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Letters 6/26/03

Various - June 26th, 2003
Our soiled flag in Charlevoix

Who knows why, but Charlevoix, an otherwise pleasantly laid-back waterside village has lately bloomed into a belligerently nationalistic town, its main street bristling with American flags. Moreover, lest there be any doubt of the village‘s seething chauvinism, nearly all businesses are festooned with one and often two additional flags, their hems embroidered with the slogan, “Proud to be American.“
But wait! There‘s more! The local market features bags of potatoes featuring Old Glory and advising patriotic customers that therein are potatoes, GROWN IN AMERICA, by golly! Never mind that our country‘s flag is being soiled by sacks full of potato dust and dirt.
Yessiree! When the spirit of chauvinism gripped this villlage, the tidal wave of excessive and unreasonable patriotism washed away any respect for the living soul of our county, our stars and bars. In one supermarket, they even stacked layers of paper American flags among the flotsam of the check-out counters. So help me, I saw a beer-bellied citizen in the same market sporting a t-shirt with our country‘s flag on the front, the white stripes that symbolize purity, now sticking out soiled on his distended gut.
God Bless America?

John R. Alberts • Charlevoix

Casting the first stone

Your column regarding the stoning of Amina Lawal mentioned some repressive Michigan Statutes. Here‘s a little known statute that remains Michigan Law. MCL 750.32 states:
“COHABITATION BY DIVORCED PARTIES -- If any persons after being divorced from the bonds of matrimony for any cause whatever, shall cohabit together, they shall be liable to all the penalties provided by law against adultery.“
That is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison. So is the crime of abortion.

Bruce Laidlaw • via email

‘Appalled‘ by gay people

On June 12th, the California Assembly passed a Father‘s Day pro-homosexual resolution by a vote of 42-24. Twenty-four Republicans voted against this resolution. It praised fatherhood, but also supported “families headed by two fathers.“ The resolution was offered by lesbian San Diego Assemblywoman Christine Kehoe.
This resolution is clearly designed to promote the homosexual agenda -- and to be used by homosexual activists as a way of redefining the family. A family in both law and history consists of a mother, father, and children (either by birth or adoption). This resolution is wrong and must be condemned.
Rev. Louis P. Sheldon, head of Traditional Values Coalition (TVC) and TVC lobbyist Ben Lopez have sent out a press release protesting this blatant misuse of Father‘s Day to promote the normalization of homosexuality in California. In the release, Rev. Sheldon said, “I am appalled that these
Democrats in the legislature claim that their actions are not part of a concerted homosexual agenda.“ Lopez correctly observed: “Californians need to realize that anything proposed by any of the openly-homosexual members of the Assembly, like Kehoe, is part of a larger agenda to equate their sexual lifestyle with that of marriage and to redefine the very term family.“
This is a shameful action on the part of Democrats in the Assembly and should be condemned by their constituents.

Scott A. Labash • Bear Lake

The statistics of murder

I am responding to a letter that appeared in your paper in the May 29 issue entitled “Liberate our citizens“ by Todd M Jordan. He stated that there were “15,517 citizens murdered in the year 2000, compared to 9,110 in the ‘60s. That is an increase in crime my friend.“
My first reaction when I read that was that it might even be a decrease in the percentage of murders. We‘re talking a period of time of 30-40 years from the ‘60s to the year 2000, and the population today is much greater.
The July 1 census for 1960 was 180,671,158 and the July 1, 1999 census was 272,690,813, an increase of a little over 92 million people! So, of course you‘re going to see a greater number of murders in 2000 than in the ‘60s.
Since the letter said there were 9,110 murders in the ‘60s, I assume it meant that approximately 9,000+ people were murdered every year. I rounded all the numbers off to make it easier. I calculated that one in every 21,555 people were murdered in 1965 compared to one in 18,133 murdered in 1999. I thought Mr. Jordan and Express readers would like to know.
P. Cassidy • Petoskey

Corrections:
Last week‘s article about singer/songwriter Don Swan had the wrong phone number. The correct number is 933-5206.

An article about summer theater in the Super Summer Guide had a problem with improperly juxtaposed copy. The play “Footloose“ will be performed at the Milliken Auditorium, ph. 231-995-1553. “Anton in Show Business“ will be performed at Interlochen.
 
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