Letters to the Editor — February 4, 2010

Reader thanks Craig James

Dear Editor,

I would like to thank Mr. Craig James for casting some light onto the activities of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It is nice to know when the public is being manipulated. It’s disconcerting to hear that a world-renowned and respected authority on climate change admits to publishing claims “purely to put political pressure on world leaders.”

With all of the speculation today about global warming and climate change, it would be nice to find a reliable and even honest source for factual, creditable and scientifically supported information, free from political slant and ulterior motives. Due to recent misleading statements and invalid claims, the IPCC clearly does not fit the bill.

Molly Mueller, Rockford resident

Resident laments Community Education cuts

Dear Editor,

The intent of this letter is neither to criticize nor condone the recent actions (December) taken by the Rockford Board of Education and Superintendent Shibler regarding budget cuts. Their main focus is to preserve programs for school children with little or no disruption to classrooms.

What a lot of Rockford residents don’t realize is the huge loss seniors will feel in the job cut of Marcia Stotz, coordinator for the group Rockford Seniors Unlimited. This is a woman who loved her job and reached out to seniors in Rockford plus many nearby surrounding communities including Grand Rapids. She acted as counselor, teacher, advisor helping those in need of these services. Through Marcia and her work, seniors could socialize with well-planned day trips, luncheons, bingo and other activities. Longer trips created new friendships and continued learning. Without someone like the beloved Marcia organizing these activities, many seniors will be left out of important aspects of their lives they have come to expect and rely on.

I can’t say enough about the Rockford Seniors Unlimited Program. Seniors in this community will be losing a loyal, trusting friend in Marcia. She was someone many seniors could count on for motivation in healthy, happy living. She will be sorely missed in her capacity as coordinator.

Hopefully the state legislature will restore some education funding so all Rockford school employees can retain their jobs. Is there hope in the new year?

A concerned citizen and voter,

Eileen Behnke, Rockford resident

Story recalls old friend

letter-Wybranowski

Dear Editor,

It has been a while since we have been back to Rockford. I thought that we might be making the trek down state more often, but it is sometimes a complicated process getting off this island, especially in the winter. We can make a plane reservation, but weather plays a big part.

For now, I meant to get back to you months ago on this cute story. Back in the Squire’s July 9, 2009 edition, you had a quick blurb on Mr. John Kaiserlian celebrating his 80th birthday. I looked at the name and instantly recognized it—not the name John so much, but his last name. When I was 4 years old, way back in 1947, I had a portrait of me painted by a woman named Ruth Kaiserlian. From the day I sat for that portrait until I saw your article on John, I never saw that last name, Kaiserlian, anywhere, ever. Not being shy yet very curious, I called John on the phone. As I started my conversation with John, I could tell he was a bit suspicious and cautious at first to continue talking to me. He probably thought I was a fast-talking telemarketer. I finally was able to ask him if he was by any remote chance related to a woman named Ruth Kaiserlian. He said, “Yes, Ruth was my younger sister.” I must say I was pleased, startled and surprised all at the same time. I asked if Ruth was still with us, but he said she had passed some time ago. I promised John that I would send him a picture of me then and now. I am finally getting around to it!

Keep up the good work. I really enjoy getting the paper. I will write to you again about life here on the island. It is a whole different world. I have to tell you about the big closet job I did last summer on Mackinac Island. Meeting the customer, the designer, getting the tools and materials to the island and then the job site was quite amazing.

Tom Wybranowski, Michigan Shelf North, Inc., Petoskey, Mich.

Pearce responds to opinion

Dear Editor,

Thank you for your note and Cliff and Nancy Hill’s story regarding Cinco de Mayo’s liquor license request.

Please know that I was not aware of the restaurant’s difficulties until I read about it in the paper. Upon further investigation, it became known that State Senator Mark Jansen has been working with the restaurant and other involved parties in an effort to expedite the process. My office has been assured by Senator Jansen’s office that the correct information has since been submitted and the process is under way.

Again, I thank you for your letter. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future regarding other legislative issues of importance to you.

Representative Tom Pearce, 73rd House District


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