October 13 2011

BIRTHDAYS — October 15–21

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15 Jeff Havemeier, Sam Lewis, Ward Oberholtzer, Diana Reed 16 Corey Barton, Nicole Dionne, Norraine Fix, Ken Fusee, Cole Karrip 17 Jim Bennor 18 Melissa Posci Helen Poulias Mark Williams   19 Beth Colvin Joyce Torrey Kristie Lynn Zapf   20 Ryan DeLarme Lee Paull Millie Thornton Caroline Ward   21 Jason Barton Virginia Fowle Faye Nelson

MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

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So long, Steve, and thanks  The paper you’re reading was produced on a Macintosh computer. By “produced,” I mean typeset, proofed, designed and sent out of town to the printer directly from the Mac. Steve Jobs’ invention changed publishing in ways that are nearly indescribable. You had to have been there, and I was. The Squire and Post have at least a dozen Macs, and we couldn’t do a paper without them. Personally, I’ve owned five or six Apple computers. The early electronic computer was “Eniac,” built at the University of Pennsylvania and put into operation in 1945. It occupied a whole floor of the engineering building and weighed 30 tons. Steve Jobs had not yet been born. In 1976, as you’ve probably been hearing this week, the Apple computer was invented in Steve Jobs’ parents’ garage. Steve was 21 years old. From then on he took control of the company, imagining things he would like to have and then making them. My own first computer was an Apple II, a desktop model. You had to hook it up to your TV because there was no monitor. There was also no hard drive. You got a manual that told you how to write your own programs. You could save your programs if you bought a “floppy drive” and “floppy discs” (which were actually floppy). My Apple II was great. It had a mouse! Steve Jobs went on to imagine and produce the iPod, iPhone and iPad. All have been extremely popular. Steve is gone now, too soon at age 56. Let’s hope that somewhere there’s another communications genius driven to think up products we might like to have—only to discover that we couldn’t do without them. High stress  The doctor remarked on a new patient’s extraordinarily ruddy complexion. “High blood pressure, Doc,” said the man. “It comes from my family.” “Your mother’s side or your father’s?” “Neither,” replied the patient. “It’s from my wife’s family.” “Oh, come now,” said the doctor. “How could your wife’s family give you high blood pressure?” The man sighed. “You oughta meet ‘em some-time, Doc!” Best try  “Dad,” said Marcus, “I’m late for football practice. Would you please do my homework for me?” The father said, irately, “Son, it just wouldn’t be […]

THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

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A closer look at business tax changes Last week, I discussed the Michigan individual tax changes that will take effect on January 1, 2012. The blunt fact is that individual taxes will increase for many Michigan taxpayers. This week, I will discuss the reason for many of those changes. That reason predominantly is explained by looking at the changes in how businesses will be taxed as of January 1, 2012. The blunt fact is that taxes will decrease for many Michigan businesses. By reducing the taxes on businesses, total revenues are decreased. The State of Michigan requires a certain amount of money to operate. If that money isn’t coming from businesses, it comes from individuals. It’s not rocket science. The decision was made by the legislators to lower the gross amount of taxes paid by businesses. Once that decision was made, increased taxes on individuals in some format had to occur. Those individual changes were the changes we discussed last week and they effectively shifted approximately one billion dollars of tax from businesses to individuals. On December 31, 2011, the old way of taxing businesses, called the Michigan Business Tax (MBT), becomes extinct. From a professional income tax preparer point of view, good riddance to the MBT. It was a difficult return to prepare and full of exceptions to the rules. I like to call those exceptions “gotchas.” If you make a mistake on one of those exceptions, the Michigan Department of Treasury sends out one of those “gotcha” letters and the recipient ends up paying more tax. Most tax professionals are not unhappy to see the MBT eliminated. Let’s look more closely at those business tax changes. Most importantly, only businesses that file the federal Form 1120 will be subject to the Corporate Income Tax (CIT). Currently, entities with gross receipts of at least $350,000 are subject to MBT tax. This includes corporations filing Form 1120, Subchapter S corporations filing Form 1120S, partnerships filing Form 1065, and LLCs and individuals filing a Schedule C or Schedule E. The MBT was a tax on business activity regardless of the entity generating the business activity as long as the activity generated at least $350,000 of gross receipts. That’s an important item to note. It was a […]

ROCKFORD REGISTER — October 13, 2011

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Thursday, October 13 Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month. Free Meal for Northern Kent County Families—6 to 7 p.m. at the Our Lady of Consolation Family Center, 4865 Eleven Mile Rd., Rockford, every Thursday. No charge; no registration required. Provided by a partnership between Our Lady of Consolation Parish and God’s Kitchen, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan. Thursday-Saturday October 13-15 Used Book Sale—10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library, 117 W. Williams St., Howard City, sponsored by Friends of the Library. Saturday, October 15 Rockford Farm Market—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 29 in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers, plants and much more. Gougeburg School Reunion—2 p.m. at Algoma Twp. Hall, 10531 Algoma Ave., Rockford, presented by Algoma Twp. Historical Society, with speaker Beverly Haskins Reyner, Gougeburg teacher, “One Room Schoolhouses.” Please bring pictures or papers that could be copied for records. Refreshments provided. Public invited. WWW Family YMCA Fall Festival—1 to 3 p.m. at YMCA in Belmont. Enjoy hayrides, bounce house, free food, games, prizes and more. Free to everyone. Sunday, October 16 Breakfast with the M.O.B.—9 to 11 a.m. at the Sparta Moose Lodge #50, 11510 Division, Sparta, presented by Moose On Bikes (MOB) to benefit local children and charities. All you can eat for $5. For more information, call (616) 890-8789. Monday, October 17 Griefshare—7 p.m. at Resurrection Life Church, fireside room, on 10 Mile Rd., Rockford. This grief recovery support group, where you can find help and healing for the hurt of losing a loved one, meets every Monday through December 5. No sign-up is necessary. Learn more at www.griefshare.org. Tuesday, October 18 Rockford Rotary Club Meetings—7 a.m. at Rockford High School, and 12:10 p.m. at Rockford Community Cabin. For more information, call Mark Bivins at (616) 866-1470. Country & Gospel Music—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, 8540 Shaner Ave., Rockford. […]

A Message for You

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Peace of Mind or Peace with God?  by PASTOR MARK W. LOVE St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Rockford It is becoming more and more obvious that many of the ears of today are listening for the spiritual but are unable and therefore unwilling to hear the Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. What they would call a spiritual quest is in truth an emotional quest—cast in spiritual terms. The contours of both their spiritual struggles and the solution to them are determined purely by subjective feelings and sensations of peace and wellness. Michael Horton writes in Christless Christianity: “Once you make your peace of mind rather than peace with God the main problem to be solved in your life, the gospel becomes radically redefined,” (p. 39). Where the Gospel is redefined, so also must sin and sinfulness be redefined. What is forgotten in this quest for peace of mind or sense of wellness is the very captivity of the mind to sin, which is hostile to God (Rom. 8:7; Col. 1:21). If I as a sinner cannot make peace with God, why am I so easily deceived into believing I can make peace with myself? At this point, self has become the almighty I must answer to rather than God the Almighty. The deeper reality of this deception is that where I have made my own peace of mind or peace within the main issue and purpose of my life, there I have made my sinful self the god to whom I and all others must answer. Having made God in my own image, I must go in search of those preachers and pastors who will shepherd not me, but the things I have done, the things and people around me and what they do so that I may have peace of mind and a happy heart. Horton describes the sad consequence of this quest. “‘How can I, a sinner, be right with a holy God?’ is simply off the radar… Once the self is enthroned as the source, judge, and goal of all of life, the gospel need not be denied, because it is beside the point,” (p. 40). How gloriously merciful our Lord is in that He makes us new creations born not of […]

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