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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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 3/28/11

- March 28th, 2011
From: ads@northernexpress.com
Subject: letters
Date: March 28, 2011 8:40:33 AM EST
To: info@northernexpress.com

We‘ve been duped
Last November the voters of this state, and the nation, voted to change
our political world by voting in folks promising lower taxes and less
government. That sounded good on the surface, but now as these tea
baggers start to make their changes, I see where this is taking us.
Everything we have spent decades building to make our society so great --
our very way of life -- is threatened. Unbridled government cuts will
have a negative impact on the things we most need and cherish. Our
schools, our safety, our roads, culture, safety nets for the less
fortunate, our national defense, are all at risk. As we lose more fire
fighters, teachers, cops, government services and road maintenance, we
will all suffer. And as we decimate funding for libraries, public
broadcasting, mental health services, medical research, arts, education,
recreation, regulatory watchdogs and so much more, we will soon find
ourselves in a different world. A pronounced step backwards from
civilization, towards a jungle existence, with no spirit of community or
common good.
Governments are necessary, primarily to provide services that people need,
but can’t provide individually, It is always good to eliminate waste and
overlap, but we still need many of the things we get by banding together.
Budget squeezes are tough, but it makes no sense why the burden falls so
heavily on the middle class and those in the bottom strata. Yet the new
wave seems determined to continue to give huge tax cuts to the rich and
the hugely profitable corporations. I think we were duped into believing
all these changes would help us, when really they further widen the gap
between the wealthy and the rest of us. I think we could still maintain
our quality of life if we just got those who have most profited from our
economy to pay a fair share.
Now we get the attack on unions, who have always fought for the working
class, union or not. The powerful and rich have divided us so they can
further conquer us. It’s scary that so many don’t see that.
I for one, will not be voting for the party of the wealthy next time.

Robert H. Smith • Cheboygan

A friend of Jake‘s
I am writing this in response to the article you guys have written about
Jacob Cabinaw (3/21). Ken and his wife were the only two people outside
of Jake‘s family that spent more time with him than me. I saw him almost
every weekend and he was in the middle of fixing my vehicle when he
I find it odd that I have not once been contacted by the detective,
especially since I left town the week the investigation started. Also, I
want to know what morons believe he left town because he smoked pot?
Going AWOL is way worse than a failed drug test.
Jake was no dummy. He loved his kids, his family, his friends and the
military and is one of the few who wanted to go fight in our two wars. He
does not fit the profile of someone trying to run from his problems.
Anyone that thinks it was anything but foul play is a dumbass and should
think rationally and outside of the ignorance box.
I’m glad you guys ran the article and put it on the front page but this
investigation was done poorly by the police. No one runs from their
entire life over a minor marijuana smoking.

George Nemetz • via email

An unfair budget
Leave it to Governor Snyder to “solve” Michigan’s financial problems on
the backs of seniors and the working poor.
In order to support an 86% tax cut for businesses in Michigan, Snyder’s
budget proposes a tax on pensions. This tax will have untold negative
consequences for tens of thousands of retirees and those approaching
retirement age.
However, the most egregious aspect of Snyder’s budget is the proposed
elimination of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). This credit provides
state income tax relief for thousands of Michigan’s working poor. The
Michigan League of Human Services estimates that approximately 25,000
Michiganders – including 14,000 children – would be pushed into poverty if
the EITC is repealed. Furthermore, repealing the EITC makes poor business
sense. According to the Anderson Economic Group, every $1.00 of EITC
benefit received results in $1.67 put back into local economies.
All of this adds up to a 32% tax increase for individuals, hitting
Michigan’s poorest households the hardest. Instead of proposing a change
to Michigan’s regressive tax structure – a fair, sensible move that would
generate billions in new revenue and prevent devastating cuts - the
Governor is asking those who can least afford it to sacrifice more.

Cam McCord • Williamsburg

The phony crisis
Loved “The Phony Budget Crisis” story (Ted Rall, 3/14).
I would just like for you to know how much I agree with and am glad to see
in print, the article on the budget crisis. Finally someone has expressed
exactly how I feel and what I believe to be true with intelligence and
Thank you for taking this risk in Republican territory.

Cindy Akans • Gaylord

A better way for economy
After reading “American Tsunami” (Random Thoughts, 3/21), I think that
maybe Bob Downes had slept through the last two decades. While I share his
frustration with this down economy, I believe that there is a formula that
must be adhered to. I believe an economy needs to be fed a constant stream
of good news, low business taxes, reasonable regulations, controlled
government spending, a balanced budget, low gas prices, and more.
Somehow Mr Downes left out Bill Clinton’s signing of NAFTA and WTO when
relaying his Republican-led formula for economic disaster. That you blame
Bush is no surprise, but those plant closings he speaks of were preceded
by NAFTA and most have reopened in foreign countries. Your Keynesian
thoughts of endless government spending of Chinese backed dollars to
stimulate the economy is laughable.
As for wages, I spent most of my working life in automotive. When you send
millions of American jobs to Mexico and allow millions of illegal aliens
to enter and offer sub-minimum wage costs to employers, that is simple
supply and demand wage reduction and not racism as your readers like to
extol. As an ex auto worker I like many of my neighbors who have managed
to hang onto our homes make less than half our old wages and we pay half
for everything in life including taxes.
So to the teachers and other government workers, sorry but as you didn’t
support us we can no longer afford you.
Bob, you used a firm called Macroeconomists Forecasters to give a chicken
little call for more spending or suffer 500,000 more job losses, their
name by definition requires government intervention (spending) in our
economy. Clinton gave the economy a stream of good news, low taxes, ending
welfare as we knew it, massive cuts in federal government, a balanced
budget and more; this president was raised a Keynesian and rules in a
laissez faire world.

John McDonald • Interlochen

Cheers for the Indians
Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the “Indians in Winter” article
in the March 14 Northern Express. To answer your question, yes -- I have
wondered how the Indians of Northern Michigan lived through the cruel,
cold winter months just a few generations ago.
Most articles I’ve come across related to the subject were weak or boring.
Yours was neither. It was the first one that had all the information I
wanted to know. It was succinct and gave information that I have been
seeking, like how the winter made travel possible on soft ground and
animal tracking easier, and the effects of lodge living on the health of
the residents. You paced the article just right.
I’ve been reading the Express for many years and this article is probably
my favorite of all time. Even my roommate, who doesn’t read the Express,
picked up a copy for herself because of the interest this article
generated when she read the cover.

Elizabeth Winter • via email

A turnaround
Mike Estes’ denouncing of “onerous regulations” reminded me of his
hypersensitivity to environmental pollution in 2002 when he was
campaigning against conservative Republican Jason Allen for the senate
seat in the 37th district.
At that time he refused to use yard signs because he thought of them as
pollution. I imagine his definition of pollution has softened since that
time, since many of the regulations that he now rails against are the very
ones that protect Michigan’s air, land and waters. Along with his
enthusiasm for shifting tax monies from pensioners to corporations, this
is a remarkable turnaround for the once Democratic candidate.

Ann Krantz • TC

No sharing in proposal
I read with interest the recent letter written by Michael Estes praising
the budget proposals of Governor Rick Snyder. As a retired teacher, I
don’t object to having my pension taxed in order to help balance the state
budget. However, I do not want to see this revenue shifted to provide yet
more tax breaks for business.
Mr. Estes speaks of shared burdens. I see no sharing in this proposal. I
see more giving -- to business -- at the expense of retired people.
I urge you to write Governor Snyder opposing his tax shift.

Lynn M. Larson • TC

(Look for a follow-up from Michael Estes in next week‘s Express. - ed.)

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