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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Everyone knows it windy/help for Haiti/Food Rescue delivers

- January 25th, 2010
Everyone Knows It’s Windy
But some lakeshore residents are fearful of proposed wind farm project
A fight over wind turbines is shaping up in Oceana and Mason counties,
where 400 area residents have organized to oppose a proposed wind farm
project on Lake Michigan.
Norweigian-based Scandia Wind has proposed erecting up to 200 wind turbine
generators in a 100-square mile area of Lake Michigan between Silver Lake
and Ludington. The wind farm would provide power for 350,000 homes,
helping Michigan to meet its goal of generating at least 10% of its power
needs from renewable resources by 2015. The company, which is also
currently building a wind farm in the Texas panhandle, claims that its
wind towers would appear as tiny needles seen from the shore, a minimum of
two miles away.
But POWER. (Protect Our Water, Economy and Resources), a Pentwater-based
group of locals, summer residents and businesses, are opposing the Scandia
Wind Aegir Project in its present form, claiming it will ruin the
lakeshore.
The group’s website, www.protectwithpower.org, claims that the Scandia
project would be the largest offshore windfarm in the world, covering an
area twice the size of Grand Rapids. “It would be under four miles from
shore at Pentwater and under two miles from shore at Silver Lake. It would
consist of up to 200 wind turbines, each towering 300 feet above the Lake,
and it would extend for 12 miles, altering our shoreline forever.”
“We are united in our love for this area, and our firm belief that this
proposed wind development will be disastrous for tourism, the economy
and the environment,” said Jeff Hoenle, president of the POWER Coalition
and landowner in Oceana County. “We support smart exploration of
alternative energy sources, like wind energy, but this proposal from
Scandia is not a smart approach.”
Hoenle said in a news release that his group is concerned that Scandia
Wind is “trying to push through a project by taking advantage of a gray
area in current state law, at the same time ignoring recommendations by
the Great Lakes Wind and Energy Council regarding desirable offshore wind
energy development.”
The group also feels that the deep-water site may not work.
“During the first public meeting, even representatives from Scandia
admitted that no one has tried to build turbines at the depth they are
exploring in Lake Michigan,” Hoenle said. “We are not interested in
risking our water and natural environment to be a test site for something
that might or might not work.”
The project will need local, state and federal approval to go ahead.
Thereafter, it would take five years to construct before going
operational.


Help for Haiti
Shoppers packed Oryana Food Co-op in TC last week to support Haiti
Fundraising Day, in which 10% of all sales was donated to help victims of
the earthquake disaster.
“It was really pretty good - we have $3,400 going to donate,” said general
manager Steve Nance. “Plus, we’re going through the end of this month with
collections for Haiti being taken at the registers.”
Nance added that most shoppers came out “in droves” later in the evening.
The funds will be donated to Oxfam, an international aid group which is
already on the ground in Haiti. “Their focus is similar to our approach on
social justice and poverty eradification,” Nance said. “There are so many
worthy charities out there but we felt this was a pretty good fit.”
Other efforts include:
• Traverse City’s Rotary Club is collecting funds for Shelter Boxes, each
of which can help up to 10 people with shelter, blankets, cooking gear and
water purification. The club recently raised more than $14,000 for
earthquake victims. To help: send donations to Rotary Camps and Services
at 202 E. Grandview Parkway, Suite 201, Traverse City, MI 49684.
• The State Theatre in TC also reports raising $3,361 for the Haitian
relief effort from ticket sales the weekend after the disaster.
• Shimmer’s at the Holiday Inn, TC, is donating a portion of its cover
charges to the Red Cross on two consecutive Fridays.

Food Rescue delivers
The team at Food Rescue have a lot to be proud of during the current
economic crisis: as of Jan. 15, volunteers with the group had collected
288,283 lbs. of soon-to-expire fresh food and beverages that would have
otherwise gone into local landfills.
“Food Rescue is Northwest Michigan’s solution to the problems of hunger
and waste,” states its website. “Our method is quite simple: Rescue
perishable and prepared foods as well as beverages and deliver them to
organizations that serve the hungry.”
Launched in October, 2008, the Traverse City-based group collects food
from sources such as grocery stores, restaurants, caterers and bakeries
for distribution to people in need through 57 food pantries, shelters and
community meals programs in a five-county area.
According to USDA guidelines, a pound of food is the equivalent of one
adult meal. For more info on Food Rescue and how to lend a hand, see
http://www.FoodRescueNW.org.


 
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