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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Saving the Great Lakes/New Frontier/Senior Blowback

- April 18th, 2011
Saving the Great Lakes
Water activists and experts from throughout the Great Lake Basin will
be flowing in for a “Saving the Great Lakes Forever” conference which
kicks off on Friday, May 6, at the State Theater in downtown Traverse
City.
“We take our incredible natural beauty and abundance for granted, but
there are very real threats facing the Great Lakes Basin.” said
environmental attorney James Olson, who serves as executive director of
the Flow for Water Coalition. “If we don’t protect these majestic
waters now, the Great Lakes could be lost for our future generations.
Our goal is to build deep citizen awareness and provide solutions to
make sure that doesn’t happen.”
The conference will focus on learning about the abuses and threats
facing the Great Lakes. Participants will seek solutions along with
ways to protect the citizens, communities, local agriculture, and
businesses who depend upon the waters of the Great Lakes Basin. The
event is hosted by the Flow for Water Coalition, the Great Lakes Water
Studies Institute at Northwestern Michigan College, and Michigan
Citizens for Water Conservation,
Friday’s 6:50 p.m. kick-off will feature Maude Barlow, the author of 16
books and an internationally recognized water advocate and former
advisor to the president of the United Nations General Assembly.
The evening will also include a screening of the documentary “Tapped,”
a look at the plastic bottled water industry, followed by an afterglow
party at the Park Place Dome.
The conference continues on Saturday, May 7. Wenonah Hauter, executive
director of Food and Water Watch and one of the world’s leading experts
on water, energy, food and the environment, will speak at 9 a.m. at
Milliken Auditorium on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College. Her
address will be followed by workshop sessions on water-related topics.
The event will conclude with an expert roundtable discussion: “Solutions
for Saving the Waters of the Great Lakes Basin.“
“We are incredibly excited to hold this conference here and to be able
to have presentations from both Maude Barlow and Wenonah Hauter,“ said
Olson. “They will provide a dynamic wake-up call to everyone interested
in protecting our Great Lakes.”
Tickets are $25 per person for the two-day event or $40 for two
persons. For info, contact Jilliebean Green at (231) 432-0103 or at
flow@jilliebeangreen.com. Tickets can also be purchased on-line at
www.flowforwater.org.

NEW FRONTIER
Non-stop regional jet service to Milwaukee got a boost this week with
the addition of Frontier Airlines in Manistee. The airline has hubs in
Milwaukee, Denver and Kansas City, along with agreements with
connecting airlines, adding another flight alternative in the mix for
traveling to and from Northern Michigan. Flights leave Manistee at
7:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. for Milwaukee with return trips from Milwaukee
to Manistee at 2:30 p.m.

SENIOR BLOWBACK:
The Snyder administration‘s proposal to tax the pensions of seniors
didn‘t last long. Based on intense opposition from seniors (who vote en
masse), Gov. Snyder‘s office released a statement last week saying that
retirees who are 67 and older will “see no changes to pensions.“
But younger seniors will feel a tax bite.
“The original reform plan was a starting point for discussion and I am
pleased that the dialogue has been so productive,“ Gov. Snyder said in
a release. “In our discussions, we determined it is important to leave
retirement pensions as they are for our citizens age 67 and older. We
are able to move forward with a revised plan that still adheres to the
principles I laid out with my budget and tax initiatives.”
But under Snyder‘s plan, younger seniors will be faced with taxes on
retirement income:
• People who are ages 60-66 as of January 2012 will not be taxed on
retirement income up to $20,000 for single filers and $40,000 on joint
filers. But income above that amount will be taxed at 4.25% beginning in
2013.
• Persons 59 and under as of Jan. 2012 (born after 1952), will have
their retirement income taxed at 4.25%, including the proceeds from
pensions, 401ks and IRAs.

 
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