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Legislators need to represent the people

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Dear Editor,

Since our legislators don’t seem to consider our roads a priority, I suggest that instead of worrying about drawing new voting districts lines, the legislators should pass a new law that all Michigan residents be represented by the first letter of their last name. Alphabetically—imagine that. We, as Michigan residents, would be represented instead of money and politics being represented.

Anybody?

Sincerely, 

Betty Towns, City of Cedar Springs

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We just want our stuff back

 

To the Grave Robbers:  Elmwood Cemetary- Cedar Springs

How dare you take our shepherds hook and lantern that had about $8.00 worth of coins in it. We put those items on his final resting place and you had the nerve to go there and take them off his grave. Do you know that he served 20 years in the Navy just so you could have your freedom. So how do you show your respect? You steal items his family and friends had placed there in remembrance of him. We just want our stuff back. We know you have probably already spent the money and are enjoying the other items at your house. We just hope you know that the coins were from his Navy buddies, who put them there to show their respect and honor to him. This will haunt you for the rest of your life.

From the family of Terrance A Gage II

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Business owners: fix your potholes

 

I would like to suggest to local business owners and managers that they get together and do something about the potholes in their parking lots before they lose a lot of business. Menards happens to have pothole patch on sale this week! Only $9.99 for a 50 lb bag. I’m sure you can find something similar locally if driving to Grand Rapids is an inconvenience. I know some of my friends are avoiding some businesses completely for fear of damaging their cars. If you are waiting for the property owner to take care of it, you might be in for a long wait unfortunately.

Helen Hoornstra, City of Cedar Springs

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Enjoyed April Fools paper

 

Dear Editor,

Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed last week’s [the March 26] paper. I was so bummed when I read the front page about the Post turning shopper. Then I got a good laugh at the article—love the professional kite flying comments and the “no profits” line. The article was great!

Kay Ransom

Post Scripts Notice: The Cedar Springs Post welcomes letters of up to 350 words. The subject should be relevant to local readers, and the editor reserves the right to reject letters or edit for clarity, length, good taste, accuracy, and liability concerns. All submissions MUST be accompanied by full name, mailing address and daytime phone number. We use this information to verify the letter’s authenticity. We do not print anonymous letters, or acknowledge letters we do not use. Writers are limited to one letter per month. Email to news@cedarspringspost.com, or send to PostScripts, Cedar Springs Post, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

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We need term limits

Lee Hamilton is the last person to offer objective arguments against term limits on Congress. (The Cedar Springs Post, January 22, 2014.) He fed at the public trough for 34 years and could not possibly remember what the average American is going through to feed, clothe and educate a family. What has Harry Reid done to help, for example?

Term limits are needed so there will eventually be elected to Congress enough legislators with the courage to punish the IRS abusers, imprison government officials hiding the facts of the border patrol agent’s death, make public the real reason we lost four Americans, including an ambassador, at Benghazi.

We need legislators with the courage to no O.K. spending bills that include $400 hammers and all the other wasting of tax dollars so many in Congress feel is necessary in order to be reelected term after term. Term limits would allow a legislator the freedom to act in the best interest of their constituents and not worry about if it would lose votes.

And to suggest that long term legislators have the “…ability to legislate effectively and oversee the government responsibly…” would be laughable if it wasn’t so distant from reality.

 

Sincerely, 

Kenn Hildebrand, Newaygo

 

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The Cedar Springs Post welcomes letters of up to 350 words. The subject should be relevant to local readers, and the editor reserves the right to reject letters or edit for clarity, length, good taste, accuracy, and liability concerns. All submissions MUST be accompanied by full name, mailing address and daytime phone number. We use this information to verify the letter’s authenticity. We do not print anonymous letters, or acknowledge letters we do not use. Writers are limited to one letter per month. Email to news@cedarspringspost.com, or send to PostScripts, Cedar Springs Post, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

 

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Note of appreciation

Dear Editor,

I would like to say how much I enjoy the Post. I especially enjoy Ranger Steve’s Nature Niche. It is always interesting, informative, and I can learn new things every week. His knowledge of the natural world is outstanding.

 

Sincerely,

Joyce Hosmer, Howard City


Post Scripts NOTICE: The Cedar Springs Post welcomes letters of up to 350 words. The subject should be relevant to local readers, and the editor reserves the right to reject letters or edit for clarity, length, good taste, accuracy, and liability concerns. All submissions MUST be accompanied by full name, mailing address and daytime phone number. We use this information to verify the letter’s authenticity. We do not print anonymous letters, or acknowledge letters we do not use. Writers are limited to one letter per month. Email to news@cedarspringspost.com, or send to PostScripts, Cedar Springs Post, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

 

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Misuse of power?

 

 

An alleged violation of the Election Campaign Finance Law against the City by Mark Laws was thrown out by the State of Michigan but not until it cost taxpayers $5,020.00.

 

Council Members Dan Clark and Bob Truesdale’s October lawsuit against the city has cost taxpayers $6,372.00 to date with additional costs to come.

 

At December’s council meeting, Mr. Clark read a second statement, again outlining what it would take for he and Mr. Truesdale to drop the action. Along with other requirements they are demanding taxpayers foot the bill for their attorney fees to the tune of over $7500.00! Folks, that is $13, 872.00 and counting for that petty allegation alone. In  Clark’s statement he states, “It should be restated that the feelings of the plaintiffs (Clark and Truesdale) are that the then sitting Council members are in no way responsible for the non-compliance with the Open Meetings Act requirements for a closed session.  Neither do the plaintiffs feel that legal council intentionally misused the ‘written legal opinion’ exemption as the basis for the closed session. However, the feelings of the plaintiffs are that the closed session to hear the information from attorney Sluggett and discuss the terms of the city manager’s new contract should have been kept in an open meeting.”

So, if they don’t believe council members or legal council are responsible and didn’t intentionally misuse the exemption as the basis for the closed session, why did they sue themselves and the council instead of working it out? These men clearly do not understand their roles as council members. To date they have cost taxpaying citizens over $12,831.50, which includes costs for the original allegation in the disciplining of Council Member Truesdale. If council caves to their demands, that total goes to $20,331.50-plus, unless they end the lawsuit now without conditions.

The original investigation into wrongdoing needs to go forward as the cost will be nothing to taxpayers and could very well exonerate past council members. The present council would be well advised to refuse to cave in to Clark and Truesdale’s demands, as taxpayers should not cover the legal costs for their senseless complaints.

 

Kathryn A. Bremmer, Cedar Springs

 

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The Cedar Springs Post welcomes letters of up to 350 words. The subject should be relevant to local readers, and the editor reserves the right to reject letters or edit for clarity, length, good taste, accuracy, and liability concerns. All submissions MUST be accompanied by full name, mailing address and daytime phone number. We use this information to verify the letter’s authenticity. We do not print anonymous letters, or acknowledge letters we do not use. Writers are limited to one letter per month. Email to news@cedarspringspost.com, or send to PostScripts, Cedar Springs Post, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

 

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Where’s the full story?

 

Dear Editor,

Referring to the article on page 3 of last week’s C.S. Post: Fourteen paragraphs without one word in defense of those previous council members who had worked hard to do their best and had their reputations put to question while being publically disdained, without having yet received an unbiased report from our local newspaper? Seems to me the full story has not yet been presented in the Post for people to be able to hear all sides. My opinion.

 

Registered Voter,

Sharon Magoon, Cedar Springs

 

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Where’s the transparency?

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At the December 2014 council meeting, newly elected members Molly Nixon, Rose Powell, and Pam Conley, along with Bob Truesdale, Dan Clark and Mayor Jerry Hall had the opportunity to follow through with an investigation called for by the former council.

The decision to conduct an investigation resulted from a complaint alleging a violation of the Open Meetings Act, when council went into closed session to discipline Councilor Bob Truesdale. The investigation could prove whether there was an actual violation or whether the actions of that council were justified, thereby exonerating, or calling to account, those actions which would help future councils avoid pitfalls in this area. The present council said NO! Only Perry Hopkins was willing to discuss and vote on the action but he had no support from the rest of council and his motion died for lack of support.

All discussion of this agenda item was done for the most part out of the public eye. Unless one attended the workshop in the tiny kitchen area of City Hall you would have no idea that the decision was essentially made there. The proof? It’s in the fact that no discussion took place in public at the council meeting. Why did Molly Nixon make a motion to not investigate and then, after a hushed word or two from Mayor Hall, withdraw her motion? Why were they afraid to discuss the issue in public? What are they afraid an investigation will show? Why wouldn’t those council members want to get to the truth? Is this the transparency they proclaimed so loudly they would support?

Don’t they want the ousted candidates to have the opportunity to be exonerated and their reputations restored for all to see?

I believe Fankhauser, Troost and Bremmer do deserve the opportunity to have their actions vindicated as publicly as they were accused and only by following through with the investigation will that happen. Again, it will cost taxpayers nothing to have this done.

I am calling on this council to follow through with the investigation. Let’s let the Prosecutor decide this issue and not let the present council shove it under the rug. If you truly want transparency and fairness in Cedar Springs, call and let the City and the Mayor know you support this effort at 616-696-1330.

An informed voter,

Kathryn A. Bremmer 

 

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Remembering a classmate

 

 

Dear Editor,

I didn’t know Carolyn Gillette Green died until I read last week’s Post. I remember Carolyn when she rode the Sand Lake High School bus with us. And I remember her being on the cheerleading team for the Sand Lake High School boys basketball games in the Sand Lake auditorium with three or four other girls. All those girls had a lot of pep. Just like nowadays. Carolyn was a wonderful person. She will be sorely missed.

 

Lyle Perry Jr., Cedar Springs

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