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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Hope For America

Robert Downes - November 3rd, 2008
A generation ago, there was another man who brought hope to America in a time of crisis.
John F. Kennedy‘s greatest gift was bringing inspiration and a ringing challenge to young people who were hungry for hope at a time when we lived under the shadow of mushroom clouds and the Cold War.
Today, we face a new crisis: the threat of world-wide economic collapse.
And, as was the case in 1960, we need a leader who can inspire hope, especially in the hearts of young people. It‘s the young who need to be uplifted with an optimistic vision of their place in America‘s future, rather than a creeping sense of despair.
So, although John McCain is an honorable man, and a true American hero, this is not his moment in history. This is not the time for an old man, recycling the failed ideas of the past eight years. This is the time for Barack Obama.
Never in our lifetime have we needed a leader of Obama‘s intellect, wisdom and steady hand more than in the crisis we face today: A crisis brought on by the calamity of the Bush administration and its “me first“ ideology, which has made a near wreck of America. The national debt alone totals the equivalent of a $460,000 obligation for every household in America.
Last week, the Consumer Confidence Index (which is based on a survey of 5,000 families) plunged to an all-time low, driven in large part by the fact that America lost 760,000 jobs this year.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that things can only get better. We may face a period of austerity for a time and return to the values of our parents to be more frugal and less wasteful, but in the long run, we will be the better for it.
For starters, it seems safe to assume that the political party that engineered our current disaster will be swept out of office this week -- possibly for a generation.
• The politics of greed and self-interest are out.
• The policies of deregulation -- which allowed corporate thieves to run wild -- are out.
• The “borrow and spend” policies of borrowing billions from the Chinese and the Saudis to pay for our wars and their oil are out.
• Providing tax breaks for companies that outsource jobs is out.
So, what’s in? A new attitude and a president who inspires us to reclaim our country.
• “Pay as you go” is back in as a government policy. That fiscally responsible policy resulted in the best economy in America’s history under President Clinton.
• Putting domestic issues first is back in. Our new president has an ultimatum from voters to get our country back on track, rather than squandering ourselves in countries packed with fanatics who’d love nothing more than to bleed us for the next 1,000 years.
• Rebuilding America is back in. Our moribund industries will be revamped to produce electric cars, wind farms, trains, nuclear power plants, clean coal plants and solar power projects. New jobs will surely follow.
• America itself will be back “in“ as a leader in the world, rather than a pariah.
So, take heart, Joe Sixpack, and stop cryin’ in your beer if your guy lost this election. The party that plays you like a sap every election with non-issues like gay marriage and phony threats to take away your shotgun -- and then stabs you in the back by outsourcing your job and unleashing lenders to snatch your home -- is toast this Tuesday.
Things are going to get better.

Tootin’ my horn...
For those of you who enjoyed reading my columns from the other side of the world last year, I’m happy to report that my new book, Planet Backpacker, will begin arriving in bookstores across the region this week.
The book started out as a travel blog, written in 100 of the grungiest internet cafès on the planet in places like Cairo, Bombay and Budapest. I can only promise that it packs a laugh or two, along with lots of oddball characters, strange places and thoughts on the rambling life. It’s sure to unleash your inner travel beast, and I hope, some pleasant dreams.
 
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