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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Robert Downes - December 18th, 2003
The Lucky Guys

Over the past few weeks, members of our staff have gently hinted that it would be a very fine thing if we were to write an article about Men‘s Night in downtown Traverse City this Thursday, Dec. 18. And in hopes of being a kind and considerate soul, I‘ve spent some time wrestling with the topic, even though most (okay, all) of the men I know wouldn’t give a flying figgy pudding for such a story.
You see, the problem with men is that very few of us like to shop -- the whole business is anathema to us (a fancy word for “hate it“). Have you seen the new magazine, Lucky, about the “glory of shopping“? It‘s got about 400 pages of ads and articles on shopping, every page of which is devoted to women with nary a male face within.
That‘s because the editors of Lucky know that a great many women are hard-wired to shop, like birds have feathers for flying, whereas men are more comfortable lying on the couch watching TV sports or Seinfeld reruns.
But men do shop when necessary, especially if it‘s for some cool gadget, like a bass-finder with an Army knife attachment and Global Positioning Satellite locator -- we like shopping for stuff like that. And like soldiers leaping onto live grenades to save the lives of their buddies, we heroically go Christmas shopping for our women and our families.
On Men‘s Night, from 6-9 p.m., there will be such enticements as store specials for men, refreshments, drawings and free gift wrappings.
If these goodies don’t do the trick, let me conjure some images that might actually blast a few men off the couch and into the holiday shopping stream:
• Single men -- it‘s possible that you‘ll meet the woman of your dreams while shopping on Men‘s Night because single females know that the streets will be packed with nice guys out shopping. Guys in need of girlfriends. Not likely, but possible. So dress up a bit and send a finder‘s fee this way if you get lucky.
• Married men -- this is your chance for a night out with the boys. After the shopping stuff is taken care of, you can gather with friends at a downtown watering hole to watch sports on the big screen TVs and brag about who got the best gift wrapping.
Come to think of it, these are good excuses for men to get out shopping in other towns this Thursday, be they Petoskey, Mackinaw City, Gaylord, Suttons Bay, Cadillac, Manistee or what-have-you. Tell the old lady you‘re going to Men‘s Night downtown and you plan to shop ‘til you drop. She‘ll think you‘re a hero.
See you there.

Whither the wind?

The always insightful Bob VanderLewn of Manistee poses a good question on our Letters page this week: What’s going to happen to Traverse City when all the smog from Manistee’s proposed coal burning plant and its 400-foot-tall smokestack blows this way?
A plant producing 450 tons of ash each day, free of scrubbers, will surely have an impact on communities downwind. In TC, the wind most always blows from Manistee. So...
Start choking. This is an issue our city and county commissions need to examine. And our legislators too.

Put Nixon on the Nickel

There‘s been some talk lately about kicking Franklin D. Roosevelt off the dime and replacing him with Ronald Reagan under the rationale that FDR is just a tired old liberal.
In truth, it‘s hard to measure up to Ronald Reagan. All Roosevelt did was save America from the Great Depression and the world from fascist maniacs during World War II.
By contrast, Reagan had these accomplishments:
• He invaded the small island of Grenada to divert Americans‘ attention from the fact that several hundred U.S. Marines were killed in a car bomb attack in his misguided mission to Lebanon. Killing some Cuban construction workers made Americans feel good about themselves again.
• He traded arms for hostages in Iran and then gave the money to the ousted Noriega regime in Nicaragua against the law laid down by Congress. Again, it made us Americans feel good about ourselves.
• He outspent the Russians on military hardware, causing them to say “uncle“ on the Cold War. Give him credit there.
But wouldn‘t it be better to have Richard Nixon on the nickel than Reagan on the dime? No offense, but saving the WHOLE WORLD and AMERICA too should give Roosevelt dibs on the dime for at least another 100 years.
And, though he has been vilified, Nixon did more good things than Reagan.
• Nixon gave us “Earth Day“ and a raft of environmental legislation and agencies that got America‘s rivers and skies on the clean-up path.
• Nixon was the first president to visit communist China, putting us on the path of peace and trade.
• Nixon launched nuclear arms control talks with the Soviet Union that eased us back from the brink of global annihilation.
• And he had a “secret plan“ to end the war in Vietnam, which only took him seven years to wrap up... maybe that one wasn‘t so good.
So, Nixon on the nickel, FDR keeps the dime, and give Reagan a new coin all his own just to keep “his“ people feeling good about themselves. Some would argue for the two-cent piece, but it would be kinder to come up with a new 12-and-a-half-cent coin for the Gipper, making two bits for a quarter. After all, the guy did take a bullet -- that should be worth something.

 
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