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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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 10/7/04

Various - October 7th, 2004
Baby exposed to smoke
My wife, our seven-month-old baby girl, and I were dining recently at a restaurant in Traverse City. The hostess and wait staff were very hospitable and arranged for us to sit outside on the patio to enjoy the wonderful pre-Autumn weather.
While my wife and I were entertaining our baby and awaiting our appetizer, a gentleman arrived with three guests and sat at the table next to us. He began smoking in the direction of my baby girl. I kindly requested if he could please refrain from smoking out of consideration for the tender lungs of the baby, to which he proclaimed that he was the owner of the restaurant and said, “You should not have brought your baby to my restaurant.” It is odd that he would proclaim his restaurant to be anti-baby when he has high chairs along the wall.
Since the experience, I have become aware of Senate Bill 186, proposing a smoke-free dining act. The bill has been stalled for over a year by Republican Senator Jason Allen of Traverse City.
Research not funded by tobacco companies strongly connect second-hand smoke to lung damage, including cancer. Especially susceptible to the harmful effects of second hand smoke are the lungs of children. Since some people seem to care little about the health risks of smoking even when a minor is sitting right across from them, Senate Bill 186 may be the only way to curb such inhumane behavior. I encourage readers who feel as I do to sign the petition supporting this bill at the following website: www.smokefreediningpetition.com/.

Peter Kim • Dearborn

Devil in the details
I am amazed and astounded by the number of Republicans who are either unable or unwilling to articulate their positions. I have yet to meet one single flag-waving, SUV- driving, Limbaugh-loving GOP diehard that can maintain a debate for any more than a couple of seconds before storming off in a dark cloud of ignorant frustration.
Once beyond their tax-and-spend, Kerry flip-flops, Clinton bashing rhetoric, their ammo is spent. There is no serious discourse about policy, the state of the economy, the root causes of terrorism, health care, the environment or the Patriot Act and how it impacts the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th amendments in our Bill of Rights.
Republicans, the devil is in the details. Get beyond the sloganeering and jingoism and look for the facts. You will either buttress your position and sound more knowledgeable or you will see for yourselves what a complete sham this administration represents.

David Gault • Cedar

More on Mr. Disgusted
Dear Disgusted Downstater (Letters 9/23), Did you happen to pick up the Record-Eagle or watch the local news on TV? Neither media outlet gave more than two minutes to covering the protest against President Bush.
And please (regarding the woman who was kicked out of the rally), a “hostile message“? It was a Kerry/Edwards button she was wearing, not some obscene phrase or even a negative Bush sticker. This is a democracy, not a bushocracy, and you need to grow up.

Kristen Spears • Petoskey

Rotten in Acme
Here are some observations of a retired editor concerning the Acme Township proposal called the Village at Grand Traverse and the Downtown Development Authority which are being pursued so actively by the lame-duck township board.
Why have the names of the investors in the village proposal never been made known except for frontman Jim Goss? They must have formed a corporation, and all corporations must file the names of investors.
That’s public information. Knowing who the investors are might help explain the extraordinary push to get the proposal approved before the supervisor and trustees leave office in the wake of the Aug. 3 primary in which they were all defeated by about two-to-one. It seems to me that this is a hole in the coverage of the story that needs to be filled.
Another hole that needs filling are the names of the land owners who would be included in the 2,400-acre Downtown Development Authority being so actively perused by the Acme trustees. This might explain why a township which has no downtown needs a downtown authority. Most of the 2,400-acre area is composed of orchards and farmland.
Something is rotten in Denmark. Maybe it‘s the decaying body of representative government.

Wallace P. Town • Acme

He‘s no conservative
Bush claims a cloak of “conservative.” What exactly is he conserving? Not my tax dollars. Not my liberty. Not the moral standards of my society. The only thing he seems to be conserving – rapidly expanding is more like it – is the arbitrary power that the federal government holds over our lives. We should be afraid, very afraid. Did we learn nothing from the ‘50s? Do not give up your voice!

Karla Smith • Cadillac

Short ‘n‘ sweet
Although the president is an idiot who led us to war, we must support him because: we’re at war. This proves we are a nation of idiots.

Ben Hansen • TC

Deep divisions
The political fray to which the people of this country are subjected makes for deep concern.
The divisions which exist in a once united nation are evil by their nature and subvert democracy. They may be compared to those of the Civil War. Economic and social disunities are similar in degree if not in kind as is the useless destruction of lives.
Our period of peril is created by an administration whose leadership instituted a program which attempts to democratize the world based on a lust for geopolitical and domestic power as the major motivation behind global misadventures.
Blaise Pascal, a 17th century philosopher ,said, “Men never do evil more completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.“ Transpose this idea to the zeal with which we are asked to consider the enforced “liberation“ of a nation as a worthy goal without responsible understanding of consequences. Evil manifests itself in many ways. The evil we face is a divided nation.

Frank Tosiello • TC

Deadly mistakes in Iraq
Don‘t confuse stubborness with leadership. George W. Bush has said he “miscalculated“ what the conditions would be in Iraq after the invasion. This was apparently his father‘s reason for not sending troops into Baghdad in 1991, and current information made no impression.
In “Blind into Baghdad“ (Atlantic Monthly, Jan. 2004), James Fallows documents the extensive post-war planning, inside and outside the government, that preceded the war.
All information agreed with the Army War College assessment that occupying Iraq would be much more difficult than defeating it. All groups were specific in their warnings, but the administration remained aloof.
The office of Secretary of Defense forbade Pentagon representatives to attend a two-day post-war exercise organized by the National Intelligence Council at the CIA. Non-governmental organizations with long years of post-war experience around the world were ignored.
Ultimately, the problems we‘ve encountered are the very ones the administration was warned against by U.S. agencies.
This behavior follows the Bush pattern of ignoring people and facts that don‘t agree with him.
Miscalculation? No, this was a deadly mistake, born of arrogance and passed off as leadership -- an error of truly tragic proportions. Only the electorate can tell the emperor he has no clothes.

Linda Badalucco • Carp Lake



 
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