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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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Letters 7/15/04

Various - July 15th, 2004
Looking a gift horse
in the mouth
I found out from Steve Redder’s letter in the July 8, Northern Express that some group is going to donate a labyrinth to the Petoskey Public Library. Mr. Redder thinks that Petoskey should not accept this labyrinth because it is secretly a “Trojan Horse” that will suck our children’s minds into a “dark spiritual vortex.”
How do people come up with this stuff? Mr. Editor, please keep these comical letters coming, they are sometimes the funniest part of the paper.

Andrew Geffert • Boyne City

Bring home the troops
As I pulled both hands off the steering wheel to cover my ears, I couldn’t help but wonder why military jets are still welcomed here (at the Cherry Festival). I was saddened and offended by the “show” which supports the terror of deadly weapons – as if making a spectacle of the reality of war.
I experienced a similar sad sensation after watching “Fahrenheit 9/11” -- distanced. While the war is a current reality in Iraq, Americans watch movies and fighter jet air shows.
Michael Moore showed that investors (including Bin Laden’s family) continue to profit from the manufacture and sale of weapons. It’s obvious that the growing weapons industry is deteriorating any prospect of peace. Those that believe that the government has peaceful intentions in Iraq are devastatingly deceived. I personally will no longer cover my ears, eyes, or mouth. I don’t support the war or the weapons industry.
Perhaps the Blue Angels serve to remind the American people that in other parts of the world jets are dropping innumerous bombs -- but as a proud member of the community, I hope Traverse City decides to end continued support for the Blue Angels.
May peace prevail on Earth. Bring home the troops now.

Esther Posner • Leelanau County

Sports talk
A letter written by Bill Kinzie highly amused me in the 7/1 issue. The statement made, which entertained me the most was, “When the Wings win, this area goes nuts, yet with the Pistons championship, I don’t see the same fervor at all. I wonder if the total whiteness of this area has anything to do with it?”
I highly doubt the “total whiteness” of this area has anything to do with it. Hockey is an ongoing tradition in Michigan; our climate supports the many teams and leisurely games played throughout the winter. The city of Detroit has been deemed “Hockey Town.” As a matter of fact, the first professional hockey league began in the Upper Peninsula in 1904. The start of the Detroit Red Wings franchise was in 1926, and since the beginning of the team, the Wings have brought back 10 Stanley cup wins for our state. The Wings have been a team most Michigan residents have come to grow proud of over the years with many memorable seasons and players.
Oddly enough, the game of basketball was invented by a Canadian; yes white people can too enjoy the game! In 1941 the Ft. Wayne Zollner Pistons club was started. Since the advent of the team, the Pistons have only brought us back three championship wins; not to say that the Pistons have not had memorable seasons or players, but basketball as a whole, has not had the same effect on the state of Michigan as hockey has. The climate of our state and its roots make hockey a traditional sport for our area, and basketball probably will never get the same reaction as the game of hockey in Northern Michigan.

Kelly Krantz • TC

Tired of it all
Having just finished reading the latest edition of Northern Express, I am frankly sometimes entertained and sometimes dismayed. I read the Modern Times comic strip and couldn’t help noting the irony in the last window of the strip. If, in fact terrorists use our “tactics” as an example in their treatment of prisoners, then perhaps by following our example they will use psychological forms of breaking prisoners instead of just simply HACKING THEIR HEADS OFF! I am sure the families of those who were summarily beheaded would rather their loved ones just thought they were going to die rather than to have their heads removed from their bodies just to satisfy extremist bloodlust.
Now the terrorists threaten to kidnap and execute a woman soldier and do who knows what else in the process, and here we are wringing our hands over overzealous juvenile delinquents who need to be paddled and sent to bed without their supper. HELLO?????
On a different note, having voted Libertarian in the last election I voted in, I can see that is still the way to go. The race for President of our fine country is no longer a contest between opposing view points, it has become a farce. While I am no Bush lover, a number of weeks ago I saw Bush was being bombarded by accusations of not doing enough to prevent 9/11. Two weeks later, after the FBI and Department of Justice warned of possible attacks Bush was jumped for trying to make political hay out of warnings of a possible terror attack. Sounds like damned if you do, damned if you don’t to me. Perhaps someone can’t make up their mind??
By the way, congrats to Michael Moore, Hezbollah is on record in the national news as loving his film “Fahrenheit 9/11.“ Good job Mike! What an honor!
Nevertheless, this whole process is becoming an aggravating and disgusting bore. Call me when it’s over please.

Lee Oslund • Mackinaw City



 
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