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Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Letters 12/3/07

- December 3rd, 2007
Do The Right Thing
Whatever happened to doing the right thing because it’s 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 “It’s 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; hasn’t that always been the way? I’ve 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 someone’s 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.
Wouldn’t the simple act of doing
the right thing make everything better right now?
I believe it does.

Chris Convissor • Lake Ann

Usher‘s Intrigue
This letter is in regard to the incorrect and lacking information used in the “My Style” column of last week’s 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. Hall’s 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 State’s past, only an idea and a lot of talent. Let’s 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 Cizma’s letter about supporting Foie Gras. I take issue with Ted’s 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 don’t 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

Editor’s Note: The Northern Express regrets to say that Cary Adgate’s “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 Adgate’s knowledge or permission. We further regret the fact that we did not inform you that Adgate’s 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.


 
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