by ANA OLVERA Rockford Squire intern “Yes, if they can’t get it any other way.” —Doris Garrison, Lansing “No, because there is already Medicaid and Medicare programs in place for those without insurance. I don’t want big government to be the boss of my healthcare.” —Cynthia Pritchard, Davison Note: These two women were in town to enjoy Rockford prior to their attendance to a convention in Grand Rapids. It was their first visit to Rockford. “I love the town, it is so friendly and unique,” Pritchard said. Garrison said they found lots of gifts to purchase and had lunch at Grill One Eleven. “We have an obligation to help those in need. But the program they’re offering isn’t what we’re going to get for that amount of money. It’s also going to create shortage of doctors because their pay will be reduced. And the less doctors there are the longer we’ll have to wait to be treated.” —Ralph Dewey, Grand Rapids “The concept doesn’t fit the middle-class lifestyle. The rich are coming up with this, and they don’t know how we live. I don’t want just one company. I want the rest to be there too. I want to be able to choose who provides my healthcare.” —Mike Kaleniecki, Dearborn “If the government is running it, a bureaucrat might tell me if I should have a certain procedure done or not. I want a doctor to tell me that. Also, why should they run this program but not Medicare or Medicaid?” —Norm Konczal, Dearborn “Not the way they’re planning now. Not enough people know about it. Nobody has said what will transpire. The uncertainty is too great.” —Esther Wood, Cascade
My name is Ana Olvera and I will be interning at The Rockford Squire until January 2010. I am a 17-year-old senior at Sparta High School. I attended Kenowa Hills High School and lived in Conklin, but moved to Sparta about two-and-a-half years ago. After graduation I plan on attending the University of North Carolina or Ball State University to major in journalism and minor in psychology. I love journalism because it brings awareness about the ills of our society and lets people know what is going on in the community, state, country, and even the world. I have taken journalism classes, worked on my school’s yearbook, and this year I will take an AP literature class, two psychology classes, a business class, and another journalism class. In the spring I will also be dual-enrolling at Grand Rapids Community College. While interning at The Rockford Squire, I hope to learn how exactly a newspaper runs and learn some tips on how to become a better writer. I have two brothers and two sisters; I am the second youngest. We have three dogs and four cats. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going to the movies, reading, watching football, and anything that has to do with cars. Prior to becoming an intern at The Rockford Squire, I had never really been in Rockford before. But when I first saw the downtown area, I was in awe. Everyone is really friendly and the town has a vintage look with a modern twist. It seems like a beautiful and peaceful place to live.