10-18-2018 Tri-City History Page

The Paw Paw River Journal

Time for Decisions When was the last time our country all came together, I mean really came together in a common cause? Most of you can’t answer that because you weren’t born then. It was World War II… and that earth shattering event is now slighted in history books. I can remember, because I was in it. Everybody came together. Even little kids who gathered scrap metal for the war effort. Since then a giant fissure has opened, widened, and it divides America. Oh, there was a time right after 9/11 when I thought we were all going to pull together as one. But it didn’t last. And now is getting worse than ever. Can nothing make us happy? It’s almost like the boy in a very permissive school who sighed one day and said, “Today do we have to do what we want to do?” We have a booming economy, more jobs are available (unemployment is down), we are regaining our reputation as a world power. But has that made us happy? No… just listen to and watch most of the news. Doom and gloom! And a lot of criticism aimed at the man who brought many of these good things to pass. Pres. Donald Trump is an astute businessman! He has made millions, written a bestseller, produced a hit TV show. He knows how to make a deal, and has been doing it on the world stage. I believe we have before us the possibility of reaching greater heights than ever before… and even achieving some semblance of world peace. But there are drawbacks. Liberals don’t like him. And here is where the country is divided. A friend of ours on the more conservative side published something in Facebook that resonated with me. With her permission I have reprinted it below:

“I offer no apology for what I am posting, for this is truly how I feel. This is my opinion, not a debate. If you disagree, or find my position offensive, I’m perfectly fine with that & no, I’m not offended, feel free to unfriend me forthwith. “I have lived through several United States Presidents prior to our current President Trump. In my lifetime, I have never seen nor heard of a president scrutinized over every word he speaks, humiliated by the public to the point of disgrace, slandered, ridiculed, insulted, lied to & beyond common logic, threatened with death, our First Lady disrespected, his children also insulted & humiliated. “I am truly ashamed of the people of MY country. I am ashamed of the ruthless hating, cruel Trump haters who display themselves as to having no pride, morals, ethics nor values for our country’s traditions. Our elders taught us 30, 40+ yrs ago to respect our president, whether we voted for him or not, & all these news stations & reporters who feel they have the right to carry on with blatant lies & say the things they do for a good story. “Every other president before he was elected, that took the oath of office, was left alone, wasn’t on the news 24/7, scrutinized for his every word. ALWAYS BEING PRESSURED to do this or that & never given the time to take care of the important work this country really needs. I know he is not perfect, very different than what we’ve become accustomed to; but ENOUGH is ENOUGH, LEAVE THE MAN ALONE & LET HIM DO HIS JOB!! “None of the other presidents in their times were spotless or perfect either. I want our President Donald Trump to succeed & try to make our America great again!”

The young lady who wrote the foregoing lives out in the mountains of Pennsylvania where we spent so many wonderful vacations. She loves horses and rescues wild animals that have been trapped, orphaned, or otherwise displaced. She has a large heart, and I know she loves our country as most of us do. But something has happened in recent years… a general sickness has pervaded this fair land. Perhaps it started after World War II when we all came back to a new life. But it wasn’t a new life for everybody. Families had gone through the depression and a horrible war. Some of them said, “I don’t want my kids to have to go through what we went through!” They forgot that it’s the fire that tempers steel. We have had a breakdown of the family unit and many other things. Whatever the cause, it’s kind of been downhill ever since. I know there has been a decline in honesty. Just think about road rage. We never used to hear about that. The breakdown of the family unit… oh, so many things. I can remember when it was unthinkable to lie under oath! In our modern world it is done routinely. Now someone has come along who says, “I’m going to fix what is broken about America!” To many people, Donald Trump is that person. He’s not perfect… personally, I wish he would cut down on the tweets! He goes out to the hinterlands and draws crowds of thousands and thousands. They like what he says and he feeds on their approval. Back in the day we didn’t know what a newscaster’s private political preference was. The greatest one I can remember is Walter Cronkite. Many people never knew he was a dyed in the wool liberal. That didn’t count! Because he didn’t let it count! Compare that to many news people today who lie and slant the news, almost always against Trump. They are squeaking mice running around the feet of giants. I fear for our grandchildren and successive generations. Will this America be here like it has always been? I can’t imagine a life in which we would not be weaving golden threads into the tapestry of these storybook towns along the Paw Paw River!

Watervliet District Library Paranormal Investigations Oct. 23 – 6:30 p.m. Venture into the unknown with MiPRO, Michigan Paranormal Research Organization. The group seeks explanation to unknown or unusual events that occur throughout the southwestern corner of Michigan. Pinteresting Oct. 29, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Arts & crafts for grown-ups held the last Monday of the month. Sign-up required; Oct – Wood slice winter snow decorations. Story Hours Picture books, crafts and fun designed to inspire the love of reading for children ages 3 – 5 on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. Book a Social Work Intern Thanks to an LSTA grant through the Niles Library, Watervliet Library will have a shared intern. Need help with on-line applications, unemployment or housing, the intern can help. Call 463-6382 with questions on any Watervliet Library activity.

Coloma Library News Book Sale The annual Fall Book Sale will be Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Browse the great selection of gently used books, DVDs, magazines, puzzles, etc. for affordable prices. The book sale takes place in the library’s lower level. The library will remain open for regular business during the sale. Local children’s author visit Come see local author Chrissy Meek read her newly released book “The Magic Puppy” on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. in the Library’s Children Section. Chrissy will be selling and signing copies of her book at this event. Book Club The Coloma Library Book Club is meeting on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 5:30 p.m. The title to read before the discussion is “The Baker’s Secret” by Stephen P. Kiernan. Call 468-3431 with questions on any Coloma Library activity.