March 5 2009

Find New Use For – Not Demolish – Old Buildings

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We moved here in February of 2008 to start a life together and when we moved here I thought, “What a great place to settle down and raise a family.” I have been in downtown Rockford several times and love seeing the dam. I just have one question: Why change a wonderful town not falling apart? The tannery is leaving and the City wants to take out some of the old houses for business? They should keep them – they have been there since the town was built, so why now? What they should do is take some of the buildings not being used and do something with them. That’s what I think because this is the town I want to raise my kids in. Brandy Sisco

Credits, Deductions of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act

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by JERRY COON The picture is becoming clearer where it concerns some of the credits and deductions that were adjusted when President Obama recently signed the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 (AR&R). There are so many provisions in this bill that were changed, thus affecting so many people, that it has guaranteed that tax professionals will spend many hours in the months ahead becoming familiar with those changes. Lower-income taxpayers, especially, will potentially get a tremendous amount of tax relief under this bill. First, those receiving Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) will get the benefit of an increased EITC. In 2009 and 2010, taxpayers with three or more qualifying children can receive up to a maximum EITC of $5,656. That is an increase of $832 over the 2008 maximum credit of $4,824. It’s important to note that EITC is fully refundable, so the term “tax relief” isn’t technically totally accurate. Tax relief would imply there would be some tax to get some relief from. For reference purposes, under pre-American Recovery & Reinvestment Act law, two taxpayers filing a joint return with earnings of $29,000 and three children would already pay zero tax, would get a full refund of their withholding, and would get $2,669 in refundable EITC. That is how our current tax system works. The new EITC tables have not been released as yet, but it looks like these same taxpayers would get a refund of about $3,203 in 2009. The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act practically guarantees our tax system will continue to work in the same old way far into the future. The second provision affecting these same taxpayers allows more taxpayers to participate in the refundable portion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC). For each dependent under the age of 17, $1,000 of CTC is allowed. However, for 2008, basically only taxpayers with earnings in excess of $12,550 would qualify for a refundable CTC. The new law allows this refundable portion to start with earnings in excess of $3,000. The previously noted joint taxpayers with $29,000 and three children would receive an additional $3,000 of refundable CTC in addition to the $3,203 of refundable EITC for a total minimum refund of $6,203. I think it’s fair to say that […]

Slowed Down

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by REV. LAURIE TENHAVE-CHAPMAN First Congregational Church Lately I’ve been driving like someone who would have driven me crazy just a while ago. I am a few weeks post-surgery and still moving in slow motion more than I realize. I look in my rearview mirror to see someone on my tail and think, “What’s your rush?” Just six weeks ago I would have been that one riding the tail of someone barely going the speed limit. My time was booked beyond capacity. I had places to go and people to see in a short period of time. So time was of the essence. Now, my job is to heal. It’s good to experience times that force you to get out of the fast lane. I find myself surprised at the rush attitude of others and realize that I’m usually in that mode. Right now I’m being cared for by others and have time to write thank-you notes for their gifts of kindness. I’m playing games with my children and reading books that have collected dust on my nightstand for several years. As I gain strength, I find my thoughts and energies returning to my job and the creative juices start to flow into my professional return. As I spend more time alone at home healing, I wonder why it is in my ministry that I find it so hard to carve out time for home visits. Wouldn’t this be an obvious priority? Surely, I resolve, when I return I will make more time for visiting others who are struggling with one of life’s bumps. And some of the less important stuff will remain undone. The right lane of traffic isn’t such a bad place to be. As people are lovingly the Body of Christ for me, I am invigorated to reach out more fully from the gifts God has given to me. Isn’t this what Jesus said to his confused disciples long ago? “As you have done it to one of the least of these in my family, you have done it unto me.” The person on your tail has the passing lane, after all. So slow down and connect with those in the right lane, for Christ’s sake.

Classifieds – March 5, 2009

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HELP WANTED NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. Professional career opportunity with unlimited income potential. We will assist in licensing. Full-time position available for busy real estate office. Call Lew Boersma, Coldwell Banker AJS-Schmidt/Rockford office, (616) 866-4434. b11 JOB OPPORTUNITY – Looking for someone who wants to do more than just a sales job. The Cedar Springs Post Newspaper has an opening for someone who is creative, organized and likes working with people to join our company team. Not boring. Commission means you can make your own salary, depending on your commitment level. Must have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license. Benefits available. If interested, send resume to, or fax to (616) 696-9010, or mail to PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. ftfn ADVERTISING SALES – Great income potential. Commission- and territory-based sales position available for local newspaper. No experience necessary, but helpful; will train. Come work in a fun and exciting environment! E-mail resume to: (put SALES POSITION in subject line), or call Beth at (616) 866-4465. ftfn CRAFTS Please join us for a craft/home business show at the United Methodist Church, 159 Maple St., Rockford, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 7. At least 20 vendors on site offering great sales. Call (616) 881-2426 for more details. p10 AUTOS FOR SALE 1999 Dodge Caravan – good tires, has handicap ramp, runs well. $2,800 o.b.o. (616) 675-4666. b10 1999 Honda Accord – loaded, power moonroof, and leather seats. Full maintenance records. $5,995 o.b.o. (616) 291-4969. b10 2001 GMC Sonoma pickup – 4-wheel drive, all power, great condition! New motor, brakes, tires. $4,995 o.b.o. (616) 291-4969. b10 FOR RENT Cedar Springs: New house on quiet cul-de-sac. Large back yard with adjoining nature trail. Four bedrooms, two baths. Pets upon approval. $875 per month plus utilities. (616) 813-6572. b10 Rockford studio for rent. $85/week, includes microwave, refrigerator, all utilities and cable. No pets. Call (616) 874-9537 or (616) 560-1642. p10 PUBLISHER’S NOTICE: All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act and the Michigan Civil Rights Act which collectively make it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, age or marital status, or an intention to […]

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