Good News All over the world, cities and governments find themselves broke. Many have drastically cut services and jobs. You’ll be happy to know that both Rockford and Cedar Springs are in pretty good shape. Budget information is available on the Web. Rockford’s site has complete figures with all the extras, such as cemeteries, water and park funds, etc. Cedar’s site contains editorial comment about the budget, including a list of areas where the city has been saving money. It’s good to know that no worries are required for either city. Emergency managers and bankruptcies are for other people, other places. Memorial bun puns The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection plus complications from repeated pokes in the belly. Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin. Among the dozens of celebrities who turned out to pay respects at the funeral were Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry Jack, the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, and the Hostess Twinkies. Captain Crunch sent his apologies. The gravesite was piled high with flours. Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy and lovingly described Doughboy as someone who did not realize how much he was kneaded. Doughboy had risen quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with turnovers. He was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Despite being a little flaky at times, he still, even as a crusty old man, was considered a roll model for millions. Doughboy is survived by his wife, Playa Dough; two children, John Dough and Jane Dough; plus, they have one in the oven. He also is survived by his elderly father, Pop Tart. The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes. Winning words A preacher came upon a group of grade school boys gathered around a dog. Concerned that the kids might be hurting the animal, he stopped and asked what they were doing. “This old dog is a neighborhood stray,” said one of the boys. “We all like him, but only one of us can take him home at a time. So we’re having a contest. The one who tells the biggest lie today gets to keep him for tonight.” Shocked, the preacher said, “You boys shouldn’t be having a contest […]
July 19 2012
Affordable Care Act, Social Security In a 5-4 split decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was constitutional. The Court ruled that Congress has the power and authority to create and pass a law that taxes people for not complying with the law. In this case, if a person doesn’t sign up for health insurance, there will be a penalty in the form of a tax to be paid as part of the person’s tax return for failing to comply. Interesting concept: tax for noncompliance. That concept all by itself might keep Action Tax Service going well into the foreseeable future. Now that even the Supreme Court agrees that Congress can use the tax return to get us to do something, the possibilities are absolutely endless. Of course, if Congress gets too carried away with this tax for noncompliance, they will still have to answer to us, their ultimate bosses. For example, it might be hard to vote for an incumbent who votes to pass a law that would tax anyone who doesn’t take their one-a-day vitamin or who doesn’t walk 500 steps per day or who drives a car more than 100 miles a day unless 80 of those miles are driven in a hybrid. Like I said, the possibilities are endless. I was hoping to retire sometime in the next 20 or 30 years, but now, with this development, I’m not sure I will make it. Just think of all of those people who will need help on their tax returns to calculate those noncompliance taxes. Americans are an independent lot and a certain number of people will go right just because most everyone else is going left and especially so if someone at the head of the line is demanding that everyone go left. The defenders of the law, the administration, had hoped that the law would be upheld as a manner of regulating commerce under the Commerce Clause. The tax argument was more or less an add-on argument. I believe the theory is to throw as many things at the wall as possible and perhaps one of them will stick. It worked. The Supreme Court ruled against the Commerce Clause argument and said that Congress […]
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The following is biographical information of the four new lieutenants promoted during the Monday, July 9 Rockford City Council meeting (see related story, page 1). The promotions are the latest step in a long process of merging the departments of Public Works, Police and Fire for the City of Rockford. The structure is designed to save money and improve services in response to reduced funding for the City. Lieutenant Jamie Davies began his career working with the City of Rockford in 1991 as a seasonal employee for the Department of Public Works. He worked his way up in the department and was promoted to director of Public Works in May 2011. He has also been a City of Rockford firefighter and medical first responder for over 12 years. Davies lives in the Rockford area with his wife Dawn and their two German shepherd dogs, Bella and Cesar. Lt. Davies attended Rockford High School, graduated from Grand Rapids Community College with an associate degree in applied arts and sciences, law enforcement. He has received thousands of hours of in-service training on a wide variety of public works, public water safety, environmental control and fire safety-related topics. Davies is a licensed builder and loves remodeling houses. He built his own home in 2000 and enjoys working on home projects in his free time. He loves the outdoors and travels throughout the United States to go mountain climbing, hiking and kayaking with his wife. Lieutenant Mike Miller began his law enforcement career with the Ft. Morgan Police Department in Ft. Morgan, Colorado before coming to the Rockford Police Department in 1990. He was promoted to sergeant in 1999. Miller and his wife Kim have two children. Miller graduated from Grand Rapids Community College with an associate degree in arts. During that time he attended and graduated from the police academy. Miller completed his studies at Grand Valley State University, earning a bachelors degree in criminal justice. He has attended hundreds of hours of other schools on a variety of law enforcement topics. Miller oversees all criminal and traffic investigations for the City of Rockford, as well as the investigation of fatal and serious accidents. He is a defensive tactics instructor and field training coordinator. He enjoys outdoor activities […]
Local artist Judith Diephouse of Rockford was recently published in the summer issue of The Decorative Painter, an international quarterly publication and the oldest decorative painting magazine currently published. With 40 years of history, the Society of Decorative Painters (SDP) is home to the world’s most experienced decorative painters, teachers and designers. Diephouse started decorative painting in 1974. After many years of teaching in her home studio and selling at regional art shows, she joined with Lynne Deptula to form Distinctive Brushstrokes. They design a full line of pattern packets and books that are available on their website. Diephouse has been a member of SDP since 1977 and she, along with Deptula, has contributed many articles to The Decorative Painter. Check out Diephouse’s seminar schedule at www.distinctivebrushstrokes.com. She may be reached at email@example.com, www.distinctivebrushstrokes.com, or by writing to her at: Distinctive Brushstrokes, 9796 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford, MI 49341. SDP’s mission is to stimulate worldwide interest in and appreciation for painting. The decorative painting style employed by SDP allows anyone, regardless of prior training or inherent skill, to pick up a brush and create a masterpiece. It is SDP’s goal to teach the world to create, and the work of teachers and designers like Diephouse are their primary helpers in achieving these goals. To learn more, visit decorativepainters.org.