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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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 1/27/05

Various - January 27th, 2005
Bush: just a figurehead
It appears that many people have found a scapegoat for this country’s ills and his name is George W. Bush. Our current president my be callous, indifferent, and have sub-par intelligence, but I doubt very much that he is personally responsible for any policy decision this government makes (other than signing his name on the dotted line). W. can’t keep up with his tele-prompter, do you really think the G.O.P. will let him be responsible for legislation?
George W. Bush is a figurehead. He is only the face that Republicans put on their agenda. Bush has proven his figurehead status repeatedly through his actions. He sat in a Florida classroom reading “My Pet Goat” as the second tower of the World Trade Center collapsed. If W. was a man of responsibility, he would have sprang into action.
There was the infamous photo-op in which W. landed on an aircraft carrier in full fightgear, smiling broadly with a “Mission Accomplished” banner in the background. A man with vision would have turned down the stunt, knowing full well that winning one battle does not mean the end of a war. (Perhaps if Bush had been in Vietnam rather than Texas during that conflict, he would have a better understanding of war.)
There are the photographs showing the receiver in Bush’s back during the first debate. W. is not trusted by his own people to provide answers during a debate and, judging by the looks of disgust he made during that debate, they have ample reason for distrusting him. The excuses the G.O.P. came up with for that bulge show a lack of respect for the American people. The Administration claimed that the bulge was an unsightly fold caused by poor dry-cleaning. If you believe that, look up the pictures on the Internet and see for yourself. Obviously, this Administration does not believe that
you know how.
My point is that blame should not be focused on Bush. He isn’t coming up with these ideas on his own. The ideas come from the members of his cabinet and the corporations that they represent. This administration is unafraid to lie to the American public. They have taken the war on terror and created a separate war in Iraq out of it. Every member of the Bush administration got in front of the cameras after September llth and did their best to convince the American people that Saddam Hussein represented a serious threat to America. Sadly, many of our fellow Americans were scared enough to believe them. Now the administration sings a different tune, claiming that this is a war of freedom, that the goal of this war was to bring democracy to the Iraqi people.
America established its autonomy with the Revolutionary War. We would not have won that war without the help of the French, but we would not have won independence if the French had initiated that war.
I think what truly stirs the ire of “Bush haters” is that the lies told by this administration are impeachable offenses, at least they would be if President Clinton had told them. At the very least, the misuse of intelligence is worthy of some administrative heads rolling; after all, look at the scandal caused by Dan Rather’s investigative report into Bush’s service in the Texas National Guard. While Clinton and Rather were relentlessly pummeled by our media. Bush and his ilk have been treated with kid gloves, seemingly unscathed by such scandals as Enron (large contributors to the Bush campaign), memos condoning prisoner abuse, and withdrawal from the Kyoto protocol.
It is important to remember that getting rid of Bush won’t solve our problems, except perhaps, re-establishing legitimacy in the eyes of foreign countries. Four years from now a new representative of corporate interests will be nominated by the Republican political machine. The agenda will remain the same; protection of corporate interests at the expense of those whose labor comprises the backbone of America’s economy. We owe it to ourselves to fight this political machine any way we can. Future generations will thank us for it.

Jeff Karafa • Cedar

King George‘s values
Let’s see: record $7.5+ trillion deficits (up from a $250 billion surplus), ranked 37th in health care by the World Health Organization, 45+ million uninsured (the only industrialized country without universal health coverage), in international high school testing we ranked 24th in math, 18th in reading, 22nd in science (this is our future folks), an unnecessary, incompetently run war based on lies that has killed tens of thousands and is costing hundreds of billions, 16th in foreign aid as percent of GNP, the lowest world opinion of the United States in history, government sponsored torture and 36 million Americans living in poverty.
Now King George’s priorities are to put the “fix” on Social Security, make the tax cuts permanent, appoint a bunch of right-wing judges, and the ownership society. Instead of teaching children to read, Laura should be teaching George. Maybe then he could read the writing on the wall.

Craig Laurent • TC

 
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