05-14-2020 Letters and Commentary

ALONG THE PAW PAW RIVER… Longtime friend and Paw Paw River Journal columnist Bud (Roy) Davis passed away last week. (His obituary is on Page 6.) Bud became a fixture on these pages resulting from a phone call to the Record. He had called the office to renew his subscription. In the course of the ensuing conversation with Anne, he mentioned he wrote a weekly journal. Anne said he should talk to me about running some of his journal entries in the Record. Sure enough he replied, and within a few days he showed up with a stack of journals chronicling growing up in Harford, flying the hump as a bomber pilot in WWII, college, marriage, kids, teaching, and adventures traveling with the Goldie Girls. Just a couple weeks ago, he called… “Karl, you know I’m not getting any younger. I just can’t see myself writing many more columns. I’ve got a few that I’d like to wrap up, and then run my final one.” There has been at least two such phone calls over the past five years and by the end of the call, we both agreed he could continue as long as he wanted and he was able. This time the call was different, his “Chief Accountant” Marion had passed away not too long ago, and his voice was much weaker. I agreed with him it was time to wrap up the Paw Paw River Journal in newspaper jargon -30- (the end). As he closed most columns, now it’s time… “to weave a few more golden threads into The Great Tapestry of Life in these storybook towns along the Paw Paw River!” We’ve had many contributors to the Record over the 36 years Anne and I have owned the paper, each one sharing something special with our readers. Roy surpassed all with his weekly columns of humor, adventure, and history. So, the final seven columns will appear at the top of the History Page as it has for more than 1,800 issues. Each column was an original, except for the handful of reruns of the past weeks. There were a few I called the “retreads”. Bud would call me, “Karl, I’m running out of ideas for the Journal.” I’d reply, “How about rerunning those mystery/murder stories. And don’t forget the Viking’s tomb column, everyone really enjoyed those.” “I suppose so,” he’d say. And a few weeks would go by and there’d be a phone call, “Karl, I’m sending over my columns for next month, and I got some more ideas I want to write about. “You know, there’s a few stories that I can’t write, there’s too many next of kin still around town.” OK Bud.

Social Security supports teachers

This year, we celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week from May 4 through May 8 and honor all educators who prepare our students for the future. We know that well-informed instructors can have a powerful influence on their students. That’s why we have easy to access, shareable online resources for teachers to engage students and educate them on Social Security.

Don’t miss out on our Educator Toolkit! The toolkit includes: Lesson plans with objectives; infographics and handouts for each lesson plan; links to Social Security web pages; talking points; and quiz questions and answers.

You can access the toolkit at www.ssa.gov/thirdparty/educators.html.

We value and welcome the efforts all teachers make to educate America’s young people, and we want to help spark discussion with students about Social Security. Please share our toolkit with your favorite educators today.

Vonda Van Til is the Public Affairs Specialist for West Michigan. You can write her c/o Social Security Administration, 3045 Knapp NE, Grand Rapids MI 49525 or via email at vonda.vantil@ssa.gov.

Faith overcomes fear

Many have heard that encouraging Bible verse found in Isaiah 26:3, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee because he trusteth in thee.” (KJV) But how do you do that, especially when there is so much going on around you that is confusing and scary? Let’s look at a few other translations that might help us get our arms around this: “Thou wilt keep in perfect peace the mind stayed [on thee], for he confideth in thee.” – (Darby), or “Perfect, absolute peace surrounds th