May 10 2012

A Message for You

May 10, 2012 // 0 Comments

One Truth or Many ‘Versions of Truth’ by PASTOR MARK W. LOVE St. Peter’s Lutheran Church As people who live with so much information and so much informed information provided by commentators and interpreters of anything and everything of our world, we are also a people left to decide whose version, interpretation and commentary of the facts are the truth. Our society today denies that there is one truth by which all things can be judged—there are only interpretations of it. While this can be a hassle, many people like it because it allows them to pick and choose those “versions of truth” that permit them to have what they want. In short: “Getting or keeping what I want or think is right will determine what is ‘truth’ for me.” Variations of truth and the acceptance of them are both born of selfishness. We only have to go to Adam and Eve to see this one real truth. There was God’s truth and Satan’s “version of truth”—selfishness led them to accept the “version of truth,” which is NO truth at all, that gave them what they wanted. Another important reason why we like to be able to pick and choose “versions of truth” is that the real and unyielding truth makes demands of us and it will always cost us something. Just as a person will adopt a certain “version of truth” to obtain something, this same person will also adopt the same or another “version of truth” to retain something. Consider the people who say, “It is such a big problem and I’m just one person, there is nothing I can do.” This “version of truth” allows them to obtain an excuse for their lack of participation, and it also allows them to retain their time, energy and money for their own use. The unbeliever uses the “version of truth” that says “religion is all a matter of interpretation, there is no way to know the truth.” This “version of truth” provides the individual with a reason not to listen or study the Word of God, and it has also allowed him or her to retain his or her ungodly life. In His high priestly prayer, Jesus asked God the Father to “sanctify them […]

DNR trust fund grants delayed due to legislative disagreement

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Call representatives to complain by BETH ALTENA John Short, Plainfield Township Parks and Recreation Department director, was one of many individuals involved in parks and recreation in Michigan receiving an e-mail from the Michigan Recreation and Parks Association (MRPA) alerting him to a new development in the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) grant approval processed dished up by our leaders in Lansing. The e-mail calls for immediate action regarding legislative behavior in the timely approval of House Bill (HB) 5364, which is the legislation to authorize appropriations for the current round of grants recommended by the Trust Fund Board several months ago. The MRPA e-mail states, “The House passed HB 5364 and it was then sent to the Senate. The Senate approved HB 5364 but amended the original bill by removing the DNR’s four eco-regional land consolidation projects that were recommended for appropriation by the Trust Fund Board. Because the original HB 5364 was amended by the Senate, it must now return to the House floor for approval.” According to the Michigan DNR, the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) has been in place since 1976. It provides financial assistance to local governments and the DNR to purchase land or rights in land for public recreation or protection of land because of its environmental importance or its scenic beauty. It also assists in the appropriate development of land for public outdoor recreation. The MNRTF is supported by annual revenues from the development of state-owned mineral resources, largely oil and gas. For eligibility, MNRTF and Land and Water Conservation Fund grants require approved five-year recreation plans. According to the MRPA, “The legislature has never removed a recommended project in the 35-year history of the program and it is a very dangerous precedent. If the House passes the Senate-amended version of HB 5364, we can expect the legislature to add and subtract projects in the future that have not been subject to the MNRTF review process. This is a big deal because it compromises the grant approval process and the integrity of the Trust Fund Grant program.” “Action is needed: Please call your state representative and ask them to vote No on the Senate-amended version of HB 5364 and to retain the bill as originally approved.” The […]


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Reader praises City’s innovative restructuring Dear Editor, I read the headline article from April 26 titled, “Rockford models new money-saving safety structure” and wanted to thank and commend not only the City Manager and staff but all employees involved in cross-training to be firefighters. As we continue to see the state of Michigan reduce their financial contributions to local municipalities, those same municipalities are forced to “do more with less.” Citizens will expect the same high level of service no matter what the funding level and the City of Rockford has shown it is quite capable of handling this difficult task. It seems that politicians love to place a great deal of economic blame on “overpaid and underworked” city employees in the past years. I highly doubt any politician making that claim has any idea the added tasks given to many public employees, especially those of Rockford. Private and public sector employees alike have been faced with declining wages and higher workloads, but I believe the employees of the City of Rockford have gone above and beyond anyone’s expectations. It’s one thing to take a pay cut or work longer hours but quite another to add a task of firefighting to your added responsibilities. I’m sure that many city employees never imagined they would add they may be called upon to put out fires or rescue people on medical calls. Think about it: the same city employee that repairs the water mains, mows city parks and maintains our wonderful city may also be the same person responding to someone having a heart attack or sent to put out a fire. Talk about multitasking.   Paul Smith Rockford resident

Rockford TV Studio students win big in PSA contest

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by KRIS DEYOUNG Every now and then, as a teacher when you introduce a new class project, students don’t always react with the great joy and excitement you picture playing out in your mind. However, when you share with the kids that it is a contest, and that the top winners take home $1,500 for their school as well as $250 gift cards for each winning team member, well, things change. Students of Rockford High School (RHS) TV Studio’s Beyond The Rock team recently took home a first-place finish in a statewide public service announcement (PSA) contest put on by the Michigan Rural Water Association (MRWA), a nonprofit organization. This competition is the second annual high school video contest put on by the MRWA. The task given to school groups was to create a 30-second PSA that promoted the importance of preserving our water, and being socially responsible stewards of this life necessity. The MRWA created this project in order to get the younger generation to understand the importance of this topic, and to spread the word to their peers, their families and their communities. The group consisting of RHS juniors Molly Doren and Jenna Severson and sophomore Mitchell Peterson took home the first prize and were extremely thrilled upon hearing the news. “I was thrilled beyond belief when I heard we won,” Doren commented. Severson shared in the excitement, but was also taken a bit off guard. “I was completely surprised we won, because there were so many great entries.” All three students gained a respect for the proper care of this limited and life-sustaining resource. “I believe strongly that humanitarian issues need to be brought to attention in our society. This PSA gave us a chance not only to learn, but too show why safe water is so vital,” Severson shared with a concerned heart. The students were also quite excited to be receiving quite a hefty gift card. “Jenna had a plan for the money within minutes. If I remember correctly, much of it involved clothes and food,” instructor Kris DeYoung chuckled. “It was a great project, and a great reminder to us all not to take our clean water for granted, and to do our part in being proper stewards of […]

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