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  • THE JUKE BOX

    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    I KEEP A LITTLE BOOKLET HANDY, IT WAS GIVEN TO ME BY CONGRESSMAN FRED UPTON.  ITS THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES.  I WISH ALL OUR POLITICIANS WOULD KEEP A COPY HANDY.   THE IDEALS OF LIBERTY, INDIVIDUAL EFFORT, LIMITED GOVERNMENT, AND EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY, ARE BEING REPLACED BY CALLS FOR SECURITY, CLASS WARFARE, EXCESSIVE REGULATION AND QUALITY OF OUTCOME.  WE DEMAND MORE FROM GOVERNMENT, AND POLITICIANS GIVE MORE IN ORDER TO STAY IN POWER.  THE SPIRIT OF 1776 SEEMS TO HAVE DIED, AND HAS BEEN REPLACED WITH GREED.  JEFFERSON SAID IT BEST. "THOSE ARE GOVERNED BEST WHO ARE GOVERNED LEAST."  HAVE WE LOST TRACK OF THE INTENT OF THE MEN WHO WROTE OUR CONSTITUTION?

     

  • THE JUKE BOX

    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    THE WEATHER IS HOT AND ALL THE HAPPY GARDENERS ARE BUSY GETTING THOSE PLANTS IN THAT NEED WARM SOIL AND CAN'T TAKE FROST.  JOIN ME THIS MORNING ON TALK OF THE TOWN WHEN JERRY DRAHEIM WILL BE JOINING  ME IN THE TEN O'CLOCK HOUR.  JERRY HAS A VAST KNOWLEDGE OF PLANTS, TREES AND LAWNS.  HE HAS BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH GROWING THINGS FOR MANY YEARS.  ALTHOUGH HE IS RETIRED FROM HIS PROFESSION, HE STILL HAS ALL THAT KNOWLEDGE WHICH HE PUTS TO USE EVERY TUESDAY MORNING ON OUR PROGRAM.  YOU CAN CALL IN TO THE PROGRAM WITH YOUR QUESTIONS.  IF HE WAS'T ON TALK OF THE TOWN, HE'D HAVE TO GO FISHING.

  • THE JUKE BOX

    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    HOLLAND LOST A GREAT LADY.  OLIVE "MARJORIE" HOEKSEMA WHO DIED MAY 20, WILL LONG BE REMEMBERED FOR HER EFFORTS TO BENEFIT THE CITIZENS OF HOLLAND.  WITH OUT HER, EVERGREEN COMMONS MIGHT NEVER HAVE HAPPENED.  "MARGE" WAS A PART OF MANY ORGANIZATIONS WHICH HELPED PEOPLE. I WAS PRIVILEGED TO SERVE WITH HER ON THE ALZHEIMER'S BOARD FOR A TIME AND I  MARVELED IN THE MANNER IN WHICH SHE COULD ACCOMPLISH THINGS THAT MOST OF US CONSIDERED IMPOSSIBLE.  THANK YOU, "MARGE" FOR HAVING BEEN A PART OF OUR LIVES. MY CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY.

  • THE JUKE BOX

    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    I DO NOT LIKE OTHER COUNTRIES DICTATING THE CONTENT OF OUR LAWS, AND THAT IS WHAT THE PRESIDENT OF MEXICO IS DOING ON HIS VISIT HERE.  HE SLAMMED ARIZONA FOR PASSING THEIR IMMIGRATION BILL WHICH MERELY MIRRORS THE DEFINITION OF ILLEGAL IN A NATIONAL LAW ALREADY ON THE BOOKS.

    ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN MEXICO ARE JAILED.  THAT IS THEIR LAW.  

    WHAT IS TRAGIC IS THE WAY THE PRESIDENT AND SOME OF CONGRESS APPLAUDED THE MEXICAN PRESIDENT IN DENIGRATING ARIZONA'S ACTION.

    ACCORDING TO POLLS, MOST AMERICANS MERELY WANT THE LAW ENFORCED. WHAT'S WRONG WITH THAT?

  • THE JUKE BOX

    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    YESTERDAY WAS A BEAUTIFUL DAY, A DAY FOR SOME WORTHY OUTDOOR ACTIVITY, SO I TOOK MY WIFE TO THE RECENTLY DEVELOPED NEW RICHMOND BRIDGE PARK.

    THE PARK FEATURES AREAS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE KALAMAZOO RIVER WITH THE RESTORED SWING BRIDGE AS THE CENTERPIECE.  THERE ARE WALKWAYS WHICH TRAVERSE THE WET AREAS, COMFORTABLE PARK BENCHES FOR ENJOYING THE SCENERY AND A FEW NICE SPOTS FOR FISHING.  THE PARKING AREA ON THE NORTH SIDE HAS AMPLE ROOM FOR PARKING CARS AND CARS WITH BOAT TRAILERS. 

    THE FOOT BRIDGE AND THE RAILROAD BRIDGE ARE BOTH HISTORICAL AND GO BACK TO WHEN COMMERCIAL BOATS USED THE RIVER TO GET TO ALLEGAN AND TO BRING PRODUCE TO LAKE MICHIGAN.  DURING WWII THE RAILROAD BRIDGE WAS UNDER 24 HOUR GUARD, BECAUSE IT WAS CRITICAL TO THE MOVEMENT OF WAR MATERIALS FROM THE MANY INDUSTRIAL PLANTS IN MICHIGAN. THERE ARE MANY PHOTOS ON DISPLAY WHICH EXPLAIN THE IMPORTANCE OF HISTORICAL NEW RICHMOND. TO GET THERE GO SOUTH ON BLUE STAR HIGHWAY, CONTINUE STRAIGHT SOUTH ON 58TH STREET TO THE OLD ALLEGAN ROAD. TURN LEFT AND PROCEED TO THE BRIDGE PARKING AREA

    ITS SCENIC, HISTORICAL AND NEAR.  CHECK IT OUT.

  • THE JUKE BOXr

    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    THE LATEST STUDIES SHOW THAT USE OF CELL PHONES DOES NOT INCREASE THE USERS CHANCE OF DEVELOPING BRAIN CANCER.  DO YOU WANT TO TAKE A CHANCE?

    I HAVE WONDERED SINCE THE INFLUX OF CELL PHONES--WHAT IS THIS COMPULSION THAT SEEMS TO REQUIRE OUR BEING CONNECTED TO SOMEONE 24/7.  EVERYWHERE I GO, PEOPLE ARE ON THE CELL PHONE, OR HAVE THE CELL PHONE IN THEIR HAND, WAITING FOR IT TO RING, OR THINKING OF SOMEONE THEY CAN CALL.  PEOPLE ARE ON THE PHONE, IN THE STORES, PUMPING GAS OR ATTENDING MEETINGS. PHONE USERS SEEM TO REQUIRE THIS ELECTRONIC UMBILICAL CORD TO SOCIETY, PUTTING THEIR LIFE AND THE LIVES OF OTHERS IN DANGER WHILE DRIVING.  MUST WE ALWAYS LIVE IN EMERGENCY MODE?

    YES I HAVE A CELL PHONE, BUT I KEEP IT FOR EMERGENCIES AND IT IS ONLY TURNED ON WHEN I CALL OUT.  I PREFER  PEACE AND QUIET.  

     

  • THE JUKE BOX

    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    THE ST. PETERSBURG TIMES ASKED READERS FOR IDEAS ON FIXING THE ECONOMY. ONE READER SUGGESTED THE FOLLOWING:

    THERE ARE ABOUT 40 MILLION IN THE WORKFORCE OVER 50. PAY THEM ONE MILLION DOLLARS EACH FOR EARLY RETIREMENT WITH THE FOLLOWING STIPULATIONS:

    1. THEY MUST RETIRE. THIS WOULD CREAT 40 MILLION JOB OPENINGS, SOLVING THE UNEMPLOYMENT PROBLEM.

    2. THEY MUST BUY A NEW AMERICAN CAR. 40 MILLION CARS ORDERED, WILL FIX THE AUTO INDUSTRY.

    3. THEY MUST EITHER BUY A HOUSE OR PAY OFF THEIR MORTGAGE, THEREBY FIXING THE HOUSING CRISIS.

    IF MORE MONEY IS NEEDED, HAVE ALL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS PAY THEIR TAXES.  AND MAKE CONGRESS RETIRE ON SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE, WHICH WOULD INSURE SUFFICIENT FUNDING FOR BOTH PROGRAMS.

    PERHAPS ITS TOO SIMPLE.  WHAT DO YOU THINK?

  • THE JUKE BOX

    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    MOST OF US HAVE WATCHED THE "60 MINUTES" PROGRAM. THE ANDY ROONEY COMMENTARY IS USUALLY VERY GOOD.  ANDY ROONEY IS AMERICA'S CURMUDGEON. HIS FEATURE FREQUENTLY SAYS WHAT MANY OF US ARE THINKING.  

    ANDY GOT HIS START AS A REPORTER FOR "STARS AND STRIPES," THE PAPER PUBLISHED ALL OVER THE WORLD FOR THE TROOPS DURING WWII.  ANDY SPENT THREE YEARS RIDING ON BOMBING MISSIONS WITH THE EIGHTH AIR FORCE, SLOUGHING THROUGH MUD WITH THE INFANTRY IN EUROPE AND HE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST REPORTERS TO ENTER PARIS WHEN WE TOOK IT BACK FROM THE GERMANS.  

    I JUST FINISHED ANDY'S BOOK, CALLED "MY WAR" WRITTEN BACK IN 1995.  IT'S A GOOD READ  AND IF YOU LIKE ANDY, YOU WOULD LIKE THE BOOK.  IT CHRONICLES THE WAR AS HE SAW IT.  

    DO YOU WATCH ANDY ROONEY'S COMMENTARY?

  • THE JUKE BOX

    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    SENATORS JOHN MCCAIN AND JON KYL OF ARIZONA HAVE INTRODUCED A BILL IN THE US SENATE SIMILAR TO THE IMMIGRATION BILL SIGNED FOR THEIR STATE BY ARIZONA'S GOVERNOR. THE BILL WILL ADD 3000 FEDERAL AGENTS ALONG THE BORDER AND UPGRADE RADIOS SO THERE WOULD BE BETTER COMMUNICATION BETWEEN LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT.  THE BILL WOULD COST 238 MILLION DOLLARS.  IT WOULD INCLUDE DRONE PLANES AND MORE MOUNTED PATROLS.  

    THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION DID NOT SEEM TO WANT A SECURE BORDER. DO YOU THINK THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WILL BACK THE PROPOSED BILL?

  • THE JUKE BOX

    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    MY MOTHER SAID, "PRAYER CHANGES THINGS," WILL WE LOSE THE POWER TO PRAY OUTSIDE CHURCH WALLS?  FRANKLIN GRAHAM SAID WEDNESDAY THAT IT COULD HAPPEN IN HIS LIFETIME.

    FRANKLIN, SON OF BILLY GRAHAM, WAS RECENTLY "DIS-INVITED" BY THE ARMY TO SPEAK AT A NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER CEREMONY AT THE PENTAGON, BECAUSE OF A STATEMENT HE MADE ABOUT ISLAM, IS WARNING THAT FREEDOM OF RELIGION IS BEING ERODED EVERY DAY IN OUR COUNTRY.  RECENT NEWS STORIES WOULD SEEM TO PROVE HIM RIGHT.

    WOULD YOU MISS THE RIGHT TO WORSHIP AND PRAY AS YOU WISH?

  • THE JUKE BOX

    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    THE CROSS HAS BEEN STOLEN!

    THE TEN FOOT CROSS ERECTED 76 YEARS AGO IN THE MOJAVE DESERT AS A MONUMENT TO VETERANS OF WORLD WAR ONE HAS BEEN STOLEN. RECENTLY SOMEONE TOOK ISSUE WITH THE FACT THAT IT WAS ON PUBLIC LAND AND TOOK IT ALL THE WAY TO THE SUPREME COURT.  THE COURT ALLOWED THE CROSS TO STAND WITH A LOCAL VETERANS GROUP, ASSUMING RESPONSIBILITY FOR IT.  

    DOES THE THEFT QUALIFY AS A HATE CRIME AGAINST CHRISTIANS OR VETERANS OR BOTH?  

  • THE JUKE BOX

    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    I NEVER LIKED BEER.  I WAS ALWAYS INTRIGUED BY THE GOLDEN BREW AND WATCHED OTHERS SAVOR IT WITH DINNER OR DRINK WHAT SEEMED LIKE AN IMPOSSIBLE AMOUNT UNTIL THEY COULD BARELY MAKE IT TO THE RESTROOM.  I WATCHED THRESHERS DRINK A BOTTLE OF GRAIN BELT BEER BEFORE SITTING DOWN TO ONE OF THOSE FAMOUS MEALS.  WELL, I THOUGHT, MAYBE I SHOULD TRY IT WHEN I WORKED UNTIL THE SWEAT WAS POURING OFF MY BROW.  IT TASTED SOUR, BUT IT WAS VERY COLD AND THAT HELPED TO COOL ME, BUT AFTER HALF A BOTTLE, I WOULD PREFER A COLD SOFT DRINK.  AFTER A COUPLE BOUTS OF KIDNEY STONED, A NURSE TOLD ME, IF I DRANK A BEER EVERY DAY, I WOULD NOT HAVE KIDNEY STONES.  I BOUGHT A SIX PACK AND TRIED, BUT I JUST COULD NOT TAKE IT, EVEN WHEN IT WAS GOOD FOR ME.  

    BEER HAS A PRETTY COLOR, AND IT'S OFTEN ASSOCIATED WITH GOOD TIMES. BUT THE ADVERTISING IS BETTER THAN THE PRODUCT.  IF YOU LIKE IT, DRINK IT, BUT IN MODERATION PLEASE.  DON'T TELL THE OFFICER THAT STOPS YOU FOR DUI THAT YOU'VE ONLY HAD TWO BEERS, WHEN YOU'VE BEEN SLOPPING UP THE SUDS MOST OF THE EVENING.  

    HOW ABOUT A BIG ORANGE?