11-07-2019 Letters and Commentary


In the October 31, 2019 issue of Tri-City Record, an error was made on Page 3 in both stories mentioning the City of Hartford election. They should both read that the election is on Tuesday, November 5 not on November 6. Tri-City Record is sorry for any inconvenience or confusion this error may have caused.

Win a Thanksgiving turkey!

Tri-City Record’s annual Thanksgiving Turkey drawing contest will be starting soon. To enter all the drawings from local business sponsors fill in the turkeys that will be printed in the Nov. 14 & 21 issues with your name, address, and phone number. Cut the turkey entries from the paper and drop them off at the participating businesses (one entry per visit, please). The winning entries will be drawn Monday, November 25, 2019 at 12:00 noon. Winners will be contacted by phone by the sponsoring business, and the names of all the winners will be published in that week’s Tri-City Record. Store employees and their families are not eligible to win their employer’s prize; however, they may win a turkey from another business. Please drop off your own entry in each store! You must be at least 18 years old and you do not need to be a subscriber to enter! A winner can only win one turkey per year. For a free copy of the entry form page, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the Tri-City Record, Box 7, Watervliet MI 49098, or stop by the office at 138 N. Main St., Watervliet.

International Education Week to be celebrated at Lake Michigan College

Lake Michigan College will host a series of public and student events on its Benton Harbor campus in honor of International Education Week, November 18-22. International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. It is celebrated annually across the nation to acknowledge the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. LMC will host a free, public Lunch and Learn event on Thursday, Nov. 21, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Todd Center, rooms 1304 -1308. Guest speakers, Asu Iyakaremye and Imran Mohammad will speak about their experiences as refugees, followed by a question and answer session. LMC will provide international coffee and chocolates made by LMC culinary professor and chocolatier, Chef Luis Amado. Guests should bring their own lunch. Twenty-five-year-old, Imran Mohammad, was born stateless in Rohingya. At age 16, he fled Myanmar to save his life and search for freedom. He ended up in a Papua New Guinea detention center on Manus Island for four years where he taught himself to read and write in English before arriving in Chicago in 2018. His story has been featured in the New York Times and ABC’s “Foreign Correspondent” series. Asu Iyakaremye was just three-years-old when he and his parents escaped the 1994 Rwandan genocide. They eventually landed in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where Iyakaremye attended college and now works at Bethany Christian Services helping unaccompanied refugee children. Both men are making the most of their new lives in the U.S. as they work through the trauma they experienced on their journeys. They share their stories to bring hope and understanding to others. Other International Education Week events include “Listen to Our Stories – Beyond the Borders” on Monday, Nov. 18, noon – 2 p.m. in the Hawk’s Nest second floor. Guests can view poster displays and picture collages, and hear student-led presentations and audio stories. Trivia Tuesday will be on Tuesday, Nov. 19, noon – 1 p.m. in the Hawk’s Nest second floor. Student teams will compete in a Jeopardy-style game to test their knowledge of international facts. International Celebration Day will be held Wednesday, Nov. 20 with a parade beginning at 11 a.m. at the Welch Center, a program at noon in the Main Building, and a celebration at 12:30 p.m. in the Hawk’s Nest, second floor.

Michigan stores do their part to protect youth from dangers of tobacco

Retailers meet federal requirements 19 years in a row

In statewide inspections, 89.5 percent of retailers refused to sell tobacco to minors under age 18, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Office of Recovery Oriented Systems of Care announced recently. Throughout the summer, MDHHS conducted random unannounced inspections statewide to measure the rate of illegal sales of tobacco to Michigan youth. A total of 356 retailers were visited; of those 319 refused to sell tobacco to a minor. “Deterring tobacco sales to youth is critical to reducing the negative health effects and deaths caused by smoking and tobacco use,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health for MDHHS. “We commend the