08-01-2019 Letters and Commentary

Correction In the July 25, 2019 issue of Tri-City Record, an error was made on Page 4 in Rolling Back the Years for Coloma Courier 30 years ago – 1989. It should have said Alice Vacanti, a 1959 Coloma graduate, requested a Vietnam Memorial be erected at Baker Park. Tri-City Record is sorry for any inconvenience or confusion this error may have caused.

Demise of the small towns

Dear Editor, It may be too late for the people of Watervliet to wake up – to wake up and see the demise of their city. The grocery store is gone the way of dollar stores, and outlets. Many locals choose to drive to the big box stores in Benton Harbor and South Haven, while Harding’s in Coloma feels a large revenue loss. Will it be the loss of us as was the case in Watervliet? The small towns across America are hanging on by a thread because many locals and seasonals choose to bring their food and beverages from distant places. To add insult to injury, the Dollar Tree store in Watervliet and the Family Dollar in Coloma, same ownership, demanded that the Tri-City Record newspaper stand be removed from their property or they would wind up in the trash can. Their corporate management said newspaper stands made their stores look trashy. Well I have news for them. When they wake up and realize that their dollar stores may not survive it may be too late. And, our elected officials and volunteers who run this town need to do the best they can with the tax dollars they receive. I am not too old to care about our city, but when will those in power wake up and do what they are supposed to do – rebuild, rededicate their positions and help this city before it is too late to wake up. Joseph F. Engel, Watervliet

Michigan Flywheelers consignment auction

Have some old farm machinery that you would like to get rid of? The Michigan Flywheelers Museum has just the solution. On Sunday, Sept. 8 at 9:30 a.m., the non-profit will hold a consignment auction during its Antique Engine and Tractor Show which starts Thursday, Sept. 5. The auction is a fundraiser for the museum and proceeds are used for operational expenses and development of exhibits. Items can either be sold on consignment or donated to the museum to sell. Consignment fee is 18 percent. Tractors and farm implements are welcome. No household items will be accepted. The Antique Engine and Tractor show which runs through Sunday, Sept. 8, is one of the largest shows of its kind in the state. The family-friendly event is filled with parades, live music, kids activities, a large flea market, and of course, hundreds of old vintage tractors and machinery. A non-profit organization that is dedicated to the preservation of antique farm equipment and its history, the Michigan Flywheelers Museum is located on 68th Street in South Haven. Persons attending the auction will have to pay admission to the show. Cost is $7. Children 12 and under are free with paid admission. For auction information, contact Mike at 269-369-9500; for museum information and events: www.michiganflywheelers.org, 269-639-2010 or Facebook.

Trump’s bigotry is a threat to our democracy

Dear Editor, Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed xenophobic, racial, and religious bigotry. In a recent tweet storm, his bigotry was once again on display. On twitter, Trump made a series of ignorant and denigrating remarks about four Congresswomen who have been critical of his handling of the Mexican border crisis. Trump ranted that these Congresswomen should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they come.” The phrase “go back to where you came from” has been used for many years as an expression of racial bigotry. Three of these women were born in the United States, and all of them are U.S. citizens. They are all people of color. Soon after making his racist remarks, Trump held a rally in North Carolina, at which he continued to verbally attack the four Congresswomen. At one point, after a particularly vicious, and factually distorted, attack on one of these women, many people in the audience began chanting “send her back, send her back”. Trump did nothing to either stop or counter his supporters’ un-American chant. In some of his previous rallies Trump has encouraged his supporters to physically attack peaceful protesters. He went so far as to promise to pay their legal bills if they were arrested for assault. Donald Trump is a dangerous demagogue. Now is the time for American voters to stand up for American values – freedom of speech, equal rights for all, and congressional checks and balances on an impulsive, corrupt, and dishonest president. In 2020 it is imperative that we sweep away the dangerous racism that currently emanates from the White House. America must rise up and remove Donald Trump from office. Larry Feldman, Lakeside

Red Cross has blood supply shortage: $5 Amazon Gift Card for those who help

Currently, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types available and less than a two-day supply of type O blood. To help address the current emergency blood shortage, all who come to give blood or platelets with the American Red Cross July 29 through Aug. 29 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. Gift cards are made possible thanks to generous Amazon donation to the Red Cross to help save patient lives. How to make an appointment Individuals can schedule an appointment to give now by activating Amazon’s Alexa Red Cross Blood Skill by saying, “Alexa, find a blood drive,” or by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). When an emergency arises, it is the blood already on the shelves that saves lives. Only through the generosity of blood donors can the Red Cross provide hospitals with lifesaving blood to meet the ongoing and ofte