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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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No score at the end of the first quarter

Stephen Tuttle - May 31st, 2010
No score at the end of the first quarter
And we’re off. The first wave of 2010 elections are over. Depending on
who you listen to, the results were a shocking repudiation of Barack
Obama or a complete rejection of all incumbents, or the first signs of
a tsunami of conservatism, or the beginning of the tea party era in
American politics. Or none of the above.
The messages were so mixed it’s impossible to draw broad conclusions
no matter what the experts say.
In Utah, three-term U.S. Senator Robert Bennett didn’t even make it
out of the state Republican convention. Bennett, whose conservative
credentials used to be considered solid, was whacked from the right by
tea party members, something called the Patrick Henry Caucus (PHC),
the Eagle Forum and the Club for Growth. Their common thread is
distrust of the government, a love of the Tenth Amendment (state’s
rights) and less regulation of business. Their next target is Orrin
Hatch, thought to be too willing to be bipartisan. Clearly, the
conservatives are on the march.
On the other hand, out in Arkansas two-term U.S. Senator Blanche
Lincoln, the youngest woman ever elected to the Senate at 38, was
deemed not quite liberal enough for that state’s Democrats. She ran
afoul of the traditional Democrat coalition by failing to support a
public option in the healthcare reform bill. Her punishment is a
run-off against Lt. Governor Bill Halter who has most of the
institutional support and money.
So one Republican not conservative enough and one Democrat not far
enough to the left.
Elsewhere, Democrat-come-lately Arlen Specter, a Republican U.S.
Senator for 30 years, was crushed in the Pennsylvania primaries by
two-term Congressman Joe Sestak. The results here are a little easier
to understand – Democrats voting in a primary election tend to shy
away from a candidate who came to their party a couple months ago, was
an old pal of George W. Bush, and fully admitted he switched parties
not because of some deeply held philosophical beliefs but because he
believed it would be easier for him to win as a Democrat. Sestak, a
solidly middle-of-the-road Democrat and a retired three-star admiral
in the navy, will now face Republican Pat Toomey in November. Toomey
should be conservative enough for even tea party supporters.
In the special election to replace the late John Murtha, a Democrat in
a fairly conservative Pennsylvania congressional district, Democrat
Mark Critz, a former aide to Murtha, defeated Republican Tim Burns in
a race that defied the notion that Washington insiders are doomed this
election cycle. But Critz won’t be able to relax for long as he has
to defend his seat in November.
Out in Hawai’i, the seemingly impossible happened as a Republican won
a special election for a House seat in Barack Obama’s home district,
but even that’s a little deceptive. Two Democrats both decided to
stay in the race in a fit of obstinate self-destruction. They split
60% of the vote and their Republican opponent walked away with the
seat with 40%. His reign will likely be a short one as he has to
defend his unlikely victory in November.
Out in Arizona, voters actually passed a one percent statewide sales
tax increase as the state tries to fill a $2 billion budget deficit.
For those who haven’t been paying attention, Arizonans taxing
themselves is fairly unusual.
And then there is Rand Paul in Kentucky. The son of Congressman Ron
Paul, this is one clear victory for the tea partiers. Ordinarily one
would assume Paul will skate into the Senate in November in a
conservative state, but he has had some post-primary problems with his
mouth. Seems Mr. Paul is not so sure the Civil Rights Act or the
Americans with Disabilities Act are not intrusions on the private
“Unfair” was the word he used. But he wasn’t quite through. He also
said he thought President Obama’s criticism of BP and their inability
to stop the Oil Spill from Hell was also unfair. He actually said,
“Accident’s happen” and the president’s criticisms were
Yikes. One wonders if the good Republican voters of Kentucky were
aware of that thinking when they went to the polls. Actually, it
doesn’t much matter since they are filling the seat of retiring
Republican Jim Bunning who was a terrific major league pitcher but who
has been a decidedly minor league U.S. Senator. Philosophically, Mr.
Paul won’t be much of a change.
So what does it all mean? Not much. The old bromide that all politics
is local is pretty much true, endorsements from sitting presidents
during off-year elections have never meant much and there were too few
elections to determine any real trends. There is most surely anger
with Washington and incumbents but we already knew that. So far, that
anger has been directed at both Republicans and Democrats. Since
Democrats hold more seats up for grabs it’s likely they will bear the
brunt of voter discontent.
But every race in every state will have its own set of issues specific
to just that race. For every decision in Michigan that turns on
unemployment there will be decisions in Arizona that turn on illegal
The one thing we can be absolutely sure of is this: the Big Money
special interests will find a way to protect themselves and they
really don’t care who wins elections as long as they still have the
real power.

Steven Tuttle is a political consultant who formerly wrote for the Arizona

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