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Letters 09-07-2015

DEJA VUE Traverse City faces the same question as faced by Ann Arbor Township several years ago. A builder wanted to construct a 250-student Montessori school on 7.78 acres. The land was zoned for suburban residential use. The proposed school building was permissible as a “conditional use.”

The Court Overreached Believe it or not, everyone who disagrees with the court’s ruling on gay marriage isn’t a hateful bigot. Some of us believe the Supreme Court simply usurped the rule of law by legislating from the bench...

Some Diversity, Huh? Either I’ve been misled or misinformed about the greater Traverse City area. I thought that everyone there was so ‘all inclusive’ and open to other peoples’ opinions and, though one may disagree with said person, that person was entitled to their opinion(s)...

Defending Good People I was deeply saddened to read Colleen Smith’s letter [in Aug. 24 issue] regarding her boycott of the State Theater. I know both Derek and Brandon personally and cannot begin to understand how someone could express such contempt for them...

Not Fascinating I really don’t understand how you can name Jada Johnson a fascinating person by being a hunter. There are thousands of hunters all over the world, shooting by gun and also by arrow; why is she so special? All the other people listed were amazing...

Back to Mayberry A phrase that is often used to describe the amiable qualities that make Traverse City a great place to live is “small-town charm,” conjuring images of life in 1940s small-town America. Where everyone in Mayberry greets each other by name, job descriptions are simple enough for Sarah Palin to understand, and milk is delivered to your door...

Don’t Be Threatened The August 31 issue had 10 letters(!) blasting a recent writer for her stance on gay marriage and the State Theatre. That is overkill. Ms. Smith has a right to her opinion, a right to comment in an open forum such as Northern Express...

Treat The Sickness Thank you to Grant Parsons for the editorial exposing the uglier residual of the criminalizing of drug use. Clean now, I struggled with addiction for a good portion of my adult life. I’ve never sold drugs or committed a violent crime, but I’ve been arrested, jailed, and eventually imprisoned. This did nothing but perpetuate shame, alienation, loss and continued use...

About A Girl -- Not Consider your audience, Thomas Kachadurian (“About A Girl” column). Preachy opinion pieces don’t change people’s minds. Example: “My view on abortion changed…It might be time for the rest of the country to catch up.” Opinion pieces work best when engaging the reader, not directing the reader...

Disappointed I am disappointed with the tone of many of the August 31 responses to Colleen Smith’s Letter to the Editor from the previous week. I do not hold Ms. Smith’s opinion; however, if we live in a diverse community, by definition, people will hold different views, value different things, look and act different from one another...

Free Will To Love I want to start off by saying I love Northern Express. It is well written, unbiased and always a pleasure to read. I am sorry I missed last month’s article referred to in the Aug. 24 letter titled, “No More State Theater.”

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SICKO goes to CUBA

George Foster - May 31st, 2007
Talk about a story that has it all.
Hot-button issues such as Fidel, Cuba, 9/11 attacks, Hollywood-type liberals, life and death drama - all instigated by who else: Michael Moore.
Moore says his new movie SICKO is supposed to unite conservatives and liberals on the increasingly painful issue of health care. Yet, when Moore’s production crew traveled to Cuba with 9/11 victims (firefighters, and other first responders to the attacks) for better health care, the other Great Uniter, George Bush, decided to question the legality of the trip.
Michael Moore must be doing cartwheels with glee over his good fortune. While investigating Moore’s reverse-flotilla back to Cuba, the U.S. Treasury Department is unwittingly providing SICKO millions of dollars worth of free publicity just before the movie is scheduled to debut.
What does our government think Moore did wrong? They believe he may have traded with our sleepy enemy, Cuba, sitting only 90 miles from Florida. If Michael Moore criminally spent even one peso at a market in Havana, he could potentially be fined $250,000 and spend 10 years in a Federal prison.
Assuming for a moment that Moore violated our laws by traveling to Cuba, should he be classified as a traitor? Or do you think he is a terrorist; after all - his detractors never tire of accusing him of supporting our enemies due to his well-publicized anti-Bush sentiments?
At worst, Moore is no different than the 25,000 estimated Americans who travel to Cuba in violation of the embargo each year. Apparently, our government doesn’t think their activities are monstrous. Instead of a one-way ticket to Guantanamo Prison, the U.S. Treasury gives a handful of these travelers a slap on the wrist ($1,000 to $5,000 in fines) every year.
Even under the current restrictive U.S. law, Michael Moore should receive rubber-stamped approved by the U.S. for travel to Cuba. Section 515.563 of the U.S. Treasury Code states clearly that journalistic activities in Cuba by persons regularly employed as such are authorized to visit that country.
I have perfunctorily been granted permission as a journalist and traveled to Cuba twice. As the author of numerous books and documentaries, Michael Moore unquestionably meets the criterion to visit Cuba. Unless, of course, he is secretly checking out a new safe-haven for Osama bin Laden or worst yet, planning to expose another My Pet Goat scene in SICKO.
The bottom line is Michael Moore has the right to do his job without threats or censorship from federal officials. Our government’s misspent time and expense thwarting Moore is ironic when considering that Texas officials recently freed one of the most notorious terrorist suspects of the last 30 years, Cuban-exile Luis Posada Carriles. Arrested for entering the U.S. illegally in 2005, Posada is wanted in several Caribbean countries for acts of terrorism.
Posada has been implicated in a series of bombings in Cuba but is most notorious for his alleged role in the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner over Barbados. That explosion was the worst terrorist attack in Caribbean history, killing 73 people, including the entire Cuban fencing team and 11 Guyanese medical students. And oh yes, despite a busy schedule of wreaking havoc, Posada found time to spend several years as a CIA operative in Central America.
What does it say about our War on Terrorism when the U.S. releases a likely mass- murderer without addressing his heinous acts, but investigates Michael Moore? Unfortunately, it may seem to the rest of the world that America believes there is justification to kill innocent people if the murderer happens to also hate Fidel Castro.
But don’t even think about disagreeing with our government’s policies because there will be hell to pay.




 
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