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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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 5/23/02

Various - May 23rd, 2002
Two Peoples, One Land

Jim McCormick‘s article on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict tries to give the appearance of being evenhanded while glossing over important historical facts (Express 5/9).
For example, he says, “In 1967 war broke out again between the two sides.“ War is not a natural event like spontaneous combustion or a volcanic eruption! War happens when somebody is willing to use violence (i.e. kill
people) to get something someone else has. In 1967 it was the Palestinians and Arab states that initiated the war and lost. When the United States has won a war, it has occupied the conquered country until it could be confident that there were leaders who would no longer be a threat. Why should the Israelis do otherwise?
There is no mention that tens of thousands of Palestinians were killed by their fellow Muslins in bordering states, or that the Arab states have used the Palestinians as a political pawn for the past 50 years.
McCormick states that the two sides “came close to a deal“ brokered by Clinton two years ago. He doesn‘t mention that everyone thought that a remarkably generous offer by the Israelis and that it was Arafat who rejected it and chose intifada instead.
It‘s an embarrassment and a moral travesty that the United States has just brokered a deal to allow the notorious murderers who were in the Church of the Nativity, and who are known to have killed Americans as well as Israelis, to get away free. It‘s becoming clear that our leaders don‘t think Americans will support a war on terrorism that substantially inconveniences them. They‘re probably right.

Nancy Brimhall • Alden

Cant and the Middle East

In the world of diplomacy, and politics generally, words are not chosen for their correspondence to the truth. They are chosen for their power to advance some purpose. That‘s why most of what we hear is cant.
Nowhere is this rule more faithfully observed than in the Middle East.
When President Bush says Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is a “man of peace,“ he doesn‘t mean that Sharon is a man of peace. He means, rather, that some goal is served by saying Sharon is a man of peace -- even though he is a man of unfathomable brutality. The events in Jenin are only the latest demonstration of that fact. (He was forced to resign as defense minister in the 1980s after an Israeli commission found him responsible for permitting the massacres of Palestinians by Lebanese allies in southern Lebanon.)
Although Mr. Bush‘s earlier demand of an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank villages had absolutely no teeth (such as a threat to cut off billions in annual military aid), those who believe that Israel can do no wrong and that the United States should be a good cheerleader were not mollified.
The president is not the only one who speaks in cant on the Middle East. Ariel Sharon is quite fluent in it too. When he sent his troops into Jenin, he said he would leave “no seed of terror behind.“ But he surely knows this is nonsense. The destruction of that refugee camp, the murder of Palestinians of all ages, and the delay in allowing access to rescue workers
can only sow the seeds of terror, not destroy them.

Sheldon Richman • Fairfax, Va.

Developer‘s threat

Regarding the Bear Creek Referendum article in the Friday, May 10 Petoskey News-Review Weekender, I personally take issue with Kevin McGraw‘s arrogant statements, and threat to the township, as well as their board. (Mr. McGraw is the principal and director of the East Lansing-based Strathmore Development Group planning to develop 175,000 sq. ft. of retail space at the north end of its property in Bear Creek).
His quote states, “If it (the referendum drive) does delay us in any manner, we will be seeking damages aggressively.“
What is really going on here? Who do we allow to make the decisions about our communities and our futures? Is this about the BEST use of the land, adhering to the Master Plan which designated this land residential/farm-forest, honoring the wishes of the people of the township, letting local people make local decisions, or is this about INTIMIDATION and MANIPULATION of a small northern Michigan township, and its board by a BIG NAME, BIG CITY DEVELOPER?
Mr. McGraw goes on to say, “The amazing thing to us is it‘s a minority of the residents. It‘s amazing to me that these people are grasping at straws.“
Let the people of Bear Creek township speak to Mr. McGraw loudly and clearly. Is it really a minority of residents? PROTECT THE PUBLIC PROCESS. Voice your opinions, or watch your community, as well as your township board be manipulated by fear and intimidation from a downstate developer.

Peg Muzzall Kuchin • Petoskey

Keep on talking

A great newspaper is a “community talking to itself.“
Since I married a British woman I only spend part of each year in Traverse City. Whenever I come here I immediately pick up your wonderful free newspaper. It informs me about events, and people, in my community.
A recent issue informed me about two people I knew long ago but lost track of. When Blake Ringsmuth was a teenager, he and I played tennis almost daily -- until he became so good, he blew me off the court. Now I find out he is championing worthy causes. How wonderful to catch up on the daily doings of a former tennis partner.
Judge James McCormick and I don‘t totally agree on the Palestinian issue, but his is an intelligent, informed opinion. Long ago he and I (and others) traveled downstate to a Democratic Convention. It was wonderful to read about him in your local newspaper.
In that same issue of your newspaper I learned about the Mesick Festival. My wife and I spent a wonderful afternoon there browsing & buying. There was nothing about the Mesick festival in the Friday issue of the “other“ newspaper in town -- the one that costs money and doesn‘t tell me about my friends & neighbors.
I love your newspaper. It has steered me to many local events and it has informed about many local issues, and it has contained articles about the people in my town. These are people I‘ve momentarily lost track of, but you tell me what they are now doing, and that‘s wonderful.
Keep up the good work. You are truly an example of “a community talking to itself.“

Henry Morgenstein • Traverse City

Erosion of rights

I am increasingly concerned about the erosion of reproductive rights by this administration, beginning with George Bush‘s reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule which denies U.S. funding to any foreign NGO‘s that provide abortion services, counselling or referrals. The rule hinders them from providing family planning and reproductive health care to those men and women around the world that need it most.
This rule allows others to control the right to free speech and access to lifesaving health care. Planning the number and spacing of children reduces the need for abortion by avoiding unintended pregnancies. It also reduces the mortality rate of both women and children and helps prevent sexually transmitted diseases, so prevalent in many developing countries today.
Monies allocated by congress for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have been frozen by President Bush. Not only has he withheld the $34 million approved for UNFPA for this year, he has eliminated funding for next year as well. This signals a long-term threat to the health and rights of the world‘s poorest women, posing grave concerns since complications from childbirth are the leading cause of death for women age 15-49.
Please contact the president and you rcongressmen and ask them to support reproductive rights, family planning and health care for families world-wide. The number of couples in their reproductive years increases by 20 million every year and the world‘s 1 billion youth are just now entering their reproductive years.
You may also make your voice heard by contacting: pphd.org/action/join.asap

Josie MacLean • Harbor Springs

Shrine could counteract ‘bottomless pit of sin‘

Does our nation need a $100 million dollar shrine for the unborn? A New York non-profit corporation thinks so. They plan to build “The Arch of Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the International Shrine of the Holy Innocents.“
The Shrine will be built on the shores of Lake Erie in Buffalo. The Golden arch of Mary‘s glorious triumph, to be the world‘s tallest monument (700‘), will sound a global signal to repentance, conversion, and increased respect for the sanctity of human life.
Many say that this large sum of money could be better spent on feeding and housing the poor. I disagree. Our country is racing deeper into a bottomless pit of sin. Something must be done to grab our attention. Our government has tried for decades (by spending trillions of dollars) to solve the problems caused by our immorality. Money doesn‘t work. Only a change of heart and behavior will solve our problems.
This shrine will change people‘s hearts and give glory to God. Visitors to the shrine, regardless of their religion, will see perhaps for the first time how catastrophic our actions against life have been.

Thomas Messe, M.D. • Groton, CT
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