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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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 11/11/04

Various - November 11th, 2004
Condolences
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 you’re 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 I’m 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 party’s 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 yesterday’s 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 doesn’t let go and move to the center it will cease to exist as a viable force in American politics. If the Northern Express doesn’t 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? We’ll 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

 
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