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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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George Foster - April 10th, 2003
Thoughts on the War
Come on, no one really thought this would be much of a contest, did they?
You don‘t need to be a Harvard scholar of military history to realize that coalition forces have infinitely more firepower than the Iraqis. It is only a matter of time before our military might prevails over a hopelessly outgunned foe.
Yet, there is more of a rush than we have been led to believe. The coalition forces need to win this war in a matter of weeks for geo-political reasons. If the battle for Baghdad takes months, any pretense of the U.S. liberating the Iraqi people transforms into the image of an invasion and occupation by a foreign aggressor - America.
You might be saying, “Who cares what other nations think. After all, we know our motive for sending troops to Iraq is to free its people or topple Saddam or get rid of weapons of mass destruction or FILL IN THE BLANK.“ The problem is a little matter called guerrilla warfare. Listening to young American soldiers talk on TV of winning the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people before the battle for Baghdad even begins, indicates the urgency of a quick victory passing down through the ranks. They all know that strategically the biggest danger of this conflict will occur after the regular Iraqi troops are defeated.
The possibility of Iraqis and foreign extremists in the Muslim world continuing the fight by taking lessons from the Mujahideen of Afghanistan, Fidel Castro‘s ragtag forces in the mountains of Cuba, and our own experiences fighting the American Revolution is very real. A guerrilla war fought in the streets of Iraq or bordering mountains could last for years.
We need to end this war as soon as possible and bring our troops home safe and sound.
Speaking of coming home, Jessica Lynch is the most famous U.S. soldier in the last 30 years - and rightfully so. The story of her ferocious fight for survival will become a book and movie that defies believability. What does it say about our country that a woman is now being used as the model for everything an American soldier should stand for? Something very good.
Next to Saddam Hussein, the journalists covering this war are made out to be the biggest losers. Some would have Peter Arnett and Geraldo Rivera shot on sight for talking too much.
Is it a coincidence that 99% of their critics are sitting safely at home on a sofa thousands of miles from the battlefield? I think not. Yeah, a few of the reporters may have made bad errors in judgment. You try embedding yourself with the military on battlefields complete with flying bullets, grenades and artillery shells. Could you volunteer to do your job on the front lines of Iraq where the potential of deadly chemical weapons is high and do your best every moment? These journalists are risking their lives to bring us the news and they don‘t have so much as a BB gun to protect themselves. I salute them for their bravery.
The Arab news organization, Al Jazeera, the most popular media among Arabs, has won new converts around the world during the conflict for their independent reporting. When the U.S. ostracized Al Jazeera for showing grisly photos of victims in the war, they joined a long list of those who have attempted to silence Al Jazeera.
I agree with U.S. journalists Ted Koppel and Joe Klein who have supported an uncensored reporting of the war. It seems to me that we either cover the war thoroughly or not at all. War is never pretty and most Americans want to see the truth, not some sanitized version of a glorious victory. For goodness sake, PG-rated movies that we allow our kids to view in this country often contain more violence than we could possibly see during one day on live TV in Iraq. If war coverage gets too gruesome, there is always something that can be resorted to known as the “off-switch.“
Al Jazeera must be doing something right. Recently, what is left of the Iraqi government outlawed Al Jazeera from reporting in Baghdad. Iraqi leaders joined the rulers of several other oil kingdoms that have barred Al Jazeera reporters. Why? They were kicked out for fearlessly reporting on the oppression that exists in these countries. It is telling that many relatives of U.S. troops listen to the Arab media to find out what really is going on with family members that are missing in Iraq.
Personally, I prefer BBC radio (when I can find it). BBC seems to be a step ahead and has less of an editorial agenda than most of the other media.
I swear we can handle it - just give us the truth. It is undeniable that ABC, Fox, CNN, and Al Jazeera all give us a different slant on the news. Thankfully in our country, unlike Iraq, Americans are allowed to sort it all out for themselves.

 
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