Letters to the Editor – December 10, 2009

December 10, 2009 // 0 Comments

Pool used by many for health Dear Editor, We have heard a rumor that the swimming pool housed at the Rockford Middle School is to be closed due to lack of funds. It is my understanding that this is a “community” pool, for which 1 mil was voted in by the public for maintenance of this pool. For health reasons a lot of us go twice a week or more fo water aerobics. We are senior citizens trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We would be at a loss if this pool closes, especially with the millage already voted in for this. I truly hope someting can be done to prevent this closure. Marilyn J. Cole, Rockford resident Don’t close school pool Dear Editor, I and about 10 to 12 others swim twice a week at the North Rockford Middle School pool in the “Aqua-Flex” class. This is primarily attended by those who use this as a rehabilitation following surgery and for those who just want to keep mobile. It has been mentioned that the school is intending to close this pool due to finances and hold the classes at the high school. This is very unfavorable to our group who need the warmer water as the high school pool is very cool. I remember that when this school was built the Krause family donated the pool. However, the taxpayers voted to pay the necessary costs for maintenance. If this is still happening, why does the pool have to be closed? Please, school board members, reconsider this motion. Bonnie Miller, Belmont resident REF concert expected to sell out Dear Editor, Cliff and Nancy, this is AMAZING! I LOVE the article and I am so grateful to you both for writing it. You two certainly have a gift for writing. Tickets have been selling very well, and once this edition of the Squire reaches Rockford residents, I will expect a sell-out by mid December. Thank you so very much. Sue Arend, Rockford Education Foundation Anderson thanks Squire Dear Editor, I must tell you, I’ve had countless writings done about my work and myself over the last 34 years. And it’s not just because this sculpture is so grand on so many scales and will have an impact on so […]

Letter to the Editor — November 23, 2009

November 23, 2009 // 0 Comments

American Legion thanks volunteers Dear Editor,             “Thank you, thank you” to everyone who helped with the Halloween party this year. From creative ideas, building props (hours of sweat and time), setting up and tearing down, to attending and having a good time at our annual fundraiser for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Our guests of honor were surely missed this year due to the early flu season, but I’m sure they were in all our thoughts as Darcy sang the “National Anthem.”             We had a tremendous show of support by the following businesses/individuals with their donations for advertisement, food, supplies, decorations, raffle, etc. Please take a minute to thank them if ever given the chance: Dee’s Family Restaurant Scorpion Printing West River Carpet Kent Skills Center Society of Saint Vincent DePaul Flashback Sysco JCI Brookfield Equipment Recovery JCI Acoustics SMTE & WAVE JCI Maplewood Leuuw’s Painting Menard’s of Holland Estate Warehouse Norman Foods Smart Buy, Inc. Kremo Bakery Costco Meijer Walmart B&B Distributing Kent Beverage, Westside Beer Farm Bureau (Clark Agency) Gerri at RHS Aseltines Road Kill Bingo WFGR 98.7 WZZM13 The Rockford Squire Detroit Lions Detroit Tigers Detroit Red Wings Grand Rapids Whitecaps Grand Rapids Griffins Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Grand Rapids Symphony Candy Cove (Sparta) Odawa Casino Blue Chip Casino Amway Grand Hotel The Corner Bar Frame & Mat Shop Rockford Floor Covering NAPA Burlap ‘n Rags Sheldon Cleaners (Rockford) Jody’s Restaurant Samuel’s Family Haircare Roxy’s Massages Rockford Ace Hardware Mustang Band …and anyone I may have forgotten!             A special thanks goes to the creative geniuses, Cory, Gary, Jacquie and Norm, and our judges:  Juliet Dragos (WZZM), Beth Altena (The Rockford Squire), Keary Sawyer and Todd “Michaels” Chatman.             I had a good time. Thanks!   Iny Couturier American Legion Post 102

Letters to the Editor — November 18, 2009

November 18, 2009 // 0 Comments

Feeding, baiting ban should be obeyed Dear Editor, I am surprised to note today that several gas station convenience stores (I found five within a five-mile radius of downtown Rockford) are selling large bags of shelled corn, corn on the cob, apples, carrots and beets. While no further cases have been made public by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) of chronic wasting disease (CWD), a few stores appear to have chosen short-term gain over the potential devastating effect that an outbreak of CWD could have on the economy supported by deer hunting. It appears to be a severely short-sighted view that has significant implications for themselves and the community. I would hope the inconvenience of not hunting over a bait pile could be endured at least one more year and would be outweighed by the possible consequences of an outbreak of CWD. Many have argued that the feeding and baiting ban should be lifted, but again that is a short-sighted view if you look at the impact that CWD has had on deer herds in neighboring states. But that doesn’t matter. The law is the law and should be obeyed as well as the spirit of the law—2009 Michigan House Bill 4198 (Extend ban on deer feeding). If you do business at a store that is selling deer feed/bait, ask them why they are, since it is illegal to feed or bait deer in the Lower Peninsula. Tom Kuehl Pastor thanks Squire for generating new business Pastor thanks Squire for generating new business Dear Editor, On behalf of the Rockford United Methodist Church, I would like to thank The Rockford Squire for their excellent article on the history, making, baking and selling of the pasties that happen here at RUMC twice a year. Once again this November, almost 6,000 pasties were made, baked and sold, with lots of happy faces from the customers who got to enjoy them, and your article allowed some new faces to experience them as well. Thank you! In Christ’s service, Dick Riley Senior Pastor Editor’s note: The Squire was told that, as a direct result of the pre-pasty sale article, the pasties sold out in four days for the first time ever! Community comes through for those in […]

Letters to the Editor — November 5, 2009

November 5, 2009 // 0 Comments

A lesson to learn Dear Editor, Some people want a right to guaranteed health insurance, and the right to choose poor diets, and take a nap at the mention of the word exercise. The more we emulate foreign countries by putting our hope in centralized government by asking it to take care of us, and the less we rely on the private enterprise system, the more we will be like the foreigners. I thought they came here to be like us with the benefits of free enterprise, personal responsibility and personal initiative. Ted Kennedy said health care should be a “right, not a privilege.” Gerald Ford said, “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.” Thomas Jefferson said, “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” There is a saying: If you want to teach a teenager a lesson, let them have what they want. If we get what Kennedy and Obama want, we may all be taught a lesson.   Denny Cochran Rockford resident

Letters to the Editor

October 22, 2009 // 0 Comments

Cheers to the Squire Dear Editor, Cheers to The Rockford Squire and its wonderfully diverse October 15 issue. M. Solle’s article regarding Lucas Drew and his competitive tree-climbing was informative and engaging. The summary of Michael Shibler’s thoughts (as Rockford’s superintendent of schools) was strong and to the point as, mincing no words, Mr. Shibler expressed his legitimate frustrations with Michigan’s flawed school funding. But there is no flaw in the article to the left of this one. There we see a great photo (by Ana Olvera) of Andy Andresen and Su Gray waltzing their troubles away and advertising free dance lessons to the public. These classes, we learn, are taught by EMTs and the staff of Rockford Ambulance. Fitness and fun for free—what a great offer to our community! Thanks, Squire, for letting us know. On page 5, the Squire bids farewell to Joyce Torrey as long-serving and hard-working president of the Rockford Area Arts Commission (We thank you, Joyce) and a warm welcome to Kayle Clements, the newly elected president of the Commission. Then, on page 11, an article appears announcing the opening of Cinco de Mayo, a family-owned authentic Mexican restaurant that flavors its atmosphere with large, colorful murals. Another nicely written article. Finally, on page 9, Cliff and Nancy Hill regale us with their top-notch reporting on ArtPrize. Three well-placed photos accompany the article, and in their usual entertaining and investigative style, Cliff and Nancy bring us their unique commentary. It takes an entire staff to create such a great edition as the October 15 one, a staff led by a capable editor and creative design/layout team. So, thank you all! And… lest we forget… yes, Roger, I always read the joke page first. Cordially,  Lynn M. McIntosh Rockford resident

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