogs to live long, healthy lives. They have handled more than 220 orphaned puppies and kittens, many of whom would’ve died if they hadn’t received their care.
The all volunteer, non-profit group of 30 plus provides foster care homes that take in animals that need special care and attention. The group works to find adoptive homes through their special adoption days at Pet Smart. Cats and kittens are available for adoption through A.C. Paw on Tuesday and Thursday nights 6-8 p.m. and Saturdays, 1-6 p.m. Volunteers also bring adoptive dogs and puppies in on Saturdays.
Over the past two years, A.C. Paw has been working to provide dog houses to protect outside dogs against the harsh Northern Michigan winters. The Gimme Shelter Dog Housing Project has brought shelter to over 20 dogs with the number growing each year. Donations of dog houses and/or materials that would aid in the construction or repair is appreciated. They will also take old dog houses and refurbish them.
A.C. Paw relies solely on volunteer donations to do its work. Approximately 85% of contributions go for veterinary care, food, or other items such as kennels, cat beds and litter. The Lundstrom Family Foundation has played a critical role in keeping A.C. Paw operations viable. A.C. Paw is located in Mancelona, but works with people and animals from all over the Grand Traverse area. For information, contact Brian Manley at 231-587-0738. Their mailing address: P.O. Box 130, Mancelona, 49659.


A home for Rosco
Rosco is a happy, healthy, playful puppy who has joined our family since we adopted him from A.C. Paw over a month ago. He has grown twice his size, has found his favorite sleeping spots in the house, and has learned that cats have sharp claws. My son Ben is training him to walk on a leash, fetch a ball and plans on making him his fishing buddy this summer as soon as he can get him used to the water.
Rosco is still chewing on things he shouldn’t, he wants to play when everyone else wants to watch a movie, and he still has an accident now and then in the house, but he is also becoming part of the family.
Raising a puppy is a lot like raising a child – it requires patience, training and a lot of love. And, like children, the results don’t always come right away, but when they do, you know it’s all been worth it. A good dog can be a true friend and life long companion.
-- Danielle Horvath

XXX NEWS
The Michigan House has approved sending the U.S. Congress a resolution supporting the creation of an “.xxx” Internet domain name that would allow parents to better protect their children from adult web sites.
House Resolution 30, introduced by State Rep. Howard Walker, R-Traverse City, urges the federal government to require the U.S. Department of Commerce to establish an “.xxx” Internet domain.
“Seven new domain names were created a couple of years ago, but that didn’t include the ‘.xxx’ one that was also proposed,” said Walker. “It’s important that this domain be implemented so parents, schools, libraries and others can more easily use software to block access to materials inappropriate for children.“
Walker said in a release that he has been working on the .xxx idea with Congressman Dave Camp and there‘s reason to believe the U.S. Congress will consider it.

CALLING ALL WOOKIES:
The Force is with Star Wars lovers in Petoskey: The Petoskey Cinema is having a premiere showing of “Star Wars Episode 3“ at 12 a.m. on Thursday, May 19. Manager Julie Jamison says tickets are available now, at $20 which includes reserved seating, a preshow party with all you can eat pizza, pop, and popcorn.

PROGRESSIVE RADIO
Conservative radio station WTCM, 580-AM is taking a look at the liberal side of the issues with a new Progressive Wednesdays show hosted by Ron Jolly at 9 a.m.
The show was instigated by TC Common Sense, a newly-formed group which lobbied the station to present more balance in its programming. TC Common Sense will help choose topics and guests.

KID STUFF:
A new “Let‘s Get Moving“ program has been launched by health care providers in 20 Northern Michigan counties with the goal of turning sedentary kids into lifelong exercisers.
Let‘s Get Moving kids record the number of miles they walk over a 100 day period with equivalent points awarded for other activities such as swimming, dancing, gardening, golf and more. Credit can also be earned for participants who eat healthy or quit smoking.
Kids are also eligible for prizes from local sponsors. Let’s Get Moving will continue through the end of August when final miles will be tallied.
Cirque du Soleil performer and World Champion Rope Jumper Rene Bibaud will highlight two Kick Off sessions in Traverse City, including a Friday, May 20 event at 7 p.m. at the theater entrance to the Grand Traverse Mall.
For info call the LGM hotline at (231) 935-2909, or visit www.lgmnm.org.

JAZZFEST R.I.P.
The Suttons Bay Jazzfest has been cancelled this summer due to a major act dropping out of its lineup because of health problems.
“Rather than compromise the quality of our presentation or sacrifice the integrity of our mission, we have chosen to take a one-year recess,“ states a release from the Jazzfest, which had been set to complete its 13th year of presenting classic jazz and big band music.
 
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