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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Letters 10/30/03

Various - October 30th, 2003
Druggie Rush should face own medicine

Wheeeee. Am I relieved. After all of these years of listening to Rush Limbaugh‘s prattle, trying to understand how anyone can think as he does. We have an answer -- he is a druggie.
As a liberal I must congratulate him on his public admission of his problem and his attempt, hopefully successful, to seek rehabilitation. I would like to presume that his pursuit was a result of medical advice, not legal advice.
As a realist and a believer in our constitutional mandate of equal justice, I also would expect our criminal justice system to treat Rush the same as any other person with the same facts. If the reported purchases were accurate, any other person would be presumed to be a dealer.
Every convicted drug dealer sitting in prison, and his or her friends and family, are following this. The local authorities, and indeed Attorney General Ashcroft, must recognize this.
Rush, this is to you. Stand up like a man and accept responsibility for your actions.

Scotty Dawkins • Leland

Why are we there?

It is a no-brainer to say we need to finish the job we started in Iraq (re: Random Thoughts, 10/23). Leaving the country without setting up a valid/operational government would
be tantamount to inviting another Saddam or a Taliban type regime to take
control. What a waste of American lives and money that would be.
That said, we (the people of United States) cannot forget or forgive a
President that lied repeatedly to justify his invasion of this nation. It is
a political issue that we must address here in the U.S. come next election
day. Obviously, a move to impeach George Bush stands little chance of
success in the Republican Congress, so election time is when our voices
should be heard.
Unfortunately, our invasion of Iraq has taken away from the real goal of
dealing with Afghanistan and setting up a functional government structure
there. There is no doubt about the necessity of dealing with a terrorist
supporting network in that country. As well, we should perhaps be looking
at Saudi Arabia in an effort to quell the continued birth of more radical
Islamist from that nation. After all, the majority of the 9-11 members came
from there.
No, we cannot abandon Iraq now that we‘ve started the process, but we must
remember who got us there in the first place and why!

Richard M. Gielow • Traverse City

Get it together

Elected officials have one primary responsibility. Every township trustee, city council member and county commissioner is first and foremost responsible for the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of their respective township, city, or county.
There can be no question that the unpasse at Northern Michigan Hospital has had an adverse impact upon the greater Peloskey community. The health, safety, and welfare of Emmet County residents is at issue.
Any elected body within this county that does not publicly demand that the hospital and the nurses restart negotiations immediately, is shirking its primary responsibility.
This may not be immediately clear to all elected officials. lf one is not acquainted with or living with a striking or working nurse or an NMH board member, the issue may seem distant. This distance from the issue should not, however, keep an elected body from taking action to alleviate the problem that exists within the community. It is not unlike the dust control programs that many townships have developed that benefit only certain portions of the community. None ofthe elected officials may be affected by the dust, but the problem is addressed because it is an issue of health, safety and welfare.
After 11 months of silence, it is time for local units of government to pass resolutions demanding that Northern Michigan Hospital and the registered nurses restart negotiations immediately and bargain in good faith until an agreement is reached. Both parties have a perfect light to bargain and a perfect right to expect a reasonable solution gained through honest bargaining.

Dale S. Scott • Harbor Springs

Move the zoo

I agree that the zoo is too small and people are dismayed and disappointed with it (re: Letters 10/16). Once I heard a woman say the State Hospital grounds would be a great place for a zoo. Could this be done? Sounds good to me. There‘s a lot of room for it there.

Sylvia Bettley • via email

When doves cry

Here are 10 reasons why the cinzens of Michigan should oppose HB 5029 (Mourning
Dove Hunting and the Repeal of Legislative Authority).
1. Dove hunting has never been a tradition in Michigan. These songbirds have been
protected since l905.
2. Hunters only want to indulge in live target-practice. Doves control pest weeds, they
are not overpopulated and they do not harm other species, crops or humans.
3. They are not a viable food source -- only 20 oz. (or less) of “meat.“
4. Michigan hunters have more than enough other species available to hunt.
5. Mourning doves are significantly declining in the U.S., but stable in Michigan
because we don‘t allow them to be shot.
6. Millions of Americans spend billions of dollars on feeding song birds in Michigan.
Bird watchers outnumber and outspend ALL forms of hunting combined.
7. The dove is the only known species hunted during part of its nesting season.
8. Lead shot contaminates our environment (five-to-eight shots for each kill is the average).
9. Doves often perch on utility lines (power and phone) and hunters often use the lines
as favorite shooting sites, resulting in repair costs, safety problems, loss of service and
increased liability.
10. There is no valid need or credible reason to transfer or repeal legislative authority
from the legislature to an appointed committee (Natural Resources Commission - NRC) which
often acts as an extension of special interest groups who presume “first rights“ over the
“use“ of wildlife -- which means shooting them, of course.
In the mid-1980s the Michigan Humane Society was forced to sue the Michigan DNR/NRC because they illegally established a mourning dove hunting season. The court (in 1985) issued a permanent injunction stating that the DNR/NRC cannot promote the hunting of mourning doves in Michigan. But the DNR/NRC has since violated this injunction several times. To give them the power to determine which animal can be shot is indeed putting the foxes in charge of the henhouse.
Please write to your state senator, state representative and Governor Granholm now (before it‘s too late) to prevent us from losing our rights to have input on these matters through our elected legislators and to stop, once again, the DNR/NRC‘s attempt to shoot everything that moves.

E. J. Sullivan • Rapid City





 
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