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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Angel ambassadors

Rick Coates - July 18th, 2011
Angel Ambassadors get in the swing for veterans in need
By Rick Coates
Many people believe angels live among us. If that is true, two of them
have to be Marcie Newton and Margie Krussell of Petoskey.
Last year they formed Angel Ambassadors to assist veterans in Northern
Michigan with a variety of financial and personal needs. This weekend they
will host their first BBQ/Blues Golf Scramble at Dunmaglas Golf Course
near Charlevoix, featuring the Red, White & Blues Band. 
“It is amazing how many of our veterans and their families are in need --
it is a real travesty,” said Newton. “Recently we heard from a veteran’s
wife after her husband had died and because of a paperwork glitch she
received no assistance with the funeral. He was drafted and served in
Vietnam and was exposed to Agent Orange and had been battling health
issues his whole life; and to make matters worse he checked a wrong box on
some VA paperwork resulting in his family receiving no assistance with his
funeral expenses and now his wife is struggling to pay for all the funeral
costs.”

WELCOME HOME
The Angel Ambassadors organization was inspired by Krussell’s son Ed
Waterson.
“Margie’s son Ed, a Marine, received the Purple Heart after he was injured
fighting in Iraq a few years ago; five soldiers from his platoon were
killed in that bombing. So we decided to organize a welcome home party and
what was supposed to be a small party turned into a community-wide
celebration with several thousand people coming out,” said Newton. “Well,
several veterans came out and they kept telling us how wonderful this felt
to have so many people supporting not just Ed but all the veterans
present. The whole community seemed to pitch in and the party was
completely paid for.”
When Newton and Krussell gathered a few months later over drinks at the
Side Door Saloon to recap the celebration, a new idea came out of their
meeting.
“We saw how energized everyone was from this party and we started asking
what more we could do to help veterans in the area. The ideas just started
flowing and we were writing them down on a bar napkin and Angel
Ambassadors came to mind,” said Newton. “Before the night was over we had
a mission, an idea for a logo, and two annual fundraisers.”
The next day the two “angels” started contacting their friends and before
the week was over they had their logo designed, stationery printed and a
website donated and set up.

BACK ON THEIR FEET
Last November they held their first fundraiser and were able to help
several veterans going into the holiday season.
“One couple just simply got behind on their bills and we got them back on
their feet. And now they are helping us with the golf scramble and blues
concert,” said Newton. “What is so wonderful about this is everyone we
have helped wants to either pay us back or help us out; they have a pay it
forward mentality. None of them are looking for a handout -- they just
need a hand up.”
On their website (angel-ambassadors.org) they have a “Mission
Accomplished” section where they have posted “when and how” they have
helped veterans. 
The Angel Ambassadors BBQ-Blues Scramble this Saturday, July 23 will
include a four-person scramble that starts at 12:30 p.m. and includes the
BBQ dinner and blues concert. Non-golfers are invited to attend the dinner
and concert. 
“We are still looking for sponsors and donations for raffle items. We have
some great prizes already and several businesses have stepped up,” said
Newton.
Both Newton and Krussell are grateful for the outpouring of support.
“Even the band has donated their services. I saw these guys play an event
in the U.P. and they are awesome,” said Newton. “These guys (Red, White &
Blues Band) are all veterans and they do a lot to help veteran groups.
They play all styles of blues and classic rock and roll.”
Persons interested in helping out or making a donation should check out
their website.
“We have something called a ‘Need-Meter” and we give certificates to
people and businesses who make donations to us,” said Newton. “Anyone may
make a donation online. It doesn’t need to be just cash. We have had
people donate all sorts of items from wheelchairs to gift certificates.
Cash is helpful, as many times we need to buy groceries, pay utility bills
or a few months rent.”

For additional information on the BBQ - Blues Golf Scramble at Dunmaglas
Golf Course near Charlevoix, featuring the Red, White & Blues Band on
Saturday, July 23 go to angel-ambassadors.org or contact Marcie Newton at
231.881.3565. 
 
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