06-06-2018 Letters and Commentary


The Coloma Schools summer food service program announces the sponsorship of summer food service for children. Free meals will be made available to children 18 years or under or persons who are over 18, who are determined by state or local educational agencies to be mentally or physically impaired. The meals will be provided without regard to race, color, age, sex, disability, or national origin. Breakfast 8:00-8:45 a.m., lunch 11:15 am.-12:15 p.m. and snack 2:00-2:30 p.m. will be provided at Coloma Intermediate located at 302 West St. from June 21 to August 3. No meals provided July 4. Also, breakfast 7:15-8:30 a.m. and lunch 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. will be provided at Coloma High School, 300 West St. Joseph from July 30 to August 2.

Denying medical marijuana on Main Street eliminates growth for Watervliet

Dear Editor, To paraphrase an old Merle Haggard song, “We won’t be selling legal marijuana down on Main Street.” Due to the wisdom of Watervliet’s City and Planning commissions, people in this area with marijuana prescriptions and with the blessing of the State of Michigan, must go elsewhere for their medication. Most go to the City of Bangor. They drive further, use more gas and spend more time. Plus, they spend their money in Bangor, improving this city’s economy and tax base. I cannot read the minds of our local leaders, and never, never, never would I want to. However, maybe they were trying to save people from having ‘drug users’ on our Main Street. Maybe their thought was that magically all illegal marijuana use in our city would go away if only they prevented its legal usage. The legal use of marijuana for medicinal purposes will never, ever affect its illegal usage, except maybe to lessen it somewhat. For these reasons this recent decision makes no sense to me. It inconveniences citizens. It prevents a new Watervliet business from being established. It loses potential spin-off business. It has no affect on the sale/use of illegal marijuana. Most importantly it will eliminate a much needed source of economic/tax growth for our city as well as increased tax revenue from the state. I do not understand! Sincerely, Daniel P. Schofield

Pick Pagel for state senator on August 7

Dear Editor, Southwest Michigan has been blessed over the years to have many fine people step up and run for elected office. This year is another one of those years. Congratulations to the men and women who have put their name on the ballot and have volunteered to lead. In the State Senate race for the 21st District, we are fortunate to have someone who combines agriculture, small business, local elected official experience and state elected experience. That someone is Dave Pagel. As my husband and I were both farmers and friends of Dave’s parents, and have known the Pagel family for over 66 years, I have watched Dave Pagel in many roles through the years. As a man of Christian family values, Dave and his wife, Sue, have raised four outstanding children. As a successful businessman, Dave has operated a family company for four decades that has employed dozens of Berrien County folks. When Berrien Springs schools were in trouble, Dave volunteered to lead and the district is now one of the fastest growing and most innovative districts in Michigan. The Berrien County Commission named Dave chairman for both of his terms in office as he calmly helped lead the County Board during the recession. In the State House he has served admirably and served his entire six year term. He has been a big part of making Michigan the comeback state, a place where our children can now find jobs and raise their families. All of that experience and accomplishment in business and government means that Dave Pagel has the right background for the State Senate. Dave has and uses common sense. Dave has significantly more elected experience than the other candidates. With the difficult choices Michigan will face in the coming years, we need Dave Pagel’s tested leadership skills representing us. Please join me and my friends on August 7 and Pick Pagel!

Barb Radewald, St. Joseph

Sierra Club supports commitment by DTE & Consumers Energy to achieve 50% renewable energy by 2030

Michigan’s two largest utilities, DTE and Consumers Energy, announced that they are committing to a 50 percent clean energy goal by 2030, including investments ensuring that 25 percent of the electricity they sell comes from renewable sources by that time, along with energy efficiency programs to reduce energy demand. In response, Michigan Director of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign Regina Strong released the following statement: “This commitment from DTE and Consumers Energy is good news for Michiganders. It shows that renewable energy is the most cost-effective and practical solution for Michigan’s electricity needs. Fifty percent clean energy is the floor and not the ceiling for what these two utilities can achieve by 2030, and we challenge them and Michigan’s other utilities to meet and beat these goals. With Iowa and Kansas today generating more than 35 percent of their energy from renewables, we know Michigan can do better 12 years from now. Renewable energy and energy efficiency continue to provide the best option for utilities because they are low-cost, pro-health and pro-worker. We look forward to realizing a Michigan free of power generated by burning dirty fossil fuels and to hearing the utilities’ plans for retiring their remaining coal plants in Michigan.”

Looking for the area’s “Top Pop” for 2018

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17, and some lucky Tri-City Area dad will be the happy recipient of many great gifts, compliments of the Tri-City Record and its advertisers. The winner of this year’s “Top Pop” contest will be selected by the staff of the Record from letters written to the

paper during the contest period. Letters to the paper, nominating your “Top Pop,” should tell why he is the greatest. In 200 words or less, list some of the things he does to deserve the award; and be sure to include his name, your name, and your telephone number. Letter writer or nominee does not have to be a subscriber to enter. Send your letter to Tri-City Record, P.O. Box 7, Watervliet, MI 49098 or email record@tricityrecord.com. All letters will be published in the Record as close to Father’s Day as possible. The “Top Pop” will be selected from those letters after the 12:00 noon contest deadline on Friday, June 15, 2018. The writer of the winning letter will be notified that afternoon. See Page 7 for Top Pop prizes

Chain-of-custody

Those working in industries that require drug testing know the term “Chain-of-custody”. It refers to tracing possession accountability of a sample from collection to destination. Chain-of-custody helps ensure the results are not questionable. There’s another, much more important chain-of-custody, with God Himself keeping track of the “sample”. The sample in this case is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and it has been on a chain-of-custody for over two thousand years. This was clearly demonstrated to me while visiting the Billy Graham Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina. There, amongst the various displays, I found a plaque that showed the chain-of-custody of the Gospel from one Edward Kimball, and then to a Chicago shoe salesman and Congregationalist, Dwight L. Moody, all the way to Billy Graham, who at age 15 recognized that Jesus could actually be his Savior too! Here’s that chain, quoting from the plaque at the Museum: “Sunday School teacher named Edward Kimball won a shoe clerk to Jesus – D.L. Moody. D.L. Moody traveled to England and awakened the heart of a young pastor – F.B. Meyer. F.B. Meyer became one of the great Bible expositors, came to the USA and preached on college campuses and was used to convert a student to Christ named Wilbur Chapman. Wilbur Chapman attended one of Moody’s meetings in Chicago and became D.L. Moody’s co-worker. Wilbur Chapman employed an ex-baseball player as his assistant, his name, Billy Sunday. Billy Sunday became a great evangelist and preached in Charlotte, NC, organized by the Billy Sunday Layman’s Evangelistic Club (renamed Christian Business Men’s Committee CBMC). CBMC invited an evangelist to Charlotte, his name Mordecai Ham. Mordecai Ham preached in the tent meeting where Billy Graham was saved.” All believers participate in the Gospel’s “Chain-of-custody”, with the final results sealed by the Holy Spirit.

Social Security… Live! Social Security engages with the public in a number of ways. From news articles to blog posts, and printed publications to tweets, we try to speak to as many people, in as many ways as we can. Our Facebook Live events give you concise information in an easy-to-follow conversation. Here are the topics from recent Facebook Live events: The Future of Social Security – Part 1: A conversation with Social Security’s Chief Actuary, Steve Goss, about the future of Social Security. Mr. Goss discusses the 2017 Trustees Report, explains key facts, and highlights important dates. The Future of Social Security – Part 2: Part two of a conversation with Social Security’s Chief Actuary, Steve Goss, who answers viewer questions about Social Security’s trust funds, benefit programs, the Cost of Living Adjustment, and more. How to Protect What’s Important to You: National Consumer Protection Week 2018. Learn important consumer protection tips and how to safeguard your identity. The Federal Trade Commission shares information on how to protect yourself and your loved ones from falling victim to scammers. 5 Things You Should Know About Retirement: William “BJ” Jarrett, director of Social Security’s Office of Public and Employee Communications, and Marietta Jelks, editor in chief of the Consumer Action Handbook, cover several key topics that you need to know before receiving Social Security retirement benefits. You can watch these videos and more on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SocialSecurity, or on our YouTube channel under the “Social Security Live!” playlist at www.youtube.com/SocialSecurity. These videos present our programs in a way that is easy to access and understand, to help keep you informed. You can share them with friends and family who are curious about preparing for retirement or the many programs Social Security provides. Vonda VanTil 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.

STINK(ING) BUGS… for a time last fall I thought the world was being invaded by stink bugs; those diamond shaped, brown, creepy crawlers that seemed to be everywhere. If there was any consolation to the impending cold weather, it was that winter would send the bugs to bug hell. Alas, even when winter lingered and spring was long overdue, the nasty insects showed up wherever sunlight warmed a quiet corner or a window pane. Not even when I moved to the other side of town, could I escape the critters. Here’s an article on the critters published by the MSU Extension Institute: The brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Hempitera: Pentatomidae), is an invasive insect native to Japan and Asia. It was first discovered in Michigan in 2011. Since then, they have been slowly spreading throughout the state. In addition to causing damage to plants and fruit, brown marmorated stink bugs are a major nuisance because adult stink bugs often seek shelter inside houses and other buildings in the fall. Once inside, they congregate almost anywhere. Brown marmorated stink bugs will not cause structural damage or reproduce in homes. They do not bite people or pets. Although they are not known to transmit disease or cause physical harm, the insect produces a pungent, malodorous chemical and when handling the bug, the odor is transferred readily. The best long-term method of controlling these bugs in homes is to prevent their entry. In older homes with wooden clapboard siding, their entry can be reduced by caulking or sealing cracks and crevices on the exterior. No amount of caulk will keep the beetles out of homes with vinyl siding because vinyl siding and soffits are “hung” or loosely nailed to permit the vinyl panels to expand and contract with changing temperatures. Even with wood siding, complete sealing with caulk can be difficult, if not impossible, to accomplish in some homes. If sealing the exterior walls does not help, then caulking around outlet and switch boxes, ceiling fixtures, heat ducts and other openings in interior walls may at least keep the bug in the walls and out of the living space. Sweeping or vacuuming can remove bugs already in homes. You may want to use an old, junker vacuum for this purpose because the bugs may live up to their name and “stink up” your vacuum. Spraying the outside walls of homes, especially the south and west facing walls, in September and October can also help reduce the number of these insects entering homes. The spray should be applied when the first bugs are noticed congregating on outside walls, usually in September. Homeowners who choose to spray their homes can hire a professional pest control company to treat the building exterior. Do-it-yourselfers can use bifenthrin, sold as Ortho Max Home Defense. Before treating the whole house, spray a small test area to make sure the insecticide does not stain the siding or paint. Be sure to read and follow all directions on the pesticide label. Spraying the outside of homes will, no doubt, involve spraying above your head. Be sure to wear protective clothing such as a wide-brimmed hat and raincoat. Eye goggles are a must.

HEY BENNY… A “high-five” to grandson Benny Loshbough. He started this past Monday morning as co-host to Phil Jackson on the WSJM sports morning show, 93.5 on the radio dial. Ben has been on the radio frequently since his high school days and through the past two years while at LMC. Most recently he has been the afternoon WIRX DJ. While heavy rock is not anything I enjoy, or understand, it was still pretty cool to listen for the song breaks to hear Ben talking music news. I tried to promote him as “BJ the DJ”, his name is Benjamin Joseph, but the “nom-de-plume” got less traction than bald tires in a snow storm. Neither did “Ben-jamming” for his gig on Rock WIRX. He has also got frequent air time on local sports reports and as a color commentator for a few football games. As he likes both radio and sports, so doing a morning radio sports talk show makes sense.

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