Whatever happened to doing the right thing because its the right thing to do?
Just because our world leaders are suspect in the department of truly caring about the common person is it any reason to jump over to their seemingly thoughtless Its all about Me program?
Just because our economic leaders in corporations have jumped ship and gone to outsourcing so they can supply their ever apparent constant hunger and
worship to greed, is it in our best interests to follow their simplistic, ignominious lead?
I suggest that we, as a people, are better than the folks who purport to lead and attempt to shepherd us. I believe that simple acts of kindnesses, opening a door for someone, allowing someone else to go first in traffic, helping someone cross a street, these simple acts really speak the loudest about our character as a society.
When you see someone in need, you help them; hasnt that always been the way? Ive adventured all over the U.S. and Canada and much of the World, and it seems these simple acts speak the loudest in every corner. I have been a stranger in a strange land, and someones act of kindness helped me travel safely.
I suggest we all try to do more of the right thing, especially when our world and economic leaders, our politicians, and our governments seem particularly incapable of doing it themselves.
Wouldnt the simple act of doing
the right thing make everything better right now?
I believe it does.
Chris Convissor Lake Ann
This letter is in regard to the incorrect and lacking information used in the My Style column of last weeks Northern Express (Vol. 17 No. 48 Nov 29-Dec 5.)
Mrs. Stanton writes ...someone found an old usher uniform tucked away when the dormant theatre was first
explored three years ago. This is not true. Three years ago when Michael Moore enlisted the help of Tim Hall to renovate the State Theatre for the first Traverse City Film Festival, he embraced Mr. Halls idea to dress the volunteer ushers in the original red and gold uniform along with the pill box hat and concession trays that would be worn around the neck.
I know this because with two usher costumes donated graciously by the Old Towne Playhouse, I created three more just like them to be used on opening night. My time and money went into making those costumes that have once again been reinvented by the skillful
Diane Budzynowski, Pinkie Hoffman, Rebecca Davis, Nancy Monteith, and Jean Barrett.
Why is it necessary to recreate history when the original story is full of enough intrigue? Sorry, no dusty fossil of an usher uniform had any part in this segment of the States past, only an idea and a lot of talent. Lets give credit where credit is due.
Breanne Russell TC
Ted is Not a Duck
I wrote back in early October about the Foie Gras article/situation. I just read Williamsburg Ted Cizmas letter about supporting Foie Gras. I take issue with Teds statement Because of this anatomical feature, the tube creates no discomfort for the birds.
I want to ask how Ted knows
what causes a duck to feel pain or discomfort?
Is Ted a duck and does he have first hand experience?
He cannot assure me 100% that ducks feel no pain nor discomfort from this treacherous feeding tube. I have watched film of this tube feeding process and my good ol common sense and intuition tells me that this practice is inhumane. It is a disgusting practice. Humans dont need fattened duck liver, and it is something very easy to forgo since it is a delicacy.
I do, however, agree wholeheartedly with Ted that we need to re-examine all animal products that come from factory farms, because inhumane treatment is rampant in this spectrum of our food supply. Maybe Northern Express could do an expose on factory farming and educate Northern Michigan on these hideous practices as well.
Beth Bechtel Haslett
Editors Note: The Northern Express regrets to say that Cary Adgates guest editorial in the November 29 edition was not, in fact, a guest editorial submitted to this publication by him. It was taken from private email that Adgate sent to cycling acquaintances of his and then, through a misunderstanding with a third party, edited and published in our paper without Adgates knowledge or permission. We further regret the fact that we did not inform you that Adgates email was written in August, long before the driver in the case was finally charged and convicted of careless driving. Adgate informs us that, while he would have preferred to have been given the chance to submit a commentary written for publication himself, he does stand behind the un-edited portions of the commentary published and is pleased that the Express is bringing the issue of protecting law-abiding cyclists to light.