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Amash talks partisanship, Syria, healthcare


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N-Amash-pullquoteBy Judy Reed

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash told the crowd at Cedar Springs High School Monday night, April 10, that the partisanship in Washington is the worst he’s ever seen, and that the leadership doesn’t seem to be interested in breaking the gridlock.

“I’ve always said that we need to work with each other, have honest debate, and let things fall where they may. The only way you fix it is by choosing a speaker of the house who is non-partisan. It takes tremendous will, and I haven’t seen that with this or the previous speaker,” remarked Amash.

N-Amash2The town hall meeting was the first of several that Amash is holding throughout the district over the next week.

He explained that the only things that go to the floor for a vote are the things that the leadership wants, things that have no chance of passing, or things too mild to affect anything. “We either need a change in direction from this speaker, or we need a new one,” he said.

Amash is a firm believer in the principles of the Constitution. He is known for not only standing up for those principles, but also for not mincing words when it comes to politicians he feels are violating them, such as President Trump. That was the case with the President’s recent strikes on Syria.

“The process was not right,” said Amash. “He risked escalating the situation. The framers of the Constitution gave to Congress the power to declare war because we are the closest to the people. I’m here holding the town hall meeting, not Donald Trump. With war, I might be sending your son or daughter off to be killed. To think you can launch a missile strike with no consequence is naïve.”

Amash explained that the War Powers Resolution is often used to justify one-off strikes. Those cases are supposed to only happen when the U.S. itself has been attacked. It says: “The President’s powers as Commander in Chief are exercised only pursuant to a declaration of war, specific statutory authorization from Congress, or a national emergency created by an attack upon the United States” (50 USC Sec. 1541).

“It did not give the president the authority to do what he did,” noted Amash. “There are times we want him to act quickly. But it’s not for offensive acts against another government.”

Amash said the framers of the Constitution left it up to the people to decide whether they want war, and the president then conducts the war.

He did say he thought they should continue to go after ISIS, but that they should update the 2001 mission and goal, and have more debate about it in Congress. “I don’t think you can have perpetual war; it’s dangerous,” he said.

Amash also talked about why he didn’t support the failed Republican proposal on healthcare. “It didn’t repeal the ACA, just tweaked it,” he explained. “The ACA is not functioning the way we’d like it to function. Premiums are going up for a lot of people. It helps many, but also hurts many. We need to start over, in a bipartisan way. The Republican proposal just restructures it, and tweaks can make it worse. It left the sickest and most vulnerable at risk.”

He said that there is no reason to rush it. “We want to make sure we get it right. They just wanted to get it done quickly. It was just a political plan. I’m part of the Freedom Caucus, and I’m sure you heard that we caused it to fail. It’s not true. There were more Republicans going to vote against it than were part of the Freedom Caucus.” Amash said that 50-80 Republicans would have voted against the bill. “It would have been actually very embarrassing, and that’s why they pulled it,” Amash said.

After the failure of the bill, an aide to President Trump called Amash a liability over Twitter and urged Trump supporters to vote for a different Republican candidate in 2018.

But Amash isn’t letting that sway him. “We should’ve worked with the Democrats on it. It needs to be bipartisan. We need buy-in. I still believe the best system is to let states regulate health care. They have different people, different demographics. Allow them to try out a variety of ways. There would be more alternatives, more choices, and would cause the least amount of tension. If you didn’t like it, you could move to another state. I think it would be easier to move out of state than out of the country,” he said, which brought a chuckle from the crowd.

Amash touched on several other topics including immigration, Internet privacy, education, the presidential transparency act, and more, and answered questions for two hours. He also encouraged residents to let him know their feelings on possible war with Syria, and to reach out to his office if they have problems, such as veterans getting assistance, immigration issues, and other concerns.

You can contact the Grand Rapids office at (616) 451-8383 or send physical mail to 110 Michigan St NW, Suite 460, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. You can also email him through his website. Visit https://amash.house.gov/contact-me.

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DNR to answer questions about CWD in Mecosta County 


 

Feb. 22 town hall meeting in Morley

The Michigan departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) recently announced the finding of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a Mecosta County deer farm facility.

There are two upcoming opportunities for interested landowners, hunters and deer farmers to get the latest information and ask questions about this finding:

For deer farmers – Wednesday, Feb. 1
MDARD will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. at the Big Rapids Holiday Inn, 1005 Perry Ave., Big Rapids.

For hunters and area landowners – Wednesday, Feb. 22
The DNR will host a town hall meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Morley Stanwood High School Cafetorium, 4700 Northland Drive, Morley.

At the Feb. 22 meeting, local DNR wildlife biologist Pete Kailing, DNR deer management specialist Chad Stewart and DNR wildlife veterinarian Kelly Straka will present information on CWD, its effects on deer and deer populations, and the DNR’s CWD response to date. Following presentations, the panel will welcome questions.

“I have been getting many calls from hunters from the area, who want to understand our next steps,” said Stewart. “We scheduled our meeting a few weeks out in order to be able to share the most complete information available. When battling a disease like CWD, it is critical that local hunters and landowners are on board to help with the fight. We are thankful for the great cooperation we have received so far.”

CWD affects members of the deer family, including elk and moose. It is caused by the transmission of infectious, self-multiplying proteins (prions) contained in saliva and other body fluids of infected animals.

To date, there is no evidence the disease presents any risk to non-cervids including humans, either through contact with an infected animal or from handling venison. As a precaution, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization recommend infected animals not be consumed as food by either humans or domestic animals.

To learn more about CWD, visit www.michigan.gov/cwd.

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Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting


Creative Technologies Academy

350 Pine Street | Cedar Springs, MI  49319

9th Semi-Annual

Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting

Monday, April 27, 2015

6:00 – 7:00 PM

 “How to Change the World (continued)”

(Child care provided through grade 5)

  • All parents in attendance will receive a free CTA t-shirt
  • All parents in attendance are eligible for a $100 gas card drawing

*CTA Administrators and Teachers will be available to answer any questions about the topics discussed, address any concerns of a general nature, and welcome any positive feedback on the school year to date.

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Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting


Creative Technologies Academy

8th Semi-Annual

Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting

Monday, November 3, 2014

6:00 – 7:00 PM – Town Hall Meeting

(Child care provided)

 

  • A time for information and discussion of CTA policies and programs and issues that are important to your child’s education*
  • $100 gas card drawing

 

*CTA Administrators and Teachers will be available to answer any questions about the topics discussed, address any concerns of a general nature, and welcome any positive feedback on the school year to date.

 

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CTA Calendar


 

 

September 18 Cross Country Fremont Invite

 

September 19 Picture Day – all grades

 

September 19 Grades 6-8 Back to School Kickoff for Parents and Students of Middle School – 6-9 pm

 

September 26 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 12:55 pm

6-12 Dismissal at 1:06 pm

 

September 27 Cross Country Allendale Invite – 8:30 am

 

October 10 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 12:55 pm

6-12 Dismissal at 1:06 pm

 

October 10 Cross Country – Montabella HS – 4 pm

 

October 18 Cross Country – Michigan Class “D” State Championship

October 18 1st Annual Harvest Festival – 3-6 pm (PA sponsored)

October 18 Harvest Festival Dance – 6-9 pm

 

October 21-23 Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences  (required of all students and parents)

October 23 Wall of Honor Recognition – 2 pm – CTA Auditorium

 

October 24 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 12:55 pm

6-12 Dismissal at 1:06 pm

 

October 27 Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting – 6:30 pm

 

October 30 Cross Country Banquet and Awards – 6 pm

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Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting


Creative Technologies Academy

Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting

Monday, October 28, 2013

5:30 PM – Parent Dinner with CTA Staff

6:00 PM – Town Hall Meeting

“Keep Getting Better”

This is an opportunity for parents, prospective families, and other members of the community to visit with teachers and administrators about how we can better serve our children. Bring your questions and your answers. We value your input and feedback and we will greatly appreciate your attendance at this event! Thank you!

 

• iPad Drawing – A free iPad will be given to someone who recommended CTA to a family who enrolled for the first time this year.

 

All adults in attendance will be eligible for a $100 gas card drawing.

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SCHOOL CALENDAR – 2013-14


CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES ACADEMY

SCHOOL CALENDAR – 2013-14

 

Traditional Grades K-5: 7:50am – 2:35pm

Traditional Grades 6-12: 7:45am – 2:32pm

FlexTrac Grades 9-12: 3:00pm – 6:50pm

 

Thursday, August 22 FlexTrac Only Parent/Student Orientation – 6 PM

Tuesday, August 27 Traditional Orientation & Open House (K-12) – 5:30 – 8:00 PM

 

Tuesday, September 3 First Day of School

September 3-October 4 Global Scholar Fall Testing

 

October 8-24 MEAP Testing

October 14 No School for Students; Teacher PD day 8 AM – 4:00 PM

October 22-24 Parent Teacher Conferences (required of all students and parents)

October 25 No School for Students or Staff

October 28 Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting

 

Visit our website at www.ctaschool.com for entire school year calendar.

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Family Night and Town Hall Meeting


CTA held its annual Family Night on Monday, April 22. Middle school students held a bake sale with games and activities mixed with delicious desserts. Grades K-5 had a variety of projects and activities on display. The Kindergarten space ship was a big attraction. 1st grade displayed their seed growing science project. 2nd graders focused on their reading activities while the 3rd graders were proud of all the things they could make out of recycled or discarded items. Ms. Burton’s 4th graders gave their annual tour of world foods and cultures (passport required) and Mr. Kenemer’s 5th graders presented their annual wax museum.

CTA held its 5th Town Hall Meeting on Monday, April 22 as a part of Family Night activities. It was the most attended Town Hall Meeting since School Leader Dan George initiated the practice in April, 2011.

The meeting began with Mr. George celebrating the good news of CTA’s academic achievements for the year. Other highlights of the evening included:

Dean of Students, David Oldebekking reviewed important end of year dates and activities.

Elementary teachers Lauren Huston and Hannah Barrett reported on K-3 technology initiatives for 2013-14.

Assistant Principal, Carrie Paddock discussed curriculum initiatives for 2013-14.

Mr. George reported plans to have more specials and electives available for 2013-14 and introduced representatives from the YMCA who discussed the after school care initiative for next school year.

Mr. Oldebekking outlined enrollment and marketing plans for next year and distributed handbooks for parents of sophomores and juniors to help them prepare for college.

The evening ended with a question and answer period. CTA thanks all of the families who turned out for the meeting. Your participation is greatly valued!

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DATE CHANGE — MARK YOUR CALENDAR!


 Spring Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting

(originally scheduled for April 23)

Has been rescheduled to Thursday, April 19, 2012

7-8 PM

This is also Family Night at CTA!

Hope to see you all there!

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DATE CHANGE–MARK YOUR CALENDAR!


Spring Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting

(originally scheduled for April 23)

Has been rescheduled to Thursday, April 19, 2012 7-8 PM

This is also Family Night at CTA! Hope to see you all there!

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