(CNN – Opinion by Robert Whaples) — If you’ve ever looked closely at a newly minted penny, you’ve probably been struck by its sheer beauty. Abraham Lincoln’s bearded, chiseled, copper face shines forth beneath the proclamation of “In God We Trust” and beside the quintessential American motto, “Liberty.” Americans revere the penny, as it encapsulates a history lesson — Lincoln brought freedom to so many — and a civics lesson all in one. But increasingly, Americans have stopped using the penny, as we turn toward electronic payments and away from cash. Sadly, inevitably, like so many other beautiful, venerated historical objects, it appears that the penny now belongs in a museum. Read more
Bernard Madoff should write a book about how to manage an office. The profit from the book to be devided among his victims. Madoff should be promised a birthday party, a small cupcake with two candles on his 200th birhday. Then he should be released from prison, no hat, coat, shoes, money or place to go. We have a century to think about it in case we want to change our mind. If anyone has money that they want to get rid of, just deposit it in my bank account. I don’t want to be bothered with cash or checks.
Submitted by Merritt Perkins
One of Bernard Madoff’s “victims” announced that Justice had been done in his sentence of 150 years. I disagree. After liquidating all of his assets, Madoff should have been put up in a reasonable, middle class neighborhood and expected to work the rest of his natural life to repay his “victims”. On the other hand, the victims took a chance on risky investments. Some of the weeping losers actually admitted that they had given him ALL that they had. Any intelligent person, at least intelligent enough to amass a small fortune, should know you don’t put all your eggs in one basket. That advice goes WAY back – to Cervantes in Don Quixote!! Even Mark Twain ventured that if you “Put all your eggs in one basket, and – watch the basket”! They apparantly didn’t do that either. Sounds like contributory negligence to me. And now the people, including his pseudo “victims” get to pay for the room and board for the foreseeable future! Some justice.
Submitted by Rebecca J. Shank
|Your Message||I an 24 and have never missed the Water Fest. Now that i am a mother, i wouldnt let my child miss it either. We live in florida and one of the biggest things i was going to miss was the water fest. My oldest Emma Dentler, who is 4 1/2, is in Three Rivers/ Fisher lake area visiting my mother and father for a couple weeks. One of the agreements to letting Emma go up to michigan was that my mom and dad take her to the water fest. I am heartbroke that i will not be able to attend this year. But i know it will be great as it is every year!|
In 2008 our mother, Marion Hermen, passed away after living 94 wonderful years. Her life story would include all of the special persons she met and liked along the way, even in her final weeks as her chronic heart condition progressed. She was treated locally at Three Rivers Health, not only for the convenience to home, family, and friends, but for the rather remarkable availability of the services and special care she needed in her final journey. Had the following services not been available on the campus at Three Rivers Health, the quality of the end of her life may not have been the same.
Over a period of 11 weeks my mother (and mother-in-law) received a variety of compassionate care from nurses, physicians, physical therapists, lab technicians, social workers, home health services care aides, ambulance paramedics and, not to be forgotten (as she would remind us) wonderful nursing students and the maintenance staff at the hospital. The list could go on. As her illness progressed she used many medical services without having to leave Three Rivers. They included visits to Dr. Patel’s office, the emergency room, the intensive care unit, the medical unit, the isolation unit on the medical unit and Home Heathcare for a brief period between the holidays. Upon returning to the hospital she was able to see many of the staff (who immediately reconnected with Marion) that got to know her in the first hospitalization. A recommended nursing home placement was avoided by remaining on the medical unit with a special designation granted to Three Rivers Health by the State permitting a “Swing-Bed” assignment . Her condition progressed rapidly and her last day was spent with family at the end of the medical unit hallway in the privacy of an inpatient hospice room and family suite. The common feature of Marion’s care was the comfort and familiarity provided by healthcare staff that she knew, and who knew her. These final days were welcoming, sensitive and reassuring, all of it found right here within our community health system.
Our story is about the caring staff and leadership of our community hospital that has developed a patient first attitude throughout its services, as my mother and our family experienced them. It could have taken place in Kalamazoo as well, but for many reasons we are grateful it did not. We also recognize that many special treatments are best done in large tertiary hospitals where specialists are found. But we would have a hard time understanding how the local community based care of the type my mother received would not be the desire of most citizens. If community hospitals of the future should disappear, or become transfer stations at best, we believe the quality of life, even at the end of life, will be less. The citizens of the Three Rivers area have repeatedly reinvested in keeping healthcare local and caring in the last 100 years. Please vote Yes on May 5 to support continued local healthcare services in the Three Rivers area.
Ann and Larry Hermen
I am writing as a taxpayer and property owner of Lockport Twp. as well as a volunteer fireman with the current L.F.P. Fire Dept. These are my personal opinions and observations.
Whether you were “for” or “against” the new fire station, the truth of the matter is that the structure is here…like it or not. Somehow we must find a way to move on and put all of the hard feelings and misinformation behind us and see that the residents of Lockport are provided with the fire protection service that they deserve.
Hindsight is always 20/20 and perhaps if the twp. and fire boards had first brought up the issue to the taxpayers when they were first entertaining the idea of purchasing the land that the station now sits on, that would have been the first step in the right direction. As everyone knows, there has been a whole host of issues; some true and some downright ridiculous.
In these tough economic times, the new station could not have come at a worse time when so many people are losing their jobs or suffering pay cuts in order to keep their jobs. I don’t want to see my taxes go up either, but thankfully I live on the side of the township line so I can be served by my own fire. dept. The residents of Lockport voiced their response in not supporting a new station on several occasions and so of course that must be followed. But, I also find it hard to believe that our elected officials of Lockport didn’t come up with a more creative way and maintain a willingness to work with the Fabius and Park boards in order to work things through. How could they let this get so out of hand and now the door is apparently closed.
So, where do we now stand? Well, we’re in the process of dissolving a 51-yr.partnership with the other two townships and probably a real reputation that we are now the township not the most easy to work with. How sad! I wonder what the remaining members of the originally formed fire dept. of 1957 and families of those members who are now deceased must think. They worked for a long time and it took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to form this joint department only to see our current elected officials let us down and let it be dissolved. Shame be upon them.
I have been a member of the current L.F.P. fire dept. for more than 20 yrs. and spent 10 yrs. before that with the T.R.F.D. also as a volunteer. Being a “volunteer” is probably misleading to some. I understand, although I did not personally hear the comment, a private citizen asked why we are paid if we are a “volunteer” dept.? We are really “part-paid” as we do receive pay on a per call basis and we have a rotation schedule for certain types of calls. For example, I receive $11 per hour for any call I report to. This does not cover my fuel costs or general wear and tear on my personal vehicle. Any lights, sirens, etc. are at my own personal expense. I cannot and do not claim any of these costs on my personal income tax (it has to be over $3,000/year in new equipment costs to do so). Nor do we receive any type of insurance benefits or a contribution to a pension fund. My check this past month was just over $29.00. So, you can see that I’m not in this for the money by any means. Is this an unfair amount to ask when we all know that any fire/rescue personnel are called out in all types of weather, all hours of the day or night? Never mind the fact that it can be extremely dangerous at times as well. I know that I can speak for my fellow firefighters and say that all of us are in this to provide a service to our fellow citizens and must also say that I think we are darned good at it. I challenge you to find a better group of people to work with and obviously I trust any one of them with my life. Unfortunately, all the backstabbing, untruths and all the other uncomplimentary things being said about the fire station issues has cast all of us in a bad light. I, for one, don’t think this is a fair assumption and take offense when it reflects on us…the firemen.
Perhaps some of the finger pointing should be at our own township officials. Do you think you are being properly represented? They are PAID by us to represent and serve the taxpayers of Lockport Twp. I think my $11.00 per hour pales in comparison to the $1,000+ per month salary that the Supervisor, Treasurer and Clerk of Lockport Twp. receive. Not only that but all board members receive a generous contribution of taxpayer money to their PENSION FUND. Now if the Lockport Twp. Clerk, Wayne Timm, wants to “trim some fat” out of the Fire Dept. budget, maybe he should also be looking within his own board’s payroll/pension budget!
Mr. Timm recently printed an article in the Three Rivers Commercial-News suggesting that maybe a “Fire Authority Board” should be considered. Hmmm…how about a partial Lockport Twp. board recall of certain members??
Gene Schull, Jr.