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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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‘Must-Haves‘ for the college-bound

Katie Huston - August 9th, 2007
You’ve finally picked a college, enrolled in classes, and chosen your dorm. You know you need a computer, an alarm clock, and a cell phone (so you can call your mom every day, right?). Before you head back to school, here are a few more things you don’t want to forget:

A laundry basket
When you’re lugging your smelly clothes down six flights of stairs, a laundry basket is far easier to carry than a bag. And if your laundry room looks anything like mine did, you definitely won’t want your stuff to fall on the floor when you’re moving it from washer to dryer. Don’t forget rolls of quarters.

3M plastic wall hooks
These stick to the wall with super-strong adhesive, and they’re usually available at stores like Target and Meijer. Get a variety of sizes, and use them to hang your towel, bathrobe and calendar. 3M is the only brand I’ve found that comes off the wall without leaving a trace and doesn’t detach under pressure--and they’re reusable, too.

A facebook account
If you don’t have a digital camera, don’t fear--your friends will be posting all of their photos on facebook. The self-described “social utility” now allows anyone to join, but it began on the college scene, where it’s trumped MySpace as the online networking tool of choice. It’s easy to keep track of new people you meet and know what your friends from home are up to (and to remember their birthdays). Besides, it’s the perfect way to stalk--er, find out if that cute guy in your anthropology course is single.

Long underwear
Go ahead, laugh now. But if you’re going to college anywhere winter strikes, you’ll want it, especially if you go to a big school where you’ll be walking a lot. And when you want to go sledding on stolen cafeteria trays, you’ll be happy to have the extra warmth.

Flip flops for showers
Have you ever peed in the shower? That’s okay, because even if you haven’t, someone else has. And in the dorms, you’ll probably be sharing a communal bathroom. Aside from the “yuck” factor, plantar’s warts and athlete’s foot are transmitted in communal showers.

A passport
You don’t need a passport to go to college, of course, but if you want to get the most out of your college experience, make studying abroad a part of it. You won’t need to make your plans right away--most students go abroad during their junior year--but start looking into your options. Find out where you’ll be able to take classes in your major, or better yet, try to get requirements out of the way so you can study what you like while you’re overseas.

Dishes and silverware
Even if you have a meal plan, you WILL be eating in your room. Invest in a few cups, mugs, plates, bowls, and sets of utensils. Don’t get in the habit of using plastic throwaways - it’s bad for the environment. You’ll be glad to have a sharp knife and a can opener. A set of Pyrex bowls also comes in handy.

A fridge
Most colleges allow students in the dorms to rent or bring small refrigerators. Not sure? Go for it. You’ll want cold drinks, and buying from vending machines adds up. When you order take-out, your leftovers won’t go bad. And it’ll be much easier to keep those “Freshman 15” off if you’re able to munch on fresh, healthy food, like fruit and yogurt, instead of Cheez-Its and Oreos.

Headphones
Even if you like watching movies on your laptop or listening to music while you fall asleep, headphones are a must. A little quiet can go a long way toward preserving roommate peace. You’ll also want them if your roommate, say, talks in her sleep or invites friends into the room while you’re trying to study, in case she doesn’t quite have the same idea.

Ziploc bags
Resealable plastic bags are perfect for stealing food from your cafeteria. Don’t feel bad as you stash baggies of cereal in your backpack. You’re paying for a meal plan, and think of how much food gets thrown away. Ziploc bags are also great for packing a lunch if your schedule doesn’t give you a midday break.

An open mind
Many colleges require students to take “general education classes” in a wide variety of subjects. It might seem like a burden, but try something you know nothing about. If you’re undecided on your major--or even if you think you’re sure--you may discover a new passion. (Alternatively, you may realize that you never, ever want to hear the word “oceanography” again. That’s also good to know.)

Athletic shoes
The fabled “freshman 15” may be an exaggeration, but studies show that college students usually gain 3-10 pounds in their first two years, much of it during the first semester. One of the causes is a drop in physical activity. College is a time to form new habits, so start out on the right foot--go to the gym, go jogging, take an aerobics class, or join an intramural sports team. If you want to stick with it, it’s best to find a regular time to fit exercise into your schedule.

USB Flash drive
If you’ll be working on any computers that aren’t your own, a flash drive is essential. It’s also great for sharing music and photos with your friends or getting digital pics printed. A 256-megabyte flash is probably big enough, although if you work with graphics or plan to carry a lot of photos, you may want a larger size.

Slippers
I’ve seen guys wearing socks around the dorms that are so grimy they look like they could sprout mushrooms from the bottom. Plus, in the winter, unless you’re heading to Florida or Arizona, your toes’ll get cold when you’re tapping away at your computer.

A sense of humor
College is a wonderful time, when hundreds of kids with clashing habits and pet peeves get thrown together in rooms not much larger than jail cells. That roommate who trims his beard over your desk may not turn out to be your best friend, but if you take it all in stride, living in the dorms can be a source of amusement and bonding, rather than the cause of your misery. And who knows--you just might end up actually LIKING your roommate’s favorite country band.

 
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