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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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 10/13/08

- October 13th, 2008
Sign of the times
I recently installed a political campaign sign near my home and within 10 days it was uprooted and tossed aside six times. Then it was stolen.
I realize this is bound to happen here and there, now and then, as election day draws near; and I know that people generally tend to shrug it off as something they can’t do much about anyway. But I sincerely commiserate with the people who are subjected to these callous intrusions into their lives; and I would like to address a few pertinent remarks to the misguided individuals who perpetrate them.
Attention smug, skulking minions of fear, ignorance and greed who under cover of darkness and at strategically calculated hours of the day violate our constitutional right to free speech and thumb their noses at the judicious laws of the state by vandalizing and removing lawfully placed political campaign signs: You are committing a crime.
Do you think that you’re cleverly manipulating “the system” to your advantage? Do you flatter yourselves with the notion that you’re gallantly exercising your freedom and patriotism? If so, you are deluding yourselves. In reality, you do nothing to further your political ambitions and only succeed in generating resentment, suspicion and mistrust in the hearts and minds of your neighbors. Is this your idea of the American spirit? Your self-indulgent, heedless violation of our right to free speech isn’t “freedom” -- it’s nothing more than contemptible bullying.
And “patriotism”? Someone, please, open a window! Your actions blatantly demonstrate that you have no sense of fair play and no real understanding of or respect for the just and humane principles upon which a civilized society is founded. You dishonor the true patriots who dedicate themselves to safeguarding and promoting those principles. And you abuse the better part of your own selves. (Imagine the ludicrous, feeble-minded, puerile image you project by sneaking around and attacking campaign signs!)
Come on people. Stop what you’re doing. Think. Respect the rights and dignity of others. Restore your own dignity by mustering up the moral courage and decency it takes to return those signs in their original condition to the places they were rightfully intended to be.

David Vincent • via email

Vote count fraud?
I have just seen the documentary Uncounted, and if you haven’t seen it, I would strongly urge you to do so.
Regardless of your political affiliation, it should get your blood boiling in very short order!
Most people don’t even pay attention to the fact we have no proof when we vote, that our vote is being counted as we cast it. Yet, the companies that make our voting machines also make the millions of ATMs around the world.
I’ve never seen an ATM that didn’t ask me if I wanted a receipt, yet ‘mysteriously’ we get no paper receipt when we vote.
It seems very simple, yet in the year 2008, we still have no way of monitoring definitively how our votes are cast. The potential for fraud is profound, at best, and also brought to light are serious problems in the event of a recount, should one be necessary. There is no paper trail or proof of how millions of voters might have voted with each machine. Think about the scope of that.
Are you aware that undetectable software for voting machines exists that can ‘flip’ votes? It doesn’t matter how many attorneys or poll watchers show up to help on Nov. 4, as they will have no influence on this reality. We don‘t have a democracy if our votes don‘t count! If this were happening overseas in a third world country, we’d be outraged, and sending money to help, yet it’s happening right here in our own back yard.
Where‘s the outrage?
There will be no action to protect our civil liberties -- i.e. our votes, if we continue to sit back and say it’s okay. We need to get our heads out of the sand, America, and speak up now!
Paper receipts for voting machines must be mandatory by 2012, and we need to have election day be a national holiday, or weekend event. We just can’t continue to accept this complacency from ourselves or our leaders, as thousands of voters are disenfranchised each election year.
Again, I would urge you to view the documentary Uncounted, playing on STARZ through Nov. 4, or if that isn’t possible, check out www.uncountedthemovie.com.

Peg Muzzall • Petoskey

No defense for Palin
John Arens‘ article, “In Defense of Sarah Palin“ (10/6) never answered any questions I have for Palin, but mesmerized me with dazzling word associations -- very nice.
Can you tell me about her trooper-gate, the bridge to nowhere, opinions on the budget, foreign policy, actual successes of her leadership, views on the bailout, her religious radical preacher, Alaska’s secession by Joe Vogler (her husband‘s pal), what newspapers she reads, or anything relevant as to how she would lead?
How could she fail in a state that has the largest giveaway to its residents from oil, and not much else going on with a low population, far from the rest of the country? Do we really want another oil tycoon in office giving us monopolistic prices like the last administration?
Can anyone else see through the Palin charm with her catchwords (maverick), attacks of untruths? Words should mean something, have truth, and have some substance, facts, records, accountability, logic, math, vision -- and not just be used to stir fear.
I’m tired of Republican fear-mongering with no discussion of their past record, plans, or issues. We only hear negative sleaze, deceit, and emotion in which nothing gets done.
Come on, John, give me some meat that relates to Palin; how shameful a defense -- could it be there isn’t a defense at all? Do we really want a bimbo for vice-president?

Brad Krull • Glen Arbor

No Tina Fey for VP
Republicans cheer Sarah Palin’s debate performance. Just as an actress memorizes her lines, she’s been prepping with the experts since McCain cast her.
But I don’t want Tina Fey as our vice-president. Whenever Palin has been questioned in an unscripted environment without her handlers, her evident lack of knowledge and understanding of our constitution, our government and its institutions has been troubling.
McCain claims only elitists care about her lack of knowledge and experience -- that she’s “gonna learn on the job.” Did an intern perform McCain’s cancer surgeries? Are the responsibilities of the nation’s vice-president any less critical?

Marnie Lee • Interlochen

Ideas from Dan Scripps
“Government in Lansing is broken.” That’s how Dan Scripps, candidate for the 101st State House District, describes our current State Legislature. But Scripps has creative plans to fix it and our economy: new ideas about funding education, saving our Great Lakes, creating 60,000 new jobs in renewable energy, increasing state-wide Internet use, fostering tourism, promoting small business and agriculture.
But his opponent Ray Franz has some old ideas: it’s not important to protect Great Lakes; okay to sell our precious water in bottles; okay to build more polluting energy plants; okay for women to get lesser pay than men; okay for Michigan to be a dumping ground for the nation’s trash; okay for even more deregulation of big business. Such positions have greatly harmed us in the past.
Now more than ever we need new ideas and new leadership for our beleaguered state. Please support Dan Scripps.

Mary Easthope • Lake Leelanau

Errors identified
Your paper is interesting to read. However, there are a number of problems with two of the articles in the Sept. 22 Northern Express Weekly.
The article on methanol confuses methane (natural gas) with methanol (wood alcohol) throughout. We have vast quantities of methane and would not need to import 95%. There are vehicles which run on methane stored in pressurized tanks. However the gist of the article is the conversion of methane gas to methanol liquid so that it can be used as a fuel, rather than using ethanol (grain alcohol, denatured to make it unfit to drink).
The article on Bay Harbor Resort pollution identifies pH 9 as being acid. Actually it is basic (alkaline) as formed from the lime portion of the cement dust dissolving in water. The numbers listed for mercury in drinking water appear to be reversed, have misplaced decimals or confusing billion with trillion. As it reads, reducing the mercury to 1.3 parts per trillion should make it meet the stated safe level of 2000 parts per trillion.

Dr. Raymond Mayer • Prof. Emeritus Science and Mathematics, West Shore Community
College, Cadillac

(The national Methanol Institute vetted the article on the conversion of methane to methanol and has requested a copy for their website. Regarding the Bay Harbor story, the kiln dust leachate was identified as being alkaline throughout the story, although an error was made in identifying pH 9 as being acid at the end of the story. -- ed.)

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