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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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 09-10-2012

- September 10th, 2012  

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The War on Women

Personally, the “War on Women” has been an ongoing issue with the Republican Party. This is the dying party of the white dynasty. Since the last census, the white population of this country is becoming a minority.

In fact, I find the Republican stance on abortion and birth control rather fascinating. In some ways it would seem that the “Grand Old Party” would want women to have access to preventive health care - but, wait a minute - that might mean they could get educated and try to obtain upward mobility for themselves and their families.

The Republicans are patronizing, bitter, white people losing their followers. The hollow words of Republicans and their ideological stance on abortion and birth control are archaic. Last week it was made public that a dying cardinal accused the Catholic church of being 200 years behind the times.

The last few months have seen the nuns on the bus who have toured the country defending their ability to care for the poor, the sick and the needy. The Catholic Church is attempting to curtail their activities and place them under the auspices of a bishop because they advise women and families on birth control and help them obtain abortions if necessary.

These are dying patriarchal institutions attempting in their last gasping breathes to retain their misogynist rule over women so they can stay barefoot, pregnant and poor.

Before Rowe vs. Wade, women of means went to other countries to have abortions or had willing gynecologists who would perform D & C’s for women with female “ailments.” The only women who suffered were the young, or those of meager means, so they suffered through the pregnancies, and were stigmatized, or had illegal abortions by well-meaning mid-wives, some doctors in after hour clinics, and self-trained people who understood and sympathized with their difficult situation. Or, better yet, families sent them off to “visit” relatives or they were sent to a home for wayward girls to wait out their pregnancies.

The Republicans are not a party of ideals or ideas - their’s is a party of the wealthy protecting their wealth. It is not inclusive of anyone who disagrees with their backward ideology. It cloaks itself under religious umbrellas that are antiquated. If it really was a party of lesser government, then the place they would begin their crusade would be to stop interfering in people’s personal lives.

Christine Verdon • Northport

Ann Romney’s ‘ick’ factor

I am offended by Ann Romney’s “I just love you women. I love women” speech at the Republican Convention.

Did you ever hear a man say, “I just love you men. I love men”?

It is clear Ann Romney does not identify with women -- she stands outside (of women’s issues) like women of the 1950s and ’60s. As if to say, I am different, I am not like most women, but I love them. Indeed, I just love women. Ick!

Mary Sutherland • Glen Arbor

Women suffer from P.M.S.

No, no, not that P.M.S., but one engendered by national and state Republican legislators. amplified by that paragon of moral authority, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops! It is nourished and spread due to the apathy of women who do not speak up. I am speaking of the Patronization, Misogyny and Sexism started by the titular head of the Republican Party, Rush Limbaugh, with his “slut” comment about Sandra Fluke.

The Republican Party Platform would eliminate a woman’s right to an abortion, even in the case of rape, incest and yes, even if there is a threat to her life. Personhood amendments that would make certain forms of contraception illegal. Bills trying to re-define rape, co-sponsored by Paul Ryan and Todd Akin, and even crazy comments about the likelihood of pregnancy in cases of “Legitimate Rape” (Todd Akin). Forced trans-vaginal ultrasounds, unrealistic waiting periods and on and on in over 16 Republican state legislatures.

The Taliban would be proud! I would hope that women will wake up for themselves, their daughters and their grand daughters.

To paraphrase a very conservative Republican, ‘Extremism in the defense of women’s rights is no vice’ Do something.

Nick LaRose • TC

Wealthy puppet-masters

In case you missed it, you can’t vote Republican any more!

That is, you can’t if you want to vote for someone like Eisenhower, Milliken, or even Reagan -- he raised taxes! Often!

That party, the Grand Old Party is, as Ernie Harwell used to say, long gone! In its place we have, in the words of a respected conservative observer of our politics, an “insurgent outlier -- ideologically extreme ... scornful of compromise.”

Although the change was already underway, the Supreme Court speeded things up with its infamous 2009 Citizens United decision. The conservative justices may have felt they were doing the GOP a favor by opening the floodgates for political contributions from longtime Republican supporters --corporations and wealthy people.

But the actual consequence has been to deliver the GOP to a small group of billionaires and strategists whose political ideology and tactics and vision for America are all at odds with traditional Republican (and American) ideals.

And make no mistake: cash has meant control. The Super-Pacs funded by these anonymous donors are much more than just the sources of those noxious attack ads. They basically select and finance the campaigns of “representatives” who have pledged to follow the Party line. This new well-funded, topdown Republican Party structure --which also includes think-tanks and legislation mills -- enforces uniformity of ideology and strategy. Compromise is out.

We all know the stated aims of these anonymous billionaires and their strategists -- oust Obama, constrict government, cut taxes on the wealthy, eliminate regulation, wipe out unions, etc. But what are their unstated goals and values? For clues, look at their campaign of voter suppression in the swing states:

1) They don’t like democracy. Too messy and uncertain. And 2) They believe the ends (winning the election) justify the means (intimidating legitimate voters).

Ron Tschudy • Central Lake

No hysteria in NRA

Trust a liberal to label his opposition as “hysterical” (re: “NRA hysteria unfounded,” Letters 8/27). All that libs can do is name-call.

Anyhow, the NRA was and is anything but hysterical in its warning about Obama and the Left being bitterly opposed to an armed citizenry. The fact that they spent their first-term political capital almost exclusively on getting Obamacare through does not mean that they have given up on the basic leftist goal of suppressing the people’s right (guns don’t have rights) to be armed. Also, Wayne LaPierre’s salary is closer to $600,000, after 35 years with the NRA.

Lastly, if you are going to call the NRA a branch of the Republican Party, which it most decidedly is not, why not point out, far more truthfully, that the Trial Lawyers Association, now laughably renamed the American Justice Association, is one of the biggest direct financial supporters of the Democratic Party? SEIU (can you spell ACORN?) comes next, and the teachers’ unions, whether their members want their dues used this way or not.

At least the NRA is patriotic.

Charles Knapp • Maple City

GOP's Medicare disaster

Our Republican candidates want to repeal Obamacare and replace Medicare with private health insurance vouchers for all of us younger than 55. Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek promise that “nothing will change for current Medicare beneficiaries or for those between the ages of 55 and 65.”

They are lying. For our current seniors, repeal of Obamacare would reopen the costly “donut hole“ for prescription drugs and eliminate free preventive care. Those of us between the ages of 55 and 65 would never receive those Medicare benefits.

A less easily understood problem -- the Republican plan would stop enrolling new Medicare beneficiaries just 10 years from now. As with private insurance, younger beneficiaries cost the Medicare program less on average than older ones. With no new beneficiaries coming in, Medicare’s cost-per-person would rise dramatically as the pool of remaining beneficiaries grows older and older.

Make no mistake, under the Romney- Ryan-Benishek plan everyone aged 55 or older will get fewer Medicare benefits and the program will become ever more dependent on taxpayer subsidies every year.

Jay S. Johnson • Empire

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