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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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 5/2/02

Various - May 2nd, 2002
The Great Lakes & Perrier

The Great Lakes basin holds 20% of the world‘s fresh surface water. World wide, supplies of clean water are decreasing and wars are fought over access to water. Jacque-Yves Cousteau said “water is life.“ If Michigan is to protect and preserve her freshwater treasure, citizens must insist that their representatives defend and protect our streams, rivers and lakes, and protect the lands that surrounds them.
Perrier, a subsidiary of Nestle, has moved into Stanwood Michigan. Millions of gallons of water a week will be extracted from wells there. Perrier is looking for 12 more sites for taking the water of Michigan, and some of those plants will be targeted in this area. As water is squandered and poisoned throughout the U.S. and the world, more and more pressure will be put on Michigan to share and sell her water.
Lower Michigan has transformed many of her natural trout streams and rivers into polluted drains. We do not have to repeat this tragedy, but we must significantly alter our patterns of development. The purity of groundwater and the water of the streams, lakes and rivers, is dependant on the water cycle and human activities on the land. Every time a stream is used for drainage of roads and malls and yards, water quality is effected. Unless great care is taken, roads become the storm water tributaries of the modern world, carrying soil and sediment and pollutants into the wetlands, streams and lakes.
1. We must create and maintain greenbelts along our streams, lakes, wetlands and tributaries to protect water quality, to moderate the flow of storm water, and to replenish our ground water.
2. We must be willing to limit growth to concentrated areas, leaving large areas of natural surface if we are to protect groundwater, our streams and our lakes. Clustering of homes and intelligent placement of apartments and complexes can dramatically limit impervious surfaces.
This battle to defend our water is the flag ship of today‘s crisis of democracy. Whose water is it? John Engler must not be allowed to give global corporations a green light to come into our communities and take our most precious resources. We borrow the water from our children. Will democracy be able to protect the “commons“ and the public good, from the short term profit, power and destructive forces of corporate privilege and global “free“ trade? It is time for the people of Michigan to claim their right to protect their land, their air and their water.
Jo Anne Beemon • via email

Hike Hartman-Hammond

John Muir, the naturalist, hiker, militant environmentalist, and tireless fighter for conservation programs, founded the Sierra Club in 1892 and was its president for the rest of his life. By the end of that life, in 1914, incredibly, he had hiked and backpacked most of the wilderness areas in this country, alone, with no sleeping bag, no gun, and, according to Muir‘s notes, carrying only a sack of stale bread and tea.
The Sierra Club today proudly carries on John Muir‘s dedication.
Our Traverse Group, over 700 members, and the fastest growing Sierra group in the country, enthusiastically explores, enjoys, and protects through our program which incorporates political activism, conservation programs, and a full schedule of outings, constantly being expanded.
One of those outings is scheduled for Wednesday evening, May I, when a group of Sierra members and friends will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the YMCA parking lot off South Airport Road in Traverse City, to hike along the beautiful Boardman River. All are welcome and each will walk the distance with which he or she is comfortable. We will tread lightly, breath deeply, listen carefully, marvel at the natural beauty. We will stop at the location of the proposed unspeakable degradation of the river valley, and our thoughts will naturally include the subject of man‘s inhumanity to his natural world. Perhaps we‘ll read and talk a bit about the life of this dedicated man, John Muir, and just maybe, some of us, in his further honor, may carry a sackful of bread, stale or fresh.
John E. Lewis • TC

April fools

The month of April brings the promise of spring with the return of the robins, and more than a few memories. April Fools‘ Day is my favorite, but then come the negatives. The 15th is tax day for those who pay, the 19th holds memories of the burning in Waco and the bombing in Oklahoma City, and the 20th is the anniversary of the Colombine shooting and the birth of Adolph Shicklgruber, aka Hitler.
After the explosion(s} in Okiahoma, some in the Clinton Administration proposed a “Homelands Defense Command.“ At the time, John Q. Public was not yet ready to bend over and grab his ankles, and so the proposal went away for a few years. After the sad events of November, 2000, and September, 2001, morale was low enough, the body count high enough, and the fear extreme enough to convince John Q. that maybe now was a good time to give up liberty for security. The Office of Homeland Defense now receives billions of dollars, and, like the CIA, doesn‘t have to tell the public where the money goes.
A recent poll showed 40% responding thought that the government should censor comics. Oh America, what will we remember next April?
Bob VanderLewn • Manistee

Luck of the Irish

Letter writer Bob Vance scorns the Irish in your April 18 edition, as if some ethnic groups are more worthy than others when it comes to the horrors of the past.
Yet, genocidal British policies over the past 300 years contributed to starvation of 1 million Irish during the Potato Famine alone. Ethnic cleansing began in 1670 when Oliver Cromwell removed the Irish from their own lands. Reports of Irish peasants eating grass were widespread. Jonathan Swift‘s satire, “A Modest Proposal,“ on the Irish eating their own babies in order to survive had a grim ring of truth to it.
The Irish “volunteered“ to be indentured servants as Mr. Vance claims. They also volunteered to be slaughtered as cannon fodder for our armies. Yet they volunteered knowing that life as a servant in the American colonies during the 1700s was often brutal and short. They volunteered to avoid starvation, prostitution and prison in the occupied territories of their native land.
One might as well say that African-Americans have “volunteered“ to live in slums over the past century.
The larger point is that cruelty begets cruelty, no matter what race or ethnic group.

Frank Gibbs • via email

Dog Daze

Just thought it was interesting to read that the Cherry Festival has chosen the art work for their poster for the 2002 Festival. I understand it features a cute dog in a cherry lug on a farm.
Being a dog lover and owner of several I like the sound of it. But it‘s funny how Tom Kern worked so hard last year to ban dogs from the Open Space during the Festival and now has chosen the dog theme to sell it this year.
Do they want dogs or don‘t they? It‘s time for dog owners to take action because dogs have rights too; poow, poow on you Mr. Kern.

Jim Carruthers • TC
 
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