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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Questions

Stephen Tuttle - December 27th, 2010
Questions
Ah, yes, a new year. Time for noisemakers and funny hats and
predictions and resolutions.
Predictions for 2011 are just downright foolish. Nobody seems to have
a clue. Even corporations big and small are playing wait-and-see,
delaying expansion and hiring plans and stockpiling cash. At least the
big corporations have been stockpiling cash.
Resolutions generally last until about the second week of January when
we head for a second helping of pie or the first cigarette.
What we do have in abundance as we welcome a new year is questions.
I’ve been stockpiling them in lieu of cash. Some were headed into a
column but ran out of steam, others never deserved to be a column and
still others are just questions for which there is no real answer.
But they’re starting to clutter my already confused thoughts so here
they are:

• Are there really people out there who believe the economy and the
country would be better off had we allowed General Motors, Chrysler,
AIG and Wall Street firms to fail? Another 4-5 million unemployed and
a complete collapse of the financial markets would be an improvement?
• What the hell is wrong with the family in charge in North Korea? Can
anyone be that loony without having a real mental illness?
• If Congress becomes gridlocked, will that be a bad thing or an improvement?
• Why do some people still believe a continued dependence on
oil/coal/natural gas is a better option than trying to develop some
wind energy?
• Does any of Michigan’s lottery money ever make it to the public schools?
• How in the world do the European Union countries expect to resolve
their debt issues when they’ve all borrowed money from each other?
• What is the advantage of having Michigan judges directly elected?
How can it be a good thing for our State Supreme Court to be
completely politicized?
• Why do Traverse City Light and Power and other electricity providers
advertise? We have no choice as to who supplies our power so why are
they spending the money on television commercials?
• Will Dennard Robinson ever play a game for the University of
Michigan in which he does not commit a turnover?
• Will President Obama ever start defending himself as vigorously as
his opponents attack him?
• Do we think it’s a good idea that Governor-elect Rick Snyder is
hiring staffers from the Engler Administration?
• Why haven’t our politicians solved the invading Asian carp issue
yet? Are they going to keep dithering until one of the damned things
leaps up and whacks them in the head?
• Shouldn’t we be paying more attention to the men and women fighting
and dying in Iraq and Afghanistan? And regardless of the budget
nightmare, shouldn’t we be pouring billions more into the Veteran’s
Administration to help out the tens of thousands returning from war
damaged physically and emotionally?
• Is it really necessary for some elementary schools to have a police
officer on duty? Really?
• Are we still looking for Osama bin Laden?
• Do the newly elected Republicans seriously think they can undo
everything that’s happened the last two years in Congress and start
over? Where do they think they’ll get 60 votes in the Senate?
• Why did we so willingly give up our rights under the Fourth
Amendment simply because of a lunatic who failed in his attempt to
bring down a plane by blowing up his shoe and a second failed attempt
by a different lunatic to blow up his underpants?
• How do we know, given the short period of time they’ve been in use,
that the radiation emitted by new scanners in airports is safe? Has
any other long-term radiation exposure been deemed safe? Ever?
• Do insurance companies hire schizophrenics to write their massive
letters explaining tiny little changes? Does it take six pages to
say, “You’re going to get a new card. Destroy the old one. There are
no changes in your costs or coverage.”?
• Remember when we had real leaders in Congress?
• Has anything the creepy WikiLeaks guy exposed been more harmful to
the country than the attempts to subvert the First Amendment and stop
him?
• Have you noticed that the precious “principles” of the loudest
voices on both the left and the right rarely coincide with what the
rest of us believe or what’s best for the country?
• Why in the world does an Army private have access to all those
diplomatic cables and how the hell did he get them out of the
building? This is what passes for “security” in the age of terrorism?
• Are there still people out there who take Sarah Palin seriously as a
presidential candidate?
• Why would anybody want to watch a movie on a two-inch screen on
their cell phone?
• When did compromise become a bad thing and a dirty word?
•Are we going to have a happy new year? I hope you do.

 
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