2018-08-08 / Opinion

READER FEEDBACK

‘Thanks’ for honoring farmers

It’s nice to see farmers recognized and honored in the community (Farmer Appreciation Day at Jim Riehl’s Friendly in Lapeer on Tuesday). My brother farms and my father farmed most of his life in St. Clair County.

Most people take farmers for granted and don’t really give too much thought to where their food comes from. That’s too bad, because I also think some people think farmers are not sophisticated or smart people. They’re wrong on both.

I know from my life experience that farmers are one of the largest and most loyal voting blocks in the country. Farmers pay attention to politics and policies that affect their livelihood. I can guarantee you farmers probably voted more than most other occupations in Tuesday’s election (Aug. 7).

I also think it’s insulting to say that farmers like to take government subsidies and handouts, because they don’t. Sometimes it’s necessary when world politics causes trade problems like what’s going on right now with President Trump.

Thank you County Press for honoring farmers. Few newspapers and even fewer in the greater media spend as much time on farming as your paper does. Those who know the business know you care about farming.

Thank you.

Luke Palmer

Attica Township

Disgusted by ‘bad’ people

What kind of sick person would put some kid of chemical on a slide that children play on? I hope the police find the person(s) who did this at Cramton Park and I hope they nail them with the most serious of charges.

I am forever disgusted by people and what they will do to one another. It’s sick and criminal if someone intentionally put a toxic chemical like battery acid, if that’s what it was, on a slide. I hope the children, especially the little boy, recover from their injuries and aren’t forever scarred as the result of some twisted idiot who did this unthinkable act.

Lapeer County used to be such a nice community, but more and more these days a lot of bad people are doing horrible things to innocent people. Obviously there are more good people than bad, but the bad make the headlines and get our fine community on the nightly news and not in a flattering light.

I hope the cops find the person or persons who hurt the kids on the Lapeer slide, and the prosecutor throws the book and levels the most serious charges possible for an intentional act that was designed to hurt someone.

Elaine Phillips

Lapeer

Concerned about PFAS

PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are contaminating many sites nationwide. Unfortunately, many are in Michigan. Lapeer County is one of those sites.

These substances leak into lakes, rivers, the groundwater, etc. Much of the contamination comes from the foam used to fight fires and train our military.

I am hopeful The County Press will address Lapeer’s contamination and its effect on Lapeer’s residents. I am also hopeful that Lapeer’s residents will help Michigan’s environment in min din upcoming elections.

Pat Potvin

Deerfield Township

Save our pensions, please

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell was recently appointed to the Joint Select Committee on Solvency and Multi-employer Pensions. I am writing to urge her to work with her colleagues to hammer out a solution that will protect my pension.

Blue collar workers need to have their pensions protected. A lot of hardworking Americans like me face the prospect of having our earned retirement benefits reduced to zero. It’s time this issue gets the attention it deserves.

My retirement is tied up in what is called a Multi-employer Pension Plan, through the Central State Pension Fund. In simple terms, it is a collectively bargained retirement plan. Members of a single union who work for different companies, belong to the same pension plan. Unfortunately, many MEPPs including the one I belong to, face dire circumstances with as many as 100 of these plans projected to fail within the next few years, unless something is done. When this happens, our promised pension benefits will be decimated, some by as much as 70 percent.

But that’s not the worst part. The federal government’s insurance policy for these plans does not have the assets to pay their guarantees. That trust fund will be bankrupt with the next 10 years. This would eliminate any chance we have to get the pension checks we have been promised.

The men and women depending on benefits from the MEPPs didn’t do anything wrong. We all contributed to our retirement in good faith. What is fair about losing half (or more) of what we were counting on receiving?

I urge Congressman Dingell to find a solution this year to save our pensions.

Glenn Goodrich, Jr.

Attica

Don’t overthink things

There’s an old rural phrase that would apply perfectly to today’s so-called millennials: “they thunk so much they got stupid.”

When people over-think a topic, the topic turns into a convoluted conundrum of pseudo intellectualism, lacking in both wisdom and an answer. An example today is the condescending “white privilege” phrase, com- monly used by the pseudo-thinkers as a dismissive and derisive insult, but more importantly as a way to stimulate racial hostility. In truth, it is nothing more than a racial slur no different from the most vulgar slander in the vocabulary.

Another topic involves the inflammatory “reparations” idea. (Note: the brain is made for thinking, not reciting rhetoric and bumper stickers.) By using one’s brain we can quickly determine that the United States did not create slavery, we inherited it from the Portuguese, Spanish, French and English slave traders during the previous centuries. The American Revolution, if it’s even taught in schools anymore, ended slavery in short order. Remember: we were an English Colony until 1776, and the British Empire barbarically used slave labor all over the world.

As an addendum to that topic, when the United States expanded across the continent we put an end to all the slaves held by American Indian tribes as well.

Bob Milne

Oregon Township

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