August 2 2012

THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

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What is ‘Obamacare’? Last Saturday, I saw a clear example of what causes road rage. I’m not condoning it, but I wouldn’t have been surprised to see an accident occur because of it. After having played two slow-pitch ball games Saturday morning in Kentwood, I was limping my way home on the expressway. Mentally, I was limping because we lost both ends of the double-header, and physically limping because of a slightly damaged Achilles tendon injury that I have been nursing for a while. When I hit 44th St., the traffic started backing up because of construction between Hall and Wealthy streets. There were visible signs that the left two lanes were closed, so most drivers were using the common courtesy approach and began pulling over into the right hand lane. Some drivers, however, ignored the lane closing signs to the bitter end. Displaying a complete lack of common courtesy, they went speeding by the multitude of cars in the right hand lane. There is no excuse for that action and I believe it may even be illegal. Believe me, it didn’t go unnoticed by those sitting. Once in a while, one of the larger vehicles did pull out into the left lane to slow the passing traffic down. I thought about that, but I was in a Sebring Convertible. Since the Sebring doesn’t have much of a profile and I might have ended up getting squashed, I just sat in the right lane and waited my honest turn. I did have the top down so, in addition to seeing the hand signals, I also heard some expletives hurled at the passing cars. In all honesty, from time to time in the past, I have been caught out in that left lane with construction coming up and did pass some sitting cars. However, as soon as I figure out what is going on, I make my way into the proper lane. Many of those people on Saturday were not making any type of effort to move over. They were making an honest effort, executed at high speed, to pass as many cars as they could before the lanes got cut off. That’s wrong. Perhaps the Secretary of State could put that ethical question on the […]

BIRTHDAYS — August 4–10

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4 Jeff Eckert, Norma Zimmer 5  Jason Berris, Patricia Frye, Calum Spoelma, Jonathan Stotz, Michell Tidey 6 Geneva L. Amato, Kathryn Border 7 Lauren Emelander, Tiny Caswell, Julie Gulliver, Betty Linemeyer, Dee Maksim, Norine Osburn 8 Paul Blakeslee, Pam Bylsma, Carol Dionne, Chuck Dubois, Mary Ann Ziomkowski 9 Pauletta Benedict, Lucas Western 10 Avis Baird, John Danielski, Jeremiah Eckert, Holly Gigowski, Brian Haas, Michael Heintz, Loren Welch


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Thursday, August 2 Open Mic—6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Garden Park Stage, downtown Rockford near the dam, every Thursday through August 16, 2012. Performers sign up at the stage at 5:30 p.m. Rockford Rotary Club Meeting—7 to 8 a.m. during the summer at Herman’s Boy Coffee Ranch, 220 Northland Drive, Rockford. For more information, call Mark Bivins at (616) 866-1470. Storytime Hike: Over in the Meadow—6 to 7:30 p.m. at Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, for ages 7 and under. After the story, discover treasures in Blandford’s meadow using binoculars, magnifying boxes, and other discovery tools. Cost is $5 per member or $6 per non-member. For more information, call (616) 735-6240 or visit Saturday, August 4 “America’s Favorite Farm Market”—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through October 27 in the S. Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring “Pure Michigan”-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers, plants and much more. Invasive Species Control—1 to 3 p.m. at Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, for ages 13 and up. Volunteer to hunt down those pesky glossy buckthorn sprouts, learn more about why buckthorn is such a problem plant for birds, and help pull saplings to prevent the spread of this anthraquinone-filled pest. For more information, call (616) 735-6240 or visit Sunday, August 5 Praise in the Park—6 p.m. at Garden Park in Rockford. Open to the public. Christian music every Sunday through August 26, 2012. Monday, August 6 Can You Think It? Can You Dream It?—6:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. This interactive show with performer Kevin Kammeraad is filled with laughter and encourages imagination through interactive poetry, puppetry, music, storytelling, comedy, singing and movement. For all ages. For more information, call the library at (616) 647-3940 or visit Tuesday, August 7 Huntington “After the Blues” Series—7 to 9 p.m. at Garden Park Stage, along the White Pine Trail near the dam, downtown Rockford, every Tuesday through August 14. This week’s performer is Soul’d Out Band (funk/soul). Rockford Rotary Club Meeting—noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Visitors welcome. Free Zumba Class—7 p.m. at Dr. Nylaan’s office, 5011 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand […]

A Message for You

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Staying on course—paddle! by MARCIA HUFSTADER Member, Third Church of Christ, Scientist Yesterday some friends and I were kayaking in a big lake. The waves weren’t huge, but significant, and the wind was blowing. In order to stay on our course we had to keep paddling. If we stopped paddling we’d get blown off course, lose ground and be broadside to the waves. There was no urgency to what we were doing and no danger; we were having a great time, but it definitely reinforced a metaphor for life for me. Sometimes it seems when goals are set there are obstacles in the way, “outside forces” that distract, and problems that arise and slow the process down. If those are the waves and the wind, what do you do? You keep paddling! The “paddling” of life comes in many forms. For me it’s prayer—a deep recognition and contemplation of God being good and being all and directing each of my steps. Recognizing that God is all good, that He is so loving that we can think of “Love” as a name for Him, and understanding that He is the governing divine Principle of the universe including all of his children, helps me let go of human will and trust His direction. Because God, who is good, is an infinite intelligence or divine Mind, why would I look to another source for intelligence or direction? I have found human will to be one of the biggest winds and waves of life that slows down my growth. Human will and preconceived notions of what is right are obstacles that keep me from seeing God’s purpose and direction for me. When I change my thought and look to Him for help I find the paddling is without fear and safe, joyful and fulfilling. The paddling (praying) takes work, diligence and perseverance and the obstacles sometimes seem to never end, but eventually I do get better at negotiating them. Referring to Jesus’ struggles, Mary Baker Eddy writes, “Yet he swerved not, well knowing that to obey the divine order and trust God, saves retracing and traversing anew the path from sin to holiness.” Christ Jesus stuck to his course with humble prayers and unconditional love through the assurance of […]

Voters choose candidates during primary elections Tuesday, August 7

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Many local elections will be decided during the primary elections held on Tuesday, August 7 in the cases where candidates are of the same political party. The following are those who filed to run at the time The Rockford Squire began sending out notices asking for information on each of the candidates. Additional information may now be available at the website For State Representative for the 73rd District, the Republican candidate is Peter MacGregor, of Rockford, incumbent, and the Democratic candidate is G. Scott Schuiling, also of Rockford. The term ends 2014. Peter F. MacGregor State Representative 73rd District Incumbent Peter F. MacGregor, Republican incumbent running for re-election as state representative for the 73rd District has been a resident of his district for 16 years. He provided the Squire with the following information: “I serve as the current state representative. I have served a year-and-a-half in this position. Prior to this role, I served as the Cannon Township supervisor for six years and Cannon Township trustee for four years. “As a former business owner and job provider, as well as a local elected official, I have the experience to create efficiencies in state government through public policy and pass legislation to improve the overall business environment of our state. I have voted and co-sponsored several important reforms including an income tax cut for all taxpayers, cut legislator pay and health benefits, cut my office budget by 18 percent, eliminated lifetime welfare benefits, and eliminated the job-killing Michigan Business Tax (MBT), to name a few. Additionally, I am accessible to my constituency, holding bi-weekly district office hours and open to hearing from everyone in my district. “I ran for office to contribute to the betterment of our state. I want to make Michigan a place where my boys and all our children can find gainful employment and raise a family. We’ve made great strides in accomplishing this, but there is much more to do and I want to continue to be part of the solution. “While serving on the appropriations committee, we passed a balanced state budget two years in a row and four months ahead of schedule. I want to continue to find efficiencies in our state spending and continue to pass legislation to […]

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