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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Letters 1-13-14

- January 15th, 2014  

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Thank you

Thank you so much for the wonderful article (in the Jan 6 edition) on the alcohol and drug detox unit. The article made a wonderful point on the struggles of people who are addicted (regardless of addiction type). Hopefully this will help community members to better understand addiction and to understand that addicts are not necessarily “weak, or bad people; they’re afflicted with a disease and they need help, not condemnation”, as Mike Morey’s article stated. More stories like this are needed these days!

Jennifer Carlson • Cheboygan

An Unholy Marriage

Endless wars. Poverty. Racism. Climate Change. Pollution of water and air. Fear propaganda. Unfettered capitalism. Drone attacks. Personal data collecting. Turning everything, including water and education, into a for-sale commodity. Lack of civility in public discourse. Have you had enough?

Add in your own concerns. Abraham Lincoln told us “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

Democracy cannot survive with fear and greed dominating everything.

It is a marriage that is doomed. If you feel like I do, don’t remain silent. Become informed, speak out, get involved and plug into any social justice or environmental group. You will be surprised how standing together can make a difference.

Occupy Traverse City is just one of many groups, and it has a physical presence every Saturday from 11 –1 p.m. across from Horizon Books on Front St. You are welcome to join us for a few minutes or an hour.

Ann Rogers • TC

Opposing Motocross Track

I’m writing in response to the hearing for rezoning Griswold Mountain property for proposed construction of a motocross track. Our family cottage is located approximately one mile from Griswold Mountain and I vehemently OPPOSE this proposed rezoning and development.

It is the duty of the Cheboygan County Planning and Zoning Commission to protect the rights and quality of life of Indian River residents from the inherent risks and threats the proposed motocross track would represent.

1) Safety Risks Resulting From Overextended Emergency Response Resources:

The proposed motocross track and campgrounds would require medical, fire and law enforcement standbys that would likely overextend Indian River Emergency Services.

2) Nuisance: It is to be expected that a motocross track would be a constant nuisance to Indian River residents, not only during race days, but during incessant practice sessions, special events, etc.

3) Noisy Vehicular Traffic/ Noise of Congregation of People:

The current noise limits for motorcycles and ATVs in Cheboygan County is 94 db/a (decibels). However, according to the American Motorcyclist Association Racing Rulebook, the sound limits for race motorcycles (2-stroke, 4-stroke and vintage) range from 96-101 db/a.

According to OSHA standards, 90 to 95 decibels is the threshold level at which sustained exposure may result in hearing loss and several other adverse health effects could result.

Additional noise disturbances from the proposed motocross track would include engine tuning, racetrack PA systems and crowd noise that would have negative impacts on the surrounding community and environment.

4) Objectionable Effluent:

The addition of a motocross racetrack and campground would significantly increase the risk of pollution and toxic waste infiltrating the surrounding eco-system, create potential contaminated runoff in area waters, and create risk of large fuel tank spills near forested areas.

For these reasons and more, reject the rezoning application for and development of a motocross track.

Samantha Devick • Mullett Lake

Safe Home Thanks

Thank you to area schools, businesses, organizations, service and faith-based groups and individual community members for your outpouring of support during the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan’s (WRCNM) Safe Home Harvest Food and Supply Drive. Your generous donations are heart-warming and extremely beneficial.

Special thanks to Oleson’s Food Store in Petoskey and their customers for helping raise needed funds for the Safe Home during an in-store donation program that resulted in more than $2,000, after a generous matching grant from the Oleson Foundation. We also thank the folks at Lite 96.3 for hosting a donation drive at Oleson’s over the holidays.

The Safe Home is staffed and operated 24/7 by the WRCNM providing a secure, supportive and caring residence to survivors of domestic abuse and their children in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet and Otsego counties. The WRCNM provides shelter residents with meals, housing, counseling and advocacy at no charge. Last year, the Safe Home provided more than 10,000 meals and 3,382 nights of refuge to 119 survivors and their children.

Donations from the community of food, supplies and gifts will be put to good use by the many families staying at the Safe Home now and throughout the year.

On behalf of the families impacted by domestic abuse, we thank you. Please know you have helped make a difference in the lives of others in your community.

Jamie Winters Safe Home Coordinator

Take Responsibility

Another Christmas season where liberals whined about poverty and income inequality. Communism produces income equality but doesn’t work because it’s human nature not to collectivize one’s earnings. Capitalism rewards educated, hard workers. A shortage of bureaucratic measures did not cause poverty, and massive doles have not banished it. Poverty is caused by unpreparedness, addictions, illiteracy, indolence, single parenthood, and bad personal choices. Washington expends trillions through government agencies, but generational poverty persists because of human individuality. Is it possible to give a work ethic and self-motivation to those getting welfare checks (the exception being Social Security and Medicare, as workers pay into both). Can one compel immature youths to become educated? Can society prevent self-indulgent teen pregnancies? Where in our world today is personal responsibility, self-respect, and self-reliance?

Upper income taxpayers share 86 percent of taxes in this country but are accused of not paying “their fair share” by those who pay nothing. This is the real economic injustice.

If you don’t want to be poor, consider the consequences of your actions. Be drug free, stay in school, learn a skill, get a job, marry before having children, and make good decisions.

Carole Underwood • Maple City

 
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