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    Posted by Juke Van Oss

     

    By the time you read this, the actual inauguration will be over.  In order to keep it on the official day, it was done on Sunday.  What are your hopes for the next four years.  More of the same?  Will we continue to see the arrogant "My way or the highway" attitude toward congress?  Will Harry Ried still be looking for the word "Budget' in the dictionaryt?  Will Nancy Pelosi still entertain us with those cute inane statements like " We have to pass the bill, so we will know what's in it?" Will the Republicans still keep passing bills that have no chance of passage-just to keep in practice?

    Until we change our politics so it will be America driven instead of money driven, I SEE LITTLE CHANGE FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS. 

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    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    i AM STILL reading about many people on the East coast who are without power as a result of the storm Sandy.  Once in 1956, we were without power as a result of an ice storm.  Keeping warm ws the biggest problem--we had some kerosene lamps for light. As the house gets colder and colder, you realize that this could go on for a long time and get the blankets out for the kids.  At the end of three days, 
    consumers had us back on again. Another time the lights went out at night.  Not a light was on in all of Saugatuck.  As Mayor of the village, I called Consumers at their headquarters in Kalamazoo and informed them this was a matter of puplic safety.  This did not seem to register with them and we had to wait some time before power was restored. I realize Consumers has a large area of customers to cover, but I'm glad i am now hooked up to the Hollsnd BPW. Since moving to our present location, we have had only one power outage in twelve yuears.  

    RIGHT ON HOLLAND BPW!!!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    I am reading a book called "An Hour Before Daylight" witten by former peresident Jimmy Carter.  Its the story of his boyhood. Since he and I are near the same age, there are many parallels, except he got to be president and he grew up in Plains, Georgia when I grew up in West Michigan.  The land was the most important part in our lives.  A farmer could make money (not a lot) on eighty acres.  We got mired in the great depression when growing a few items of food made a lot of difference.  His Father hac a lot of land and grew peanuts and cotton.  They hired a lot of help, mostly black, paying them about $1,25 per day.  In order to help the farmers, the Roosevelt administration came up with a farm program which took in  lot of farm lands, paying the farmer to grow crops that would build up the land and paying them to not grow some crops or cut back on the amount of some crops in order to keep a handle on farm prices and markets.  One program killed thousands of pigs to control pork prices, another dumped thousands of gallons of milk for the same reason. 

    When my grandfather was approached by the government agency, he was absolutely opposed  and said it was a sin to destroy hogs when people were hungry.  He never ddid sign up for any government help.  Many other farmers here and in Georgia felt they were not going to kill Santa Claus and collected checks for planting soy beans and plowing them under to build up the land. Today most farm land is under government programs and crops are subsidised.  We accept that as normal.  

    Jimmy carter said he was going to change  Washington but he could not outlast the system.  I hope I can.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    Still on the subject of guns, since the President put in his thoughts Wednesday.  I have talked to some gun owners about the shortage of ammunition.  Manufacturers are nearly a year behind on orders of most kinds of ammo and I wondered why. Apparently the gun owners fear a shortage and an artificial increase in prices due to government restrictions, so they are buying ahead.  Some order large amounts to insure they will have some and it will also be a saleable item in case they do not use it.  Many gunners have thousands of rounds of ammo in reserve.  I also inquired why the stock of ammo.  Apparently millions fear the government will attemps a gun takeover like they did in New York and are ready to do battle to keep their second ammendment rights. 

    Back to Bunker Hill!

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    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    TODAY IS THE DAY WHEN GUN OWNERS WILL GET THE WORD ON THE OBAMA GUN RESTRICTIONS.  IT IS EXPECTED THE PRESIDENT WILL DO MORE OF THE "EXECUTIVE ORDER" LEGISLATION TO DICTATE WHAT GUN OWNERS OR POTENTIAL GUN OWNERS MUST DO TO KEEP THEIR WEAPONS AND TO PURCHASE ANY NEW ONES.  

    REPORTS ARE THAT HE WILL BE BACKED BY CHILDREN WHO WROTE LETTERS TO HIM IN THE WAKE OF THE CONNECTICUT KILLINGS.  NO ON WILL BE THERE FOR THE THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN WHO ARE MURDERED BY ABORTION EVERY YEAR.  WILL OBAMA EVER RECOGNIZE THE FACT THAT THEY ARE HUMAN TOO?

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    SAUGADUG, DOUGATUCK, SINGPORE, NEWARK.   

    Take you choice, what should the new consolidated town be named. 

    Those whos are trying to get this done boast that it will save money for both of the cities.  How much?  The biggest municipal expenditures are, police, fire and water and sewer--these are already joined together.  One street department, but twice as much territory requiring more personnel.  One governing body?  One Mayor?  Unless the salaries have really increased, that would save a couple hundred dollars.

    I have not lived in Saugatuck for 28 years, but if I still lived there, I'd be signing Matt'S PETITION.  Let the people vote and live with the result

    I still like the town!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    GUN OWNERRS COULD TAKE A BATTERING AS A RESULT OF THE DISCUSSIONS NOW GOING ON IN WASHINGTON.  PERHAPS THE WRONG PEOPLE ARE TAKING THE HEAT.  THIS PAST WEEK, SEVERAL HOMES WERE BROKEN INTO AND FOUR GUNS WERE STOLEN FROM TWO OF THEM.  THESE GUNS WERE OWNED LEGITIMATELY BY THE HOME OWNES.  NOW THEY ARE IN THE HANDS OF OUTLAWS AND LIKELY WILL BE USED IN THE COMMISSION OF A CRIME, UNLESS THE POLICE CATCH UP WITH THEM BEFORE.  WOULDN'T IT BE A GOOD IDEA TO PUNISH THIE CURPRITS WHO STOLE THE GUNS?  I'M NOT TALKING A FEW DAYS IN JAIL AND A SMALL FINE.  I MEAN IT SHOULD BE TWENTY YEARS IN PRISON TO MAKE SURE THEY UNDER STAND THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE CRIME. 

    I HEARD A JUDGE SAY,"THE GREATEST DETERRENT TO CRIME IS THE CERTAINTY OF PUNISHMENT."  CRIMINALS SHOULD BE MADE AWARE OF THAT.

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    THINGS ARE LOOKING UP IN THE AUTOMOTIVE WORLD.  GM CAME OUT WITH AN ANNOUNCEMENT RELATIVE TO TWO OF ITS LINE OF CARS.  FIRST THE CORVETTE WILL BE UNDERGOING SOME RESTYLING AND THE FIRST MODEL WILL SOON BE OUT, AND CADILLIAC WILL BE COMING OUT WITH AN ELECTRIC MODEL.  ONE OF THESE TWO ADVANCES MAY BE JUST WHAT MANY AMERICANS ARE WAITING FOR. THE C ORVETTE WILL HAVE OVER 600 HORSEPOWER--PROBABLY WILL USE MORE THAN FORTY MILES TO THE GALLON. TEAM IT UP WITH AN ELECTRIC CADDIE AND GET 50 MILES TO THE GALLON. 

    HAPPY MOTERING!!!

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    BEWARE, THE FOOD POLICE ARE WATCHING YOUR DIET!  IT STARTED WITH THE FIRST LADY MAKING TRIPS TO ARMY BASES AND REWRITING THEIR MENUS TO MAKE THEM MORE NUTRITIOUS, BUT NECESSESSARILY MORE TASTY. THEN THE MAYOR OF NEW YORK CAME ALONG WITH THE LIMITATION ON THE SOFT DRINK BOTTLES.  NOW WE HAVE THE CALORIC CONTENT OF MOST FOODS ON THE PACKAGE OR LISTED IN THE MENUS.  

    WHERE IS ALL THIS LEADING?  ONE MORE STEP IN GOVERNMENT CONTROLING YOU LIFE.  WILL THIS CREATE A LOT OF GOVERNMENT JOBS?  ASPARAGUS CALORIE COUNTER COMES TO MIND.  

    HOW LONG WILL AMERICANS ALLOW THEMSELVES TO BE LED AROUND BY THE NECK TO TOTAL CONTROL OF LIFE, HOMES AND FAMILIES.  THERE HAS GOT TO BE A POINT WHERE WE SAY,"ENOUGH ALREADY, LET ME THINK FOR MYSELF."

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    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    DID THE RIGHT WIN?

    The right man or what appears to be the right man does not always win.  Looking back to the 1952 election when Eisenhour ran against Adai Stevenson.  Democrat Stevenson had a superior control of the language, a lot of political knowledge and showed a lot of party loyalty.  Eisenhour, fresh from command of the war in Europe, not sure what party he would vote for, most of his life in the armed forces,was snapped up by influtential Republicians to get in the political race, left his Gettysburg farm to test the waters.  Adlai gave some good speeches and was swept out of the race by the War hero and did not do well in the election.  Certainly he knew more about government and politics, but the people wanted IKE. Popularity won over reason.  Yes, it happened before.  

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    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    Hillary Clinton deserves a round of applause from Americanws for her tenacity in her job as Secretary of State.  She has traveled to 112 countries and millions of miles in the job.  She now deverves some personal time at home with Bill.

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    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    The weekend produced the usual number of politcians on the news shows telling us how right their stance on the financial mess they have our country is.  Nancy Pelosi still does not think we need to cut spending.  She has this thing about entitlements.  Perhaps she is willing to donate her raise and more of the proceeds from her grape harvest to put in the public pot.  Perhaps she is too close to the administration and its rubbing off.  The "Tax the Rich" chorus is ringing through the halls of congress, despite the relatively small return that will produce.  Perhaps they all attended the Saul Alinsky school of economics.  I recall Roosevelt sang the same tune in 1933. He cleaned out my savings account.