November 5 2009

Main Street by Roger Allen, publisher — November 5, 2009

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Tough decision The President is faced with many Americans wanting an end to the war in Afghanistan, but the generals wanting more troops. What’s more, the people (according to a recent survey) think the President should leave the decision to the generals. We need to remember that if you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail. The military is trained to wage war. They spend their careers getting ready for or fighting battles. They always want more men and equipment to do the job. The Taliban doesn’t offer the kind of government most Americans would choose. But the war has been going on for seven years now, and trying to eradicate the moving target has claimed a high price. The military wants to continue the effort. That’s what they do. We the people are paying the bills and may not be so sure we’re doing the right thing. Certainly some of the Afghans don’t have much invested in politics. They may not even want democracy. Some of them consider us invaders. We Americans wonder if it’s worth maybe 50 years of expensive war and more troop deaths and maiming to change their country. The President has to decide. Whatever it is, his decision will be second-guessed. I sure don’t envy him. Bayer’s heroin? Why our great-grandparents were happier than we are: A bottle of over-the-counter heroin probably helped. Between 1890 and 1910 heroin was sold as a non-addictive substitute for morphine. It was also used to treat children with coughs. Coca Wine, anyone? Metcalf Coca Wine was one of a large variety of wines containing cocaine on the market. Everybody used to say that it would make you happy and also worked as a medicinal treatment. Mariani Wine: Mariani wine (1875) was the most famous Coca wine of its time. Pope Leo XIII used to carry one bottle with him all the time. He awarded Angelo Mariani (the producer) with a Vatican gold medal. C..F. Boehringer & Soehne of Mannheim, Germany, was proud of being the biggest producer in the world of consumer products containing quinine and cocaine. Two old guys One said to the other: “My 85th birthday was yesterday. I wanted an SUV and that’s what the wife gave me.” The other guy […]

The Tax Attic with Jerry Coon — November 5, 2009

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Security issues discussed This summer we traveled to the Asheville, North Carolina area. It’s a wonderful part of the world. There seems to be plenty of wild animals living in the mountains surrounding Asheville and the scenery is outstanding. Deb and I took the Blue Ridge Parkway on our way home and I was lucky enough to see a bear crossing the road. Deb had looked down for just a second and missed seeing the bear. She was extremely disappointed, because Deb has never a seen a bear in the wild. For me, I’m fortunate to go fishing in Canada, and most years I get to see bears both on the side of the road and, all too often, in or very near our campsite. This year was a particularly good year for bear sightseeing, but since Deb isn’t going fishing in Canada anytime soon, we have to find a different way for her to see a bear. After reading the Sunday Grand Rapids Press, I’m beginning to think all we have to do to see a bear is take a drive up to Newaygo County. In case you missed it, Don Corrigan of Kent City killed a 500-pound bear near Woodville. Apparently, it will end up being the second largest bear ever killed in Michigan. Occasionally, we do read about a bear being sighted in Newaygo County, but the second largest bear ever killed in Michigan? That amazes me, but it didn’t amaze Mr. Corrigan. He said, “I stayed close to home to show people there are bears in Newaygo County.” That’s an understatement and thanks for showing us, Don. Now if I can just show Deb. I’m thinking she might be satisfied to see just a regular-size bear or even a cub. Throughout the year, the Internal Revenue Service holds several conferences with tax professionals. These conferences keep tax professionals informed as to what is happening within the IRS and also what they are expecting of tax professionals. We all tend to think of the IRS as a big, non-personal bureaucracy, but in reality it is a large employer with employees trying to make a living just like you and me and trying to operate within an insanely complicated tax system. Tax professionals […]

Local pumpkin screams ‘Ram Pride’

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Ben Bosscher, a second-grader at Crestwood Elementary School, came up with this Ram Pride pumpkin design, and his dad, Jason Bosscher, a 1992 Rockford High School graduate, implemented his stellar carving skills.

Rockford Christian School students rally to increase

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If students can bring in greatly needed undergarments and socks for underprivileged kids, teachers will wear undergarment on their heads. For the ninth straight year, Rockford Christian School (RCS) is participating in the national Operation Christmas Child program that distributes gift boxes with toys, essentials and the Gospel to millions of needy children around the world. Last year almost eight million children received a box from Samaritan’s Purse. This year, the student body will not only be collecting items for the boxes like toothbrushes, coloring books, socks and snacks, they will also be coordinating a fundraiser to pay for shipment of the gifts. One of the events is a fall bake sale. Cider, donuts, and various other baked goods will be sold during the morning and noon break. Students are also encouraged to earn money by raking neighbor’s leaves or helping their parents or grandparents with other chores to earn money for shipment so that they have personal involvement in this outreach program. Students will also be painting the shoeboxes so that the recipients have something festive to open and keep throughout the year. Many of the children who receive the boxes don’t have a place to place their personal treasures, so the boxes are sometimes just as much of a gift as the items inside the boxes. In addition, to painting more than 200 shoeboxes, students will also be writing personal letters and including pictures of themselves, and will also pack all the boxes. More importantly, students will take a box and will pray for the recipient. In addition to receiving the boxes, children around the world receive follow-up discipleship. Many children accept God’s gift of salvation as a result of Operation Christmas Child, which was started in 1970 and is now led by Billy Graham’s son, Franklin Graham. During the program launch, a challenge was initiated by the teacher coordinator, Katie Underwood. “If the students can collect 250 undergarments and socks, our sixth-grade teacher, Don VerMerris, will wear a pair of underwear on his head for an entire day. If we exceed the goal, our seventh-grade teacher, Julie Barrett, will also don a pair on her head. The kids are motivated by the challenge and get a big kick out of their teachers wearing the underwear.” RCS will […]

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