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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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 03-18-2013

- March 18th, 2013  

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Sugar buzz in our schools

Too much sugar is bad. Too much of the alternative is worse.

Because my kid’s public school (Glen Lake) doesn’t allow sodas, I naively thought most schools followed that trend.

Unfortunately, while attending a district finals basketball game at Traverse City Central I was a bit surprised to find a bank of soda machines in the school cafeteria. Surprise turned to concern when I noticed they contained only diet sodas, water and sports drinks. Pepsi Next, which boasts 60% less sugar, quickly caught my attention. Guess what’s in it?: “WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CORN SYRUP, NATURAL FLAVOR, CARAMEL COLOR, PHOSPHORIC ACID, SODIUM CITRATE, CAFFEINE, POTASSIUM SORBATE, ASPARTAME, CITRIC ACID, ACESULFAME POTASSIUM, SUCRALOSE.”

So we’ve traded some sugar for artificial sweeteners and known carcinogens? And if that’s not enough, we replace some sugar, a natural preservative, with toxic preservatives “TO PRESERVE FRESHNESS,” as the label states.

Who are we kidding here? I’m not arguing for more naturally sweetened sodas, though that would be an improvement in student health.

There’s no scientific evidence linking diet sodas with weight loss. In fact it’s quite the opposite. Among many other negative health effects, they increase your chances of contracting metabolic syndrome which leads to weight gain by tricking your body to feel hungry when it not in need of calories.

Besides water, there wasn’t a healthy drink in the building. I am fully supportive of an adult making a decision, informed or otherwise, to consume these products. However, these simply don’t belong in schools.

Am I naive the think that if, like my kid’s school, they offered vending machines with fruit juice, the Soda Cartels would pull their vending machines and all the financial perks that come with them?

Timothy Fitzgerald Young, Food For Thought • Empire

Wolves & free-thinkers

Your article (“Confessions of a Save the Wolves Petitioner”) hit home about the lack of citizenship in America where apathy, selfishness, frustration and lack of care is rampant in a government that serves the people.

Mass brainwashing on issues of concern by forces using fear, hatred and money always win out over critical thinkers using logic, facts, history and motives. Free thinkers are called names like conspiracy nuts, unpatriotic, or worse -- deviates -- when trying to express vital concerns in today’s corporately-controlled news via radio and TV pundits.

Then if you try to demonstrate like the Occupy Movement with no leaders, all are outlaws arrested by police for questioning a nonsustainable money system which favors only the few in control. Hmmm where is the outrage leading to solutions or First amendment?

When reading about wolves and asking Sleeping Bear park to put some on the Manitou islands to control deer populations, they instead spent millions to kill off the deer, saying they were DNA-inferior. Never has a wolf attacked a human or done harm; only in fairy tales that vilify this animal which can teach us many things about how to live in wild as a group!

Their howls don’t scare me in the least.

Instead, I welcome my animal brother which only takes what it needs, not like humans. Hunters always kill the best deer, while a wolf kills the least, so where is the problem with wolves?

For shame American citizens for being such sheep to your corporate news and bankers. People that give up their power of freedom don’t deserve to have it.

Bradford Krull • Glen Arbor

New war on marijuana

We pride ourselves on how we take care of the sick in this country. We have the best hospitals in the world, as well as the finest doctors. You would think that America totally supports people getting better with whatever resources are available.

But wait just one minute. If you choose to medicate with cannabis, (aka: marijuana), not only are you NOT supported by most of the medical industry (which won’t treat you if you have THC in your system), but you may find yourself in a jail cell for growing and using it. Not only that, but you’re technically driving under the influence every time you get behind the wheel of a car as the active ingredients in cannabis stay in your system for months.

Medical marijuana laws enacted throughout the United States for sick people have been mercilessly attacked by lawmakers (unlike the pharmaceutical industry which has the full support of the justice system), and judges and prosecutors are locking up caregivers for having too much cannabis in their possession.

It’s a senseless waste of tax dollars, law enforcement resources, and ultimately hurts us all. Yet the war wages on.

In Michigan, a recent State Supreme Court decision makes criminals out of caring providers of cannabis, who are now declared "public nuisances." And instead of helping the sick get better, our government is condemning our choice of medicine, kicking in our doors, taking away our children, breaking up our families, and even murdering some of us. So much for helping the sick get better.

Please contact your State House of Representative member and tell them to support and demand a vote for HB 4271 (The Provisioning Center Act) to give us back safe access to our choice of medicine and stop this insanity.

Rev. Steven B. Thompson, Benzie County NORML

Scott Weiland rocked

I have been a big fan of Northern Express for many years. I have never felt compelled to write a letter to the Express or any other publication in the past. However, the recent article by Rick Coates where he trashes Scott Weiland’s performance at Ground Zero leaves me so compelled.

I was at the show and have seen Scott perform with Stone Temple Pilots as well as with Velvet Revolver in the past. I feel Scott’s performance was just fine. There were some minor problems with the vocal mix, but overall I really enjoyed the show.

I have enjoyed Mr. Coates’ articles over the years, but this review leaves me a little confused. I too have been at many concerts over the past 30 years, and I believe this was one of the best shows I have attended at Ground Zero.

The thing that bothers me the most is Coates insinuation that because the sound quality was lacking somehow means that Scott has not “cleaned up his act and put his demons behind him.” I just don’t see the connection. The article came across as sour grapes to me.

Personally, I have lost more respect for Coates as a music critic than I have for Scott Weiland as a performer/entertainer. I am aware of Scott’s struggles and was prepared to be disappointed with this show, however I was very pleased and thankful that Weiland brought his band to our small town. The criticism was overly negative and uncalled for.

On another note... kudos to Kristi Kates for her article on Tim Hosper. I am an acquaintance of Tim’s and it is nice to see a local musician receive some positive feedback.

Bill Kruse • Eastport

Ordinance clears way for demolishing junk building

On February 19, the Benzie County Board of Commissioners approved Ordinance number 2013-001, adopting the International Property Maintenance Code, provided by the International Code Council.

Approved, adopted and provided by who? The people of Benzie County didn’t know anything about this until it became enforceable law on February 27, when it was published in the Record-Patriot.

Why did they sneak this through the back door and behind the public’s back? It’s because they knew no one in their right mind would approve of this code once they read it. Apparently, the commissioners did not read it either, because if they did, they would have realized that it will affect them and theirs as well.

They adopted this code for the sole purpose of demolishing a certain building in downtown Honor. Guess? Which? One? Do you think it will stop there? This unconstitutional, United Nations-approved code’s purpose is to establish rules and regulations for the maintenance of all existing buildings as well as those to be built in the future.

Violations of this code will cost you up to $500 per day and if the tyrants really don’t like you, they can simply demolish your home or any other building they see fit, without even compensating you for it.

So much for the Fifth Amendment! Please go to the Benzie County Clerk’s office or look this up and you will clearly see that your own home is in violation. Time to pay up, or get your home demolished!

Make your choice by coming to the next Commissioner’s meeting on Tuesday, March 26, at 9 a.m. at the Benzie County Government Center to get this treasonous act repealed. Don’t let this happen in your county.

Gordon Lee Dean • Benzonia

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