05-17-2018 Letters and Commentary

“Best Mom” nominee is selfless, devoted and strong

Dear Editor, Amy Loomis is the strongest woman I know. I know this to be true, because she has survived raising me as a single mom, which was not an easy task. I am obsessed with her massive inner strength. Her journey has never been easy, but she takes life with both grit & grace and struts through the fire. She has shown me through example the definition of selflessness. The past 21 years have been devoted to my needs, as she often forgets her own. She is so humble that she will never take full credit where full credit is deserved. This is why I nominate her as the “Best Mom.” It’s about time that she gets recognized for her selflessness, devotion, and strength. I will spend my life trying to become half the woman that she is. Happy Mother’s Day Mama! Annabelle Weeden, South Haven

WHS Post Prom, great night of fun

Dear Editor, I would like to thank the following businesses and people for their generous donations to Watervliet High School Post Prom event that was held May 13 at the Airway Fun Center in Portage. We left the high school at 12:15 a.m. via buses and returned around 5:15 a.m. A big shout out to our bus drivers for getting us there and back safely! Once again, a huge “THANK YOU” goes out to the following: Lions Club of Watervliet, Cool Tan, Tom VanNiel, Watervliet Township, Super Book, Berrien County Parks, Easy Street, Mr. & Mrs. Alton Wendzel, Arnt Asphalt, Paw Paw Lake Rotary Club, DiMaggios, Randy’s BP, Mr. & Mrs. Geoff Geisler, Silver Beach Pizza, Duffield & Pastrick Funeral Home, Mr. & Mrs. Ken Bannen, Lane Automotive, Wightman & Associates, Sharon Yoder Insurance, Celebration Cinema, Sparkle Car Wash, Honor Credit Union, Knights of Columbus, Barb Schofield, Hutchins Funeral Home, Tri-City Record, B&B Outlet, Back on the Rack, Don Young Insurance, Orchard Hill Landfill, Life Style Chiropractic, John & Carrie Brigham, Advantage Installation, Coloma Motor Sports, H&R Block, Chemical Bank, Kraklau’s Repair, TJ’s Sports Grill, Keepin You In Stitches, Robert Michael Salon, Tall Timbers, Escape Day Spa, Wilber Ellis, River of Life Church, Priebe’s Creative Woodworking, Arclight Brewery, Coloma FOP #147, Epple Insurance, The Flower Basket, Great Lakes Truck & Auto Repair, Dan & Cheryl Hutchins, Annette Christie, Billie Hunt, and Mrs. Hiler. Also, a special thank you to the following chaperones for being there “all night” to make sure this night was a fun and safe night: Tara Matthews, Tina Tucker, Bob & Deanna Shafer, Don Higginbottom, Wendy Stainbrook, Rhonda Mannino, Nikki Priebe, Susie Burkhardt and Brad Coon. Thank you all again, for a great night of fun and memories. Karla Liles, Post Prom Chairman

Mailbox Improvement Week arrives in time for spring cleaning

Dear Editor, The U.S. Postal Service is asking all Watervliet homeowners to inspect and repair their mailboxes during Mailbox Improvement Week, May 13–19. Repairing suburban and rural mailboxes improves the appearance of our community and makes delivering and receiving mail safer for our carriers and customers. The Postal Service makes this annual request because of the wear and tear that occurs to mailboxes every year. This is especially important after the effects of last winter. Some of the typical activities homeowners may need to do include: Replacing loose hinges on a mailbox door; repainting a mailbox that may have rusted or has started to peel; remounting a loosened mailbox post; replacing or adding house numbers. If a homeowner plans to install a new mailbox or replace a worn one, he or she must use only Postal Service–approved traditional, contemporary or locking full/limited service mailboxes. Customers must be careful when purchasing curbside mail receptacles because the use of unapproved boxes is prohibited. Customers may use a custom-built mailbox, but they must consult with my office to ensure it conforms to guidelines applying to flag, size, strength and quality of construction. For more information on the use of names or numbers on mailboxes, or answers to any other questions, contact your local Post Office directly. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. Postmaster Wendy Fisher

Blessings of the Bikes is June 9

Dear Editor,

Attention all bikers and riders! Polish the chrome and put on those colors because it’s time for the annual Blessing of the Bikes on Saturday, June 9. We’ll meet at Harbor Sports Cycle at 2188 M-139 in Benton Harbor. This free event starts with registration at 10 a.m. and provides an opportunity for all to have their bikes blessed at 11:45. Kick stands up at noon with this year’s ride escorted by the Berrien County Sheriff. There’s even a free meal at the end of the ride with live music from O.T.C.! Event is sponsored by Harbor Sports Cycle and Christian Motorcycle Association, Benton Harbor chapter, Prayer Re-Riders. Thank you, Bill Bridgman CMA Chaplain Prayer Re-Riders #705

Obsolete laws should be removed to make government more efficient according to Rep. Beth Griffin

State Rep. Beth Griffin of Mattawan testified before the House Oversight Committee in support of her plan to repeal an unnecessary law from the books. House Bill 5763 would remove an outdated section of the Michigan Penal Code. House Bill 5763 removes a 1931 law which references the criminality sentencing guidelines for committing a false protest. Individuals that injure, deceive or defraud someone today would be charged with fraud rather than making a false protest, therefore ma