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By JGillman, Section News
I said no to fireworks on the fourth.
As a county commissioner, last year I voted with the prevailing side for Grand Traverse County to NOT contribute funds to the local fireworks displays on independence day. While a couple of those who wanted to do so cried "unpatriotic", the decision was that we would not use taxpayer funds for the light and noise show so often associated with July 4 activities.
It really wasn't that difficult.
Don't get me wrong. I like fireworks too. and of course the cost was minimal. A few thousand dollars to help subsidize an operation that had been somewhat disrupted by a change in a local veterans organization that was till then handling the project's financials, doesn't seem like a great burden. However, added to it were the contributions from local townships, and other govt agencies, all of which must first take from the citizens by force, to make such generous entertainment available. The local non profit which brought it before our board, had considerable means to make its own contributions, yet had not even pledged a single penny to the affair at that point.
Why bother when government will foot the bill, right? The taxpayers will be only paying pennies. What great entertainment! Caesar, keep us happy!!!
Next thing we might be funding would be large venue amphitheaters with large carnivore elements.
In the end however, some business owners (along with a few of those govt agencies) decided to step up to the plate. Sponsorships rolled in, and July 4th festivities were saved!
Imagine that. (continued below the fold)
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By JGillman, Section News
Grand Rapids has a new look. And it is ugly.
In the largely Dutch Christian part of the state, a group calling themselves the "Center For Inquiry" is blowing $2.700.00 a month for a billboard that declares "you don't need God." WZZM 13 in Grand Rapids' story has the spokesperson (at about 1:10 ) declaring:
One must ask first "WHY would anyone spend that kind of cash to advance a negative goal?" Secondly, who (or what) should we believe in? as a common decider of fate? Walmart? Them? The government?
Perhaps that is the problem we face.
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