02-14-2018 Letters and Commentary

Be My Valentine Love Poem

Be My Valentine, Dominik Davis, my grandson, you are the light of my life and the song in my heart. My sun and stars, who reopened my heart to the joys that it should feel. I was weary my child for my travels had been long, then you came along. Love that is true, Love that is pure, Love that knows no limitations and that is always be free. One day I hope you will see this poem to you from me. My baby, my baby, sweet grandchild of mine, your love raised me up out of the ashes of sorrow and promised me a new tomorrow. Your love lifts me up and shows me the way every day. You showed me the way of love, the way that love should always be, Love is unconditional, and love is free. Diana Householder

Thank you from Miss Spirit 2018 Dear Tri-City Record, I want to thank you so much for the beautiful write up you did about me when I won Miss Spirit. It was written so well and I loved the picture! Seeing my face on the front cover made me feel so special! I thank you all for your time and effort you put into a great newspaper! I always look forward to reading it every Friday. Olivia Ziemer, Miss Spirit 2018

Thank you from Coloma 2018 royalty Dear Editor, I cannot thank you enough for the one year subscription to your newspaper. My family and I love receiving it every week with my name personally on it. Thanks again! Micah Saxe Miss Coloma 2018

Dear Editor, Thank you so much to the Tri-City Record. You did a fantastic job reporting the pageant. I’m pretty sure that when my mom got the paper and saw me in it she started to tear up a little bit. We are all incredibly grateful for all that you have done, and I have no doubt that you will keep it up too. Derek Plitt Mr. Coloma 2018

House bills to improve crime reporting for victims Nassar case results in legislation to eliminate barriers for reporting sexual offenses A three-bill package has been introduced to better protect victims of criminal sexual conduct-based offenses in response to the recent Larry Nassar scandal at Michigan State University. State Reps. Klint Kesto, Kim LaSata and Brandt Iden are sponsors of the legislation. “After the disgusting circumstances of the Nassar case, there’s a clear need to make sure all Michigan students have a safe educational environment,” said state Rep. Klint Kesto, chair of the House Law and Justice Committee. “We must remove any barriers that hinder the reporting this criminal behavior, to make sure the proper authorities are alerted and action to protect students, athletes, and patients, is taken. Nassar victimized young girls for two decades and this legislation will prevent another monster from doing the same.” Kesto’s legislation prohibits anyone in a position of authority to prevent an individual from reporting a crime, including criminal sexual conduct. The legislative package also adds a mandatory reporting requirement for K-12 and post-secondary coaches and athletic trainers for criminal sexual conduct offenses. Sexual abuse, assault, or rape also would be added to the state of Michigan’s OK2Say program, which allows anyone to confidentially report tips or criminal activities directed at Michigan students, school employees, or taking place on school grounds. “The victims of Nassar stated over and over they felt bullied or prevented from having a voice,” said LaSata, of Bainbridge Township. “This legislation stops that from happening again, while giving multiple options to report this illegal behavior.” The Nassar case showed a legal requirement for athletic officials must be added to Michigan law. “It is completely unacceptable that our coaches and trainers are not required to report allegations of abuse,” said Iden, of Oshtemo Township. “Our children look up to these individuals to guide and protect them, not to turn a blind eye when something is terribly wrong. Identifying athletic coaches and trainers as mandated reporters is a step in the right direction and I am proud to be a part of this change.” House Bills 5537, 5538 and 5539 have been assigned to the Law and Justice Committee.#7 February 15 Issue Rep. Kim LaSata files paperwork for State Senate election run Republican State Representative Kim LaSata announced her candidacy to represent the families of Southwest Michigan as their State Senator from the 21st District. “I was raised to serve when called, and after a great deal of encouragement from family, friends, and community leaders, I have decided to step up and answer the call. Today, I announce my candidacy for the State Senate in the 21st District. I love this community and am proud to have the opportunity to serve Southwest Michigan with my passion, voice and experience,” said Kim LaSata. While declaring her candidacy for the State Senate, LaSata also announced the endorsements of Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey, Former Senator Cameron Brown of Saint Joseph County and Southwest Michigan College President, Dr. David Mathews of Cass County who will serve as LaSata for Senate Campaign Co-Chairs. “In the Senate, I will continue to push for common sense reforms and fight for taxpayer savings because I fundamentally believe Michigan families should keep more of their hard-earned money in their pocket, not send it to Lansing,” announced LaSata. “As a State Representative, I have followed my conservative values and worked hard for Southwest Michigan to lower income tax rates for families, reduce auto insurance rates, and reform our State’s education system,” concluded LaSata. Among LaSata’s top legislative priorities are achieving meaningful auto no-fault reform, giving Michigan families much needed tax relief, and building a business environment that will attract good, high paying jobs to Southwest Michigan. LaSata currently serves as the State Representative of the 79th House District which encompasses multiple cities and townships in Berrien County, including St. Joseph and Benton Harbor. The 21st Senate district is currently represented by Senator John Proos who is unable to run for reelection due to term limits. She and her husband Charlie, a former State Representative and current Circuit Court Judge, live with their four children in Bainbridge Township.

Biblical investment advice Of all places, would we expect to find financial investment advice in the Bible? Principles of long-term and diversification can be found in Ecclesiastes 11:1&2: “Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth.” While this is good advice, Jesus’ New Testament investment message has a different emphasis. Jesus’ message was much bigger than monetary rates of return. The investments He spoke of were people investments. The principle of caring for the needy, the vulnerable, and the elderly carries throughout the Bible, with motivation always relating to both love and obedience. In Micah 6:8 God challenges His people to understand His expectations for the practical outworking of the Law in their daily lives: “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (NASB) The vertical relationship with God was to show in horizontal relationships with others. Jesus’ commandment for His followers was similar. John 13:34 states, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” Again evidence of right vertical priorities is shown by right horizontal priorities. Kindn