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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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 President‘s eyesight

Stephen Tuttle - March 14th, 2011
The President’s Eyesight
Barack Obama will be reelected in 2012. Probably.
The president’s approval ratings continue to hover at or above 50% and the
gaggle of Republicans now posturing for a chance to oppose him does not
appear to include even one substantial opponent.
Of course, no current polling gives us the slightest hint as to how anyone
might vote come November, 2012. Some Republican, or small group of
Republicans, will eventually emerge from the pack with the ability to
launch a serious campaign. It might even be someone we’ve not yet
considered. Two years before the 2008 elections not many had heard of the
first-term Senator from Illinois with the funny name.
There are plenty of reasons for some to suspect a one-term presidency for
We’re still at war on two fronts with no end in sight. We’ve no clue as
to the outcome of the current unrest in north Africa. The budget deficits
are close to paralyzing and cannot be sustained. The healthcare reform
bill is still unpopular with many. Unemployment continues at unacceptable
levels. The bailouts of the auto companies, banks and Wall Street
investment houses are viewed with both distrust and disgust. The stimulus
spending has had little noticeable impact and the states have received
their last share of it. Gasoline prices have exploded and might derail
whatever economic recovery exists.
It’s a depressing mess. Sometimes it feels like the world has spun out of
The president has set a withdrawal date for Afghanistan. But the argument
can be made that revolutionary unrest in the region provides the first
legitimate strategic reason for being there at all. The temptation to
stay so our presence can “stabilize” the volatility and outcomes will be
overwhelming. This will soon change from being Bush’s war to being
Obama’s war.
We’re not sure if the current unrest in north Africa and the Middle East
is a good or bad thing. In Libya, the departure of He Whose Name Cannot
Be Spelled would be good news but we’ve no idea who might replace him.
Our track record in that part of the world is so abysmal Obama might be
doing the right thing by staying out of it.
The deficits have become almost surreal. Borrowing 40 cents of every
dollar we spend will eventually crush the economy. Though there are some
economists who believe the spending was justified the public intuitively
understands this is nuts. And we haven’t even begun to seriously discuss
Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid which account for more than 40% of
the federal budget.
Healthcare reform is slowly wending its way through the courts. More than
a dozen lawsuits were initially filed and of the three that weren’t
dismissed outright, two Federal District Court judges upheld the law and
one tossed it out in its entirety. Republicans in Congress continue to
try to undo it or defund it and public opinion is split about 55-45
against it. Ultimately, the U.S. Supreme Court will make the decision.
The bailouts likely saved millions of jobs as well as the American auto
industry which is once again profitable and doing some limited hiring.
Allowing the greed of a handful of traders to destroy Wall Street,
attractive as that option must have been, would have led to a calamitous
cascade of additional job losses. Still, hardly anyone seems pleased.
President Obama, like every president, has been buffeted by old problems
he inherited and new crises he could not have anticipated. The trick is
to maintain some overriding direction while managing the day-to-day
It’s fair to wonder aloud if, in the midst of the various storms, Obama
has lost the vision thing.
Voter uncertainty can be deadly for an elected official and it’s no longer
clear we know exactly where the president wants to take us. Are there
goals? How do we reach them?
If we believe there is an objective worth reaching we’ll put up with
almost anything on our way there. But we have to have a pretty good idea
of where we’re going.
That’s part of the reason the Recession that Never Ends never ends. There
is plenty of money out there in corporate America; more than $1 trillion
in reserve by some accounts. Unfortunately, our monetary policy has been
mostly about putting out various financial wildfires. Is there going to be
tax reform or not? Is Congress going to work together or not? Is our
petroleum-based economy going to depend on the vagaries of unfolding
events in the Middle East or not? President Obama has been little help in
offering reassurance or specific leadership.
Having said all of that, Obama still enjoys popular support and decent job
approval ratings. Many people, if not most, still believe things will turn
around. We want him to succeed. He is a dynamic campaigner and the best
fundraiser in the history of American presidential campaigns.
Even better for Obama, no Republican has yet emerged with any overarching
theme beyond “less government, lower taxes.” That’s a narrow policy
position, not a vision for the direction of the country. It will not help
GOP presidential candidates that their fractured electorate will be more
demanding than ever. Candidates will have to partake of the now
traditional dance – careen wildly to the right during the primary season
to appeal to those most likely to vote in Republican primary elections and
then ricochet wildly back to the middle to appeal to the more
middle-of-the-road independent voters who actually decide presidential
Despite our problems, President Obama still has an advantage. It will
become a significant advantage when he remembers we’ll put up with the
potholes along the way if he’ll just remind us where we’re going.
It’s enough to make you sick.

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