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Christians have an obligation to help

Last week (July 10) John Lengemann wrote a column under the headline 'Duty is to the citizens of USA only' and made some very good points. I would like to begin with his closing question of "Why don't you stay in your own country and make it better?" If this was practiced then the Native Americans would be happily occupying these borders from sea to shining sea. Be that as it may, there have been millions of arrivals over the past centuries and the U.S. is experiencing another immigration ordeal. And I agree with him when he wrote "the illegal immigration issue is a complex one."

Mr. Lengemann stated that America does not have a duty to assist persons of other nations whether outside or inside the borders of the U.S. This is true and if one looks at American History the U.S. has helped other nations or citizens within countries when it has been to our international political and/or economic advantage.

At this point the letter by Eric Flinn From July 3 titled 'Creed over Deed or Deed over Creed?' needs to be mentioned. Mr. Flinn stated that Christians value or practice their faith as more important than their deeds. I submit that Christians should have their creed or faith equal to their deeds. In James 2:17 & 18 (Bible reference) it reads "Faith without deeds is dead...I will show you my faith by my deeds." Having said that, America as a nation might not have a duty to help these people in need (inside or outside our borders), but Christian Americans do! Jesus said his followers are to love their neighbors and basically put forth that all other people are our neighbors with His parable about the Good Samaritan. So Christian Americans have an obligation to help persons in need.

I am not proposing assistance to criminals, but help for those seeking a better life—inside or outside American borders. I have aided several individuals and there are agencies accepting donations for helping those in need (please do research before making any kind of monetary gift).

Mr. Lengemann made some interesting observations of the political parties and economic situations surrounding the immigration issue. Illegal immigrants are taking jobs at low wages (Lengemann view), but Americans are not willing to perform some of these jobs (Cutler view). A huge point of contention for me is that illegal immigrants are usually paid in cash and therefore do not pay taxes. They are using the American system, but not paying into the American system. Of course, the employer is guilty of hiring a person not documented to work in the U.S. and guilty of not paying the appropriate federal and state payroll taxes. Meanwhile "Democrats and Republicans fight... publicly while quietly agreeing behind the scenes to preserve the status quo," (John Lengemann).

Regardless of how one feels about the immigration camps, it is in the best interest of all Americans to quickly incorporate these people into our society or return them to their own countries so the camps can be closed. This will allow the U.S. to focus its tax dollars and time on other matters while Christians can assist needy people in their own communities and/or other nations.

Respectfully submitted,

—Chris J. Cutler
July 17, 2019

Disappointed by loss of magic in the air

I have lived in the Imlay City area for well over 60 years and I'm proud to call it my hometown.

Over the years, I have witnessed the changes and growth of the area which has contributed to the prosperity of our community.

Imlay City Schools offered me a good education—teachers, classmates and all that's involved in growing up in a rural area. I was fortunate to be a part of my 50th class reunion and ride on a float with some of my classmates in the Blueberry Festival Parade.

I miss the days of the Blueberry Festival with those hot August temperatures, crowded sidewalks, laughter and conversation with old friends and neighbors, people sitting in their own chairs on the grass waiting for the big parade...and what's a celebration without blueberry pie?

Then one day, just like that, the Blueberry Festival vanished and was replaced by the Busker Fest. I'm disappointed to now witness the loss of a time when there was magic in the air with crowds of people coming together to celebrate our community.

—Richard Baker
July 17, 2019

Archdiocese issued a press release

I am writing this in defense of a holy priest, Fr. Eduard Perrone, who has only allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. We are truly going through persecution of our Catholic Church. By printing the article on July 10, Fr. Perrone has already been convicted. When he is proven innocent, he will still have the stigma of guilty. Many believe the truth of a newspaper who many times exaggerate or publish news not thoroughly investigated.


Editor's note: The article regarding Fr. Eduard Perrone was written based on a press release issued on July 7, 2019 by the Archdiocese of Detroit. The press release may be found at

The press release reads in its entirety as follows:

Regarding Reverend Eduard Perrone

Jul 7, 2019

For more information contact: Archdiocesan Communications,, 313-237-5943.

Effective July 5, 2019, Father Eduard Perrone, 70, has been temporarily restricted from any public ministry due to a credible allegation of sexual abuse of a minor pending a Church process. In addition, his name will be added to the Archdiocese of Detroit's website

The Archdiocese of Detroit reported the allegation–from the earlier years of Father Perrone's ministry–to Macomb County law enforcement and its findings were provided to the Michigan Attorney General's Office. The Archdiocese of Detroit recently was informed by the Attorney General's Office that it could proceed with its canonical (Church law) review. The Archdiocesan Review Board subsequently deemed the complaint to be credible, meaning it has a "semblance of truth." A further determination on the matter now falls to the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), which reviews all cases involving the sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults by clergy. Under Church law, much like in civil law, there is a presumption of innocence during this process.

While restricted from ministry, Father Perrone is prohibited from representing himself as a priest, wearing clerical attire or exercising any form of Church ministry. Like any cleric restricted from ministry in the Archdiocese of Detroit, he is monitored to ensure compliance with Church restrictions.

Monsignor Ronald Browne has been named temporary administrator of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Grotto) Parish, where Father Perrone is currently assigned as pastor.

Individuals with knowledge of sexual abuse by clergy or other Church representatives are urged to contact local law enforcement and/or the Michigan Attorney General's Office at (844) 324-3374 or Individuals also may contact the Archdiocese of Detroit by visiting or by calling the 24/7 victim assistance line at (866) 343-8055 or by emailing There are no time limits or restrictions on individuals wishing to report abuse.

Biographical Information:

Education: Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit, MI; St. John's Provincial Seminary, Plymouth, MI

Ordained: June 10, 1978

Assignment History:

1978-1981: Associate Pastor, St. Peter Parish, Mt. Clemens

1981-1984: Associate Pastor, St. Genevieve Parish, Livonia

1984-1987: Associate Pastor, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Grotto) Parish, Detroit

1987-1994: Pastor, St. Nicholas Parish, Capac

1994 - present: Pastor, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Grotto) Parish, Detroit

—Michaeline Roeske
July 17, 2019

Celebrate 100 years of Farm Bureau

The St. Clair County Farmers Federation was originally established in March 1913. The group's goal in organizing was to employ a county agricultural agent. Some of the group's first officers were Albert Tosch of Mussey Township, A.E. Stevenson of Port Huron, J.J. Norman of Grant Township and Robert Allington of China Township.

In the early days, the federation concentrated their efforts on tile draining, livestock disease eradication, farm labor and improvement of "farm home living" by helping to install 18 septic tanks on farm premises.

In 1918, during World War I, the group worked closely with the district draft board to process agricultural claims for deferment. The group also made contact with employment offices in Detroit when farm labor shortages became apparent and helped coordinate the placement of 126 people on St. Clair County farms. That year, the organization also took action to supply farmers with seed during short supplies. They secured railcars of both wheat and corn seed and distributed them throughout the county. Also in 1918, the federation organized Cooperative Marketing Associations in China, Memphis, Brockway and Port Huron.

In June 1919, the federation was formally reorganized as St. Clair County Farm Bureau.

In the ensuing years, a Woman's Program of Work group was created and they coordinated many farm tours. Over the years their guests included the Kiwanis Club, Representative David Bonior, WJR radio station staff and Wayne County 4-H members.

At present, St. Clair County Farm Bureau remains active in the community. Every year, the organization purchases project animals at the St. Clair County 4-H and Youth Fair, donates ag- accurate books to the St. Clair County Library System, and supports local food pantries.

For nearly a decade, our volunteers under the direction of our Promotion and Education Committee

have coordinated Project RED (Rural Education Day) when we welcome hundreds of fourth grade students from across the county to the Goodells County Park to learn about the diversity of agriculture in St. Clair County and across Michigan.

In honor of this special milestone, St. Clair County Farm Bureau invites the community to a special Centennial Celebration at the St. Clair County 4-H and Youth Fair on Thursday, July 18. Starting at 7 p.m., guests can enjoy free refreshments, games and activities for kids, historical displays and much more. The Centennial event will take place in the Entertainment Tent adjacent to the Community Building on the south side of the fairgrounds. There is an admission fee to enter the fair but our Centennial event is free of charge.

For more information, find St. Clair County Farm Bureau on Facebook.

—St. Clair County Farm Bureau Board of Directors
July 10, 2019

New website aimed at lead safety education

To help educate Michiganders about the sources of lead in and around their homes and how to protect their health, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has launched a new statewide awareness campaign.

The goal of the campaign is to educate families about the possible sources of lead—including paint, dust, water and soil—and how to mitigate, reduce or eliminate those exposures. The campaign includes advertising on the web, social media and Pandora. A new website— —has been developed to provide a one-stop-shop on lead, lead hazards and mitigation steps. It also has links to important community resources and information for families.

The campaign kicks off following last week's announcement by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy and MDHHS about the state's new Lead and Copper Rule and available resources.

Michigan adopted one of the nation's toughest lead rules for drinking water in 2018 that requires removal of lead service lines and lowers the action level over which public water supplies must take steps to reduce the corrosiveness of the water they supply. Additionally, the rule imposes more stringent drinking water sampling requirements designed to provide municipalities with more accurate readings of potential lead exposure in communities.

For children and pregnant women, lead exposure is especially dangerous because it can impact a child's developing brain. It can also contribute to miscarriages and preterm birth.

Lead can be found in soil, chipping and peeling paint, drinking water if supplied by lead pipes, certain home remedies and is used in some hobbies and occupations. There is no safe level of lead in the blood.

Visit the website for more information

—Lynn Sutfin
July 03, 2019

Creed over Deed or Deed over Creed?

It is said that the significant difference between Christianity and Judaism is the relative importance of faith. For the Christian, it is "Creed" over "Deed." What one believes is ultimately more important than what one does. For Jews, it is the opposite: "Deed" over "Creed." What one does and how one behaves is more important than what one believes. That distinction frustrates some Christians as illustrated in a letter written by Mary Anne Kraft of Bloomfield Hills that appeared in the June 30, 2019 edition of The Detroit Free Press:

I am an 80-year-old grandmother of six, and after listening to NPR interviewing a doctor for children who are in the United States illegally through no fault of their own, I was appalled.

Where are the Churches who should be aiding these children? My Church spent a large amount of money sending out a very extravagant brochure to 'Unleash the Gospel.' We could have spent the money for aid to these children.

Why are we not collecting urgently needed basics for these children? They did not ask to be brought here. What would Jesus say?


—Eric Flinn
July 03, 2019

Lots of laughs, smiles and cheering

Many "Thanks" to be given!!

A big "Thank You" for all involved with the Michigan Busker Fest this year, we had such a strong committee, and every single member volunteered countless hours to make sure the festival went off without a hitch.

Committee members are Barbara Yockey, Rob Mette, Jen Hill, Ian Kempf, Julie Salsido, Kim Jorgensen, Doug Halabicky, Debra Battani, Andrea Mette, Randy Hall, Allen Rosenbalm, Leah Mills and Heidi Schluessler. I appreciate all they have done for this festival and look forward to working with them throughout the year for next year's Michigan Busker Fest.

There were a lot of laughs, smiles, and cheering heard throughout Imlay City on June 14-15 and it was a wonderful thing to see.

On Friday, the weather was beautiful, and even the the clouds and rain didn't keep everyone away on Saturday for all of the festivities!

I would also like to thank Heritage Church for the many volunteers they brought our way—around 31 people! They were happy and willing to volunteer wherever we needed them.

Thank you to the community and out-of-towners who came and explored Imlay City and saw what we have to offer. Without Chamber members, sponsors, volunteers, and the community, we wouldn't be able to have a festival that is fun for the whole family.

Another thank you to Tri-City Times for doing a story every single week about the festival to let everyone know all the goings on for the two-day event and always being a big supporter.

The Michigan Busker Fest is so unique to that NPR's Michigan Radio and Click on Detroit did stories on the event. I feel it's going bring more people to Imlay City.

Look for information in the Tri-City Times and on the Imlay City Chamber of Commerce Facebook page regarding start dates for meetings aimed at planning of the 2020 Michigan Busker Fest for all that would like to get involved.

Thank you again!

—Shannon Hamel, Executive Director
July 03, 2019

Weston teacher grateful for grants

I would like to express a very heartfelt "Thank You" to Four County Community Foundation for all the support they have so generously provided throughout the years. As a teacher at Weston Elementary, I have personally been awarded grants many times for a variety of projects over the past years. This past year my kindergarten students were able to use "Reading Pens" and headphones to listen to books beyond their ability level—but just right for their interest levels thanks to a grant from Four County Community Foundation.

In previous years, I have received grants for STEAM learning, books and posters for art study, musical assemblies at both Weston and Borland, materials for a Gyotaku project in Art, and equipment to build stamina in Physical Education classes. Those are just the grants I have personally been awarded since 2012. Many others have also benefited from their support as well.

If you have entered the Weston lobby you have probably noticed the colorful artwork spelling out W-E-S-T-O-N in clay tiles. You guessed it—an earlier grant from Four County Community Foundation! They provided the materials for the project including the clay, glaze, and a clay roller to complete not only the Weston project—but a similar project at Borland Elementary as well. At both Weston and Borland, every student and staff member at the time created and signed a tile to make the final project complete and unique. Once again, thank you.

Over the years hundreds of students have benefited from the generous support of Four County Community Foundation and I am one grateful educator.


—Joanne Majerle, Teacher
June 26, 2019

Capac Masons award scholarships

Forest Lodge No. 126 in Capac recently presented two $1,500 scholarships with matching funds from the Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation to two 2019 Capac High School graduates, Shelby Husovsky and Justin Lee.

The scholarship funds were raised by Lodge members through the sale of sportsmen's raffle tickets last year. Tickets were sold at the Woods-N-Water News Outdoor Weekend and in the months preceding the show.

We are looking forward to continuing this program for years to come.

Many thanks to all the brothers of the lodge for the diligent efforts to raise funds for these scholarships and congratulations to the winners!

—Robert Wiseman,
June 26, 2019

State Board of Ed president to speak

The President of the State Board of Education is coming to Lapeer. Casandra Ulbrich, President of the State Board, will be the guest speaker for the regular monthly meeting of the Lapeer County Democratic Party on Thursday, June 27.

The meeting will be at the Lapeer County Center, Lincoln Room, 425 Center St. The regular meeting, including a short business session, will begin at 7 p.m. A potluck dinner will precede the meeting at 6 p.m. The public is invited.

Ulbrich was elected to the State Board of Education in 2006 and re-elected for another eight-year term in 2014. She presently serves as President of the Board. Ulbrich graduated from Yale High School and began her higher education at St. Clair County Community College. She received a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan. Her education continued at Wayne State University where she earned a Master's degree and a PhD both in Communications.

Ulbrich's work has included serving as the press secretary for Congressman David Bonior, which involved being his official spokesperson. She served ten years in administrative positions at Wayne State including Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. At Macomb Community College she was Vice President for College Advancement and Community Relations. Ulbrich was recently appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of Institutional Advancement at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Ulbrich serves on various committees of the National Association of State Boards of Education, the Midwest Higher Education Compact, and the American Association of Community Colleges. She is also a volunteer K-9 handler with Search and Rescue of Michigan and Wolverine State Search and Recovery.

She has been recognized by Crain's Detroit Business as one of Michigan's '40 under 40,' the Service to Schools Award by the Macomb ISD, the Liberty Bell Award from the Macomb Bar Foundation and is the recipient of an honorary degree from her alma mater, St. Clair County Community College.

We hope to see you there!

—Bill Rykhus
June 26, 2019

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