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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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 3/24/05

Various - March 24th, 2005
The Golden Cat
Re: “Track of the Cat,“ 3/10/05:
On 07/21/90 - en route to be married the following day in Houghton Michigan - I was driving my beloved and I westbound on M-28. Our 1990 Honda CRX - a two seater - was approximately 15 minutes west of Seney. The northern border of Seney National Wildlife Refuge was on the left.
From the right, a golden cat lept from the underbrush beyond the emergency lane, landing on the yellow paint dividing the highway. After recoiling, the cat leapt again, landing beyond the emergency lane for eastbound, into the brush. This all occurred in the span of perhaps three seconds. The cat, when it landed, was six feet in front of the CRX.
My wife-to-be and I looked in a knowing way.

Geoffery Von Lau • Eastport

The rich gain & kids suffer
Although not surprised, I daily become more disheartened as I watch Bush and Republican politicians hand over our nation to corporations and the wealthy.
As a registered nurse who has worked in long term care (in administration), I know first hand how Medicaid cuts affect the quality of life for the elderly. The proposed budget cuts in health care and education that the President and his cronies plan on sneaking through Congress are unconscionable. The debt burden for our children and the tax breaks for the rich from this budget is simply abhorrent.
I haven’t language strong enough to relay how opposed I am to what is happening to my country. The subjects mentioned are just a few of the deplorable items involved in this budget proposal. Folks, please wake up, it is almost too late.

Cathleen Sixbey • TC

Irresponsible budget
Republicans are pushing through the budget this week before critics and the media can point out huge program cuts and corporate giveaways.
As the budget explodes the deficit to over $400 billion, the Republican budget slashes education funding, especially funds for middle class and low-income Americans. The budget gives the wealthiest Americans permanent tax breaks, while cutting programs for the middle class and poor.
“Get a job!” you tell us. Well I know plenty of middle class teenagers and adults working two jobs and they’re the ones scrapping the bottom of the barrel. The education programs should be the first on our list as Americans to build income, not slash it. Education is what leads us to do great things in the future. If it’s cut down, we will never grow.

Joshua K. Lentz • Interlochen

Material world
This letter is in response to comments made about Lisa Franseen‘s article on environmental despair (Letters, 3/10).
Some people, more than others, are in touch with the value of our natural world. Some reasons why some peole are not, I suspect, has to do with the development our our materialistic societies in conjunction with our ever-growing population, resulting in the never-ending need for resources and jobs.
But understanding and witnessing the negative consequences of environmental degradation (including the loss of human life) should be enough to jolt anyone to develop a concern for it. Our desire for excess material does make us selfish. But how much material do we need to survive? How much material can we obtain without profoundly sacrificing the natural world?
We do we humans think that we are so much more important than any other animal speices we share this planet with? Why do we think that we are more important than trees or plants?
Whatever happened to advocacy for human population control? If we decrease our population then maybe we could learn to get our priorities straight.
Educating people to value the environment and take care of their planet seems like a positive direction to go in. I don‘t believe reality is set in stone.

E. Kalakowski • Grawn

Support women‘s choice
Do you know how stupid all this “discussion“ on abortion is? The government can‘t legislate women‘s reproductive destinies. A woman is the only one who can decide.
There is a diaphram, birth control pills, IUDs, the morning after pill, and if you don‘t like all of those options there is the “just say no“ and take a cold shower.
I don‘t like to throw up, so when I got sick and tired of that, I quit getting pregnant. It gets right down to you run your life of someone else will.

Marilyn Oslund • Mackinaw City

Terrible insult
I have been told you learn something new each day, and according to your Jan. 13 story, “From the Ukraine to the U.S.,“ are you are telling us our neighbor to the north is the Canada and to the southwest is the Mexico? So this is the America? I don‘t think that is correct. I have never heard of the Germany or the France. Who was your geography teacher?
A region is the East, the West, never a country. It‘s a terrible insult to us Ukrainians and it hurts and that‘s not right. Please correct this error.

Dol Giles • TC

TV trash
There’s been a lot of talk in the press lately about how one activist organization, the Parents Television Council, is trying to dictate television standards for the rest of the country by encouraging its members to file complaints with the FCC. It seems that the press believes that the hundreds of thousands of complaints filed by outraged citizens over the rampant raunch on television somehow don’t count simply because the complainant belongs to an organized group.
If the networks put an FCC complaint form on their websites or if they flashed the FCC’s phone number across the screen between shows there would be a flood of complaints. Parentstv.org is currently the only website that provides this useful tool.
But the number of complaints filed, and where they’re coming from shouldn’t matter. Whether we’re talking about one complaint or one million, it all boils down to one issue: Are networks breaking the law by
showing indecent content and will the FCC do its job to enforce the indecency laws?

Shanna M. Roney • Ypsilanti

“The excessive tax cuts for the rich, combined with a total lack of discipline on spending by the Bush team and its Republican-run Congress, have helped China become the second-largest holder of U.S. debt, with a little under $200 billion worth (of U.S. Treasury bills).
What China might do with all its U.S. T-bills in the event of a clash over Taiwan is a total wild card that we have put in Beijing’s hands.”

Thomas L. Friedman
-- New York Times

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