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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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The Battle to Keep 9/11 a Secret

George Foster - November 20th, 2003
It seems we may finally get the truth about what happened on September 11, 2001 from the independent commission investigating the attacks. Or will we?
Recently, when the White House insisted that only a few members of the commission would be able to view intelligence documents, my outrage finally boiled over. For months, the executive branch has resisted turning over documents including the presidential daily briefs from both the Clinton and Bush administrations. Additionally, after the Pentagon and Federal Aviation Administration did not comply with all documents requested from these agencies, the commission was forced to issue subpoenas to obtain them.
Most of the cooperation this bi-partisan commission has received to date is a result of pressure from Republican and Democratic critics of this White House policy. Incredibly, President Bush didn‘t think an independent commission was even needed to investigate 9/11. He seemed to be saying that potential political fallout incurred against his administration was not worth uncovering the facts that might prevent another horrific attack by terrorists.
From my view of the world, any American who doesn‘t want to get to the bottom of the circumstances surrounding these murderous strikes, must be hiding something. I hope it isn‘t true but if it looks like a cover-up, sounds like a cover-up, and smells... what else can we conclude? I seem to recall the resignation of a president for the cover-up of a lousy hotel break-in and the impeachment of a president who covered-up a silly affair. If there is a cover-up by federal officials hiding facts surrounding the murder of 3,000 Americans, there should be hell to pay.
The Bush administration has admitted to receiving daily briefs in August 2001 mentioning that al-Qaida might try to hijack U.S. passenger planes. This is old news - if the briefs were written in as general terms as the administration insists they were. President Bush‘s reasoning for withholding this information from the commission is “for the writers of the presidential daily brief to feel comfortable that the documents will never be politicized.“
To hell with the comfort level of some government bureaucrat. What about the comfort of the tens of thousands of family members of 9/11 victims who have been waiting two years for answers? What about the comfort level of Americans who may be targets for the next terrorist attack? To fully protect us in the future, a full accounting should be the least we need to do.
Most of all, how can our government justify sending hundreds of thousands of troops overseas to a fight bloody war against terrorism if the same government officials hide the truth of the initial terrorist attack itself?
If federal officials unwittingly overlooked information that could have prevented 9/11, they can be forgiven. When the Bush Administration fights to keep information already publicized a secret, the obvious question is what else are they not showing us? Months of procrastination by the federal government can only mean there are people in high places who don‘t want us to know what really happened on that fateful day.
It is we, American citizens, who were victimized by 9/11, not our government officials. It will also be ordinary Americans targeted by terrorist acts planned in the future. Mr. Bush, we want the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth - and we want it NOW.
 
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