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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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Beware false info on petition


I was asked to sign a petition on Monday, so I took a look at it. It is a petition created by Gary Johnson, the former Solon Township supervisor that was recalled back in 2004. The petition is to “allow” high-density housing into Solon Township, which we already do. The person presenting the petition to me first told me that Solon Township was preventing building in the Township. I told him that was not true. The township was not preventing building but was slowing growth somewhat, looking towards better planning and requiring public sewer and water in high-density areas. He then asked if I wanted to sign the petition so that I could vote! I told him if it was on the ballot I could vote regardless of whether I signed his petition or not and I did not sign his petition. 

I would ask that no one sign the petition until you have all the facts. The township planning commission has studied the options and held public hearings on it and also voted to send it to the Township board for approval and the board approved it. It’s all part of the master plan. If this becomes a ballot question I would also ask that the voters of the Township stand with the Township Board and the planning commission.

Robert Ellick

Solon Township Supervisor

2004 to present

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UMC conference did not limit grace


I would like to address the “apology” from Kim DeLong.

Jesus did not condone sin but forgave the sinner. He did not condemn but did tell them to sin no more. That applies to all of us. Couples should not be living together or having children together out of wedlock. It destroys the family that God designed. Men and women should not be defiling their own bodies. The Church either stands on the Word of God or it does not!  

God welcomes all people. He whispers our name. He calls us unto Himself. He doesn’t say we need to be perfect—just the opposite. He calls us to make us completely whole. We need only to answer.

Unfortunately, in Rev. Kim DeLong’s letter, she stated that the United Methodist General Conference voted to limit Grace. So untrue. God’s grace is unending and open to all who answer His call and seek Him.  

We, as Christians, are called to love one another, care for those in need, and help the widows and children. His teaching does not ask us to accept any sexual sin or perversions or unions He did not design.

The future our God sees for us may not be the future we see for ourselves. His way is always right. His love is complete. Jesus shed his blood for our sins. I will not apologize for Gods truth.  

We are not to convert God’s word to our thoughts but rather we are to conform to God’s thoughts.

He asks for our obedience. So if we must apologize, it is us who needs to apologize to God and ask for His forgiveness. No distortion of God’s truth makes wrong right!

Judy Matzen, Sand Lake

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Pastor apologizes for denomination’s decision

The editor rejected the following “From the Pulpit” article because it didn’t offer “hope and healing” (the guidelines for that venue) to everyone. 

I want to apologize to the LGBTQIA+ community for the harm my denomination has caused you. You have likely seen the headlines regarding the United Methodist Church’s General Conference. The General Conference voted to affirm and strengthen the current language in our Book of Discipline which states that all persons are of “sacred worth,” but “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.” 

Many United Methodists disagree with this decision, including me. I’m sorry that one more act of harm has been added to the mountain you have already endured. 

During Lent, the current Christian season we are celebrating, Christians strive for a deeper connection with God because we recognize that we are flawed human beings. Each one of us needs forgiveness and mercy and grace—so much grace.

The irony is that grace is the defining tenet of Methodist belief. We believe God’s grace pursues and surrounds us throughout our lives, and comes to us most profoundly in Jesus. Grace leads us to the reality of God’s love for us in Jesus. Grace convicts us of that reality, and grace grows our relationship with Jesus. Grace is available to each and every person.

So I’m sorry that General Conference voted to limit grace. Know many United Methodists are grieving this decision, and are working to find a solution.  Undoubtedly, our denomination will split. A significant number of United Methodists are working to birth a New Methodism which will offer grace to all persons.

Each and every person is beloved of God. None can earn God’s love. That’s called grace. May each and every one of you know that grace every day.

Rev. Kim DeLong

Courtland Oakfield United Methodist Church

10295 Myers Lake Ave N.E.

Rockford, MI  49341

Editor note: Rev. DeLong’s letter expresses her own personal opinion. She is not speaking on behalf of Courtland-Oakfield UMC.

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Put recycle items in proper dumpster

Dear Citizens of Kent County,

What will it take to get you to put your recycle items into the proper dumpster at the North Kent Transfer Station on 10 Mile Rd? There is a Joni Mitchell song called “The Big Yellow Taxi” and in that song there is part of a lyric which says, “You don’t know what you got until it’s gone.” What would the citizens of Kent County do if the recycling dumpsters were taken away? Can Rockford landfill handle more unnecessary items? I see people throwing cardboard into plastic/metal/glass/paper dumpsters. I see unnecessary trash/garbage in these dumpsters. I see large black plastic garbage bags filled with who knows what in the dumpster. Empty the bags. Reuse the bags. The recycling personnel have no use for them. The bags just get tossed in the landfill. I was told by the person who runs the scales that if a dumpster is mostly filled with unnecessary items, the whole dumpster is dumped in the landfill. 

Citizens of Kent County, stop abusing the system. Those of us who are 70 years of age or younger wouldn’t handle a depression or a situation like WWII where people had to reuse and recycle. We have this mentality of just throwing things out. “Out of sight out of mind”—is that the thinking of those who abuse the system? I would like to see the persons who abuse the system fined. But it would be impossible. Take the time and sort out what you have and put it in the right dumpster! You don’t know what you have until it’s gone.

Lenn Perry

Kent County Citizen

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What is Solon Township trying to do?

On November 6th, 2018, the voters in Solon Township voted down Ordinance No 18-4-Z.

After the election, the Solon Township Board added to the moratorium on residential development in the Township. This extension has resulted in a moratorium totaling approximately two years. Because of this moratorium, Solon Township is in a lawsuit.

I ask you now, how much of the Solon Township taxpayers’ money is the Board going to spend on an issue which was already voted down in the November election? 

Gary Johnson, 

Solon Township


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Vet appreciates anonymous note

This note was given to my husband, a 91-year-old WWII veteran, at the Burger King in Cedar Springs by a young lady who recently graduated from Cedar Springs High School last year. I thought it might be appropriate to post the letter to all local vets. My husband was deeply touched by her verbal “thank-you” as she pushed this note toward him as she left the restaurant.

Here is the text: 

Dear World War Two Vet,

Hi! I am a stranger, but I am indebted to you. It is because of people like you that I can do the things I do. I do not know or understand what you’ve been through, but I appreciate your commitment to keeping the country safe. You have my utmost respect and gratitude. Thank you for your sacrifice and service. Thank you for being willing to put your life on the line to keep total strangers away from harm. America is founded on men with hearts like yours. You are a true hero.

A thankful stranger.

A few people suggested that I submit the letter to the Post to not only recognize local vets but also to recognize the thoughtful young lady, who like many others these days show their gratitude long over due to vets still living, who deserve to be thanked.

Margaret Bieszka, Plainfield Township

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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 Post Scripts, Cedar Springs Post, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

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

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