September 15 2011

BIRTHDAYS—September 17–23

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17 Kellie Roblee 18 Nate Brown, Gil Clark, Jaden DeVogel, Susan Eckert, Jane Kettelhut, Mike Moore, Phyllis TenBrink 19 Don Geldersma, Paul Krupp, Haley Pilgrim, Roberta Sheils, Roberta Shripka 20 Alton Klinger, John Luton, Stacey Schluckebier 21 Richard Amon, Ruth Denick, Macy Ruchty, Myles Ruchty 22 Jack Ferguson, Bev Maher 23 Lois Ives, Ursula James, Lola Leder, Alyce Milligan, Fran Pleune

THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

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Taxes make our world go If you didn’t make it out to the West Michigan Healing Fields event at Cannonsburg this past weekend, you missed a truly inspiring and emotional event. Seeing 3,200 flags waving in the breeze up the ski slope was quite the sight. It was an even better sight looking down at the flags from the top of the hill. As a volunteer Rotarian, I had the honor of taking a couple of World War II veterans, both in their 90s, up the hill on golf carts supplied by Boulder Creek Golf Course. Both of them discussed the 9/11 event in terms of Pearl Harbor at the start of WWII. People of their generation could tell you where they were when they heard the news that Pearl Harbor was attacked. That event was indelibly etched forever into their memory banks. I can tell you where I was when we were informed that President Kennedy was assassinated. That’s something I believe I will always be able to recall. Similarly, practically anyone who was alive 10 years ago can tell you when they heard or saw the World Trade Center attacked. It was that type of world-changing event. Pearl Harbor ushered in WWII. September 11 brought the War on Terror into our living room and it has remained there. September 11 also brought back some of the patriotism that seemed to be lacking somewhat in our society. Remembering those who perished in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Flight 93 is a great exercise in patriotism. All of us who walked through the flags on the hill of Cannonsburg Ski Lodge will attest to that. Paying taxes is also patriotic. Taxes are what make our world go around. At our local level, we pay real estate property taxes. Those taxes help to run the City of Rockford, Kent County, and the Rockford Public Schools. At the Michigan level, we pay sales tax and personal income tax. That sales tax gets funneled back to our schools, and income tax is used to provide the services we are accustomed to receiving, such as those provided by the Secretary of State. At the federal level, we pay personal income tax and various other taxes, such as gas tax. […]


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Charities to suffer Dear Editor, This year, 2011, is the LAST year that Charitable Contributions will be deductible on the Michigan state income tax form. Not surprisingly, I have seen nothing about this on our local TV news reports, nor have I seen anything about it in the Grand Rapids Press. There was an article about this in the Grand Rapids Business Journal a few weeks ago. I asked Rep. MacGregor how he voted on this. Here is his reply, quoted from his e-mail response to me: “Unfortunately, the state budget director determined that the state could not afford some of these deductions and chose to eliminate them in the same bill as the MBT (Michigan Business Tax) elimination bill. In voting to eliminate the MBT, unfortunately, these deductions were eliminated as well in an effort to help balance our budget deficit.” So there you have it—we are helping to balance the state budget by working against charitable contributions. I wonder what the long-term effect will be. Paul Jorgensen Lake Bella Vista resident ‘Per capital’ the wrong way to evaluate Dear Editor, The Grand Rapids Press article dated July 28, 2011, “What are they worth” focused on the township supervisor pay treatment based on dollars per capita and statutory responsibilities. Unfortunately, the analysis was based on only half the facts for the following reasons: 1. In many townships, supervisors can be responsible for both statutory duties and non-statutory (permissive) duties. These non-statutory responsibilities include health, safety and welfare services such as fire, rescue, first responder, community sewer system, community water systems and much more. 2. The worth of a township supervisor can not be based on dollars per capita only since each township has a distinct profile based on population size, the size of the commercial development, the size of the industrial development and the number and kind of non-statutory health, welfare and safety services provided. While their study report identified some over- and under-paid salaries, it also did a disservice to elected officials responsible for both statutory and non-statutory services by basing their worth on dollars per capita and statutory duties while virtually disregarding non-statutory duties and individual complexities. Respectfully, William Tetro EDITOR’S NOTE: Mr. Tetro also included some information from the Grand Rapids Press […]


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Friday–Sunday September 16–18 Fallfest 2011—stage shows begin at 6 p.m. Friday; workshops at 10 a.m., band scramble at noon, featured performers at 1:30 p.m. Saturday; gospel begins at 10 a.m., followed by auditions and $100 drawing on Sunday; jamming all weekend, presented by the West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association. Also enjoy a bake sale, pie-eating contest, kids’ activities, and crafts for non-musicians. Weekend tickets at the gate are $25; all children age 15 and under are free with an adult. Day passes are $10 Friday, $17 Saturday, and $5 Sunday. For more information, visit or call Dave Simmonds at (616) 897-6220. Saturday, September 17 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. Bark for Life—9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the White Pine Trail, Rockford. Celebrate with your four-legged loved ones and honor the caregiving qualities of our canine companions. Event begins at 235 N. Main St. (near Rockford Footwear Depot) and travels along the trail to Richardson-Sowerby Park. This Relay for Life event raises funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society. At the park, opportunities will be available for dog massages, pedi-for-a-cure, contests, and games for dogs and their humans. To register or for more information, visit and click on the Bark for Life tab, or search for “Bark for Life Rockford, MI” on Facebook. Mad Science—10 a.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Grab your lab coat and join us for wild experiments and hands-on, multisensory fun (for ages 6 and up). For more information, visit or call (616) 647-3940. Sunday, September 18 Roast Beef Dinner—11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rockford Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3946, 4195 Thirteen Mile Rd., Rockford. Cost is $8 for adults; $3.50 for children. Takeouts and deliveries are available. Come enjoy the “best dinner in town!” prepared by our chef Fred Chambers. For deliveries, call (616) 866-2675 by 11:30 a.m. the day of the dinner. For more information, visit Monday, September 19 Griefshare—7 p.m. at Resurrection Life Church, fireside room, on 10 Mile Rd., Rockford. This grief recovery support group, where […]

A Message for You

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The Pennant Season  by PASTOR DICK RILEY Rockford United Methodist Church The pennant races are one and, as professional baseball moves through the month of September, many teams, including the Detroit Tigers, are fighting for an opportunity to play in the World Series. The teams have already begun working harder in order to secure a position in the post-season play. Many players on a pennant-contending team seem to play with more intensity. The front office will now begin bringing up fresh players from the minor leagues and even trade for some talent to give their team that extra edge in the pennant drive. Everyone seems more determined to finish the season on a high note. Excitement fills the air as fans watch their team in hot pursuit of a championship pennant. And, in many ways, September is also the time when the Christian church enters its own pennant race, striving to achieve the goals it set out for itself at the beginning of the year. It is, therefore, a good time to remember the words of the Apostle Paul, who wrote: “Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 3:14). Remembering those words, September—within the Body of Christ, within the church—is a time when the leadership as well as the rest of the people within the church begin doing things with more intensity; with more determination. It’s a time when our worship services, our educational classes and opportunities, our outreach programs and our fellowship times are fine tuned to make sure that our calendar year finishes and our program year begins on a high note, as we “press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.” Want to be a part of a pennant race—of a championship team? Then visit the church of your choice this weekend as you worship, pray, learn, reach out and have wonderful Christian fellowship with one another!

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