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Letters 09-07-2015

DEJA VUE Traverse City faces the same question as faced by Ann Arbor Township several years ago. A builder wanted to construct a 250-student Montessori school on 7.78 acres. The land was zoned for suburban residential use. The proposed school building was permissible as a “conditional use.”

The Court Overreached Believe it or not, everyone who disagrees with the court’s ruling on gay marriage isn’t a hateful bigot. Some of us believe the Supreme Court simply usurped the rule of law by legislating from the bench...

Some Diversity, Huh? Either I’ve been misled or misinformed about the greater Traverse City area. I thought that everyone there was so ‘all inclusive’ and open to other peoples’ opinions and, though one may disagree with said person, that person was entitled to their opinion(s)...

Defending Good People I was deeply saddened to read Colleen Smith’s letter [in Aug. 24 issue] regarding her boycott of the State Theater. I know both Derek and Brandon personally and cannot begin to understand how someone could express such contempt for them...

Not Fascinating I really don’t understand how you can name Jada Johnson a fascinating person by being a hunter. There are thousands of hunters all over the world, shooting by gun and also by arrow; why is she so special? All the other people listed were amazing...

Back to Mayberry A phrase that is often used to describe the amiable qualities that make Traverse City a great place to live is “small-town charm,” conjuring images of life in 1940s small-town America. Where everyone in Mayberry greets each other by name, job descriptions are simple enough for Sarah Palin to understand, and milk is delivered to your door...

Don’t Be Threatened The August 31 issue had 10 letters(!) blasting a recent writer for her stance on gay marriage and the State Theatre. That is overkill. Ms. Smith has a right to her opinion, a right to comment in an open forum such as Northern Express...

Treat The Sickness Thank you to Grant Parsons for the editorial exposing the uglier residual of the criminalizing of drug use. Clean now, I struggled with addiction for a good portion of my adult life. I’ve never sold drugs or committed a violent crime, but I’ve been arrested, jailed, and eventually imprisoned. This did nothing but perpetuate shame, alienation, loss and continued use...

About A Girl -- Not Consider your audience, Thomas Kachadurian (“About A Girl” column). Preachy opinion pieces don’t change people’s minds. Example: “My view on abortion changed…It might be time for the rest of the country to catch up.” Opinion pieces work best when engaging the reader, not directing the reader...

Disappointed I am disappointed with the tone of many of the August 31 responses to Colleen Smith’s Letter to the Editor from the previous week. I do not hold Ms. Smith’s opinion; however, if we live in a diverse community, by definition, people will hold different views, value different things, look and act different from one another...

Free Will To Love I want to start off by saying I love Northern Express. It is well written, unbiased and always a pleasure to read. I am sorry I missed last month’s article referred to in the Aug. 24 letter titled, “No More State Theater.”

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Letters 1/16/03

Various - January 16th, 2003
Stop Saddam early

Soon after 9/11, 2001, I wrote a letter stating that I was sure that the majority of the Arabi nations didn‘t condone the terrorist atrocities. I also stated that I thought Islam would police themselves. I was wrong. They have done practically nothing.
I would think that all legitimate nations of Islam would instigate a concerted effort to eliminate the terrorists from their own boundaries. There is an element in this country protesting the Bush admistration preparations for war with Iraq, yet Saddam Hussein is a terrorist and a very influential dictator. If we think Hitler was a person who influenced a certain segment of people to inflict atrocities on society, he may have been a small time operator compared to what could develop with a start by Saddam. Hitler was confined mostly to Europe and North Africa; Saddam and his fellow terrorists, Osama bin Laden, etc. will not be limited to only the Middle East. Think about Chechnya, Kosovo, Sudan, a large part of Africa, the Philippines, and Indonesia. World War II was small potatoes compared with what could develop worldwide.
The war protesters should take this into consideration. Had we eliminated Hitler and his cronies in the 1930s, there might not have been a WW II. The same could develop with Saddam. He has enough of an influence with terrorists that he should be controlled (or eliminated) now. The sooner the better. Why do you think the Bush administration is so eager to start the procedure? The longer the delay the easier it will be for Saddam to develop a following with all kinds of war material and weapons of mass destruction.
I don‘t believe we are so naive as to think this can take place only in Iraq. Iran, Syria and several other Arab nations are close enough to Iraq to move operations in no time whatsoever.
I hope all war protestors take this into consideration. Fifty years from now I hope you will not have to look back and say what should have been. History has always been a good teacher. The free world hates war, but if it comes to the time when we must act, we should not hesitate.

Robert E. Lucas • Arcadia

Blinded by glitz & glamour

Thanks for the great front page story about Songs of the Lakes! Excellent choice of reading material for Northern Michigan.
I do have to admit that I do not feel the same way about your recent front page of the trials and tribulations of Patty Sutherland (“One Woman‘s Perilous Journey“). While I do feel that her separation and subsequent journey to get her children back was painful as only a mother would understand, I can‘t help but wonder about her sense of responsiblity for the situation as a whole and her true motives, not only in falling “in love“ with this “monster“ but the values she is teaching her children. What I heard in this article was that Ms. Sutherland may have been blinded from any truth about this man by the glitz, glamour, money, power and real estate of some stranger she met in a foreign country. Your statement that she found herself pregnant, a Muslim and married? Did that happen to be in that exact order?
Hum... isn‘t that interesting? Maybe snagging a prince was important, just as important as encouraging her children to keep in contact with the father who might just leave them an island someday!? Honestly, I really question what your magazine was trying to convey to us common people.

Amber Waterson • Cedar
 
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