Letters

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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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- February 1st, 2010
Supreme threat
The Supreme Court issued a decision this week that may be the single
most dangerous blow to democracy ever conceived. By granting
individual rights to corporations they have undermined the very
premise our country was founded upon.
The Constitution and the Bill of Rights were created to protect
individual rights from being trampled by rich and powerful groups like
the court of King George III. By granting individual rights to
corporations the Supreme Court is creating openings for a new set of
royals to arise.
Incorporation was created to allow individuals to shield themselves
from the dangers of being in business. This allowed business and
industry to grow and prosper in ways it might otherwise not have done.
Corporations diffuse risk among many individuals, making the risks
easier to face for anyone growing a business. Instead of doing
business as a sole proprietor (read that as “individual”), one can
incorporate and gain a certain amount of protection not afforded
individuals in business.
Special rights applying only to corporations come with its
establishment. So, you create a corporation so as not to function as
an individual.
Now the Supreme Court says corporations are individuals. I defy
anyone on the Supreme Court to produce any individual whose rights had
been infringed upon by the ruling that was overturned. Placing
restrictions upon a corporation in no way restricts the rights of the
individuals who exist under the umbrella of incorporation.
By granting individual rights to corporations the Supreme Court has,
in effect, created super persons that have not only individual rights
but a second layer of “corporate individual” rights.
If a corporation breaks the law is it now possible to hold the entire
corporation at fault? Should every share holder be completely
responsible for corporate behavior? If not then how can they have
rights separate from, but equal to, an individual’s own rights? And,
as it has been pointed out by many other people this week, how are we
to know with any certainty who is behind the veil of the corporate
structure? We cannot.
We should all be very afraid for our democracy at this moment in time
and I believe there should be a massive outcry from the people to
remove from office the persons who have visited this plague upon our
house. Impeach them now!

J. Grant • Mesick

Go slow on biomass
The Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) would like
to praise Traverse City Light & Power (TCLP) for their goal to use 30%
renewable energy by the year 2020. This is an ambitious and worthy
goal that should be supported by the entire Grand Traverse region. The
question is... how should this goal be achieved?
NMEAC also praises TCLP for its willingness to hold two public forums
on February 25 and February 27. It is hoped these forums will discuss
all forms of renewable energy including the pros and cons of building
biomass plants in or near Traverse City. Let the people of the city
and region freely express their concerns and ideas and help decide
which forms of renewable energy are the best fit for Traverse City.
In recent weeks, many concerns about building biomass plants have been
expressed. Let those concerns have a full airing at the upcoming
forums. Some have even suggested possible alternatives to biomass and
these should be given serious consideration.
It is also important for TCLP to further explore energy conservation
to help achieve its goals as well as work with the Grand Vision Energy
Group. There may be additional ways to reduce our energy use and lower
demand for electricity over the next three to five years.
Please slow down any final decisions on biomass plants until the
community can discuss all of the alternatives at these open forums
scheduled for late February.

Greg Reisig, Chair • NMEAC

Digital threat to jobs
Concerning your column, “The Great Job Eater,” all I can say to you is
“Amen, brother!”
Are we willing to pay a little more out of our own tight pockets to
save jobs here in the U.S.? First it was manufacturing (it’s cheaper
made overseas!), now it’s our service industries (it’s cheaper
online!).
All so we can have a few more toys. If we don’t change our ways, we
won’t have ANY toys to play with; we will have been bought and paid
for by another country, and owned by them.
To a very large degree, the power is in our hands, not the
government’s. Obama can give tax incentives left and right to small
businesses, etc., but if we refuse to support them, we run the risk of
losing our freedoms we hold dear and welcome the hangman’s noose.

Cecilia Droz • Lake Ann

Looking for leaders
Considering that one family has left Michigan every 12 minutes in
recent years, you would think politicians in Lansing would wake up and
realize that partisan gamesmanship will not turn around our great
state.
Michigan cannot afford -- literally and figuratively -- to continue
waving goodbye to her future.
With 280,000 jobs lost in 2009 and 22,000 students expected to leave
elementary and secondary schools for a brighter future in another
state this year, the challenges may be daunting, but they aren’t
insurmountable.
We have the workers, agriculture and entrepreneurs, the
innovation-ready universities, and abundant natural resources to
overcome the Lost Decade and remake this state for the 21st century.
All that is missing is the political leadership to move Michigan forward.
Our great state deserves leaders willing to put Michigan first and
work across the aisle in the tradition of former governors Romney and
Milliken.

Dennis Lennox • Drain Commissioner, County of Cheboygan

War is no solution
President Obama has asked Congress for an additional $33 billion on
top of $708 billion for the Defense Department to fight the wars in
Iraq and Afghanistan. This $33 billion will mostly go to expand the
war in Afghanistan and Pakistan along with Predator and Reaper drone
attacks.
These pilotless drones are used for surveillance and attack missions.
Over 1,000 civilians have been killed in these attacks and the drones
terrify women and children by their presence.
As we watch the heroic actions of Americans and our service personnel
in Haiti, and see the gratitude and respect for their actions around
the world. I am reminded of the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hatred
cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
War does not work to bring peace and democracy. We must be a force
for justice and peace around the world if we are to have peace and
security in America.

Jo Anne Beemon • Antrim County

Correction
To clarify the article on Shirley Vinson last week, the Child
Protective Services in Utah conducted an investigation of Vinson
before moving to terminate her parental rights of her toddler daughter
and newborn baby boy. CPS had concerns about Vinson’s ability to
parent, due to her anger problems, and because Vinson exposed her
daughter to scenes of domestic violence. The CPS also alleged that
Vinson, while homeless, stayed with strangers, who had alcohol and
drug problems. Vinson voluntarily gave up her rights.

 
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