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New burial policy needed


This is regarding Wood TV 8’s recent coverage about the poorly handled burial of my cousin, Gracia Blanchard, by the City of Cedar Springs Manager Mike Womack. Both of my parents’ families are from Cedar Springs, so we have a long history in the community, including caring for the gravestones of family members buried in Elmwood Cemetery. 

The lack of compassion showed by the City Manager was disappointing but worse yet was how he dealt with this situation. After receiving a document proving that Gracia was indeed Wells and Virginia Blanchard’s daughter, Mike told me that he needed some proof that her parents wanted her buried next to them before he could approve the burial. This is totally ridiculous, as it’s assumed that parents want their children buried next to them unless there is documentation to prove otherwise. Our family has contacted several other municipalities about this situation and none stated that this is their policy. Mr. Womack then sent several emails and had multiple phone conversations with family members to see if he could find any proof of the parents’ wishes. He asked a 90-year-old cousin to come to City Hall to sign an affidavit stating her knowledge of the parents’ wishes. 

He also told me over the phone that the Wood TV 8 coverage of the story was “garbage” but from my family’s perspective, he didn’t like the news story because it told the truth and it did not shed him in a positive light. His version of the story does not match what we know and what he was told about this situation. How this situation was handled by Mr. Womack was not only shocking, hurtful and infuriating to my family but it should be an embarrassment to the City of Cedar Springs. If this is truly how you handle burials at the City of Cedar Springs, you clearly need a new policy so this situation does not repeat itself in the future.

David Hudson, Vancouver, WA

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Solon township residents


I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people who poured countless hours into the victory at the polls on August 6, 2019, some on foot and some on the phone.

In addition to that, I would like to thank the people who cared enough to be informed of the truth and took the time to vote in an off-year election. It can sometimes be hard to distinguish between the truth and misinformation printed in advertising, but the truth prevailed.

Again, a special thank you to all the folks for their time, talents and money that were poured into the truth.

Thank you, R.L. Ellick, Solon Township Supervisor

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Vote YES on Solon ordinance

Cedar Springs Michigan has one of the fastest growing school systems in the area. The teachers are warm, caring and sincere. However, the growth of new housing is not in the city limits but in the rural areas of Solon Township. Solon is a wonderful community to grow in—there is an abundance of wildlife, lakes and trout streams. The highest point in Kent County is in Solon with its rolling hills and forests. There are many caring citizens that have helped set aside areas for parks, stream preservation and nature centers, there are also people that care little for the future with little or no concern for the environment. 

A full set of planning minutes and concerns can be found at, http://solontwp.org/wp-content/uploads/minutes-agendas-newsletters/Planning-Commission-Minutes_2019-06-26.pdf

Yes, growth can be good! Yes, growth provides a place for people to live! Yes, high-density site-condos do have a place but only when they protect the environment around them. These are the reasons I will vote “Yes” August 6! I encourage you to join me in voting August 6.

With love for country and community,

Keith Caldwell, Solon Township

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Ordinance in line with other townships


It’s very concerning that a few individuals and interest groups are trying to affect a Solon Township adopted ordinance. The Solon Township ordinance no. 19-2-Z was designed and adopted after extensive public input and review. It does not restrict Solon Township residents unfairly, as it is completely in line with similar ordinances in our surrounding townships, including Algoma, Courtland, Nelson, Tyrone, Allendale, and others. Such information is easily available from township offices or their websites. Also, Solon Township residents are not liable for costs of installing community water and sewer systems in new developments. But they may be liable for costs if individual water and sewer systems fail in high-density developments, which ordinance no. 19-2-Z is designed to prevent by utilizing environmentally safe management.

Please take a few minutes to check with your township officials about the facts of ordinance 19-2-Z. Don’t rely on biased, misleading information. A “YES” vote on August 6 will insure Solon Township is on track with other townships, and will help retain the country atmosphere we all appreciate.

A concerned Solon Township resident and taxpayer,

Steve Skelonc, Solon Township

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Handicapped parking at City Hall


It appears that the city council and the city manager are worried about second-hand smoke in Morley Park. But they don’t seem at all concerned about handicapped people getting out of their vehicle into oncoming traffic. 

Maybe instead of “Pocket Parks” we should have “Pocket Parking” for handicapped residents!

Allen King, City of Cedar Springs

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Vote YES on Ordinance 19-2-Z


On August 6, Solon residents will be called on to vote on an important issue regarding the character of our township. As our stewards, our board has worked diligently to bring this ordinance into effect.  A brief explanation of Ordinance-19-2-Z and its potential effects:

As part of our Master Plan, Solon Township conducted a survey to gauge the wants of our residents. Results indicated an overwhelming desire to keep the rural character of our township intact.  Minimum lot size is one way townships have of controlling widespread development.  Yet, the State has granted developers a “pass”—a loophole which allows cluster housing utilizing “open” areas to make up the difference.  This puts an undue strain on our environment.  A 2-acre minimum lot size was earlier voted down by Township residents leaving the Township vulnerable to rampant development.  Ordinance-19-2-Z addresses this problem without increasing minimum lot sizes, requiring developers to build responsibly with respect to the environment.  It limits developments to one house per acre unless supported by public water and sewer or a similar community system.

Ask yourself, “Who wins?” if this ordinance fails. Developers would like to see you vote down the ordinance as it will give them license to bypass one-acre minimums without consideration for the environmental impact. This ordinance affects only developers; we—Solon residents—must abide by the one-acre minimum in the first place. Despite negative, inflammatory and misleading ads, existing non-conforming lots will not be affected. There will be no negative effects on the average citizen as a result of this ordinance.

Ask yourself why the developers are so concerned with the township’s zoning ordinance in the first place. Is it out of concern for the township citizens? Or is it to make a fortune at the expense of local residents? Then ask the Township how much these developers have cost us (as taxpayers) in legal fees to protect the nature of our Township?

A yes vote would help preserve the rural character of the Township, stop unchecked and rampant development, and put the people of our Township in charge of their own futures. 

Vicky Babcock, Solon Township

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* We only print positive letters about candidates one week prior to the election. 


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New flags for Courtland Cemetery

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This is a follow up to our plea asking that our flags be returned to Courtland Township Cemetery. We received one phone call from a resident whose son has been laid to rest in our cemetery. This gentleman has such great passion for what happened here. His son, too, served this great nation to allow you and I the freedoms and the sense of security knowing our military men and women are protecting this great nation each and every day. This proud Dad, who did not desire his name to be published, contacted the Cedar Springs American Legion Commander to inquire if he could purchase replacement flags. Instead, the Legion out of Cedar Springs donated 144 flags to be put up on our Veterans’ gravesites! Wow, does that make your heart swell with pride!

A special thank you goes out to this passionate Dad, who is extremely proud of his son! Thank you to the Commander and the Cedar Springs American Legion for their desire to acknowledge and show respect to the Veterans who have been laid to rest in Courtland Township Cemetery.

Sandy Frandsen

Courtland Township Clerk

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Flowers stolen at cemetery


The Wainwright family is very disturbed by the actions that have taken place at Crandall Hill Cemetery—the recurrence of flowers being stolen year after year from our family’s gravesites. These are veterans who sacrificed for your freedom. You have no morals or respect for the deceased.

Sharon Magoon, on behalf of the Wainwright family

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Washington shouldn’t play games with senior care

As an 83-year old retired teacher with a bad gut and a bad heart, I count on Michigan’s elected officials to stand up for Medicare. Instead, Congress is stalling on two critical bills (H.R. 1398 and S. 172) that would suspend the Health Insurance Tax (HIT) and stop Medicare Advantage premiums from rising nearly $250 annually per senior. Unless Rep. Moolenar and Senators Stabenow and Peters step up, seniors like me will have to make hard choices between health insurance and other needs. Washington needs to understand that senior health care isn’t a game.

Richard Jackson – Sand Lake, MI

Member, Better Medicare Alliance Protect Our Care Senior Task Force

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Agrees with apology

I’m writing to echo the apology written by the Rev. Kim DeLong that appeared in Postscripts on March 21. As an observer at the United Methodist Special General Conference held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, I found myself embarrassed and sad. While a vast majority of delegates who live within the United States favored regional and local decision-making with regard to ordination and marriage, 80% of the delegates from outside the US denied this perogative. As we often say in the United Methodist Church, “context, context, context.” In my opinion, the outcome of the General Conference vote resulted from a combination of an uncompromising interpretation of scripture, and an arrogance that is uncharacteristic of one of the best features of United Methodism – our willingness to “live and let live” in matters non-essential. Most United Methodists agree that there is no uniformity among the seven or so passages of scripture that have been used in the last couple hundred years to de-humanize homosexuals. Rev. DeLong rightly describes United Methodism as a denomination founded on a rich tradition derived from looking at human life through the lens of grace. As a General Conference, we betrayed a history of social justice and holiness and we did indeed limit grace. The Conference elected to place a millstone around the neck of thousands of sisters and brothers created in God’s image who merely desire the experience of full humanity the rest of us enjoy. 

The future of the denomination remains uncertain; what is certain is that where there is death, there is resurrection. This week of all weeks, that is our hope.

Rev. Bill Johnson

Cedar Springs United Methodist Church

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