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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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 8/16/07

- August 16th, 2007
When the music‘s over...
Oh my god..... Enough about this so-called music scene and all the bullshit that goes along with it. There is no music scene here!
Just a dog and pony show for all the fudgies, with the same f-ing cast of characters. Hey guys, (you know who you are), let‘s all form duos and do the soft shoe for the tourists, shall we? This is vacation land, not L.A., N.Y., Nashville, or even Detroit.
There used to be music made here, but not since the ‘90s, and even then, it was dicey. Why make real music, when you can hide in Traverse City, sit down, get lazy, and play “Margaritaville“ & “Brown Eyed Girl“...
Please stop thinking it’s ever going to be more than it is. Anybody can play the same old song. Those who can play are the ones responsible for letting the music die, by settling for the easy dollar and the status quo.

John C. Hefti • TC

Proud to play
Kudos to John Ivan Greilick for laying it out for the masses (“Ramblings of a Full-Time Musician,“ 8/2).
It’s a common misconception that musicians work a few nights a week for a few hours a night, and screw around the rest of the time. We work hard, and we’ve put in years and years of practice, studying a myriad of different genres, styles and musicians. And to top it off, we’ve had to learn how to be entrepreneurs and conduct a business out of our homes (and cars) at the same time.
It’s a job. It’s a great job most of the time, but it’s still a job. And to be a success at it in Northern Michigan takes a lot, and I mean a LOT of work... chasing down live gigs, recording jobs, jingles, looking for anything to try and find the next paycheck.
Also, as Ivan said, I’m not familiar with any “backstabbing backwoods” musical politics around here either. I network with dozens of musicians constantly, referring people I know and trust musically and professionally all the time. It’s great to have a network of true professionals who are as interested in presenting themselves professionally as they are working at their craft. It makes us all look good to cooperate in such a manner, and most of us do.
I’m proud to be a full-time musician in Northern Michigan, and feel blessed to have become part of a wonderful musical community that includes Ivan, Ron Getz, Jason Kott, Mark Camp, Don Julin, and a host of other talented professionals in our area. Anyone who can’t see what a great community we have here either isn’t interested in finding it, or is simply bitter about what they can’t achieve or don’t understand. And that is nobody’s fault but their own.

Pete Kehoe • Petoskey

Health care a mess
I just received your article on “Overdosing the Elderly” (7/19) from my sister-in-law, Lija Ditmar. The experience of my mother-in-law, Mimi Celmins, is both horrifying and unbelievable!
Your article was very complete about treatment of the elderly. You may be interested to know that this occurence is not restricted to that particular Grand Rapids Hospital, or to the elderly.
A couple of months ago, I went to the Mayo Clinic Hospital, Scottsdale, AZ to pick up a friend of mine from the emergency room. When I arrived, she was in intolerable pain, vomiting, and could not walk or stand up. When she refused to leave, they called the police to carry her out. However, the police couldn’t figure out how to get her out without a gurney - plus call a cab for her, since I would not take the responsibility of driving her. Finally, the hospital allowed her to stay a few more hours. The story goes on, but no one would believe it.
Now, Mayo Clinic was not only the patient’s health insurance carrier, but also my friend is very intelligent, generally never a complainer, and she is only 55 years old.
This happened at one of the most prestigeous hospitals in our country, perhaps the world. All health care is a mess!

Penny W. Celmins
Paradise Valley, AZ

Poison dust & our troops
On August 1 the Straits Area Concerned Citizens for Peace & Justice film of the week was “POISON DUST: Depleted Uranium the next Agent Orange.“ Let me share some startling facts about depleted uranium (DU).
DU has a half-life of four billion years. It’s not going to disappear. Between the first Gulf War and the current one the U.S. has dropped 2,200 tons of DU.
Our troops walk, sleep, fight surrounded by DU particles. They may ingest it, they may breathe it into their bodies; they may receive wounds that cause DU to enter. DU is in the sand, the water and in the air.
Where does it come from? It comes from bombs and other forms of munitions. Upon impact the bombs go boom, and the DU is sprayed all over.
Remember the first Gulf War? Remember how few troops died in combat? The number was around 148.
Since 2002, an additional 10,324 First Gulf War vets have died, and 221,502 are on disability.
It’s not only the veterans who are paying a price for the DU exposure. Like many young people, they decided to have children. The number of these children with leukemia is staggering. Deformities are also a problem. Many of the same deformities seen in Iraqi infants are being seen in American babies born to vets exposed to DU. We’re talking serious deformities, such as little flippers sticking out from the shoulders, no ears, no eyes, fingers fused together and worse.
The levels of DU in many parts of Iraq (including where our troops are serving) is so high, it’s like having a chest X-ray every two minutes.
What of the Iraqis who have to live in Iraq with DU? Since the first Gulf War, Iraqis have had a 700%-1000% increase in cancers (from 1990-1999 our troops exposed to DU malignant cancers are up 300%). Deformities in the babies in Iraq... a 400%-600% increase since First Gulf War.
Our troops who survive Iraq in one piece are likely to return home carrying a package of DU within their cells. This little package can have a huge impact on their own health in the years ahead, as well as carrying severe risks to any children they may bring into the world.
Our troops shouldn’t be at risk for Bush’s, Cheney’s, Condi’s, Powell’s and Rumsfeld’s war of choice, a war for control of Mid-East oil, a war for the benefit of greedy war profiteers. Our troops should not be used this way. Bring these precious men and women home.

Karen Martin • Cheboygan

The real poop
A recent letter to the editor on disposing “manure” to farm fields asserts that the human is not much different from the animal. Here is the real poop.
Untreated septage as human fecal matter contains human disease causing organisms like viruses, parasites, bacteria including E.coli, hormones, menses and the medicines we take. Land disposed raw septage puts these pathogens into the ecosystem. Treated sewage sludge, on the other hand, is a soil conditioner from which pathogens have been removed. All septage should be treated.
Second, the letter’s summary of the rules for land disposal leaves out the most important rule of all. Land disposal of raw septage has been outlawed by State of Michigan legislation.
Land disposal of raw septage is illegal:
• 2005 – In GT County and within 15 miles of a Treatment Plant
• 2006 – On frozen ground; anywhere
• 2010 - Elk Rapids, Milton, Helena, Torch Lake Townships and within 25 miles of a Treatment Plant
• 2025 - Totally illegal statewide
Land-applied septage and animal manure must not violate water quality laws any time.

Keith Termaat, President
The Milton Neighbors

Cluster bomb atrocities
Thank you for your continuing coverage of U.S. military strategy in Iraq and the Middle East. However, one aspect of that coverage is lacking in the media, including in your reporting; the devastating and long lasting effects of cluster bombs in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Lebanon.
U.S.-made cluster bombs have been used in civilian populated areas in these and other countries over the past 15 years with devastating and long-lasting effect. These wide-area weapons maim and kill civilians during conflicts, and “dud” munitions continue to do so long after the war subsides.
The International Red Cross and United Nations have condemned the use of these weapons. The U.S. use of cluster bombs hurts our country’s ability to champion humanitarian rights and endangers our children and our children’s children by leaving a terrible reminder of the U.S. impact on
the far reaches of the world.
We need media like yours to shed light on this issue, and we need our community to ask our senators how they will work for passage of this important legislation to save innocent civilian lives for decades to come.

John Weathers • Kingsley

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