May 10 2012
Truth The side with the most arrows and the best horses wins the war. Nope, wrong century. New truth: The side with the most guns wins the war. Better truth: being smart about resolving conflict can avoid the gun solution. The gun solution seems to feed on itself and, more often than not, leads to more unnecessary conflict. Another new truth: The politician with the most money wins the election. We need to remember this when we vote for our representatives in Congress. Every poll shows they’re currently WAY down on Americans’ approval list. Sad truth: We elected all of them. Hopeful truth: In a democracy, voters must GET INFORMED and STAY INFORMED. Leaving the TV on one station all the time? Not enough. We need to expose ourselves to real information, and a variety of it. Politicians lie to us and they pay others to lie to us. They want to warp our opinions. Let’s prove we aren’t pushovers. More crooks Thieves robbed a bank. The chief of police ordered his sergeant to cover all exit points so that none of the robbers could get away. When the sergeant reported back that all the robbers had escaped, the chief went mad with anger. Pounding on the desk, he yelled, “Didn’t I tell you to cover all the exit points?” “I did,” defended the sergeant, “but they managed to escape through the entrance.” And another one The bank manager was down to two final applicants, one of whom would get the job as cashier. The first was from a small college in upstate New York. He was a nice young fellow but a bit timid. His interview went okay, but it was nothing special. Then the bank manager called for the other man: “Jim Johnson!” Up stepped a burley young man who seemed quite sure of himself. “He looks like he can take care of any situation,” thought the manager, and decided, there and then, to hire him. Turning to the first applicant, the manager said he could leave and they would let him know. Turning to Johnson, he said, “Now, Jim, I like the way you carry yourself. That’s an asset for the job as cashier. However, you must also be precise. I noticed […]
Doing business in Michigan Our Michigan State Senator Mark Jansen came to town last week to meet with concerned Rockford residents and business owners over a topic of concern. That topic was fairness in our sales tax system. I know that seldom are the words “fairness” and “tax” used in the same sentence, but it is appropriate in this situation. Allow me to explain. Michigan assesses sales tax of 6% on purchases of most types of goods. The tax is collected by the retailer and the money is submitted to the Michigan Department of Treasury in Lansing. A total of approximately $8 billion dollars in collected. About $5.4 billion of those dollars go the school aid fund and the rest goes into the general treasury. The City of Rockford gets a small part of those remaining dollars and we are thankful that for what we do get. Where the fairness issue comes into play is that only retailers with a physical presence in Michigan are required to charge sales tax and pay it to Lansing. Retailers without a physical presence, like Web-based companies such as Amazon and Dell, are not required to charge sales tax and most of them don’t. This is patently unfair to the retailers in Michigan, such as brick-and-mortar businesses like Great Northern Trading Co. and Kimberly’s Boutique in downtown Rockford, Rockford Ace Hardware, or even larger companies like Meijer, that are trying to compete with the Web-based companies of the world. The Michigan businesses previously noted spend substantial amounts of money on their physical location. They pay property taxes, utilities and upkeep on that physical location. By employing people in Michigan, they keep the economy going. Currently, over 406,000 Michigan residents are employed in the retail industry. That means one in 10 of every person working is employed in retail trade. Where it all becomes unfair to the Michigan retailers is that the Web-based retailers may not only undercut the Great Northern Trading Co. businesses of Michigan based on not having a physical retail location, but also because they don’t have to charge the 6% sales tax. Not having to charge the 6% sales tax is what is unfair. When the sales tax was instituted, the physical presence test was a […]
12 Paul Des Noyers, Ralph R. Smith, Bill Troy 13 Harold Martinson, Michael Richard, Tyler TenBrink, Esther Waller 14 David Dingman, Connie Potter, Lynda Ringelberg, Rose Sickrey 15 Steve Douthett, Kurt Hazlewood, Cyndy Len, Linda Richard, Darlene Thorington 16 Kristi Anderson, Marjorie Brooks, Patte Carter Hevia, Terry Guinnup 17 Evelyn Hoekwater, Roger Stotz, Joyce Wagner 18 Mary Jane Kohls, Randy Sivins
Holbrook Nella J. Holbrook, age 90, of Rockford went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. She was born in Fremont, Mich., the daughter of Paul and Maggie Jordan. After high school she met and married Richard Holbrook. She worked at Rockford Bowling Lanes for many years. Nella was a long time member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, where she participated in Bible studies, and especially enjoyed the companionship of the Guild members. Most important of all Nella enjoyed her family. Nella is survived by her children, Richard and Lorna Holbrook, William and Sandra Holbrook, Neesha Soules and Tom, Debbra Bonney and Joseph; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Mrs. Thelma Hekkuis, and Mrs. Leona Vanderberg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; her siblings, Leonard, Paul C. and Kenneth Jordan, and Arlene Howard. The service for Nella was Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Mark Love officiating. Interment was in Rosedale Memorial Park. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 310 E. Division, Rockford, MI 49341. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.