A Canadian friend of mine sent me his condolences the morning after our election. I think his words may summarize the feelings of a lot of people here and abroad:
I was reminded of that Tom Waits song, ‘Step Right Up‘, in which the narrator hocks a mythical product that will do everything. Very funny.
Anyway he says it will give you the erection that wins the election. I kinda‘ think Bush got his hands on this product and youre all about to reach down for the soap in the prison shower.
Timothy Young, President/Chef
Food For Thought, Inc. Honor
Jesus was conservative
I would hope that I would not be so grandiose as to assume that I knew the political bent of God or His Son Jesus, but, given the results of the election, it would appear that Jesus is a little more conservative than the woman that professed Jesus was a liberal. Fortunately, God still loves this country in spite of how we show it and nothing happens in His world by mistake.
Shawn Robinson TC
Lower the voting age
With the elections drawing to a conclusion, me and my beloved friends must sit back and simply watch as our fates are decided for us. To my high school I am a 16-year-old pupil, a mind worthy of molding into something splendid. I am seen as a poet, an author, and so much more. But the past four years have stained American hands with Iraqi blood. My use has shifted from student to soldier, a weapon at the finger tips of political injustice. To them my mind will get in the way. Soon my country will request me to take a leave, to cross the sands of Iraq and better them with a storm of bullets.
This very election could decide “saint or soldier“ for me. The next four years will set the path of my life to come, yet I have no say.Why, because Im not 18? If the results of this election will change the fates of those who are younger than 18, then I strongly suggest the age to vote be lowered. Let us decide what we will become. Is it so hard to let the young choose who they grow up to be?
Joseph Grace Manistee
$5,000 raised by runners
Thank you so much for the wonderful coverage of our Women‘s Remembrance Run for 2004 in the Northern Express.
What a great article and many terrific photographs of our special event. Thanks for all your effort in helping to make this such a great success! We contributed approximately $5,000 to the Womens Cancer Fund on behalf of our run.
Marilyn Schulz TC
Significance of Bush
Have you yet absorbed the magnitude and significance of the overwhelming re-election of President George W. Bush? This was not a stolen election. This was a mandate from the people of the United States as they gave the President the largest number of votes in history. This was the first time since 1988 (when his father did it) that a president gained more than 50% of the popular vote (something Clinton never did) and the first time since the 1940s that an incumbent president increased his partys membership in both houses of Congress while gaining re-election.
The Republican Party won every state in the South. In all 11 states where the proposition was on the ballot, including Michigan, the people made it clear by overwhelming margins that they will not tolerate same sex marriages or unions. Two pro-life Republican senators were sent to Congress. Are you beginning to get the message? There is a strong, conservative, moral climate alive and growing in America. Ignore its thunder to your own detriment.
Tom Tomorrow is yesterdays hamburger. So is Michael Moore, Sean Penn, Teddy Kennedy, and the incessant, vicious, vitriolic, ultra-liberal drumbeat of the Northern Express. The bankrupt liberal philosophy that now holds the Democratic party in its grip has been firmly rejected by the American people. If the party doesnt let go and move to the center it will cease to exist as a viable force in American politics. If the Northern Express doesnt let go, it will become a cartoonish forum for the hate-filled leftist blabberings of the Michael Moores of the world, at risk to fall off the left bank of the universe.
If your repeated pleas for a united America were more than just empty rhetoric, then put down your slings and arrows, take a good look at this popular president, and assist him in his quest to make the United States safer and stronger. Or will you stay Moore-ized with hate and continue to whimper and whine as you criticize everything the president does or says? Well soon see.
Frank Breen Lake Leelanau
(Thanks Frank, but please remember, we also run hate-filled rightist blabberings here as well. -- ed.)
Worse than 1,000 Hitlers
I can hear them. Crying. Wailing. But a silent grief. 45 million of them now. How can we be a party to such horror? How can we ignore such brutality? Christianity teaches love. Unconditional. Pure. Forgiving. there is no room for a self-serving heretical Christian.
Our great country isn‘t really that great. Our great country is weak. Weak in the knees. Weak in the spine. Rich, but greedy. Compassionate, but indifferent. We scream when an injustice is done. But we are silent as millions of our own flesh and blood are drawn, kicking, torn limb from limb, thrown away, discarded. An inconvenience resolved.
When you see a baby in a store or on the street, think of the millions that didn‘t make it. Ask for forgiveness. Forgive me for my animonisty. Forgive me for not speaking what my heart feels. Forgive my country for condoning such mass murder. Death of the innocents more abhorrent than a thousand Hitlers.
Please carry a new conviction with you from this day forward. Please be merciful, and please let your heart and conscience speak out against this true sadness against God and against the human spirit.
Gene Meeuwenberg TC