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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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 05-07-2012

- May 7th, 2012  

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Citizens vs. PACs

I believe American citizens, not superpacs and billionaires, have the constitutional right to elect our President, Congress, and Judges. The Citizens United vs. FEC ruling by the Supreme Court gives corporations including multinationals, foreign entities, and unions the constitutional right to spend unlimited funds to oppose or support a candidate without disclosing who is giving, how much, and to whom.

Because Citizens United says money is the same as speech, superpacs allow individuals to do the same. Those who donate the most money win the votes of the politicians. This is destroying our democracy!

Average citizens across Northern Michigan trying to voice their concerns to their legislators can be overwhelmed by the corrupting influence of outside billionaires and corporations who donate unlimited amounts of money.

As a citizen of this country that I love, as a mother and grandmother, I believe we have a right and a responsibility to elect the best legislators who will safeguard and advocate for our family, community and country.

If you believe the votes of our legislators are not for sale, if you believe legislators are accountable to the people who live and work in their district, if you are frustrated that your legislator is spending more time getting re-elected than solving this nation’s complex issues, then we need you.

The best way to get the money out of politics and restore democracy to the people is through a constitutional amendment. Go to movetoamend.org to sign the petition, read about this nationwide, grassroots, nonpartisan movement.

Join the local affiliate Move to Amend Northern Michigan, which meets Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of Horizon Books in Traverse City. Our website is movetoamendnorthernmichigan.org.

Come join with thousands of communities signing on to Move to Amend. Be pro-active and make a difference.

Beverly “BJ” Christensen • Cedar

Government waste

I write this on behalf of the countless women and men whose lives have been devastated by abortion, who have suffered in the real “War Against Women.”

We were lied to. We were told our babies were globs of tissue. But we knew they were not globs of tissue when we were sent home to deliver shriveled up, burned up, dead babies.

We were told that abortion was a simple procedure and that we could put all this behind us, get on with our lives. But we found out this was a lie because for decades we suffered from depression, suicidal tendencies, anxiety, repeated nightmares, flashbacks, intense grief, physical and emotional problems.

We were told we could have other children but that was a lie to those of us so injured and scarred that we could not. What a lie.

We were pressured by boyfriends, husbands, parents, the culture and, God forbid, Planned Parenthood, if we went there for “help.” And where was the government or Planned Parenthood when we needed help to recover from the damage abortion had on our lives?

But we are here, those of us who found healing, and we are raising our voices against this injustice. We know first-hand the lies and we know the truth. We have lived it.

We will be deceived no longer. Abortion is not kind to women. Abortion is not caring and abortion is certainly not “healthcare.”

We stand strong, uniting our voices against the persistent, invasive abortion agenda by this president and his administration.

The real “War Against Women” has been waged for almost 40 years and there are many casualties.

Who has the ears to hear us? Who has the eyes to see us? When will those who so flippantly speak of choice, charity and goodwill toward women see the pain?

Nancy Menzies-Kreuzer • Glen Ellyn, IL

Fair tax

How do you feel about paying your income a few weeks ago? Do you feel like (1) you are participating in a fair taxation system, (2) you are only paying your fair share and (3) everyone else is paying their fair share too?

The Fair Tax is superior to the Income Tax. If adopted The Fair Tax would annihilate the IRS with all its shortcomings and be a huge boon for American businesses.

The Fair Tax is essentially a national sales tax. Among its advantages: absolutely everyone pays (including illegal immigrants and tourists) and American businesses will be on a more level playing field with their international competitors. American made products will be cheaper for both Americans consumers and export. Those living below the poverty level are protected.

The Fair Tax was introduced into congress in 1999 and has been buried in congressional committees even since; it’s never been voted on. If your congressional representative is unable to give you an acceptable explanation of why he/she has not been a supporter of the Fair Tax, you need a new representative!

Defeat your congressperson in the primary if possible; even if that requires voting across party lines. There’s always November.

Glen Terrell • Arlington, TX

Nugent unwelcome

If Turtle Creek Casino had Ted Nugent perform BEFORE all this current political hotbed hoopla, the crowd would have been just a bunch of rockers. But now that Ted Nugent is a political hot potato, chances are good the crowd at Turtle Creek will be politically-charged and not necessarily in a positive way.

I urged the GT Band Tribal Council to cancel Ted Nugent's upcoming concert at Turtle Creek Casino with the following: Message to Grand Traverse Band Tribal Council: I urge you to please consider canceling the upcoming Ted Nugent venue at Turtle Creek Casino, Williamsburg, Michigan.

Ted Nugent’s ideology insults the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. It is my personal opinion that GTB should be embarrassed by their decision to support Ted Nugent. Having Ted Nugent at Turtle Creek Casino seems shameful and disrespectful to Tribal tradition.

GT Band can and should do much better than Ted Nugent as choice for entertainment at Turtle Creek Casino. Revenue is guaranteed, chances are you will make profit whenever you offer entertainment, no matter your choice of entertainer.

So, money shouldn’t be the issue in your having chosen Ted Nugent. What is the type of crowd GT Band hopes to attract with Ted Nugent? If that question hasn’t crossed your minds, it should. I have great respect for Tribal Council and think it should strive to present itself and GT Band at highest level - stay away from political hot potatoes.

Seven Generations expect you to always stay on the high road, do not stoop low. Do not lower yourselves and GTB to lowest common denominator of Ted Nugent’s provocative lack of class.

Kathleen Borey • Elk Rapids

Pay loan back

Holders of real estate loans are supposed to repay them. Many of our residents are unable to pay their mortgage and are losing their homes because of foreclosure.

This is not true for Traverse City developer David Schostak, who lost an attempt to avoid paying his loan for the Cherryland Shopping Center in a Michigan Court of Appeals judgment.

He next turned to the Michigan State Legislature where our Representative Ray Franz voted for a bill, Public Act 67, which will enable Mr. Schostak to overturn this Court ruling to pay $2.1 million in debt plus $260,000 in legal fees to the Wells Fargo Bank. Interesting is the fact that Mr. Schostak’s brother is not only his business partner, but also the Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party.

Well, it must be nice to be forgiven loans. It appears that double standards are alive and well in Michigan where your Republican connections can design and pass a law which overrides judicial disapproval and gets you out of repaying your loan.

Peter Wolcott • Northport

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