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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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 6/28/07

- June 28th, 2007
Case for legalizing drugs
I’m writing about Howard J. Wooldridge’s outstanding letter: “Cops against prohibition” (6-14-07).
If we re-legalized all our illegal drugs so that they could be sold by licensed and regulated businesses for pennies per dose, would this eliminate our drug problems? No.
However, doing so would substantially reduce the crime rate and increase public safety.
Will we ever be able to eliminate our drug problems? No.
However, we can substantially reduce the harm caused by our illegal drugs.
Regulated and controlled drugs would be of known purity, known potency and known quality - which would make them very much safer than today’s black-market drugs.
But what message would we send to children if we legalized all illegal drugs so they could be sold in licensed, regulated and taxed business establishments?
The same message we send to children today when we allow products such as alcohol and tobacco to be sold in licensed, regulated and taxed business establishments.
A free country’s government cannot protect its adult citizens from themselves. A free country’s government has no right to attempt to do so.

Kirk Muse • Mesa, AZ

Money & wastewater
The recent controversy in Alba and Star Township regarding a proposed dumping site is a prime example of how money drives public policy.
CMS Energy corporation has applied for and is likely to receive an injection well permit allowing this firm to dump a large but unspecified amount of wastewater from the upscale and exclusive Bay Harbor resort just south of Petoskey.
Bay Harbor is the resort for the newly rich from all over the Midwest. It was built around 12 years ago and is an asset to the Northern Michigan area. However, I find it hard to believe that the wastewater and related chemicals that need to be disposed of from this resort (the result of a former cement plants operations there years ago) cannot be immediately disposed of onsite. Why does it have to be trucked many miles away to the backyards of the middle class and those living in very modest homes?
The very affluent nature of Bay Harbor cries out that it take care of its own garbage and not dispose of it in less upscale communities throughout Northern Michigan. One of the other disposal sites is in Otsego County near Johannesburg. I don‘t recall any public notice or hearings regarding that disposal site at all.
I love to visit Bay Harbor. I love to have chardonnay and yacht parties with the best of them. If I were a member of that community I would be ashamed to have my community‘s waste dumped on others simply because they had less financial resources than me.
This is not the first time that Northern Michigan has had to carry the burden for this upscale resort. A few years ago an entire nuclear power plant was carted away largely because of the influence of a major developer who wanted his clientele to enjoy a better view of Lake Michigan.
If a sense of obligation towards your fellow man isn‘t enough to stop this obscene project, then one can only hope that protracted civil litigation and perhaps some legislation from this state‘s congressional delegation can level the playing field a bit.

Brian R Morgan • Gaylord

High five
Every Sunday morning my family knows where I am about 7:30 a.m. I’m out getting my Sunday morning “fix,” aka... the Northern Express.
I met owners George Foster and Bob Downes not long after I “hit” TC in 1991 while walking along Front Street. Don’t know why we started talking, except that I admit... it was probably me who initiated the conversation. They were immediately receptive and told me about the new paper they were beginning to publish. They asked what I did here, and since at that time I was playing the piano bar at the Park Place Hotel, they asked if they could come in and do an article about me. Ask? Absolutely, I was new here and they made me feel like a star, and we’ve been friends ever since.
What amazes me is the total and unstopable growth of this Northern Michigan paper. They seem to “outdo” issue after issue. They are good to musicians, growth issues, you name it, it is in this paper. If you are new to Traverse City, your free Northern Express awaits you every week at newstands, restaurants etc, around Northern Michigan.

Ann Peterson • TC

Simple test
One need not be a scientist to confirm the fact of global warming over the past century. All one must do is simply ascertain accurate temperature readings from 1,000 points around the globe today and then compare these readings with precise temperature measurements reported from the very same locations, on the very same day, at the very same hour, in the year 1907. It’s that simple!

Joseph Pasulka • via email

A good trip
My wife and I enjoyed the June 14 article by Rick Coates entitled “Paddle the Chain -- A Kayak Voyage,“ offered by Don Weeks at the Camelot Inn.
Two years ago, we were the first couple to sign on the 36-mile kayak adventure from Six Mile Lake to Torch Lake. On the Clam River, two sandhill cranes startled us as they lifted off the water, flapping their large wings. The whole trip was a paradise for nature lovers.

Casper Grathwohl • Niles

Correction
In the Artists North article in the June 14 issue, the caption under Lynn Dinning’s photo is incorrect. She was not a founding member of the group; she was a former member.

Bus bummer
I would like to praise BATA (Bay Area Transit Authority) for their ongoing efforts to making my commutes easier, and also to rag on KPTA (Kalkaska’s sorry excuse for a transit system.)
It seems that the Kasky bus looks for excuses to NOT give you a ride. Example, I was camping at Wheeler Lake during highway construction. They told me that I would have to come into Save-A-Lot at 7 a.m. to catch the ONLY bus to Kalkaska. So that means I would have to walk 4.5 miles to get to a bus that should have come to the door. I wanted a bus to T.C., so I got up at 6 a.m., pedaled into Kalkaska and met the bus. Then the driver told me that I couldn’t take my bike on the bus because I didn’t call the night before. What would they do if a handicapped person didn’t tell them he/she is in a chair and that person wastes their time going to the bus and couldn’t get on?
The Kalkaska bus will take you to the Grand Traverse County line for a buck, but to cross that line into Fife Lake I have to call the previous day and pay two bucks for the additional two miles.
These non caring people at KPTA don’t do their jobs to fulfill the needs of the community, and they should be held accountable for it.Taxpayer dollars go to pay for this dismal excuse for public transit. I can call BATA anytime and get a zone ride anywhere in G.T., Leelanau, or Benzie counties within two-three hours. Kalkaska Public Transit should look at the example BATA sets and try to emulate it.

David P. Guillen • Kalkaska
 
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