August 18 2011
A 19-year-old Rockford youth was killed in a two-car accident Thursday evening, August 11, in Solon Township. According to the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, Kyle James Alberta, 19, of Cannon Township was traveling westbound on 19 Mile Road in a 2006 Hyundai Sonata at about 6:52 p.m. when he stopped at the stop sign at Algoma. He reportedly then pulled out in front of a northbound vehicle driven by April Marie Proctor, 25, of Kent City. Proctor’s vehicle then struck Alberta’s vehicle on the driver’s side. Alberta was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, Kristin Nicole Martin, 19, of Rockford was transported to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital by Rockford Ambulance with possible internal injuries. Proctor was transported to Spectrum Butterworth by AeroMed, with multiple fractures on her right side. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor. The crash is still under investigation. Assisting at the scene was Solon Fire and Rescue, Rockford Ambulance, AeroMed and the Kent County Road Commission.
Hovarter graduates from Marine Corps boot camp Pfc. Craig A. Hovarter, 23, of Rockford graduated from the United States Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego on July 29, 2011. He successfully completed 13 weeks of intensive basic training at MCRD San Diego as one of 48 recruits in Training Platoon 1007. While in basic training, Pfc. Hovarter achieved Platoon High PFT (personal fitness training) with a score of 300, leading his platoon to be the Honor Platoon. He also qualified as rifle expert. Following 10 days home on leave, Hovarter will report to Camp Pendleton for one month at Military Combat Training then Military Occupation Specialty School. He will be stationed at Pensacola, Fla. following training.
News department All the news is bad. Going straight to the jokes: Dog department A guy is driving around the back roads of Montana and sees a sign in front of a broken-down house: “Talking Dog For Sale.” He rings the bell. The owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard. The guy walks into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador retriever. “You talk?” he asks. “Yep,” replies the Lab. It takes the guy a minute or two to recover from the shock of hearing a dog talk. Then he says, “What’s your story?” “Well,” answers the Lab, “I was pretty young when I discovered I could talk. I notified the CIA about it and they quickly offered me a job. They had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping. “For eight years I was one of their most valuable agents. But the jetting around tired me out, and I knew I wasn’t getting any younger. It was time for a change. The airport hired me to do some undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals. “Then I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I’m just retired.” The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog. “Ten bucks,” says the owner. “Ten bucks? This dog is amazing! Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?” “Because he’s a liar,” says the owner. “He’s never been out of the backyard.” Advice department A man goes to see his rabbi. “Rabbi, something terrible is happening and I have to talk with you about it.” “What’s wrong?” asks the rabbi. “My wife is poisoning me,” answers the man. Surprised, the rabbi asks, “How do you know?” “I’m telling you she’s poisoning me!” says the man, obviously distressed. “I’m absolutely certain about it. What should I do?” “Tell you what,” offers the rabbi. “Let me talk to her. I’ll see what I can find out and let you know.” A week later, the Rabbi calls on the man. “I spoke with […]
Looking at how to cut the deficit Last week, I began discussing the implications of what our Congress has wrought by passing the Budget Control Act. The Act’s intention is to reduce the deficit by a total of $2.5 trillion over the next 10 years. They are going about this in two ways. Part A calls for trimming $1 trillion of expenditures over that 10-year period. Part B calls for creating a bipartisan, joint, 12-member committee that will find ways to cut an additional $1.5 trillion off the deficit over that 10-year time frame. This Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction must bring their recommendations to Congress by November 23, and Congress must approve their recommendations by December 23 or else. The “or else” part is that automatic spending cuts will kick in if the Joint Committee doesn’t bring recommendations or if Congress doesn’t pass the recommendations they do bring. These automatic spending cuts have not been defined as yet, but they are supposed to be so onerous that the Joint Committee and the whole Congress will do just about anything to not allow the cuts to take effect. It sounds like this 12-member committee is going to be sitting in a very powerful position. What they propose will most likely go into effect. It sounds like a mini-Supreme Court. In theory, at least, they will answer to no one. What will their recommendations look like? It is important to remember that this is a 10-year plan and there are some significant events that occur within that 10-year time frame. The Bush Tax Cuts that were extended at the end of 2010 expire on December 31, 2012. The committee will most likely recommend that most of the tax cuts not be extended after 2012, especially those provisions affecting “rich” taxpayers—those with incomes above $200,000 for singles and $250,000 for families. However, that won’t raise $1.5 trillion in 50 years, let alone 10 years, so what else will the committee recommend? The big dollars can be saved by eliminating select tax deductions. For many taxpayers, this is will be a de facto tax increase. In government language, these tax deductions are considered tax expenditures, i.e. the government is spending money when we taxpayers save tax dollars by claiming […]