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 yo