Letters to the Editor – September 3, 2009

September 3, 2009 // 0 Comments

Miracles—you bet they happen! Dear Editor, Last month, Frenz Coffee House came to a crossroads as to whether we would continue to exist. There were forces both seen and unseen that worked to undermine the business and push us toward being another sad statistic in this current economy. Don’t get me wrong, we were 100 percent responsible and accountable for the business, but some things were beyond our control. People who know us well enough know why we do what we do and that we don’t believe in this economy. The past winter had been exceptionally tough for the business and excessive debts had accumulated during that period. We shared our dilemma with a handful of close friends. They were not going to let Frenz go away without a fight and took on the HUGE task of organizing a benefit/fundraiser for Frenz in a very short period of time. Here’s the story: a handful of people, who know who they are, organized this event. In nine days they organized e-mails, a blog, contacted people and/or businesses for donations for a silent auction, and spent countless hours of their own time away from fun and family time to help Frenz. I know people are easily offended when you talk about things that make them uncomfortable or are not politically correct, but here’s more of the story. I don’t care if you are atheist, Christian, Muslim, or whatever flavor of religion, but what happened here was a miracle—plain and simple. What we witnessed was a community of strangers coming together for a common cause. This was not about Frenz, Michele or even me, but “something bigger” that people believe in and wanted to keep. Frenz has always been about you and not us. We believe our calling is to be servants who offer people a place of comfort, refuge and a place where you feel welcome. In nine days, we exceeded our goal of $10,000! We had over 100 items that we auctioned off, and overall the whole process was as smooth as can be. People came from all over the area. People we have never seen before, people who did not like coffee, and people who said their friends said they had to come and support […]

Letters to the Editor – August 20, 2009

August 20, 2009 // 0 Comments

Why pay for electric, fossil fuel? Dear Editor, I like the idea of the Cash for Clunkers program. The only trouble I see with this type of program is that we, the taxpayers, could do better spending $500 or less to convert the clunkers to hydrogen power. Think of how MANY more people could get money back for their cars. What is the problem with converting to hydrogen power anyway? Is it because all of our Congressmen are sitting on big oil stocks? Is that why they are not moving in the direction of hydrogen fuel? America has tried electric autos before, and they have not proven to be good for long hauls, and it’s not going to work now. Why pay for electric and fossil fuel? It has a much higher user price! Hydrogen fuel is so much cheaper! That’s the HUGE rub, that it’s cheaper, and no one can make any money off it—no one can make a big profit off hydrogen! Robert J. Plank Rockford resident Reader pleased with ruling for Servaas Dear Editor, I was waiting for someone else to comment regarding the Michigan Supreme Court’s decision to keep our judge on the bench, which was great! Nobody wrote, so I guess I’ll put my two-cents in, even though it wasn’t all that long ago that you printed another of my Letters to the Editor. (Thank you for that.) I am very pleased that the higher court saw reason and ruled in Judge Servaas’ favor. I heard that he wasn’t happy with the sanction levied, but justice has its rewards. Now Mr. Fischer, the one who attacked him very unfairly, is in the hot seat. As my dad would say: “Put that in your pipe and smoke it!” (regarding Mr. Fischer). Mary Beth Eggleston Rockford resident

Letters To The Editor – August 13, 2009

August 13, 2009 // 0 Comments

Some sunny perspective Dear Editor, It is time to sit back and fully evaluate over-the-top reports in the news this week incredibly suggesting that getting a suntan is now in the same risk category as cigarettes, arsenic and even plutonium. That’s ridiculous. Cigarettes, arsenic and plutonium all undermine the body’s natural functions. But getting a suntan is different—it is a part of our body’s natural design. Humans, like the rest of the planet, need sun exposure to survive and thrive. Ignored in much of that reporting were the very important nuances that define humanity’s very important relationship with UV light and sunshine. Specifically: • Not one single study exists anywhere in the world implicating tanning in a non-burning fashion as a significant risk factor for permanent skin damage. Indeed, no study has ever been designed with protocol to ask this question. • Melanoma is more common in people who work indoors than in those who work outdoors. Because this is true, the relationship between melanoma and sunlight cannot possibly be clear-cut. If it were a clear-cut relationship, outside workers would have higher incidence than inside workers. • Melanoma most commonly appears on parts of the body that do not receive regular exposure to sunlight. Again, because this is true, the relationship between melanoma and sunlight cannot be clear-cut. If it were, melanomas would appear most often on parts of the body that receive the most sunlight. • The sum of data do not substantively link indoor tanning equipment with an increased risk of melanoma. Indeed, 18 of 22 epidemiological studies ever conducted on this topic show information was conspicuously absent in what was spoon-fed to the media. Finally, consider this hypocrisy: The dermatology community still continues to use indoor tanning equipment in dermatology offices to treat psoriasis and other purely cosmetic disorders—a treatment called “phototherapy.” If what was widely reported last week were actually true, then the dermatology profession would be guilty of that which they accuse indoor tanning facilities: of increasing women’s risk melanoma in exchange for treating a non-lethal disease, which would violate the “never do harm” provision of a physician’s Hippocratic Oath. Saying that UV exposure is harmful and should be avoided is as wrong as saying that water causes drowning, and […]

Letters – July 16, 2009

July 16, 2009 // 0 Comments

Facts, figures not reported Dear Editor, I am in full agreement with Neil Blakeslee’s letter a couple weeks back in which he chastised local media for not keeping citizenry properly informed. Sorry to do this, but I have to also add to the criticism. When are we residents going to see some news that is important to us as taxpayers? The City recently passed a budget-which I bet involved some very interesting discussions, given the loss of a major source of revenue (Wolverine World Wide)-but you would never know it by what we read or didn’t read in the local papers. City budget used to be a series of stories because it is so important. It is even more important to us citizens now, in these fiscally strained times. Last week, both local papers printed front-page stories on an award received for an addition to the City parks system (namely, the boardwalk). Lots of facts and figures regarding elevations, etc., but two important facts were left out: how much did it cost and who paid for it? In recent months, a new staging area has popped up on the east side of the river by the dam. Lots of work was done there also, but if one word of that work or the money it cost or who paid for it was in either local paper, it was well hidden. I dearly wish one of our local newspapers would cover this kind of hard news, especially reporting important information such as cost. If space is the real concern and you don’t want to omit the girls getting their hair cut, maybe you could cut the home improvement or other canned copy. Tammy Bergstrom Rockford resident Facts, figures not reported  Dear Editor, I am in full agreement with Neil Blakeslee’s letter a couple weeks back in which he chastised local media for not keeping citizenry properly informed. Sorry to do this, but I have to also add to the criticism. When are we residents going to see some news that is important to us as taxpayers? The city recently passed a budget—which I bet involved some very interesting discussions, given the loss of a major source of revenue (Wolverine World Wide)—but you would never know it […]

Letters to the Editor – July 9, 2009

July 9, 2009 // 0 Comments

Reader addresses budget issues Dear Editor, First of all, I would like to say that I think Michael Young has done a great job as Rockford’s City Manager. While other towns in similar size have been struggling or dying out, Rockford appears to be doing well. Like others, I was very concerned for our financial future when Wolverine closed down. I was pleased to read that we will be getting some new retail shops on Ten Mile Road, and I agree that the proposed baseball complex by the WMSC would have a positive impact on our community. I also appreciate all the thought that has gone into the City’s planning, zoning, etc. However, I don’t think I understand the changes, fully. Will these new businesses help alleviate the taxes and fees that have increased as a result of the factory closing? Specifically, will our water bills see relief from these new additions? The fee increases have affected everyone, but sometimes it seems like when there is a financial problem, the property owners (residential and business) in Rockford are the first ones to be affected. This worries me when I see more and more houses up for sale, taking longer and longer to sell. I realize that there are many reasons why people leave, but I wonder what will happen to those of us who stay? Will more be expected of us to make up the difference when a budget falls short? For example, it’s easy to say that a new millage will only cost each homeowner $10 a year, but each one adds up… and there is always the issue of decreasing property values. Luckily, the schools were able to increase their millage without raising taxes this time, but when I read about what they were spending it on, another concern was raised. Why do we need more sports fields for our school district? Maintenance and improvements to existing fields makes sense, but couldn’t the money that went to multiple fields have been directed to other parts of the schools’ budgets? Which brings me back to an issue I’ve addressed before: a skate park. Last time I brought it up, I gave the city council a hard time. Now I’m wondering why the school district […]

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