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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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 5/12/08

- May 12th, 2008
Double standard
Quite interesting, the North Carolina Republican Party is airing attack ads on two Democrats who are running for office because they support Barack Obama, who went to Reverend Wright‘s church. Apparently, Wright‘s sermons saying that God condemns America for its acts and punished America in the 9/11 attacks are very radical.
Does anyone recall the same outrage when Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition, talked about 9/11? He stated: “Americans have allowed rampant secularism, the occult, permitted abortions, and legislated prayer out of our schools. So God Almighty is lifting his protection from us.“ The acceptance of homosexuality, Robertson says, could result in hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, terrorist’s bombs, and possibly a meteor striking the earth.
Please remind me if the Republican Party made a similar outcry about Jerry Falwell. “I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians, ... the ACLU, People For the American Way - all of them who have tried to secularize America - I point the finger in their face and say ‘you helped this [terrorist attack] happen.‘“
Jerry Falwell also said that AIDS is the wrath of a just God against homosexuals.
In fairness to the above preachers, they based their points of view on an early prophetic worldview which explains suffering as punishment for sin. Since all three are using same prophetic world view, why is only Rev. Wright being attacked by the Republicans? Why hasn’t the media gone after Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell like it has about Reverend Wright?
Of course, we can explain the attack ads by the North Carolina Republican Party by the mastermind of wedge issues, Karl Rove, an agnostic, who has successfully used divisive issue to motivate the Christian conservatives to vote for their candidate. Perhaps the Republican Party uses a double standard!

Ronald Marshall • Petoskey

McCain is out of touch
What you should know about the “Straight Talk Express.” Senator McCain is more hawkish than President Bush on Iraq. McCain reflects the neo-conservative program of spreading democracy by force. McCain declared in 2000: “I’d institute a policy that I call ‘rogue state rollback.‘”
His reputation is built on his opposition to torture, but he voted against a bill to ban waterboarding.
Fellow Republican senators say he’s reckless, erratic, hotheaded, and loses his temper, and that is a concern if McCain is commander in chief.
McCain considers himself to be pro-environment, but scored zero from the League of Conservation Voters.
McCain talks a lot about taking on special interests, but his manager and top advisers are lobbyists. The watchdog group Public Citizen says that he has 59 lobbyists raising money for his campaign.
McCain’s attitude toward those families caught in the housing crisis is for people facing foreclosure to get a “second job” and skip their vacations. As one of the richest people in the Senate, and the owner of at least eight homes (Associated Press), we should not expect any relief from McCain on issues facing middle America.
The Children’s Defense Fund rated McCain as the worst senator in Congress for children: he voted against the childrens‘ health care bill.
Senator McCain advocates that the United States expel Russia for the G8 group of industrial nations, and continue to exclude China from the councils of power. His age reflects his “Cold War” policies.
Republicans, Democrats, and independents should consider the stakes if we continue with the same old Bush policies in Washington D.C.

Ronald D. Dykstra • Beulah

Built-in solutions
Random Thoughts, “The Two Child Solution,” was one of the most sinister articles I have ever read.
Its obvious that the sanctity of life is nowhere to be found in this article.
Also, haven’t you heard, global warming is a deception you’ve fallen for. Search out the evidence, it‘s there.
The earth has built-in solutions to provide for its inhabitants. Greed, that‘s what gets in our way.
Regarding the statement, “In medieval times, it made great sense to pump out more Catholics to have more believers to fill church coffers or pump-up the ranks of armies. More people meant more power.”
What did that statement do to add intelligent information to the article? To me it revealed the ignorance of the writer about the Catholic Church and added nothing of value to the article.
I would love to go paragraph by paragraph and counter your pronouncements, but space is limited.
Your information is deceptive and is not backed up with fact.

Donna Burket • Gaylord

Justice for all?
Kalkaska Prosecutor Brian Donnelly has an extreme, scorched-earth style of charging citizens with crimes. However, his mean justice applies to everyone except law enforcement personnel and their families.
Recently, a criminal conspiracy was discovered in the sheriff‘s department involving three law enforcement personnel and one‘s son. The crimes included destruction of evidence and conspiracy to destroy evidence, misconduct in office and conspiracy to do the same -- all serious felonies. Donnelly didn‘t refer this matter to another prosecutor; he simply exonerated them all.
This, coming soon after Donnelly‘s exoneration of the police sniper who killed the innocent Craig Carlson, who called 9-11 seeking help. Donnelly is thumbing his nose at all law-abiding citizens who are naive enough to expect honesty and integrity in law officers.
What can we do? Report him to the attorney general? No, he‘s another prosecutor. As a practical matter, you should avoid Kalkaska and do not call 9-11.

Robert J. Carey • Kalkaska

 
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