01-24-2019 Letters & Commentary

Corrections In the January 17, 2019 issue of Tri-City Record, an error was made on Page 3 in the cutline under the photo of Hartford royalty visiting a meeting of the Hartford Township Board. The name of Miss Teen 1st Runner-up was listed as Gersey Baker. It should have read Jersey Baker. Also, in the Jan. 17 issue on Page 1 an error was made in the report of the Coloma City Council meeting from Jan. 14. The marijuana committee is being chaired by Fred Reeves, not Linda Freitag as was reported. Tri-City Record is sorry for any inconvenience or confusion these errors may have caused.

Act of kindness Dear Editor, I would like to thank the gentleman in front of me at Subway in Coloma on Monday, Jan. 14. I was at the register to pay when the workers informed me, “That gentleman already paid for your order”. You know who you are, THANK YOU! I was totally caught off guard, surprised! I would like to thank you in person but this will have to do. Many thanks, Terry Rose

Many thanks for all involved in Trivia Contest at museum Dear Editor, Recently I had the pleasure of participating in the Trivia Contest at North Berrien Historical Museum in Coloma. Small groups working as a team attempted to answer questions about national and local history in several categories. Prizes donated by local merchants were awarded to members of the winning team. Refreshments were also served. Many thanks to the staff of the museum, and to the merchants who donated the prizes. Fran Wooley, Coloma

Has the president become a Russian Agent? Dear Editor, Recent news articles have reported that since his election Donald Trump has consistently kept secret the details of his meetings with Vladimir Putin. One article, in the Washington Post, stated that Trump has “gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, including on at least one occasion taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials, current and former U.S. officials said.” The article further reported that U.S. officials now agree that “…there is no detailed record of Trump’s face-to-face interactions with the Russian leader in five joint meetings over the past two years.” When viewed against some of the recent actions taken by the Trump administration, the lack of such transparency is alarming. For example, the U.S. Treasury announced on Dec. 20, 2018, that it would lift sanctions imposed in April on the core businesses of Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch closely linked to both Vladimir Putin and former Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who is currently incarcerated awaiting final sentencing for multiple felonies. With Manafort having been convicted of bank fraud and tax evasion, one cannot help but wonder how tangled this web of deception is and whether Trump’s discussions with Putin touched on removing U.S. sanctions. This question is also raised by the fact that Trump’s initial national security advisor, Michael Flynn, lied to the FBI about his conversations with the Russian ambassador regarding lifting U.S. sanctions against Russians. Trump has compromised our national security by his actions in relation to Russia. Putin can claim anything he wants, and we have no basis to refute whatever he says, because he is protected by Donald Trump. Is Donald Trump an agent of Russia? Is he a puppet of Vladimir Putin? These are serious and alarming questions which need to be answered as soon as possible. The U.S. Congress MUST ensure the Mueller investigation is protected. We, the people, need honest answers! Cynthia Miller, Benton Harbor

Trust administration, topic at SW Mi. Estate Planning Council meeting Jan. 29 “Pitfalls for the Unwary” is the topic of the next meeting of the Southwestern Michigan Estate Planning Council on Tuesday, January 29 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Benton Harbor. Chuck Simpson will discuss some of the challenges and best practices for trust administration. Networking begins at 11:45 a.m. and the presentation will start at noon. Lunch is provided. First time guests are free to attend the event and any returning guests will be $20. For more information or to register, visit www.swmepc.org. Chuck Simpson has been working in the area of Planned Giving & Trust Services for the Seventh-day Adventist Church since 1992. He began this work as a trust officer for the Illinois Conference of SDAs and later was asked to be the Director of Planned Giving & Trust Services of the Michigan Conference of SDAs. After announcing his decision to retire to the Northwest to be near family, he was asked to become the Director of Planned Giving & Trust Services and Corporate Secretary for the North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists which covers Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. He decided to delay his retirement and currently continues to serve in this capacity. Chuck’s wealth of experience, thorough attention to detail and practical problem solving abilities make him an excellent and interesting teacher in the area of Planned Giving & Trust Services. The Southwestern Michigan Estate Planning Council is open to individuals who are actively engaged in the field of estate planning. The Council brings together speakers to educate professionals on changes and best practices in the field of estate planning. If you are interested in attending this event, contact Kristi Wall at Kristi.wall@plantemoran.com. First time guests are free to attend the event and any returning guests will be $20. Lunch is included. For information on membership with the Southwestern Michigan Estate Planning Council, visit www.swmepc.org.

Because of 4-H I can… Each year Michigan 4-H asks youth ages 11 and 12 to write essays on the topic, “Because of 4-H I can…” Carey Towne, a member of Young Explorers and Van Buren Voyagers 4-H Clubs wrote this as a 12-year-old. “When I was 6 years old, I joined my first 4-H club. I started as a Cloverbud where I began acquiring two of the many skills 4-H has helped me build, working with my hands and commitment. During my first year I did still exhibits and committed to helping my 4-H club with our booth at the fair. I have continued to be a member of our club’s booth committee through my whole 4-H career. This is my 7th year in 4-H and I have met many motivated, positive and committed people throughout my journey who have helped me become who I am today. “The foundations that 4-H was built on are still the same today. Our pledge is important to 4-Her