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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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- September 27th, 2010
Discrimination will never last in America
I support the proposed Traverse City ordinance to add sexual identity
to the long list of reasons why a person cannot be discriminated
against.  This list already includes religion, sex, weight, marital
status, height, disability, etc. We are talking about the equal, not
special rights, of TAX PAYING AMERICANS.  This is about liberty. I am
sorry if your religion does not condone homosexuality.  However, this
country does not make laws based on religious beliefs.  The church and
state are separate, as promised by our founders.
Those who say that this modification “stirs up hate” are suggesting
that as long as gays and lesbians remain unequal, they can be
tolerated. Who is threatened or angered by another person’s equality?
Do not indulge this fear. The proposed ordinance does not apply to
religious organizations, or a room rented in your residence. Gay
workers or tenants can still be fired or evicted, just not because of
their sexual identity. Businesses and property owners should not need
“special training” to recognize a qualified person who wants a job or
an apartment. We should be willing to risk unnecessary lawsuits, just
as we have been to protect the equality of women, racial minorities
and disabilities.
Civil rights are being extinguished by intolerance.  If we don’t
include sexual orientation to this “non-discrimination” ordinance, we
are condoning continued discrimination.

 Laurie Mackowiak • Traverse City

Gay rights issue
stresses city
Commissioner Carruthers and the HRC are responsible for the way our
tax monies are spent. How much of the cost of Carruthers Gay ordinance
will city taxpayers have to pay? The answer is, $20,000 dollars Plus
staff time, Carruthers and the HRC tried to slide this past taxpayers.
Carruthers used Marshall Persky, and the HRC to front for his Gay
protection ordinance. The HRC and City Commission were hoping to keep
it quiet, pass it, and have it lost in time. They even had it placed
on the consent calendar for the September 7th meeting. Items placed on
the consent calendar are meant to pass without public or commission
discussion.
The ordinance would allow Carruthers, our gay activist commissioner,
to tell everyone he made good on his promise.  He didn’t seem to care
what kind of stress it would put on our city. Citizens will request
their Right to Vote by petitioning the city for a special election in
February.  The sad part is the only loser will be the City of Traverse
City.  When did politicians lose the ability to use common sense in
decision making?  People that define their lives by their sexual
preference seem to be oblivious to the feelings of others, too bad
isn’t it?
Carruthers talks about gay dollars, have you ever considered the cost
of a fiscal backlash to the ordinance?  The city won’t be paying the
$20,000 cost of the ordinance with “Gay Dollars”; it will be every
city
taxpayer who picks up the tab. Do you believe gay businesses would
trade this non
enforceable ordnance for the losses they would incur if local
organizations were to boycott gay businesses, the way gay activists
boycott the Salvation Army, Boy Scouts of America, and many other
religious and family values groups.

Paul Nepote • Traverse City

(Editor’s Note: To clarify the cost of this ordinance, opposition
groups have vowed a petition drive to enable a referendum vote in
February. That vote, if it occurs, will cost city taxpayers $20,000.
Passing the ordinance itself does not cost money.)

Fishing is not harmless
In its weekly fishing report for September 16, Michigan’s Department
of Natural Resources and Environment reminds anglers to “carry out
everything you carry in.” From carelessly discarding bait containers
and other trash to leaving behind a trail of tackle victims, anglers
are anything but eco-friendly. Milton Love, a UC Santa Barbara
research biologist, told the Los Angeles Times that he has seen “more
Bud Light cans” than fish in some recreational fishing areas that he’s
studied.
Wildlife rehabilitators have also consistently told PETA that
discarded fishing tackle is the number one danger to aquatic animals
today. Birds who swallow fish hooks often suffer lacerated beaks and
throats; most will slowly starve to death. Animals who get entangled
in line that is on the ground can become trapped underwater and drown
if it catches on rocks or debris. The more animals struggle, the
tighter monofilament line becomes—animals who don’t die can suffer
severed wings or feet.
Fishing is not a harmless pastime. Find out more at www.PETA.org.

Paula Moore • Norfolk, VA

Stepka—the only choice for judge
I have worked for Mike Stepka for more than seven years, so I know he
would be a great judge! He has always treated his clients, other
attorneys and the courts, with respect and dignity, and his knowledge
of the law is impeccable.  There have been many times when a person
who needed legal help, but could not afford it, did receive legal
assistance from Mike. That’s why Mike was the recipient of the Pro
Bono Award in 2007. I have nothing but respect for Mike.  In my
opinion, Mike is the only choice for Judge!

Vicki Parzych • Rapid City, MI

 
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