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Letters 09-07-2015

DEJA VUE Traverse City faces the same question as faced by Ann Arbor Township several years ago. A builder wanted to construct a 250-student Montessori school on 7.78 acres. The land was zoned for suburban residential use. The proposed school building was permissible as a “conditional use.”

The Court Overreached Believe it or not, everyone who disagrees with the court’s ruling on gay marriage isn’t a hateful bigot. Some of us believe the Supreme Court simply usurped the rule of law by legislating from the bench...

Some Diversity, Huh? Either I’ve been misled or misinformed about the greater Traverse City area. I thought that everyone there was so ‘all inclusive’ and open to other peoples’ opinions and, though one may disagree with said person, that person was entitled to their opinion(s)...

Defending Good People I was deeply saddened to read Colleen Smith’s letter [in Aug. 24 issue] regarding her boycott of the State Theater. I know both Derek and Brandon personally and cannot begin to understand how someone could express such contempt for them...

Not Fascinating I really don’t understand how you can name Jada Johnson a fascinating person by being a hunter. There are thousands of hunters all over the world, shooting by gun and also by arrow; why is she so special? All the other people listed were amazing...

Back to Mayberry A phrase that is often used to describe the amiable qualities that make Traverse City a great place to live is “small-town charm,” conjuring images of life in 1940s small-town America. Where everyone in Mayberry greets each other by name, job descriptions are simple enough for Sarah Palin to understand, and milk is delivered to your door...

Don’t Be Threatened The August 31 issue had 10 letters(!) blasting a recent writer for her stance on gay marriage and the State Theatre. That is overkill. Ms. Smith has a right to her opinion, a right to comment in an open forum such as Northern Express...

Treat The Sickness Thank you to Grant Parsons for the editorial exposing the uglier residual of the criminalizing of drug use. Clean now, I struggled with addiction for a good portion of my adult life. I’ve never sold drugs or committed a violent crime, but I’ve been arrested, jailed, and eventually imprisoned. This did nothing but perpetuate shame, alienation, loss and continued use...

About A Girl -- Not Consider your audience, Thomas Kachadurian (“About A Girl” column). Preachy opinion pieces don’t change people’s minds. Example: “My view on abortion changed…It might be time for the rest of the country to catch up.” Opinion pieces work best when engaging the reader, not directing the reader...

Disappointed I am disappointed with the tone of many of the August 31 responses to Colleen Smith’s Letter to the Editor from the previous week. I do not hold Ms. Smith’s opinion; however, if we live in a diverse community, by definition, people will hold different views, value different things, look and act different from one another...

Free Will To Love I want to start off by saying I love Northern Express. It is well written, unbiased and always a pleasure to read. I am sorry I missed last month’s article referred to in the Aug. 24 letter titled, “No More State Theater.”

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Charging for Beach Parking?

What are they thinking in Empire? Most of the small towns up north are jumping through hoops to attract visitors. But Empire has decided to charge a dollar an hour for parking access to their main attraction, the Lake Michigan beach. This is the beach within walking access to the National Lakeshore to the north and south. The parking should remain free; but if they have to have the money, they should charge a reasonable amount for a day pass, and a little more for an annual pass. Who goes to the beach for an hour? I for one will boycott Empire until something changes. I will be dining and shopping elsewhere when I visit the Lake Michigan lakeshore that belongs to all of us.

Tom Kerwin, Elimira

No Debate About Greater Power

I can’t help but chuckle at your featured debates between a pastor and atheist. With over 40,000 different protestant and non-denominational denominations in the world and counting, asking only Pastor Nick Twomey to define theological explanations for Trinitarian believing Christians is like shopping for car insurance on the Internet; I know what I need, so many to choose from before I commit, will coverage meet my needs.

His dating.com sites cliche “being spiritual but not religious” flies right in his Baptismal promise face and Clergy 4361 tax filing form. Google the word “religious” and we get the definition we seek. I believe like Christ (a good practicing religious Jew, by the way) that we are to be called both spiritual and religious. Be holy as my heavenly father is holy.

On the other hand, I believe Gary Singer has too much emotional, intellectual, and public investment in his position in not believing in God. It would take a road to Damascus experience to reverse his denial in a greater power. Sometimes changing or turning back one’s beliefs and lifestyle takes a lot of humility and that can be painful.

Reading these debates is like reading a tragic comedy; entertaining but in the end I am just sad. Sad that your readers who don’t know any better and are truly seeking God are not getting the fullness of Christ teaching and truths. Let me also remind both Nick and Gary whether they believe it or not we will have to answer to a power greater than ourselves. There is no “in between.” May God be with you and guide you both in your search for the narrow path.

Steve Rozanski, Traverse City

Column Correct: No Guns in School

Scott Hardy’s Guest Opinion “Get Guns Out of Schools” is spot on. We have the best, excellently trained law enforcement officers locally who are superbly trained to deal with all possible situations. The need for anyone else to carry guns is both unnecessary and without reason.

T. Michael Jackson, Traverse City

Correction: The photo of the Tent Venue shown in the Sam Porter story last week was taken by Oden & Janelle Photography.

 
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