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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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 9/25/03

Various - September 25th, 2003
Are we better off now than at 9/11/01?

First I mark terrible loss of life on that day as all compassionate humans
do. Second I mark the terrible failure of American leadership that followed and
continues to this day.
Are we safer and more secure today, two years later?
1. Bush‘s go-it-alone club-waving foreign policy divided and weakened the
UN and turned important allies against us.
2. Now, with over 364 soldiers killed, Bush challenges, “Bring ‘em on!“
3. But turns to the UN he derided and asks for help.
4. Bush‘s Iraq adventure diverted funds from global anti-terrorist effort.
5. Bush‘s bungled post-war lack of planning caused hatred and caused chaos
and disorder.
6. Thanks to #5, Afghanistan‘s Taliban forces have grown and we are at war again there. Women are in their burquas; warlords range in the provinces.
7. Beating Saddam enhances the prospects for peace between Palestine and
Israel? The road to peace is GONE.
8. The other Bush-named axis of evil: North Korea? China now calls the Bush the
“main obstacle“ to peaceful settlement.
9. Bush‘s Homeland Security? Ports, chemical plants, emergency response
and bio-defense are waiting for attention and $$$.
10. Crying national security, Bush bullies aliens and wants to know what
you‘re reading at the library.
11. Bush‘s squandering of our $$$ on war costs have left the states,
(Michigan hurts) reeling and having to cut everywhere.
12. Since 2001, Bush stole jobs from 2.7 million would-be workers and the
average length of unemployment is now the highest it has been in TWENTY YEARS.
Real average wages, if you have a job, are dropping every day.
13. And now, God help us, he wants $87 billion more to send down the
rat hole he made.
We placed our trust in Bush to lead us after 9/11. He callously abused that
trust to mislead us into foolish wars and trampled on our liberties.
Shame on us all if we do not realize what Bush has led our beloved
country into and fail to oust Bush and take back our democracy.

John R. Alberts • Charlevoix

Thumbs down

Express is a great asset to this area of Michigan, but for the first time I‘ve seen a degrading ad and I feel compelled to tell you it may bring in big money but it repels the average reader. Playboy not only needs no advertising but the wording of the ad has many meanings -- none respectful. Our young adults do not need this type of advertising.

Lucille Harty

To your health

Re:your editorial on health insurance (Random Thoughts 9/18), have you checked out the Medical Savings Account? It was created by Congress for small business owners/self-employed & it seems pretty good. You earn interest on your payments & it‘s tax-deductible. I have it through Keith Wright in TC.
By the way, I never miss an issue of Northern Express, read it front to back. Thank God you are here to balance the R-E. You are always on the cutting edge.

Margaret Patchin • via email

The Next President

I really don‘t care if the next President is a man, women, black, white,
Protestant, Catholic, Jew, Islamic or follower of Ghandi. I want a
President that puts the interests of the common people before those of
any rich friends. I want a President that brings our troops out of
Afghanistan and Iraq and brings them home. I want a President that
declares an end to lying to support unprovoked attacks on smaller weaker
countries. I want a President that puts great effort in getting all
Americans good jobs, a great surplus, national health service, a secure
untouched Social Security, lower public school class size and one that
does not throw our money away on wars and then repairing countries he
ordered destroyed. I want a President that does not need his father‘s
friends to do his thinking.

Marshall Raftery • Brutus

Medical malpractice

In a speech to Congress, the President called medical malpractice lawsuits “junk“ lawsuits. He, of course, has the right to say what he pleases from his bully pulpit, callous though it may be. I, too, have the right to say what I must in response, using my bully pulpit, the press, to do so.
Unfortunately, the President latches onto a few pet phrases and seems to think that if he says them often enough they will have validity, even going so far as to make use of them in his State of the Union address. Simply repeating “weapons of mass destruction“ to the point of predicability did not make them appear. Making a mantra of “frivolous lawsuits“ does not change the fact that many serious lawsuits have been filed because the medical profession will not police its own ranks.
It is time for the President or perhaps someone on his staff to give some thought to the concept that life isn‘t one-dimensional, that language has power, thus mandating that words be chosen with care; that cause and effect is at work, resulting in valid lawsuits being filed when medical malpractice maims peoples‘ bodies, produces constant and debilitating pain, changes entirely the course of peoples‘ lives, and, far too often, causes death.

Jane Marshall • Clarksville, TN
 
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