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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Anti-government militias... then & now

Robert Downes - April 5th, 2010
Perhaps Charles Poole’s biggest “crime” was that he was an employee of
the federal government.
Poole was a 32-year-old employee of the Works Progress Administration,
an agency set up by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to provide jobs
for millions of unemployed Americans during the Great Depression.
One night in May, 1936, Poole was lured to a location in Dearborn by
members of a violent nightshirt group called the Black
Legion. He had been told that he was needed to round out a sandlot
baseball team as a pretext for his torture and murder.
After a round of drinks, members of the Black Legion realized that
they had forgotten to bring a rope along to hang Charles, so their
ringleader pumped five slugs into his body. The pretext for his murder
was that he was a wife-beater, something his widow denied at the
subsequent trial.
The Black Legion was a militia-style group founded in Detroit in 1933.
Some said it was the particularly vicious enforcement wing of the Ku
Klux Klan, which was still semi-respectable at the time. The group had
an estimated 20,000-30,000 members in Michigan. According to a 1936
Time magazine article, the group was made up mostly of “Southern
hillbillies” who came north to seek jobs in auto factories. Members of
the Black Legion vowed to uphold “Protestantism, Americanism and
Womanhood.”
Here’s what Time had to say about the group in its June, 1936 story:

“No man could apply for membership, but if sponsored by friends, was
enticed to a meeting. There, with a revolver at his heart, he was
permitted to declare his willingness to “be torn limb from limb and
scattered to the carrion” if he betrayed a word of society secrets.
After swearing to support God and the Constitution, to give his all in
any ‘war’ against Catholics, Jews, Negroes, aliens and Communists, he
paid $7 for a robe, 10¢ monthly dues, bought himself a gun, became a
member in good standing.”

They also hated government employees and labor organizers, including the U.A.W.
Sound familiar? Change a few words and you’ve got much the same
scenario as that of the nine members of the Hutaree Christian militia
group arrested and charged last week in a plot to kill Michigan police
officers.
You’ve probably heard of Hutaree’s alleged plan to kill an
unsuspecting police officer and then bomb the funeral in the hope of
sparking a war against the federal government. But the group also
reportedly considered killing the family members of cops. Here are the
details from the indictment filed in U.S. District Court:

“Possible acts which were discussed included killing a member of law
enforcement after a traffic stop, killing a member of law enforcement
and his or her family at home, killing a member of law enforcement in
rural communities, luring a member of law enforcement into a false 911
emergency call and then killing him or her, and killing a member of
law enforcement and then attacking the funeral procession motorcade
with weapons of mass destruction.”

According to the federal indictment, Hutaree militia members thought
that planting an IED bomb alongside a funeral procession or shooting
up the ceremony would “intimidate and demoralize“ the cops and rally
regular Americans against the “Antichrist.”
Talk about kicking up a hornet’s nest. More likely, these guys would
have been used for some well-justified target practice.
The Hutaree bust demonstrates that some Americans have become so
unhinged by their racist fears of the Obama administration that
they‘ve become kissing cousins with the likes of Charles Manson, who
hoped to launch a race war called “Helter Skelter” by luring young
people into his violent Family.
And the story of Charles Poole offers proof that violent,
anti-government kooks have always been with us. In fact, since the
earliest days of the United States we‘ve always had militias in our
country in one form or another, made up of angry, impotent people and
religious fanatics who feel entirely justified to pursue violent ends
rather than going through the democratic process of the ballot box and
the law.
But these groups can also be stopped. The Black Legion hatched plans
to pump cyanide gas into synagogues in Detroit and to inject typhoid
germs into milk and cheese to deliver to blacks, Catholics and Jews in
various neighborhoods. But the organization fell apart in the face of
public outrage over the death of Charles Poole.
It’s said that black robes were found in trash cans all over Detroit
the day after Poole‘s body was found and the evils of the Black Legion
were brought to light. Let’s hope the same is true of our modern-day
militia members in the aftermath of the Hutaree trial. The alternative
is an America torn apart by roadside bombs, cop killings and shopping
mall attacks, no different than what goes on with the religious
fanatics of the Mideast.

 
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