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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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 10/11/07

- October 11th, 2007
Foie Gras Controversy
I read the article about the Andante Restaurant in Petoskey, Michigan the last week in September while vacationing in Traverse City. I was shocked with the article promoting Foie Gras at the Andante Restaurant.
Foie Gras is banned in the state of California, the city of Chicago, and more than a dozen countries in Europe based on the grounds of animal cruelty.
For a progressive publication like the Northern Express, I was also disappointed that your paper and Andante restaurant promote Foie Gras. It is a deeply disturbing animal cruelty practice to obtain this food delicacy.
I hope Traverse City is the next city along with surrounding northern Michigan cities to ban Foie Gras.
For more information, here is a weblink about other Foie Gras bans: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/04/27/national/main1550028.shtml

Beth Bechtel • Haslett

(Northern Express doesn‘t promote any restaurant items in particular; we are merely reporting on what those restaurants have to offer. Express of course does not support nor condone any means of animal cruelty. Keep an eye out for Rick Coates‘ extensive report on the Foie Gras controversy in an upcoming issue. --Ed.)


Farm-Fresh Wins
I agree with Mary Clifton that our city of Traverse should embrace industries that make our population healthier. Our farmers and their products are critical to our economy and access to their bounty should be easy.
If we eat better, we live better; and that’s why we are here, isn’t it? Maybe the farmer’s market could try staying open until 1 or 2 pm if customers are still coming. I encourage everyone to buy locally grown foods.

David North • TC

Be Kind To Your Dogs
My sympathy goes out to the families of the 91-year-old man, 56-year-old woman, and four-month-old baby girl who were killed in dog attacks in Michigan recently. Each of us can do something to prevent future tragic dog attacks. Please allow me to share these lifesaving dog bite prevention tips with readers:
Spay and neuter. As an animal shelter volunteer, I know that sterilizing dogs is vital, not only in reducing the number of dogs who are killed in shelters for lack of homes, but also in reducing dogs’ aggression and their desire to roam—two factors that may have contributed to the recent attacks.
Never chain dogs. Being tethered on the same patch of dirt day after day makes dogs frustrated, extremely territorial, and more likely to bite, since they are fight-or-flight animals and have no way of escaping if a perceived threat-such as a toddler-wanders onto their “territory.”
Watch out for possible cruelty to animals and report suspected abuse right away. Dogfighters and people training dogs to attack often beat, starve, and neglect their dogs, which can make them more likely to attack if they ever get out.
Taking care of our dogs properly protects everyone.

Lindsay Pollard-Post • Holland

How To Be A Leader
A leader must be a visionary. He needs a futuristic look at an educational system and move step by step toward that vision.
A leader must have curiosity. listening to advice inside and outside his inner circle.
A leader must have charisma, the ability to inspire others to follow him.
A leader must motivate, communicate effectively and display integrity.
I feel that (Traverse City Area Public Schools Board of Education President) Gerald Morris should be removed from his position. You just can’t “talk a good game” to be a leader; you need to act and to be seen as taking effective action for the good of our childrens’ future. Isn’t it obvious?
Without leadership, the ship that is OUR educational system will aimlessly circle and eventually run out of power or run aground.

Jeff VanCompernolle• Williamsburg

From Suttons Bay to Iowa
What does Golf Management have to do with politics? To this day I still have trouble finding an honest answer.
After spending my youth in Leelanau County playing for the Suttons Bay golf team, and setting off for Ferris State University to study golf management, it would have been impossible to imagine that I would now be in Iowa working for a political campaign. Yet, it seems that they are not all that different in my life.
When I played golf at Suttons Bay, I felt a part of a community—all of us sharing a beautiful, down to earth peninsula through the heart of Lake Michigan. The most memorable things from my life in golf had little to do with bogies and birdie putts.
It is those moments where we all felt like we were fighting together that I really miss when I think of home—the crowd at a football game, a look of pride in my parents eyes, and the long rides with friends in the golf van. It was that sense that I was not alone in the world that connected me to the game of golf and to my home in Northern Michigan.
So as I reflect, from the Barack Obama Campaign Headquarters in downtown Des Moines, Iowa about why I am here, I suppose it comes from that same sense of community.
Amidst having to choose between George W. Bush and John Kerry in 2004, you could say that politics to me was a scattered mess of emptiness—rhetoric from on high, specifically designed to confuse our better senses. Then, a voice boomed through the TV set, setting off flashing memories of a better world in the making.
“There is not a liberal America and a Conservative America; there is the United States of America,” he said—expressing an ideal that all of us experience in our lives, but forget when we listen to politicians. Instead of guilt, there was hope. Instead of fear, there was unity. Isn’t that what we were all craving in 2004? Isn’t that what has been missing from our politics—a sense that we are all in this together?
Now I am in Iowa. Now I am working to bring that sense of community into our politics. Barack Obama is calling on us to stand up for the simple dreams of people. He has asked us to believe in our ability to improve the world that we live in. Looking back, I feel good about where I am. There is no shortage of hope on the golf course.

Matt Robb • Des Moines, IA

More Pointe Story Praise
Kudos to Anne Stanton for an excellent article on the Petoskey Pointe project in downtown Petoskey. It was well written, concise and very informative. I especially appreciated the history and background information on the decision to proceed with this project.
What I find frustrating is the fact that much of this information was not made available to residents by our own local newspaper prior to the vote on the referendum. Instead, I clearly remember a ward meeting where my city council representative was pressured into approving the development plan, and criticized for not moving fast enough - the risk being the loss of this one-of-a-kind opportunity.
Maybe the outcome would have been the same but at least I would have felt it was based on full disclosure.

Sue VanDeventer • Petoskey
 
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