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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Survival Guides for a Brave, New World

Nancy Sundstrom - April 3rd, 2003
Been stocking up on duct tape Viscleen, bottled water, and gas masks? Thought about it?
It is not a coincidence that a crop of new and re-released books have hit bookshelves that deal with tips for surviving a staggering array of emergencies, be they biological, chemical, nuclear, or worse. Not surprisingly, these somber tomes are selling well, causing publishers to have a growing belief that there’s a market for advice of this sort, especially as talk of a potential war in Iraq looms closer every day.
Some have called it self-help in an age of anxiety, but speculation also exists as to whether these guides educate and thus help reduce paranoia, or reinforce it. For their part, authors like Angelo Acquista, Senator Bill Frist, and Dick Couch all claim that their books are intended to combat fear, not feed on or exploit it. Acquista has stated that “The weapon of terrorism is fear. Knowledge should never frighten people.“ Couch, a retried Navy SEAL and former CIA operative who, as a novelist, tries to think like a terrorist, has declared that his works strive to be a middle ground between “the two extreme ends of the spectrum: morbid fear that a terrorist attack with weapons of mass destruction might happen at any time and the devil-may-care attitude that if you don’t worry about it, nothing bad will happen, or it could happen - but not to me.“
The following is a description - not a review - of a quartet of some of the more highly regarded works of emergency literature that currently exist.

The Survival Guide: What to do in a Biological, Chemical or Nuclear Emergency by Angelo Acquista, M.D.

Acquista has been the medical director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management since 1999, and since the attacks of September 11, 2001, he has served on Mayor Giuliani’s task force on bioterrorism.
Here, he promises “straightforward language and with easy-to-understand instructions“ as he lays out a step-by-step guide to protecting one’s self and their family in large-scale emergencies. The book contains expert information about the most likely biological, chemical, and nuclear threats, and explains the basic steps to take before, during, and after a terrorist attack or other emergency situation. Among its features are a standardized chapter format with quick tips and information; complete explanations of different biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons; early identification pointers including symptoms, emergency response, testing and diagnosis, treatment, and precautions and preparation; special sections on care for children, pregnant women, and pets; and resource sections with contact numbers and information, instructions on what to do in the event of an attack, and more.

The US Armed Forces Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Survival Manual by Dick Couch (Compiler)

John Boswell Couch, Captain USN (RET.),is a former Navy SEAL captain and CIA Maritime Operations officer who has written four novels, including “SEAL Team One,“ “Pressure Point,“ “Silent Descent,“ and “Rising Wind,“ and a nonfiction book on the training of Navy Seals entitled “The Warrior Elite.“
Described as “An essential guide to the best and most practical survival information available from the American Armed Forces,“ this book has been edited for civilian use by the same packager who brought us “The U.S. Armed Forces Survival Manual,“ which sold more than 600,000 copies in the 1980s. The premise here is that experts agree that the next terrorist attack on our soil will not come in the same form as September 11, making the possibility of nuclear, chemical or biological attack increasingly likely, and that readers need to be prepared for that likelihood.
For example, readers are given information on how to gain knowledge of an impending chemical attack using a simple warning system; protect against biological threats such as anthrax with a series of inoculations; guard against fallout from a terrorist nuke; achieve basic protection during chemical or biological attacks with a simple mask; and administer first aid after nuclear, chemical or biological attacks with a simple first aid kit.

When Every Moment Counts: What You Need to Know About Bioterrorism from the Senate‘s Only Doctor by Bill Frist

Frist, a Republican senator from Tennessee, is the Senate’s only medical doctor, and has brought his experiences as a heart and lung surgeon to use as a ranking member of the Senate Subcommittee on Public Health. When anthrax began showing up in the mail in fall 2001, after the events of 9-11, he became one of the most sought-after and frequently-seen guests on news shows of all sorts.
Because Bioterrerism has become one of the most pressing and disturbing issues of the day, Frist has compiled a volume intent on delivering answers to reassure Americans about what they can do to protect themselves.
He uses a question and answer format with photographs of varying symptoms, and a full index that provides current information on biological agents like anthrax and smallpox, dangers posed by chemical weapons, the vulnerabilities of our food and water supplies, details on everything from choosing a filtration mask and putting together a disaster supply kit to preparing children for emergencies without giving them nightmares. The book has been hailed for its pragmatic and generally optimistic tone. A similar-sounding title is Dr. Philip Tierno‘s Protect Yourself Against Bioterrorism (Pocket, 2002).

Gas Masks and Civil Defense: A Practical Guide to Biological, Chemical and Radiological Protection by Richard L. Urie

Urie is a certified industrial hygienist and certified safety professional with a masters degree in environmental science from the University of Colorado. With 25 years in the health, safety and environmental fields, he has extensive expertise in public health risk assessments, toxicological evaluations, decontamination and decommissioning of laboratories, and physical and chemical agent exposure assessments.
“A practical and comprehensive guide,“ his book explains the basics of how gas masks work, what they protect from and what they don‘t, how the units can fail, and standard use and care. There is a quick reference guide to the types of biological, chemical and radiological threats known to exist, and what protections are needed for each, as well as a “bonus“ chapter on other civil defense measures.
Urie is clearly an industry expert on several facets of emergency management, but the focus here is very much on giving the layperson an unbiased reference for understanding what a gas mask actually is and how to use it effectively, if one is planning to do so.


 
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