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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Letters 2/11/08

- February 11th, 2008
A growing trend?
In the world I grew up in policemen didn’t shoot a man in the head to save him from himself.
There are many different ways to deal with a man in Craig Carlson’s state of mind on the night he died, but I absolutely believe the tactics used by the 60 law enforcement officials on the scene that night, to resolve a crisis initiated by this man’s call for help, are criminal and should be investigated as that.
Even more disturbing is the fact this tactic seems to be a growing trend, as exhibited in the deaths of the “Wolf Man” in the Manistee area a couple of years ago, and again in a another stand-off in the Cheboygan area last year.
I’m sure there is a lot I don’t know about each of these situations, and maybe my distance from these incidents allows me a more rational perspective, but I just can’t believe that the resolution in each case had to lead to the death of the PEOPLE involved. I hope the sympathy I have for the people who had to pull the trigger and end these lives isn’t the naive compassion of someone who still wants to believe in the principle of ‘Protect and Serve’.
What I’m witnessing of police behavior leads me to believe law enforcement sees itself as more separate; a brotherhood apart from the general public, not a part of the general public. I realize this is not a recently developed social phenomenon.
I’m pushing 60 years old and I’ve witnessed some degree of separation throughout my life -- it seems to come with the nature of the position of authority. There appears to be more of an ‘us and them’ mentality lately, combined with an increase in available armaments and an air of being above the law somehow themselves. Taken to the extreme it becomes a case of shooting to kill and walking away without consequence.
These actions cause me great concern, not only for what they represent as an acceptable action within the realm of our rural Northern Michigan society, but also because it can only lead to more separation between law enforcement officials and the people they are sworn to serve.
I am very apprehensive of even questioning the actions of these officers and trying to make this issue part of a more open and public debate. I would regret this letter leading to a misunderstanding between myself and law enforcement officers I am acquainted with, but, I very strongly believe the death of Craig Carlson could have been avoided and would hate to see another incident of a similar nature occur.

Robert A. Wallick, Cross Village

Questions for police
I try to read your paper each week and find you most always have something worth reading. I especially liked the columns by Robert Downes about his world travels. I also appreciate your articles on the environment, human rights, politics and the human interest stories.
I am writing concerning your Jan. 21 piece on Craig Carlson and his standoff with the police and the deadly outcome.
I hope you will continue to report on this and other stories of this nature -- there seems to be a resemblence of this and the saga of the Wolfman of Brethren.
I have read and reread the piece and two questions arise: one, why Craig wasn‘t encouraged to give his guns to his brother, or some other party he could trust early on. Two, why the police didn‘t have a video/audio record to the proceedings. I also question if less-than-lethal means could have been used to neutralize the situation, such as tranquilizer darts, tazers, or goop guns.
I would apprciate it if you would consider writing a follow-up on the nurses‘ strike in Petoskey. Many lives were affeced by this event; I for one, lost a good neighbor, and I am sure there are many others out there who were affected. I find it hard to believe that a major community health care institution was allowed to run on temporary help for three years. Why didn‘t the government step in and bring a settlement early on?

William Boldyreff •Pellston

Time crunch
Should “Time Myth,” a large steel sculpture, be placed at the Open Space in downtown Traverse City?
To even consider putting an art sculpture of this size at the Open Space and the ramifications that it will initiate are not in conjunction with many of the community. First and foremost, the Open Space as I understand it was to be open and not hindered by any permanent structure. Is that not what the long discussion and court sessions included when Jeff Nixon wanted to keep the Light and Power building?
Was not the argument then that the Open Space should be open so as not to obstruct the views of the Bay? And I truly question what insurance will need to be in place to protect children from climbing on “Time Myth” and perhaps breaking their bones or sustaining other injuries.
Or is the plan to have a sculpture keeper on guard at all times?
The Traverse City Film Festival shows movies free to the community for one week during the year. These movies are attended by approximately 6,000 people per night. Families congregate and enjoy movies, and in addition people come from surrounding areas and also many other states, to the festival and also to see the free movies on the big screen. They not only come to enjoy what is being given to us by the festival, but they come to spend their money. What a great asset to Traverse City and to the downtown district.
The Traverse City Film Festival has brought in more money to this community than any other entity. Having lived here over 35 years, I witnessed where downtown restaurants ran out of food because of the numbers of people who attended the festival, including those who were attending the free movies at the Open Space.
I don’t think the sculpture “Time Myth” will generate that kind of money in the downtown district, and I do believe that Michael Moore has said at a Traverse City Commission meeting that if the structure goes up, the Big Screen will not be put up and the free movies will not be shown at the Open Space.
Can anyone imagine 6,000 people coming to see “Time Myth” if it‘s placed at the Open Space and in addition having so many people viewing this piece of art that the restaurants run out of food? I think not!
There must be some other place where this structure could possibly find life and while this art is journeying to find a home let it be somewhere else rather than the Open Space where the festival chooses to give this community yet another great gift of free movies on the big screen.
If the Downtown Development Authority truly wants the downtown to flourish then don’t cut off the arm of one of its biggest attractions!
Please encourage and ask Traverse City commissioners to represent you and speak up concerning this matter. Officials want input. Now is your chance to speak out.

Joan Julin • TC

 
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