06-17-2018 Letter and Commentary

Correction In the June 7, 2018 issue of the Tri-City Record, an error was made on Page 3 in the caption for the sign being installed at the new Watervliet Pharmacy. The spelling of the pharmacist’s name, Burramuldu, is incorrect. The correct spelling is Burramukka. Tri-City Record apologizes to Dr. Rama and is sorry for any inconvenience or confusion this error may have caused.


Dad takes care of  family and helps other kids too Dear Tri-City Record, I think my daddy Dennis Thomas should be Top Pop. My dad spends a lot of time with me, he takes me fishing, hunting, and he practices softball with me. When I am in pageants my dad is always there to cheer me on. Even if I don’t win my dad says I am his princess. My dad helps other kids too. He helped the Hartford boys team for baseball since they didn’t have a coach. He buys stuff for my family. And he takes care of us and makes sure we have what we need. That is why I think my daddy should be Top Pop. Love, Ava Thomas, age 8

Nominates husband Jerry Teeters for “Top Pop” Dear Editor, We were married when he was seventeen years old; he was working a full forty hour a week job. We had our first son when he was twenty. By the age of twenty-five he had two sons and two daughters; he always helped with the children. When he was about thirty he was injured at work and for several years was not able to work. He was a stay at home dad, he did all the house work, laundry, fixing of the kids meals, and the discipline. When he had to discipline one of the kids he always sat them down and told them why they were being punished and how much he loved them and how much it hurt him because, he loves them. His daughter who is now in her fifties says that “speech was punishment enough.” When he was able to return to work he always worked at extra jobs to support his family. He always took the kids to Sunday school and church. We now have four GREAT kids that all have good educations and jobs; he always encouraged his kids to get good educations. We now have five WONDERFUL grandchildren who he helped in any way he could. We also have seven BEAUTIFUL great-grandbabies and are helping raise two of them. He always says he would not have it any other way; that is how much he loves his children. His four children call him Dad, his grandchildren call him Papa, and also his great-grandchildren call him Papa. I call him my best friend, my help mate and husband of almost sixty years. Sharon Teeters, Lawrence


Thank you for article in May 24 bonus issue Dear Editor, A special thank you… It’s sometimes easy to forget that there are nice people out there doing nice things for others. Thanks for being such a special reminder. God bless. The Ladies Auxiliary 362, Coloma

VFW Post 1137 extends thank you Dear Editor, On behalf of the members of Watervliet VFW Post 1137, I would like to extend a big thank you to all those who participated or attended this year’s Memorial Day parade and service. Thank you to Miss Watervliet Ellie Troyer and her court, our speaker Ellie Troyer, Duane and Kim Cobb, all the Scouts who help us every year, the Watervliet High School marching band and of course, the Public Works Department and Watervliet Police and Fire departments. I would also like to give a special thanks to the North Berrien Military Rites Team. This group assisted in four separate Memorial Day services, beginning at 8 a.m. and concluding at 2 p.m. They are truly a dedicated group of individuals. Again, thanks to all. Glen Openneer, Commander

Elect Kim LaSata for Senator of 21st District Dear Editor, Primary election season is just around the corner and we will soon be seeing signs decorating yards everywhere. Please join me in voting for my friend Kim LaSata who is running to be the first woman elected to the Michigan State Senate from the 21st District. I have known Representative LaSata for more than 30 years. She has the energy, integrity, and common sense to continue representing us proudly in Lansing. Prior to being elected as our State Rep she taught 5th grade for more than a decade. She wants to improve education in Southwest Michigan not only for her four children and the hundreds of 5th graders she has taught, but for all students in the district. March is reading month in Michigan schools. I was so impressed with Kim’s energy when she read to more than 52 classes all across her district impacting several thousand students. The 21st Senate District has a strong history of responsible conservative leadership. Kim will be a conservative voice in Lansing. While a member of the House of Representatives she has voted to reduce our income taxes, reform and reduce auto insurance rates and repair our roads without increasing taxes. She serves on the Appropriations Committee and chairs Higher Education which has one of the largest general fund budgets. She has worked closely with our 15 public universities to keep tuition rates in check and make our students safer. Kim LaSata continues to be well rounded with experience in business, community service, education and knowledge of the legislative process. Join me in helping to elect her for our next State Senator for the 21st District! Mary Tatter, Watervliet A’s, B’s and O’s are missing – Red Cross campaign calls for new blood donors to fill the Missing Types As part of an international movement, the American Red Cross is launching the Missing Types campaign to recruit blood donors. During the Missing Types campaign, the letters A, B and O – the main blood groups – will disappear from brands, social media pages, signs and websites to illustrate the critical role every blood donor plays. When the letters A, B and O vanish from everyday life, the gaps are striking. And when A, B and O blood types are missing from hospital shelves, patient care could be impacted. Don’t wait until the letters A, B and O go missing from hospital shelves. Join the #MissingType movement. An upcoming blood donation opportunity is on Wed., June 20, 11 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. at Caretel Inns of Lakeland, 3905 Lorraine Path, St. Joseph.

Our good father Do you know the difference between a “whatchamacallit” and a “thingamajig”? Or, how about a “thingamabob”? What’s that? Well, I’m here to rescue you from confusion today. I will explain those words. A whatchamacallit is something that fulfills some common function that is intuitive to most people. A thingamajig could be on a whatchamacallit, but a whatchamacallit could not be on a thingamajig. Thingamajigs sometimes help adjust whatchamacallits. They are therefore usually smaller than whatchamacallits. Now thingamabobs are smaller still. They help clarify thingamajig functions and are usually attached to something. Also called “doohickies”. So there it is. Doesn’t that help? Here’s another one. If my dad called me a “nincompoop” and he weren’t smiling, it meant that I was at least momentarily, less than bright. If he was smiling when he used the term, then it meant that I was at least momentarily, amusing. Dads have ways of saying things. My dad is no longer alive, but I think I’m still a nincompoop each way sometimes. Whatever all those words really mean, many people understand the word “father” differently. Usually because fathers are so different, and the only definition we have that makes sense to us is the model we saw in our own father. “Father” doesn’t need definition, it needs demonstration. For some that model was not positive, and for others that model was t