Good news Latest reports indicate the recession may be nearing an end. This is typical of business cycles; we’ve always had them and probably always will. That’s capitalism for you. The TARP funds, despite starting out with poor oversight in 2008, have helped avert a longer and deeper financial mess, and by any measure, the stimulus program of 2009 is working. Capitalism can use some government help from time to time. The current recession is not the worst we ever had and we will come out of it. Less than good news The President’s health insurance initiative seems to have foundered on vociferous protest from those who resist change. In retrospect, the plan probably should have been called Medicare for All—no ifs, ands, or buts. Medicare and Social Security have been well accepted and have done a good job. Simply expanding Medicare into universal health care might have gone over. Medicare has money problems because our population is aging and we have more money going out. Growth in the working population has not kept up, so we have less money going in. The result is a foregone conclusion, which has nothing to do with politics. It isn’t rocket science to know we will have to cut benefits, raise taxes, or cut costs of the program. The hundreds of private medical insurance companies, most of them “for profit,” each has its own bureaucracy to support. Seems to me, eliminating multiple insurance bureaucracies would help cut costs of medical care. The fantasies about government “death panels” would actually be funny if so many people didn’t take them seriously. Those of us who have private medical insurance are already at the mercy of our insurance companies. Their expensive lobbying to kill the President’s initiative tells us a lot. And one more thing: we taxpayers already are paying the medical costs of many of the poor, particularly uninsured sick children. Is that “socialized medicine”? Let’s get organized and not allow the shouters to sabotage our opportunity to bring America’s healthcare delivery system into the 21st century. “Doctor will see you now” Supposedly, these are actual hospital notes in patient records. A little reform might be in order. 1. The patient refused autopsy. 2. The patient has no previous […]
HISTORICAL REENACTMENT—The public is invited to see history in person and for free. The 23rd annual Grand Rogue Living History Encampment will be held on the banks of the Grand River at the Grand Rogue campground at 6400 West River Drive. Historical reenactors will show what life was like in early America and feature military and civilian living historians. The average particiant has invested more than $1,000 on authentic clothing and equipment and countless hours of research to perfect their portrayals. The public is invited to share this unique experience Saturday September 19 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, September 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Handicapped parking is available.
Who qualifies for first-time home-buyer credit? The traditional ending of summer has occurred. The long Labor Day weekend has come and gone. The kids are back in school. High school, college and pro football games are here to stay for the next few months—that’s a good thing when it comes to Rockford football, a good thing when it comes to our in-state college football programs, but a questionable thing when it comes to Lions football. The baseball season, at long last, is in its last month and the Tigers are holding their own. The first day of baseball back in April seems like such a long time ago now. I do look forward to the playoffs. Perhaps Detroit will have a good-run playoff this year. They have just a good enough team with a few good pitchers and a few good hitters that I really wouldn’t want to play them in the first round of the playoffs. As the old sayings go, “Lightning can strike anywhere,” and “Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while.” They especially apply to a short playoff series. It’s not inconceivable that the Tigers could end up in the World Series. Many of my buddies are out practicing their bow-and-arrow skills in anticipation of deer-hunting season. It’s going to open soon and then, not long afterward, those of us who won’t or can’t shoot a bow get a chance to bag a whitetail buck with a little more firepower at our disposal than an arrow. In my case, that firepower is called a Remington 30.06 rifle, a Wing-master 12-guage shotgun equipped with a slug barrel, or a Thompson 50 caliber black powder gun. All of them have scopes, of course. Even though I did have Lasik surgery a few years ago, I still need all the help I can get to make the best shot. Night temperatures are falling into the 40-degree spectrum. Trees here and there are turning colors. Fall comes too quick for many people, and it did seem to come about halfway through August this year. That’s a little fast for even me. Something else that is coming up fast is the tax season. I know it’s only September, but in four short months, […]
American record-breaking champion Dathan Ritzenhein isn’t the only person from Rockford who loves to run. The eighth annual Run for the Prize, hosted by Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, last year raised an amazing $3,500 to donate to the North Kent Service Center. With requests for help at an all-time high at the service center, lacing up and hitting the streets—either running or walking—has never been more important. The annual 5K run is Saturday, September 12, with packet pickup and late registration on Friday, September 11 from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, September 12 at 7 a.m. Pre-register by visiting cosrock.org or goracego.com. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. Pastor Thomas Martin is excited to offer the race as a fundraiser for the service center, which helps so many of our neighbors in need here in our own community. “I know that all of us have been greatly affected by the current economic conditions,” Martin said. “The North Kent Service Center is standing there in the midst of it all, trying to meet the many needs of the families in the area who are struggling.” Martin said many in the community may not realize that the church has been holding this run for seven years. Each year 100 percent of proceeds has gone to the center. Participating in the walk/run or making a donation can make a big difference to a family struggling to pay bills and put food on the table. The event features post-race refreshments and awards for the overall male and female and top two finishers in each age division. A Little Tykes dash takes place for children 6 and under at 9:30 a.m. There is no charge to enter the Tykes race, and every child will receive a ribbon. There is free childcare for infants and toddlers for those who register for the race. The cost for the 5K race is just $25. Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church is located at 4610 Belding Road, just off Wolverine Blvd.
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce Huntington Bank will be the sponsor of its September After Hours networking event. The event is a special evening for the movers and shakers of the Rockford-area’s business community and is scheduled for Monday, September 14. Huntington Bank, 6835 Belding Road, will start the two-hour event at 5:30 p.m. Paul Chimienti, general manager of the Rockford branch, and his staff are excited to be hosts of the event and look forward to sharing their place of business for a relaxed evening of networking, food and music. Since 1864, Huntington Bank has remained true to its values of supporting the local communities it serves. It’s about loans and other financial services to help businesses grow and succeed, mortgage loans for families, and banking and investment services to help build secure futures. Huntington Bank has just completed its second year of sponsoring the Rogue River Blues Series, which has been a huge success. The series utilizes the scenic Rogue River and some of the best blues talent in the area to entertain crowds on Tuesdays during the summer months at Garden Club Park. Weezil Malone, who has played at the Huntington Bank Rogue River Blues Series, will be entertaining during the Chamber event. According to Chimienti, the bank looks forward to sponsoring the series again next year. “Huntington is committed to doing their part to help improve the quality of life in our community,” he said. There is no charge to attend Chamber After Hours. However, in order for Huntington Bank and its staff to properly plan for this event, they ask that you RSVP by September 11 at the Chamber office. Please call (616) 866-2000 or e-mail email@example.com. Participants are encouraged to bring business cards and be geared up to meet amazing business leaders. The Chamber and Huntington Bank are looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday, September 14.