Wilkinson graduates from basic training Air Force Airman Trevor T. Wilkinson recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Wilkinson earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of Francine Grysen of Wyoming, Mich., and Timothy Wilkinson of Rockford. The airman is a 2004 graduate of Grand Haven High School.
August 6 2009
When it comes to clichés, food is often a common subject matter. “The proof is in the pudding… the cream rises to the top… fine as wine… taken with a grain of salt… that’s icing on the cake…” Fortunately for West Michigan, and specifically Rockford residents, many of these sayings ring particularly true with respect to one of Rockford’s newer businesses, Reds on the River. Reds is celebrating its third anniversary in August (having officially opened on August 11, 2006), and with each guest served, the restaurant has continued to excel in its efforts to create a warm, comfortable, fun venue with their food, beverages and service. To thank the many guests who have supported Reds over the past three years, the restaurant is rolling out its new dessert menu in August and offering guests a complimentary dessert (with the purchase of an entrée) whenever they bring in this article. Reds will also award lucky winners gift cards each week throughout the month of August. To enter to win, sign up to receive Reds e-mails on special events, Wine and Cooking School, and happy hour offerings. Reds’ Executive Chef and General Manager Glenn Forgie notes he and his culinary team “are thrilled to have the opportunity to serve Rockford and West Michigan.” Much is in the works for the coming year. One new event will be Reds Heirloom Tomato Festival (co-sponsored with Ingraberg Farms and New Holland Brewing), August 22, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Promenade parking lot. Enjoy free tomato testing, a kids tent with several activities, three live bands, a salsa contest and Best of Show judging on the main stage, plus beverage specials on Reds’ deck. Reds’ new small plates, lunch, dinner, dessert and happy hour menus can also be looked forward to in the coming year, along with the expansion of Reds’ cooking and wine schools. Reds on the River welcomes the community in celebrating the restaurant’s third anniversary throughout the month of August.
8th Paul Blakeslee, Pam Bylsma, Chuck Dubois, Mary Ann Ziomkowski 9th Pauletta Benedict, Lucas Western 10th Avis Baird, John Danielski, Jeremiah Eckert, Michael Heintz, Loren Welch 11th Rachael Hone, Claire Polasek, James Preston 13th Art Kronemeyer, Polly Von Eschen 14th Audrey Cavner, Frank Furman, Katie Mawby
Health Care Insurance The debate over health care and who pays for it boggles the mind. It’s pretty well agreed that our system needs an overhaul and the future could be worse. The U.S. is the only developed country that has no comprehensive health insurance for its people. Not only that, we have the most expensive medical care prices in the world. Also the highest drug prices. That’s a sick combination. Health insurance companies as a group are firmly entrenched and don’t want any tampering with their cash cow. Same is true for drug companies, hospitals, and professional medical organizations. When Medicare was in the process of being adopted (1965), private medical insurance companies were against it, which tells you something. I’m not a fan of Big Government, but I notice that the Postal Service does a good job. I have Medicare and, under it, have had doctor visits, drugs and surgery. The difference between my hospital bill and what I paid was huge. Without Medicare, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be writing this column today. The medical establishment is spending $millions for lobbying against change. Part of their money goes as campaign donations to both Republican and Democratic politicians. Some of the politicians are “bought,” some not. Those who aren’t know perfectly well the donations might dry up for them. I admire them for choosing high principles over high profits for insurance companies and the drug industry. Mistaken identity Walking through San Francisco’s Chinatown, a tourist from the Midwest was enjoying the artistry of all the Chinese restaurants, shops, signs and banners. Then he turned a corner and saw a building with the sign, “Moishe Plotnik’s Chinese Laundry.” The man was startled. “Moishe Plotnik?” he wondered. “How does that belong in Chinatown?” He walked into the shop and saw a fairly standard-looking place. He could see, though, that the proprietors were clearly aware of the uniqueness of its name. Displayed for sale were baseball hats, T-shirts and coffee mugs, all emblazoned with the logo, “Moishe Plotnik’s Chinese Laundry.” The tourist selected a coffee cup as a conversation piece. Behind the counter stood a smiling old Chinese gentleman who thanked him for his purchase. The tourist asked, “Can you explain how this place got […]
Should the government be in charge of our health care? I think it’s time that we discuss the new health care reform initiative that is working its way through Congress. Most of us will agree that our health care system has problems, and those problems have to be addressed. Most of us will agree also that our health care system really has no equal in the world when it comes to delivering health care to the public. If I have an immediate health problem, whether I have insurance or not, I can go to any one of a number of emergency rooms in the area and very quickly be well-taken-care-of. If I should require surgery, it’s scheduled and gets done. We don’t have the delays that our friends up in Canada encounter. The Canadians come south of the border to our Mayo Clinic or the Cleveland Clinic for diagnosis and/or surgeries when their system is out of money for the year. We also don’t have the end-of-life issues that some of our European friends encounter. It’s expensive, really expensive, to care for our elderly, but no government bureaucrat is presently making an end-of-life decision for us based on the economics of the situation. It’s hard for me to imagine that a government bureaucrat in Washington, who has written a set of guidelines, could decide that one of us is too old to have a surgery, too old for a certain procedure, or just too old to treat. That’s a little scary. However, we have several negatives in our present system. We have an inordinate amount of people who are not covered by insurance and the number of people who can’t afford to pay for any coverage seems to be rising daily. We have a system with costs that are spiraling upward at a rate faster than the cost of attending college. We have the baby boomers, a group of people who are all getting older at the same time. They are going to live longer than previous generations and are going to put stresses on the health care system that could be crushing. We are a country that is searching for a blue-ribbon solution that will take the best part of our present health […]