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Main Street, by Roger Allen publisher – June 11, 2009

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D-Day Those of us who lived through WWII know June 6, 1944, was the day we started to feel that victory really was ahead of us. There was a lot of bad news stretching from Dec. 7, 1941, to this date. We lost ground in Africa, France, and the South Pacific. Nazi submarines were sinking our ships everywhere, including off the coast of New Jersey. Those were grim times but on this date we pushed back, big time. The casualties were horrific, but those Americans didn’t die in vain. We won, and fascism lost. The single life Two bachelors, Larry and Frank, went out to dinner. The conversation drifted from office to sports to politics and then to cooking. “I got a cook book once,” said Larry, “but I couldn’t do anything with it.” “Too much fancy stuff in it, huh?” asked Frank. “You said it,” Larry replied. “Every one of those recipes began the same way: ‘Take a clean plate…’ ” Shrewd plan The State wants to turn loose about 4,000 prison inmates to save money. They say it costs $32,000 a year to keep each one in prison. Hey! How about I take a couple and tie them to a tree in my back yard? I’d do this cheap-only $20,000 a year, maybe. That saves the State $24,000 and gives me $40,000. That’s more than I ever got at the paper and all I have to do is sit and watch them all day. Sure, I’d have to rent a Porta-potty and make some oatmeal and macaroni and cheese a couple times a day, but I’ve got the time for it. I guess I’d have to give them umbrellas in the summer and warm coats and quilts in the winter, but that’s about it. Seems like a win-win deal to me. Since the State is willing to let them go, they couldn’t be actually dangerous. Living in 2009   1. You accidentally enter your password on the microwave.  2.  You haven’t played solitaire with real cards in years.  3.  You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your        family of three.  4.  You e-mail the person who’s working at the desk        next to you.  5. […]

The Tax Attic – June 11, 2009

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Options for Social Security problem Social Security-it’s an entitlement program that we have gotten used to participating in. Those of us lucky enough to be still working participate by paying in Social Security tax. Most of us age 62 or older and those taxpayers who are disabled participate by receiving benefits. The problem that has been developing since the late 1970s is that more people are going to participate by receiving benefits than participate by paying into the system. In 1983, Ronald Reagan convinced Congress to gradually increase the age at which taxpayers can receive full benefits as well as reduce the benefits that taxpayers will receive if they opt to begin receiving early benefits at the age of 62. Since 1983, the only changes made have been to increase the amount of earnings upon which Social Security tax will be paid. That maximum amount for 2009 is $106,800. In 1983, the maximum was $35,700, so that has been a huge change. Unfortunately, that is not enough change. Social Security is slated to be completely bankrupt by 2037 unless more changes are made. If nothing is done, what exactly will happen in 2037? What will the federal government do? Apparently, they will have three options. Option one is the federal government quits paying benefits, but it also quits collecting the tax. It’s not realistic to presume the federal government would voluntarily stop collecting any tax, let alone Social Security tax. “Fat chance” might say it all. Option one of not paying benefits and not collecting tax won’t happen. Option two is benefits would be decreased to equal the level of revenue. In other words, the dollar amount of benefits would be adjusted down or up, based on the amount of Social Security tax collected. The downward adjustment could be anywhere from 30 to 60 percent. Taxpayers receiving a $1,000 benefit would have their benefit reduced down to $300 or $600. Can you say the word “rebellion”? Option three is the federal government continues to pay the same benefits while just printing money. As we are seeing, they are proving to be very good at printing money. Going in the hole by a trillion or two doesn’t bother the present administration, but we will have to […]

Rockford Register – June 11 2009

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Fri.-Sun., June 12-14 Rockford Start of Summer Celebration-Fun, food, music and fireworks. Check out pages 2 and 3 of this week’s Squire for a schedule of events and special in-store promotions! Friday, June 12 Elvis with Special Guest Tom Jones-doors open at 7 p.m. (show at 8 p.m.) at Rockford American Legion Post 102. Cost is only $10, includes cash bar. Open to public; must be at least age 21 to enter. Saturday, June 13 Annual Sand Lake High School Alumni Banquet-5 p.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Please make reservations by June 1, by calling Bill Berman at (616) 636-8702, Wayne Gould at (616) 636-5615 or Joyce Hosmer at (231) 937-4454. World Wide Knit in Public Day– 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at J.T. Stitchery & Frame Shop, downtown Rockford. Join us a we knit with hundreds of other knitters around the world on the same day! Come when you can; leave when you must. Bring your project and snacks. For more information, visit Sunday, June 14 Breakfast-8 a.m. to noon at American Legion Post #102, 330 Rockford Park Drive, between 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads on Northland Dr.). Cost is $6.50 for adults, $5 for seniors over 70, and $3 for kids, which includes eggs, toast, bacon, sausage, coffee and juice. Free Picnic & Concert-noon on the front lawn of Rockford Baptist Church, corner of Fremont and Courtland St., downtown Rockford. Enjoy hotdogs, hamburgers, games for kids, and live music. The community is welcome. Monday, June 15 Free Food for Needy Families– 5 p.m. in the Mobile Food Pantry at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 6070 Kuttshill Drive (corner of Northland Drive and Rogue River Rd.; entrance on Kuttshill), Rockford, providing free food for needy families in the North Kent community. For more information, contact the church at (616) 866-1556. Rockford Chapter of ATHA Meeting (Divas by the Dam)-10 a.m. to 2 p.m. upstairs at Arnie’s, downtown Rockford. Open to all interested rug-hookers-beginners, advanced or just curious. For more information, call Sally Charnley at (616) 866-3725. Tuesday, June 16 Huntington Rogue River Blues Series-7 to 9 p.m. at the Garden Park Stage, along the White Pine Trail near the dam, every Tuesday through August 11. This week features Lynn Thompson […]

Faith Message – June 11, 2009

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The Kingdom of God is within you by MARCIA HUFSTADER member, Third Church of Christ, Scientist Asked when the Kingdom of God would come, Jesus stunned the listener by declaring it had arrived and was within him (Luke 17). I can imagine their surprise: “Within me! How could that be?” From materialist thinking, this concept is hard to grasp, but Jesus was referring to the man created in God’s image and likeness. So what is it that is “within us”? Each of God’s ideas-man-has within them the reign and rule of harmony governing all. Having the Kingdom of God within is the conscious awareness of God’s goodness. An example would be the sense of peace and joy we feel. Expecting to be aware of God’s goodness, we actually see things differently-we notice the good in others, we experience a calm and sense of purpose. The Kingdom within is the way that Father, Mother, God maintains, sustains and protects His/Her creation on a moment-to-moment basis. Recently, a friend remarked that we need to have confidence in the Kingdom. I’ve been considering that statement ever since. Do I have confidence that the reign of Truth and Life (two of the synonyms Mary Baker Eddy uses to refer to God) is all-powerful, the only source of all good, health, supply and happiness? Do I understand that is the power that governs me from within, given to me from God? We can learn to yield to that power by letting go of preconceived ideas that usually come from matter-based thinking, from which there is concern, limitation and fear. It’s time to rejoice and yield to the fact that the Kingdom of God is within each of us, liberating, directing and supporting our every step. It’s a present possibility!

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