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Preschool should be accessible to all


Early Childhood Education is something so many have heard of, yet so many do not understand the necessity of educating our young children.

Having children attend school, one to two years before kindergarten, can make a substantial impact on their education in their future years. Studies have proven that children who do not receive the services of preschool suffer in literacy, math, and social skills in their future years. With these known facts we would think that in our State of Michigan preschool/prekindergarten would be available to all, but that is not the case.

Head Start and GSRP programs offer quality preschool for children who have risk factors. Unfortunately middle class families do not qualify for these programs and are faced with a tuition bill they cannot afford. These children end up not attending a program and are at a loss. Prekindergarten should be accessible, affordable and offered to all children regardless of risk factors. What can we do? With election time before us soon please take the time to elect officials who are in support of early childhood education in our state. If we want Michigan to be back on top in education prekindergarten is a must.

Thank you for your time.

—Virginia Pocius
October 16, 2018

Speed and safety issues on Kidder Rd.


I live on S. Kidder Road in Almont and the traffic is so bad nowadays. So many people use this road as a bypass to get off of VanDyke because of the backups. The speed limit goes from 30 mph down to 25 mph coming through, and nobody pays attention!

It's getting worse! The police come sometimes and sit maybe a total of 5 to 10 minutes when you call, or if we're lucky they come by a bit longer. I have asked about getting the speed trailer, but it hasn't arrived. I have asked about other options and nothing seems to help.

We need help down here on S. Kidder Road to keep the area safe. Please!

—Shelly Striber
October 16, 2018

Help develop historic Almont photos


The Almont Community Historical Society recently received a donation of a large box of old photographs. The photographs are at least a hundred years old. Also included in the box was a smaller box which contains 60

"glass plate negatives," which were taken in Almont between 1870 and 1890.

The Society needs the community's help to cover the cost of developing these photographic plates. The cost of development runs between $10 and $12 per plate. In total, we will need about $700. If you can help, please send checks to the Almont Community Historical Society at 149 S. Main Street, P. O. Box 635, Almont, 48003.

On Friday, October 26, I will be doing presentations about the early history of Almont to the Almont third grade classes.

The next day, Saturday, October 27 from 1 to 4 p.m., the Society will be conducting its Second Annual "History and a Treat" program. Children in Halloween costumes will receive a note on Almont's history and a treat.

The Society is in the process of replacing Deborah Burroughs Allen's headstone and we will be conducting an unveiling ceremony in the near future.

—James Wade, President
October 16, 2018

Vote NO on November proposals


Many voters will have the "deer in the headlights" look in the voting booth November 6. Here is my view:

Legal marijuana is NO no brainer. Do we need to give our teens another pastime besides smart phones? Developing minds are easily twisted into looking for new highs. And they will get it. Out-of-state money pushes this, the 10% tax won't compensate state and local governments for the mess left behind.

Redistricting by citizens is a NO as this is a democrat chance to redistrict to favor them. California did this and it was fraught with fraud. Who will choose this so called independent voter commission. Too much chance the people picked will be favorites anyway.

Allow to register to vote on day of election will create a nightmare as clerks will be tied up checking if a person is a resident or not right at voting time which will lead to frauds as proper checks cannot be done timely. Vote NO.

Sincerely,

—David Naeyaert
October 16, 2018

$1 clovers at TSC fund 4-H


The fall 4-H Paper Clover Campaign is underway at Tractor Supply Company (TSC). The $1 clovers will be available at checkout until Oct. 14. Funds will support county, state and national 4-H programming.

The 4-H Paper Clover Campaign, held biannually in the spring and fall since 2010, takes place at TSC's 1,600 stores. This close partnership between 4-H and TSC allowed Michigan 4-H to raise nearly $55,000 in the spring 2018 campaign—the most ever raised during a Paper Clover Campaign in Michigan.

The Paper Clover Campaign is a significant part of Tractor Supply Company's support of 4-H programs throughout the communities we serve, and we are proud to be able to provide essential funding to more than 1,000 county 4-H programs. These programs make a positive impact on young people that last a lifetime. The continued success of the Tractor Supply Paper Clover fundraisers demonstrate the importance of our 4-H partnership with our customers, team members and communities.

Seventy percent of the funds raised supports county 4-H programs; 10 percent supports 4-H volunteer and teen leadership training workshops; 5 percent will go to state 4-H programs; 5 percent will go to the Michigan 4-H Foundation and 10 percent to National 4-H Council for underwriting the cost of the program. All funds donated during the fall campaign can be tracked online and will be recorded by state and by store. Visit www.tractorsupply.com/4-H for more information about the Paper Clover Campaign.

For more information about the Michigan 4-H Foundation, visit mi4hfdtn.org. Michigan 4-H Youth Development is the youth-serving program of Michigan State University Extension. For more information about Michigan 4-H, visit www.4h.msue.msu.edu. National 4-H Council is the private sector, nonprofit partner of 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute for Food and Agriculture within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about 4-H at www.4-H.org.

—Tractor Supply Company (TSC)
October 11, 2018

Rosary for our nation


On Sunday, Oct. 7, local Catholics prayed a public rosary in Imlay City for our nation. They joined thousands of people from all over the United States, and also 55 other countries. The rosaries were prayed simultaneously at 4 p.m. Eastern time.

Our nation, torn by evil and confusion, can only be saved through prayer!

"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14.

In the Love of Our Lady,

—Susan Sterner
October 11, 2018

Chromebook/Google collects personal info


This is an open letter to parents in school districts that use Chromebooks/Google as a tool to facilitate instruction. You may not be aware that Chromebooks/Google use their devices to collect personal information. Not only the usual data of grades, websites visited and curriculum, but more. You can read more about this in an article 'Student laptops, student tablets,' by Shane VanderHolt and 'Education reform, education tech,' by John Drords. A Front Line feature aired in March, 2017 is also a source of information.

If you consider this an infringement of your student's privacy, you have the right to opt out of using the devices.

Sincerely,

—Marie Killingbeck
October 11, 2018

Art in the Rough a tremendous success


The Imlay City Downtown Development Authority would like to thank the community for making the 4th Annual Art in the Rough a tremendous success.

Over 200 people attended the event, purchased art, explored downtown, and enjoyed live performances. The Imlay City DDA would like to thank our partner in the event, the Lapeer Art Association, for all of their efforts and volunteer time.

A special thank you to our sponsors: Mindful Design, 4th Street Antiques, Doug Halabicky State Farm, Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Imlay City Area Chamber of Commerce, Lakestone Bank and Trust, Vintech Industries, Hiram's Tavern, and Milnes Auto Group. The DDA also appreciates our hosts for the evening: The American Legion, Imlay City Family Hair Care, Eden's Attic, Barbara Yockey Law Office, Gem and Diamond, Tom and Lisa Bieganowski, Somewhere in Time Photography, and Ray and Nancy Krakowski. Like any event, volunteers and cooperation from the City are key to its success.

The DDA would like to thank the many volunteers from the community who helped to organize and implement the event. Their dedication, time, and commitment to our downtown is greatly appreciated. Also, thank you to the Imlay City Department of Public Works for their assistance in preparation for the event. Art in the Rough is a unique event that grows each year thanks to the wonderful community in which we live.

Sincerely,

—Dana Walker, Director
October 11, 2018

Recent letters illustrate wisdom of father


While reviewing the opinion page of this newspaper I discovered letters that illustrate wisdom my father impressed on me over 70 years ago. One is that is that if you hear only one side of a issue you don't know anything. Kind of like when you have a trial and you hear only the prosecution or only the defense. You aren't likely to come up with a fair decision. Number 2 is a New Testament quotation, MK. 12-38 Math 23-1 and Lk 21 "Woe to you lawyers who take away the key of knowledge." A third would be that there are two kinds of Republicans; rich ones and calculating ones! This statement isn't intended to insult anyone, but reveal how things really are. The rich have become so corpulent they can afford to spend billions on political propaganda via TV, newspaper, radio, 81 think tanks, and untold dark money for political shills. This is how manipulation works. How did the unjustified war in Iraq and the worst recession in 78 years (2008) caused by the Republican party evolve into "Jail Hillary?" How can you not see their media control from this? Bush, Cheney, Rumsfield, George Tennet, John Bolton and Attorney General Gonzalez should all be tried for war crimes. At least 4,801 of our American troops were killed and over 30,000 wounded. One and a quarter trillion dollars were borrowed and wasted. That has generated years of interest that is still being paid to somebody. I pray for our country.

—Joe Tribula
October 11, 2018

Think about what your party stands for


I know everybody is tired of hearing about Brett Kavanaugh, but hear more of the story. Operatives for the Democrat party tried to get a friend of Christine Ford to change her story to testify against Kavanaugh. Democrats stop at nothing! While he has been voted in as Justice of the SCOTUS, all the Democrat activism concerning him related to his pro-life conservative views. Democrats can't stand a person with pro-life views. Sadly the Democrats worship the pro abortion stand to the point that they are blinded to any other view. Pro abortion guides them so much that they used Christine Ford as a smokescreen to try to block him exploiting people's soft hearts to a victim. The message this sends by Democrats is any good conservative will be trashed professionally and personally.

If you are a real Democrat and intend on voting for Democrats, think about what your party stands for. And if you vote Democrat I wonder why you are flushing your values down the toilet.

Sincerely,

—David Naeyaert
October 11, 2018

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