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    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    DO WE NEED A GUARD ON THE FLOWERS WE PUT ON GRAVES IN THE CEMETERY?

    EVERY YEAR WE HEAR FROM LISTENERS WHO HAVE PUT FLOWERS OF THE GRAVES OF LOVED ONES, ONLY TO HAVE THEM STOLEN.  I FIND IT HARD TO IMAGINE THE KIND OF LOW LIFE INDIVIDUAL THAT WOULD DO THIS, BUT IT IS VERY DISTURBING TO THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TAKE TIME AND MADE THE EFFORT TO PAY HOMAGE TO SPOUSES, CHILDREN, PARENTS OR GRANDPARENTS EVERY MEMORIAL DAY.  IT IS NOT ONLY IN HOLLAND, BUT IT HAPPENS IN OTHER LOCATIONS AS WELL.  

    PERHAPS WE ARE NOT INSTILLING IN OUR CHILDREN, THE SPECIAL MEANING A CEMETERY HAS IN THE LIVES OF MANY OF US.  

    ANY IDEAS ON HOW WE CAN STOP THIS VANDALISM?

  • THE JUKE BOX

    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    HEY RETIREES, THE GOVERNMENT HAS AN EYE ON YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY CHECK! FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY WILL BE MEETING TO DEVISE WAYS TO LOWER THE NATIONAL DEBT AND SOCIAL SECURITY IS A PRIME TARGET.  

    MANY MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION LOOK UPON CUTS IN SOCIAL SECURITY AS PART OF THE ANSWER TO PAY FOR THE WILD SPENDING OF CONGRESS AND THE ADMINISTRATION.  

    LET YOUR CONGRESSMAN AND SENATOR KNOW HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT SOCIAL SECURITY AS A WAY TO SUPPORT THEIR MISTAKES.  LETS STOP THIS IDEA BEFORE IT HITS THE LIGHT OF DAY!

  • THE JUKE BOX

    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    BEGINNING THURSDAY, JULY 1, IT WILL BE ILLEGAL TO DRIVE AND PUT DATA IN A DEVICE SUCH AS A CELL PHONE IN MICHIGAN.  THIS WILL APPLY EVEN IF YOUR VEHICLE IS AT A STOP LIGHT--NO MORE TEXTING WHILE OPERATING A  VEHICLE.  FINES WILL START AT $100 FOR THE FIRST OFFENSE.  TALKING ON A CELL PHONE IS STILL LEGAL, BUT ONE OF THESE DAYS, MOST STATES WILL "HANG UP AND DRIVE."  MEANWHILE USE GOOD JUDGEMENT WHILE DRIVING.  IT WILL SAVE LIVES.  

    WILL YOU FIND IT DIFFICULT TO STOP MULTI-TASKING WHILE DRIVING?

  • THE JUKE BOX

    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    UNEXPECTEDLY RECEIVING AN E-MAIL FROM A FRIEND CAN MAKE YOUR DAY.  I GOT AN E-MAIL RECENTLY FROM A FRIEND NAMED FRED WHO LIVES IN DETROIT.  ACTUALLY IT WAS FROM HIS SON WHO IS MORE COMPUTER KNOWLEDGEABLE THAN DAD. OUR FRIENDSHIP GOES BACK TO 1943 WHEN WE WERE STATIONED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS.  FRED IS DOING WELL, BUT HAS PROBLEMS WITH HIS KNEES.  THE SECOND E-MAIL INCLUDED SEVERAL PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN DURING OUR TIME SPENT AT THE U OF I, MOST TAKEN ON A HITCH-HIKING TRIP TO CHICAGO FOR A WEEKEND.  

    ONE E-MAIL ALLOWED ME MANY MEMORIES OF GOOD TIMES, THANKS TO THE COMPUTER.  I HOPE SOME OF MY FRIENDS HERE CAN RELATE TO A GREAT FRIENDSHIP EXPERIENCE LIKE MINE. 

  • THE JUKE BOX

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    REPORTEDLY THERE IS A PLAN BREWING IN WASHINGTON THAT WOULD ENABLE THE PRESIDENT TO ORDER THAT ALL DEPORTATIONS BE HALTED UNTIL CONGRESS PASSES A COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION BILL.  THIS WOULD TAKE THE PRESSURE OFF CONGRESS TO PASS SUCH A BILL BEFORE THE NOVEMBER ELECTIONS.  IT WOULD ALSO INSURE THAT WE WOULD HAVE A LABOR POOL THAT WOULD CONTINUE THE UNEMPLOYMENT PROBLEM FOR LEGITIMATE AMERICANS.

    ANY THOUGHTS ON THIS IDEA?

  • THE JUKE BOX

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    THE SPRING IS OVER AND SUMMER IS UPON US.  THE COMBINATION OF HOT WEATHER AND PLENTY OF RAIN HAS PRODUCED SOME REMARKABLE CROP DEVELOPMENT.  AS I TRAVEL THROUGH THE COUNTRYSIDE, THE CORN WILL HIT "KNEE HIGH BY THE FOURTH-OF-JULY").  MY RATHER MEAGER GARDEN OF THREE TOMATO PLANTS, IS ENJOYING OUTSTANDING GROWTH, WITH VERY LITTLE IRRIGATION.  I JUST MIGHT BE ABLE TO EAT A TOMATO ON THE FORTH.  I HOPE THERE ARE A LOT OF GARDENERS OUT THERE JUST SITTIN' AND LOOKIN' AT THE NEW CROPS.  IT KINDA MAKES ONE SLOW DOWN, GET AWAY FROM TECHNOLOGY AND ENJOY WHAT THE LORD DOES FOR US.  THE WEEDS GIVE US SOMETHING TO DO.

  • THE JUKE BOX

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    I ATTENDED A FAMILY REUNION AT KIRK PARK SATURDAY.  OUT OF A POSSIBLE 85 PEOPLE WHO WERE NOTIFIED OF THE PLACE AND DATE, ONLY A SMALL NUMBER ATTENDED.  THOSE WHO DID, ENJOYED A NICE TIME OF "CATCHING UP" ON FAMILY. CONGENIAL CONVERSATION AND GOOD FOOD.  NOW IN THE MOBILE SOCIETY, MANY HAVE LOST TOUCH WITH FAMILY, OR PERHAPS JUST DON'T CARE.

    ARE FAMILY REUNIONS GOING TO BE JUST A PART OF HISTORY? 

  • THE JUKE BOX

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    TONY HAYWARD, WITHSTOOD THE VERBAL FLOGGING OF CONGRESS AND WENT HOME FOR A DAY OF VACATION ON HIS BOAT.  CONGRESS DELIGHTS IN HEARINGS WHICH GIVES THEM A CHANCE AT POLITICAL POSTURING AND USUALLY ACCOMPLISHES LITTLE.  NOT ANOTHER GALLON OF OIL SPILL WAS RETRIEVED FROM THE GULF.  MR HAYWARD HAD COMMITTED 20 BILLION OF HIS COMPANIES FUNDS , WHICH WILL PROBABLY NOT BE ENOUGH, TO THE PRESIDENT.  WHY  BOTHER WITH THE ANTICS OF CONGRESS.  LET THE GUY HAVE A DAY OFF.  CONGRESS PROBABLY TOOK A DAY OFF AFTER THE HEARINGS.  TRAGIC WAS THE TERMINATION OF THE OYSTER PROCESSING PLANT WITH FIFTH PEOPLE OUT OF WORK.  WE WILL ALL BE PAYING FOR THE BP DISASTER FOR YEARS TO COME.  CONGRESS APPARENTLY FEELS THEY HAVE DONE THEIR PART.  DO YOU?

  • THE JUKE BOX

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    GREAT NEWS THIS MORNING!!!   U. S. AUTOMAKERS HAVE SURPASSED FOREIGN BRANDS IN A SURVEY THAT MEASURES THE QUALITY OF NEW CARS AND TRUCKS.  NOW AMERICANS CAN BUY AMERICAN WITH THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THEY ARE PROVIDING JOBS FOR AMERICANS AND THEIR AUTOMOBILE DOLLARS WILL NO LONGER BE SUPPORTING A FOREIGN COMPANY.  DOLLARS SPENT FOR AMERICAN PRODUCTS, CREATE JOBS, SUPPORT SCHOOLS AND AMERICAN INFRASTRUCTURE.  

    I HOPE TO SEE MANY MOTORISTS FLY THE AMERICAN FLAG, RATHER THAT THE RISING SUN.  REMEMBER ITS BUY AMERICAN, OR BYE BYE AMERICA. BUYING AMERICAN SUPPORTS AMERICAN TAXPAYERS WHICH SUPPORT THE THINGS WE HOLD DEAR.

  • THE JUKE BOX

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    THIS OIL SPILL HAS GOT TO BE ONE OF THE MOST SERIOUS PROBLEMS EVER TO FACE OUR COUNTRY, THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN.  IT WILL EFFECT OUR LIVES FOR MANY YEARS.  I SINCERELY HOPE THERE IS SOME SMART YOUNG ENGINEER OUT THERE THAT CAN COME UP WITH A MEANS OF CAPPING ANY FUTURE SPILLS OF THIS NATURE.  MEANWHILE IT WILL TAKE ALL THE RESOURCES OF BP TO CLEAN IT UP AND REIMBURSE THOSE THOUSANDS WHO DEPEND ON THE GULF FOR A LIVING.  

    DO YOU THINK WE WILL EVER SEE THE TOTAL END OF THIS?

  • THE JUKE BOX

    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    HOW WOULD YOU RATE THE JOB GOVERNOR GRANDHOLM HAS DONE DURING HER TENURE OF OFFICE?

    I RATE HER A "C," FOR OVERALL ACCOMPLISHMENTS.  I WAS ESPECIALLY DISAPPOINTED IN HER PATRIOTISM, WHEN SHE GAVE UP ON THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY IN MICHIGAN, AND WENT TO JAPAN TO COURT JAPANESE INDUSTRIES TO COME TO MICHIGAN.  SHE SEEMED TO FEEL THAT SEVERAL SMALL DIVERSIFIED INDUSTRIES COULD MAKE UP FOR THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS LOST DUE TO AMERICA'S FASCINATION WITH FOREIGN CARS.  THE BIG THREE ARE PROVING HER WRONG AND FEW JOBS WERE CREATED BY HER TRIPS.  WHEN THE JOBS LEFT, THE MONEY FOR SCHOOLS AND INFRASTRUCTURE WAS GREATLY REDUCED AND TAXES WILL HAVE TO GO UP TO REPLACE THOSE FUNDS.  SHE HAS SOME PLANS FOR INCREASING TAXES, BUT THOSE MAY NOT COME TO FRUITION DURING THE REMAINDER OF HER TERM. 

    TOO BAD SHE DIDN'T LIKE TULIP TIME, EITHER.

     

     

  • THE JUKE BOX

    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    NOT MANY BOOKS ARE WRITTEN ABOUT WORLD WAR TWO ANYMORE, BUT I JUST READ ONE CALLED "A MEASURELESS PERIL" WRITTEN BY RICHARD SNOW.  ITS ABOUT THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC, GERMANY'S SUBMARINE FLEET AND THE EFFECT IT HAD ON ALLIED SHIPPING.  THE AUTHOR USED LETTERS WRITTEN BY HIS FATHER WHO SERVED ON A DESTROYER ESCORT AS A BASIS FOR THIS TRUE STORY.  

    ESPECIALLY INTERESTING IS THE PARTS ABOUT SUB ATTACKS ON SHIPS IN SIGHT OF OUR SHORE AND THE PART ABOUT HENRY J. KAISER AND HIS SHIP BUILDING.  THE BOOK SHOWS HOW IT WAS THE INDUSTRIAL POWER OF THE USA THAT REALLY WON THE WAR.  A POWER THAT WE HAVE NOW CEDED TO OTHER COUNTRIES, THANKS TO OUR WARPED TRADE AGREEMENTS.

    IF YOU LIKE BOATS AND WWII, ITS A GREAT READ.