December 31 2009
Fight for your freedom, rights A good friend of mine, Al Kraker, recently gave me a book authored by John W. Whitehead, executive director of the Rutherford Institute, entitled “Stand and Fight.” Whitehead, a constitutional attorney, founded the Rutherford Institute in 1982 with the mission of specializing in cases that involve the curtailment of American’s religious freedoms and civil liberties. This is a complicated area. What one person perceives as a curtailment of his religious freedom is perceived by another person as a violation of his civil rights. For example, there are 100 people in attendance at a banquet; 60 are Christians, 15 are members of various other religious organizations, 23 don’t practice any religion, and two are agnostics. The speaker is a Christian and, as is his custom, says an invocation before the meal, asking God to bless the food and bless the activities of the evening. The 60 Christians are okay with that, and 30 of the remaining 40 are also okay with that, but that leaves 10 people who are offended by this gesture of seeming goodwill. Of such things, in today’s litigious society, court cases are made. One of the 10 offended people is so deeply offended that he sues the organization sponsoring the banquet to stop this outrageous activity of seeming goodwill. The next time a banquet is held at that place, when the speaker starts to say an invocation, he is told he can’t do that because they were sued the last time it happened. The speaker can’t say an invocation even though 90 people, the overwhelming majority, favored the invocation. When one person overrules 90, the tail is wagging the dog, so to speak. Of such things, more court cases are made. This is where the Rutherford Institute might step in and offer to defend the speaker’s right to say an invocation. The book details many such cases going on right now throughout the country. All of them are difficult. I heard a speaker one time say, “My name is not Solomon. I just do the best that I can.” I like that saying. Well, none of the judges deciding these difficult cases are named Solomon either, but let’s hope they are doing the best they can […]
Several new members have chosen to join the Rockford Rotary club over the past several months. The group has about 50 members and meets weekly at the Community Cabin on Monroe Street in downtown Rockford on Tuesdays at noon. One of the new members is Jim Hale. Hale is married to wife Helene and father of three children, Caleb, 4, Cora, 2, and Lynnae, 4 months. “We enjoy spending time together as a family and with friends,” Hale stated. “Currently we attend Blythefield Hills Baptist Church and enjoy being part of the Rockford community.” Hale is the vice president and branch manager of Mercantile Bank of Michigan. “Rockford Rotary is a great way for me to get plugged in to our community and give back where I can,” Hale said. Rotary is a service organization that is world wide and responsible for both local and international projects. Area professionals are welcomed to find out more about the Rockford group of Rotary, individuals who donate time and energy for a wide variety of causes.
Reds to host first Ice Festival Check out amazing ice sculptures, enter contests to win prizes, and watch the ice sculpture experts turn giant blocks of ice into magical pieces of art! You can catch all this on the deck of Reds on the River, downtown Rockford by the dam, on Saturday, Jan. 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with live carving demonstrations from noon until 4 p.m. The festival is sponsored by Reds on the River with support from the City of Rockford, Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Heart of Rockford Business Association and other area businesses. Wolverine World Wide declares quarterly dividend The Directors of Wolverine World Wide Inc. (NYSE: WWW) have declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.11 per share of common stock. The dividend is payable on February 1, 2010, to stockholders of record on January 4, 2010. The dividend is equal to the last quarterly dividend and reflects an indicated annual dividend of $0.44 per share. With a commitment to service and product excellence, Wolverine World Wide Inc. is one of the world’s leading marketers of branded casual, active lifestyle, work, outdoor sport and uniform footwear and apparel. The company’s portfolio of highly recognized brands includes: Bates, Chaco, Cushe, Hush Puppies, HYTEST, Merrell, Sebago and Wolverine. The company also is the exclusive footwear licensee of popular brands including CAT, Harley-Davidson and Patagonia. The company’s products are carried by leading retailers in the U.S. and globally in 180 countries and territories. For additional information, please visit their website at www.wolverineworldwide.com.
Reader offers solution to NKSC dumping Dear Editor, To solve this problem (see photo; article entitled “Thefts, dumping plague Service Center,” from issue no. 51, The Rockford Squire, Dec. 17, 2009), I believe that the North Kent Service Center (NKSC) will have to install a locked gate right at the front entrance by the street. Andrew Schaub Grand Rapids resident EDITOR’S NOTE: A locked gate at the street would probably solve this problem. The fencing installed around the sides and back of the building were to deter dumping. However, the building shares a driveway with another business to the south and cannot block that access. We do appreciate your concern and suggestion.