State Rep. Chris Afendoulis, R-Grand Rapids Township (right), today takes the ceremonial oath of office administered by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. From left to right is Afendoulis’ mother, Tina; his wife, Phyllis; and his daughters, Elena, Sophia and Mari. Afendoulis was elected last November as the state representative for the 73rd House District, which consists of the city of East Grand Rapids and the townships of Cannon, Courtland, Nelson, Oakfield, Plainfield, Spencer and Grand Rapids Charter Township. Residents are invited to contact Afendoulis and his staff toll free at (855) 347-8073, via email at ChrisAfendoulis@house.mi.gov, and by mail at P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909.
“Through my work as a Realtor in the community for the last decade, I have PAID ATTENTION to what is on the minds of people in our community,” said Jeanine Herlacher, running for state representtive for Tom Pearce’s office. “They call me when their house is about to go into foreclosure. They call me when they have lost an income and need to sell on a short sale. They call me, crying with an emergency need for a place to live. You know, when my clients aren’t sleeping at night with worry, neither am I.” Herlacher said that is why she is running for this office. “That is why I want to represent our 73rd district community in Lansing. As a local independent contractor Realtor and Associate Broker for the last decade, I’ve literally been on nearly every street in this huge district! I understand this community from the inside of people’s homes—where they live—and they expect me to be able to help. The way things are now, I know that running for this office is the right thing to do, because it’s the best way I can really help make things better for all of our neighbors, family, and friends.” “I believe that Michigan can and will once again become an economic leader in our nation, rather than pursuing our current rating at the bottom of the 50 states.” Herlacher pointed out that unemployment in our state continues to be about 14 percent, the worst in the nation. However, unemployment is the result of an economic illness that can be healed! She believes the following has contributed to the problems our stateis having: MBT (an excessive Michigan business tax) is killing business and therefore killing jobs. The surcharge has to go, and the tax on gross receipts needs to be cut by about half. Over-taxation and new fees on the average citizen consume local discretionary dollars which could be spent in local businesses, therefore costing jobs and keeping job providers away from our state. Government take-over of our lives costs jobs and hurts our economy. We need less intrusive legislation from Lansing and more emphasis on out-of-control spending and the crisis of our schools! “As a Realtor and Associate Broker, I have a long history of business experience. I also have attained a Business degree with honors […]
by ROGER ALLEN – publisher Politics as usual Winston Churchill said Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried. Someone else described Democracy as two wolves and a rabbit voting on what to have for dinner. Well, the wolves (aka Congress) just passed an omnibus budget bill to keep our government going for a while-an annual necessity. Congress (as usual) attached projects to the bill that are earmarked for specific uses. This time around, these projects number around 8,000. Some (as usual) may benefit their sponsoring Congressmen more than the country. The earmarks amount to only about one percent of the budget, but that’s still a lot of money. Hey! It’s our system! Congress has the authority to spend our tax money, and they often vote themselves some nice perks that they don’t advertise. It’s unfortunate that most Congressmen don’t read the laws they vote for. They rely on their political party to tell them how to vote. Good thing we have a two-party system. Each can keep an eye on the other. We really can’t expect to have it otherwise. The national budget is so long and complex that no one person could be expected to read and understand the legal language in thousands of pages. A large number of Congressmen are lawyers, but even they have only 24 hours in a day. Speaking of lawyers A lawyer died and arrived at the Pearly Gates. Saint Peter asked him the usual question, “What have you done to merit entrance into Heaven?” The lawyer thought a moment, then said, “A week ago I gave a quarter to a homeless person on the street.” Saint Peter asked Gabriel to check this out in the records and after a moment Gabriel affirmed that it was indeed true. “Well,” said Saint Peter, “that’s fine, but it’s not really quite enough to get you into Heaven.” “Wait, wait!” said the lawyer. “There’s more! Three years ago, I gave another homeless person a quarter.” Saint Peter nodded to Gabriel, who, after a moment, nodded back that it was true. Saint Peter whispered to Gabriel, “Well, what do you suggest we do with this fellow?” Gabriel gave the lawyer a sidelong glance, […]