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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Staff Reports - March 10th, 2005
Benefit for Tim Harrington‘s children
Volunteering in the South Pacific

Johnny Walker, a bartender at Leo‘s Lounge in Petoskey, says the thing he remembers most about Tim Harrington was his sense of humor.
“He was a really good person, really funny and open,“ Walker says.
“He was a pretty interesting character,“ he adds. “Really animated and a big pool player. He used to come in and play pool with his brother and if he won he used to make his brother get down and do push-ups. He always made us laugh.“
Walker and Leo‘s Lounge are hosting a benefit this Wednesday, March 19 for the three children Tim Harrington left behind in the wake of his murder on the evening of Jan. 17. His roommate, Bradford Carl Ross, 35, has been charged in 90th District Court with first degree murder for allegedly beating Mr. Harrington to death with a baseball bat during a fight at their home on Sheridan Street in Petoskey. The charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.
A pit boss in charge of supervising gaming tables at Victories Casino, Mr. Harrington is survived by two sons and a daughter. Walker says the mother of Mr. Harrington‘s daughter died of a brain tumor, so the need for funds is especially pressing.
To lend a hand, Leo‘s Lounge is hosting a Chuck Barris-style “Gong Show“ karaoke night on Wednesday with a $3 cover to benefit the children. “The highest bidder will also be able to gong someone out,“ Walker adds. A professional
karaoke team called Kick-Ass Karaoke will be on hand to rev up the crowd.
Walker says he hopes Tim Harrington‘s memory will turn out the town in support of his children. “He had a really big funeral here,“ he says. “Tim knew everyone.“

Wrapping a river:
Kathryn Wadsworth, a 1983 graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, is involved in a proposed “Over the River“ project with artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, who just wrapped up their historic “The Gates“ installation in New York City.
Wadworth was a state park officer in the late ‘90s when the artists first began considering the Arkansas River in Colorado for a project designed to cover 6.7 miles of the river with fabric. The project was delayed when the artists decided to create “The Gates in New York first. In case you missed it, “The Gates“ installed 7,500 fabric panels along 23 miles of Central Park pathways on February 12.
Today, as executive director of the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association, Wadsworth is working with the artists to determine the fate of the “Over the River“ project. If it‘s a go, the sheer wrap will follow the contours of the river for a temporary installation.

School Daze
Gaylord‘s Montessori school struggles to hold its own

Katy Ross, a mother from Elmira with three children in the Gaylord School District, is doing her best to keep the doors open on an innovative new Montessori school in the district.
Recently, she and other parents were warned that the district may have to close the school in the face of a $1.2 million shortfall in state funding.
“It‘s a statewide problem and we‘ve had declining enrollment in the district for the past five years,“ Ross concedes. Still, she‘s disappointed with the threat of the possible closing because the “magnet school“ actually brings new students and state revenues into the district.
Several years ago, Ross pitched the idea of a Montessori school to the Gaylord School Board with the incentive of bringing new students into the district to attend the innovative educational program. The district responded by spending $500,000 to renovate an elementary school building which was opened as a Montessori school in the spring of 2003.
“Since that time, the new school has attracted seven or eight kids from out of the district from places like Alba, Boyne Falls and Bellaire, which is exactly what it was intended to do,“ Ross says. With each student bringing $6,700 into the district in state funding, she feels the decision to close the school “just doesn‘t make sense.“
Ross and other parents plan to be on hand to rouse support for the school at a March 13 school board meeting in which cuts will be reviewed.
“We‘ve lobbied the school board members but I‘m worried and afraid,“ she says. “I wish they had looked at this a little more in terms of the long-term benefits of the school.“
-- by Robert Downes

No human sewage, please
A new Save Our Waters From Sewage Act has been introduced in Congress by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) which would block the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to allow partially treated human sewage to be dumped into waterways including the Great Lakes.
The legislation comes one week after 135 bipartisan Members of Congress sent a letter to the EPA administrator, Stephen L. Johnson, stating their objections to a proposal to allow the discharge of partially treated sewage as opposed to fully treated wastewater.
“It wasn’t long ago, the deadly waterborne illness, Cryptosporidium, was found near Milwaukee and was traced back to a sewage dumping occurrence that would be allowed under this proposal. This contamination killed over 100 people and sickened over 400,000,” Stupak said. “Billions of gallons of human waste are dumped into our Great Lakes and other water resources each year. This sort of outbreak can happen again if we don’t act now to prevent the EPA from rolling back our clean water standards.”
The bipartisan Act includes co-sponsors Mark Steven Kirk (R-IL), Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), and E. Clay Shaw, Jr. (R-FL).
 
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