08-16-2018 Letters and Commentary

Historical society appreciative of voters’ support

Dear Editor,

On August 7, 2018, the townships of Hagar, Watervliet, Coloma, and Bainbridge, and the cities of Watervliet and Coloma, voted “yes” to continue the funding of the North Berrien Historical Society/ Museum. With four years of funding confirmed, we can now focus on enhancing our public visibility, audience and volunteer engagement, historic collections, and facilities. We will strive to diversify our income while maintaining free or low-cost services to the public.

The staff and board members of the North Berrien Historical Society/ Museum made a goal to become a regionally known and respected institution, and a welcoming, dynamic attraction that constantly reaches new residents and visitors in achieving our mission.

These goals are only reachable because of our voters that participated on August 7. I would like to personally thank all of our supporters for their efforts in passing the Society’s third millage renewal. With increased margins across nearly all communities, I feel very fortunate to be a part of an organization with such great backing.

Please feel free to attend all of our wonderful programs and activities throughout the rest of this year and for the next four. Thank you all again!

Sincerely,

Jack Greve

Executive Director

North Berrien Historical Museum

Meet and greet with Chase at Morlock farm stand a great family event

Dear Editor,

We would like to take the time to thank everyone who made our Meet and Greet with Chase from PAW Patrol a great family event.

We would especially like to thank: Matt Malone from 97.5 Y-Country, Chase, My Party Characters LLC, Watervliet Fire Department, Watervliet Police Department, Berrien County Sheriff’s Department, Miss Watervliet 2018 Ellie Troyer and her court, Little Mr. & Miss Firecracker 2018 Julie and Jaylie, Fifth-Third Bank in Watervliet, and all of our hardworking employees at JW Morlock & Girls Farm Stand & Mo’e Pies, LLC.

We appreciate all who came out to participate. We look forward to hosting more events in the future.

Thank You,

JW Morlock & Girls LLC & Mo’e Pies, LLC

Grand City Show Skiers performance well attended

Dear Editor,

Another successful water ski show was sponsored by the Paw Paw Lake Association and hosted by the Paw Paw Lake Yacht Club on Sunday, August 5. There were 31 skiers and 12 support staff from the Grand City Show Skiers water ski club.

This year’s attendance was the best ever. There were over 75 boats in the water and over 250 people on the Paw Paw Lake Yacht lawn watching the water skiers. It is estimated that the total attendance on land and water was approximately 750.

The rough waters made it a little difficult for the skiers to perform some of the acts. One the more memorable acts was the oldest member of the ski club who was able to take a chair with him while skiing, place the chair on the water ski and then ski sitting on the chair plus do a variety of turns. The age of the skiers ranged from 8 to 78.

It also seemed that the attendees on land were hungry as they ate over 400 hot dog and brats. The Paw Paw Lake Association again plans on bringing back the Grand City Water Ski Club next year.

Ken Krengel

“Dollars For Docs” website reveals money given to doctors by drug companies

Dear Editor,

The pharmaceutical companies gave over nine billion dollars/ gifts to doctors between August 2013 and December 2016!

To check out the amount your doctor received, log onto “Dollars For Docs” and type in the name of your doctor or doctors. The amount my doctors received ranged from one thousand to thirty-two thousand dollars!

Don Oderkirk, Watervliet

Pagel Campaign Committee thankful for votes received

Dear Voters,

The very busy primary vote of Aug. 7 is over with a large number of first timers campaigning for the variety of Michigan political offices.

We the Pagel Campaign Committee wish to thank all the voters in Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph counties who voted for Dave. He was a candidate who is knowledgeable, has integrity and a quality record while serving in the Michigan House of Representatives for six years representing part of Cass County and South Berrien County.

We are disappointed that Dave will not be continuing his public service in the Michigan Senate with the knowledge he has gained. However, we know that he will continue his civic commitment in other ways with over 25 years of service.

Barbara Radewald

Berr. Cty resident & Pagel Comm. member

Sailboat championship on Paw Paw Lake in need of donations and sponsors

Dear Editor,

St. Joseph River Star Fleet will be hosting the Great Lakes Star Sailboat Championship Sept. 7, 8 and 9 this year. Top sailors are invited to Coloma from the Great Lakes states and Canada. We may draw teams from the rest of the USA. This is likely to be the largest and most prestigious regatta ever held on Paw Paw Lake. The first set of races will begin Friday afternoon and the Regatta will finish up Sunday afternoon with presentation of the Blue Star Trophy.

The Star Fleet is arranging host families for all of the teams who will travel here. There will be breakfasts, a cocktail party and a dinner party Saturday evening. Visiting teams can expect VIP treatment. We need donations to help clear the channel of overhanging tree limbs, pay for a temporary floating dock, cover costs of dredging of the channel, transferring overhead utility cables underground, and providing promotional items for the racing teams.

We are seeking business sponsors to help cover these and other costs. Sponsors will be recognized by having their company logo on an event T-shirt and printed materials. We are asking for a $200 donation from area businesses.

In addition to donations, anyone interested in helping with logistics, participating as a skipper or crew for a racing team, or helping with the sailing program at Paw Paw Lake please contact Jeff Phillips at 269-­506-0440.

Thank you for your help!

Jeff Phillips

Captain Paw Paw Lake – St. Joseph River Star Fleet

A thank you to the grassroot supporters of successful Nesbitt campaign

Dear Editor,

Over the past several months I have had the privilege to meet with thousands of voters at their doorsteps and I am looking forward to meeting thousands more as I continue my campaign to be the next State Senator for West Michigan. I would like to say thank you to those who have supported and voted for me in this past Republican Primary. Political analysts have said I was the “underdog” from the start of my campaign but the campaign with the best team wins and, thanks to all of our incredible grassroots supporters, we won!

I am humbled and blessed to have earned the votes from those of you wanting a more effective and efficient state government. I plan to continue my fight for West Michigan’s hardworking taxpayers and delivering conservative results for our area to grow the economy, fix our roads, as well as protect our constitutional rights and defend the sanctity of life.

The voters throughout West Michigan have shown their support for our positive message of maintaining Michigan’s comeback and delivering results. I appreciate the hard work and dedication volunteers and supporters have shown throughout West Michigan. Working together into November we can continue to make our state the best place to start a career, raise a family, and enjoy the beauty of our natural resources.

Once again, thank you to those who have supported me and to those of you I have not yet met, I look forward to working hard to earn your vote in November.

Aric Nesbitt, Lawton

Dr. Matt Longjohn is the right person to represent Southwest Michigan

Dear Editor,

Voters in Southwest Michigan have a very important choice to make on November 6 when we vote for our representative in Congress.

Dr. Matt Longjohn, a highly respected public health physician who was named one of the most outstanding health innovators in the nation, is a strong supporter of universal health care. Fred Upton “flip-flopped” on his commitment to protect health care and voted to deprive millions of Americans of affordable care.

Matt Longjohn is a strong supporter of women’s health care. Fred Upton voted to undermine women’s health care.

Matt Longjohn is a strong proponent of allowing Medicare to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies for lower drug prices. Fred Upton opposes that proposal.

Matt Longjohn is a champion of the environment who believes that climate change presents a great danger to our health and safety. Fred Upton has such a terrible record on the environment that the Los Angeles Times labeled him “the #1 enemy of the earth.”

Matt Longjohn refuses to take any campaign contributions from corporate donors. Fred Upton receives a very large percentage of his campaign contributions from corporate donors, including ones he is supposed to be regulating.

Matt Longjohn is a strong proponent of protecting Social Security and Medicare. Fred Upton undermined these essential programs by voting to reduce income taxes for the wealthiest individuals, which will greatly increase the national deficit and debt and threaten Social Security and Medicare.

Matt Longjohn is a strong supporter of public education. Fred Upton supports Betsy DeVos’ efforts to undermine public education.

Matt Longjohn supports increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour so that every American has a chance to earn a living wage. Fred Upton opposes this effort.

Dr. Matt Longjohn is clearly the right choice for Southwest Michigan. On November 6, please join me in voting for this outstanding individual to become our next representative in Congress.

Sandy Feldman, Lakeside

No song for Mother Nature The origins of the concept of “Mother Nature” may be found in Greek Mythology, but creation predates Greek Mythology by many centuries. Once the one true God created the universe there was no need for any replacement gods, including no need for Mother Nature. In Psalm 148 there is a universal song of praise for the true Creator God, and if Mother Nature exists, she is singing the same tune. Described is everything from distant stellar bodies to the creatures of the seas. Angels and all breathing, or swimming, or flying animals are mentioned as singing praises. Verse 13 puts it, “Let them praise the LORD, for His name alone is exalted…” (LORD is all caps because it specifically refers to “JHWH”, or “Jehovah”.) It goes on, “His glory is above earth and heaven…” No mention of “Mother Nature”, a poor substitute for the one true God who has made all of creation and who gives life to each of us. When someone refers to “Mother Nature” as the one responsible for storms, or for beauty, or for anything related to creation, they are stealing glory from the one true God. Even that poetic song about trees we learned as kids, that tree with its mouth (roots) pressed against the “Earth’s sweet flowing breast” is heretical. We should have refused to sing it! It glorified creation instead of glorifying the Creator. In Romans 1:25 in the Bible it describes those who worship nature instead of the Creator of nature. “…they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” (NASB) Romans 1 is all about the negative results of refusing to acknowledge God. Forget Mother Nature. She’s right up there with the Easter Bunny!

You’ll feel like you’re on vacation with how easy this is August might be the last of the months that people think of when we say “summer vacation,” but it’s by no means the least. People are still taking trips and hosting family while enjoying America’s beaches and national parks. Social Security might not be on the top of your to-do list when you’re on vacation, but we’ve made it so easy to do business with us online that you can connect with us pool-side or on the go. We are constantly expanding our online services to give you freedom and control in how you wish to conduct business with us. Our online services help you plan for the future and keep you in control of your benefits. You can go online to: Find out if you qualify for benefits; use our benefit planners to help you better understand your Social Security protection; estimate your future retirement benefits to help you plan for your financial future; apply for retirement or Medicare quickly and easily; and open your personal my Social Security account. It is a powerful tool to help you stay in control of your Social Security record. If you don’t receive benefits yet, you can: Get your Social Security Statement to review your earnings and make sure they’re recorded correctly; get a benefit verification letter to prove you don’t receive Social Security benefits or that you applied but haven’t received an answer yet; request a replacement Social Security card if you meet certain requirements; and check the status of your application or appeal a decision. If you receive benefits, you can: Change your address and phone number; get a benefit verification letter to prove you receive Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or Medicare; change your direct deposit information at any time; request a replacement Medicare card; and get a replacement Benefit Statement (SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S) for tax purposes. Kick your feet up and grab your laptop or even your cell phone. You can access our online services page and do much of your business with us when you’re on the go at www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices. Remember, you can easily share our web pages and resources by copying the link and messaging a family member or friend. Now, go enjoy that vacation or start planning your next one knowing that, at Social Security, we’re securing your today and tomorrow. 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.

STAR SPANGLED DEBATE UNNECESSARY… I’m not sure why there is a continued controversy over professional athletes refusing to respect the National Anthem. Supposedly the National Football League and the NFL players association worked out guidelines that allow players to “sit out” the anthem ceremony by remaining off the field. That was the big mistake… why is the NFL and the players association renegotiating the protections guaranteed in our constitution… we all have the freedom of speech. I say let the players do what they want, salute the flag or disrespect it. That is their right. My right is to ignore them, stay away from the game, not watch them on TV, not buy special program packages on cable, and watch old westerns on TV. Professional sports, et al, have moved beyond the realm of entertainment for the masses and have become big business. I don’t need it or want it.

THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT… Longtime Watervliet merchant Bob Taylor has had his troubles. Not only has the hobby and collectors business changed (what hasn’t) from a hometown shop to a web-based offering, other issues beyond his control have also hampered his ability to stay in business. Over the years he has been forthright in announcing his difficulties with car dealers, credit card companies, banks, and utilities. He has run ads in the Record announcing his difficulties and intentions of closing (and opening) his business. All the while he has struggled to keep Bob’s Hobby and Collector’s Shop open as the largest toy store (perhaps) in Michigan. His “As Is Auctions” draw collectors and hobbyists from all over the country to his downtown Watervliet location. That being said, he continues to seek support from local government, banks, and utilities to continue to keep his business open and of service to his customers. Recently he sent a letter to President Trump, detailing his difficulties and frustration in keeping his business open. President Trump replied (on White House Stationary): Dear Mr. Taylor, Melania and I are saddened to learn of the difficult times you are experiencing. Please know that we send our prayers and well wishes. We hope your enduring spirit will overcome any challenges, and that you will find comfort and strength in your faith during this time. Sincerely (signed) Donald Trump.

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