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    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    NEXT WEEK THE "CAP AND TRADE" BILL WILL BE INTRODUCED. IT IS A FULL COURT PRESS TO GET GOVERNMENT INVOLVED IN ALL TYPES OF ENERGY PRODUCTION.  ACCORDING TO RUMORS, THE BILL WILL HAVE THE SAME "NO COMMITTEE HEARING" TREATMENT THAT THE HEALTH BILL GOT.  

    IN 1912 A PASS THRU TAX WILL BE ADDED TO YOUR POWER BILL.

    1N 1916 MANUFACTURERS, WILL ADD A BUILT-IN CARBON TAX TO CONSUMERS

    TARIFFS ON OVERSEAS PRODUCTS, WILL INCREASE THE COST OF GOODS PRODUCED DOMESTICALLY.

    A NEW FEE ON REFINED PETROLEUM PRODUCTS, WILL ENCOURAGE US TO USE LESS GASOLINE.

    WILL PASSAGE OF THIS BILL CURTAIL YOUR DRIVING?

  • THE JUKE BOX

    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    EARTH DAY IS UPON US.  A DAY TO CELEBRATE THE PLANET WE LIVE ON. A DAY TO THINK ABOUT WHAT WE CAN DO TO PRESERVE OUR PLANET FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.

    FARMERS ARE VERY AWARE OF THE EARTH BECAUSE THEY USE IT FOR A LIVING AND THEY ARE CLOSE TO THE SOIL AS ARE GARDENERS.  HOW WONDERFUL TO WATCH SOMETHING GROW THAT WE HAVE PLANTED IN THE SOIL.  

    DON'T TAKE OUR EARTH FOR GRANTED--CONCENTRATING ON IT WILL PUTS US CLOSER TO GOD.

  • THE JUKE BOX

    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    MANY YEARS AGO, I GOT IN TROUBLE WITH A PUBLIC LIBRARY.  I RETURNED A BOOK, BUT THE LIBRARIAN APPARENTLY DID NOT CHECK IT IN.  A FEW WEEKS LATER, I GOT A CARD, URGING ME TO RETURN THE BOOK AND PAY THE FINE.  FINALLY, I WENT TO THE LIBRARY, TOOK THE LIBRARIAN BACK TO SHOW HER WHERE THE BOOK WAS ON THE SHELF AND CLEARED MY NAME.

    GEORGE WASHINGTON, DID NOT RETURN TWO BOOKS THAT HE CHECKED OUT OF THE NEW YORK LIBRARY.  THEY WERE "LAW OF NATIONS," AND "COMMON DEBATES," HEAVY READING FOR GEORGE AND HE NEVER RETURNED THE BOOKS. IT WAS DISCOVERED WHEN THE RECORDS WERE BEING DIGITIZED, AND GEORGE NOW OWES THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN FINES.

    I GUESS IF WE COULD FORGIVE NIXON AND CLINTON, WE CAN FORGIVE GEORGE, OR SHOULD WE HAVE A CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON THE MATTER?

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    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION IS ADVOCATING A REDUCTION OF SODIUM USED BY FOOD MANUFACTURERS AND RESTAURANTS BY 50 PERCENT OVER A 10 YEAR PERIOD.  

    THE NEW YORK LEGISLATURE IS WORKING ON A BILL THAT WOULD BAN THE USE OF SALT IN RESTAURANT COOKING.  IT SETS UP A FINE OF $1000 FOR ANY CHEF THAT USES SALT IN FOOD TO BE CONSUMED BY RESTAURANT PATRONS.

    CHEFS ARE NOT HAPPY WITH THE PROPOSAL SAYING THEY ARE TIRED OF POLITICIANS DICTATING WHAT THEY CAN SERVE.

    DO YOU THINK THIS IS TOO MUCH GOVERNMENT?

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    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    OUR TRADE POLICIES ARE IN DIRE NEED OF REVISION.  THE LAST TIME WE RAN A TRADE SURPLUS WAS IN 1975 WHEN GERALD FORD WAS PRESIDENT.  WE HAVE BEEN GIVING FOREIGN PRODUCERS PRODUCTION COST ADVANTAGES OVER OUR OWN FOR OVE3R 32 YEARS.  

    THE SECOND BILL PASSED BY CONGRESS IN 1798 WAS A 50 PERCENT TARIFF TO PROTECT OUR OWN PRODUCERS AND INSURE A GOOD LIVING FOR AMERICANS.WE HAVE CONTINUED TO JUGGLE OUR POLICIES AROUND TO ESTABLISH "FAIR TRADE." ITS NOT WORKING.  MOST AMERICANS ARE WEARING FOREIGN SHOES WHILE OUR BIG SHOE FACTORIES ARE SILENT. WHEN WE SIT DOWN AT THE TABLE TO DISCUSS TRADE, WE GIVE AWAY THE STORE.

    WE DON'T HAVE TO BE NICE. WE HAVE THE MARKET EVERY COUNTRY WANTS. WHY DON'T WE MANUFACTURE FOR OUR OWN MARKET AND MAKE AMERICA FULLY EMPLOYED?  WE HAVE SURRENDERED SOME CRITICAL INDUSTRIES TO FOREIGNERS BE CAUSE WE WANTED TO BE FAIR. OUR CAMERA INDUSTRY IS NOW ALL FOREIGN AS IS OUR ELECTRONIC INDUSTRY.  BY CONTINUALLY BUYING FOREIGN CARS, WE ARE FORCING OUR OWN AUTO FACTORIES ONTO LIFE SUPPORT.  

    OUT PRESIDENT HAS ACTED AND STOOD UP TO CHINA. HE PUT IMPORT DUTIES ON CHINESE TIRES AS HIGH AS 35 PERCENT.  HE DESERVES CREDIT FOR THAT. ITS A GOOD START.  EVEN IF FOREIGN CARS ARE PRODUCED IN AMERICA, THE PROFITS GO TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY AND OUR GOVERNMENT BORROWS MONEY FROM THAT COUNTRY.  DOES THAT MAKE SENSE?

    ITS TIME FOR FAIR TRADE--FAIR TO AMERICAN WORKERS.  LETS BUY AMERICAN WHENEVER POSSIBLE.  LETS URGE CONGRESS TO ACT TO PROTECT AMERICAN JOBS!

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    WATCH FOR A NEW IMMIGRATION BILL IN ARIZONA.  IT WILL BE THE TOUGHEST IN THE USA.  IT MAKES IT A STATE CRIME TO BE AN UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT AND IT CRIMINALIZES HIRING AND TRANSPORTING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. AND IT REQUIRES POLICE TO CHECK IMMIGRATION DOCUMENTS.

    MANY GROUPS ARE UP IN ARMS AND THREATENING TO SUE IF IT PASSES THE LEGISLATURE AND GETS THE GOVERNOR'S SIGNATURE.

    THIS COULD SLOW UP CRIMES IN ARIZONA, COMMITTED BY ILLEGALS WHO CROSS THE BORDER, COMMIT A CRIME AND ESCAPE BACK ACROSS THE BORDER BEFORE POLICE CAN APPREHEND THEM AND HAUL THEM INTO COURT.

    COULD THIS BE A BLUEPRINT FOR A NEW IMMIGRATION BILL FOR THE ENTIRE NATION?

  • THE JUKE BOX

    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    THE FLOWERING PEAR TREES ARE BLOOMING, THE FLOWERING PLUM IS COMING OUT, THE TULIP TREES ARE BEAUTIFUL AND THE EARLY TULIPS ARE OUT.  ITS SPRING! GET OUT AND ENJOY IT! 

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    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    NEARLY EVERY MERCHANT NOW USES THEIR DOT COM ADDRESS AS MUCH AS THEY USE THEIR STREET ADDRESS.  MOST OF AMERICA NOW HAS AN EMAIL ADDRESS, INDIVIDUALLY OR AS A GROUP.  IT IS A COMMUNICATIONS REVOLUTION THAT HAS COME ABOUT IN THE LAST TWENTY YEARS.

    WHEN COMPUTERS FIRST CAME INTO USE, I NEVER EXPECTED TO BE USING ONE, BUT HERE I AM, NOW ABLE TO PLUG IN THE BEAST AND CONTACT THE WORLD. KIDS NOW USE A COMPUTER BEFORE THEY ARE OUT OF DIAPERS.  EVERY DAY IS A CHALLENGE AND MAYBE THAT IS WHAT INTRIGUES US.  WE CAN LEARN ABOUT ANYTHING ONCE WE HAVE LEARNED THE WAY TO GET AROUND THE INTERNET.  

    IF YOU HAVE BEEN RELUCTANT TO GET ON THE BANDWAGON OF CYBERSPACE, GET A COMPUTER AND HAVE YOUR CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN TEACH YOU ABOUT THIS MODERN DAY MIRACLE.  

  • THE JUKE BOX

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    MANY SENIOR CITIZENS HAVE ONLY THEIR MAIL TO LOOK FORWARD TO EACH DAY.  FOR MANY IT IS NOT JUST THEIR MAIL, BUT THE PERSONAL CHECK ON THEIR WELLBEING THAT THEY CAN DEPEND ON BY POST OFFICE PERSONNEL.  THAT FREE SERVICE WILL BE MISSING, SOMETIMES THREE DAYS DURING HOLIDAY WEEKENDS.  UNFORTUNATELY, THE POST OFFICE IS NOT PAYING FOR ITSELF, WHAT WITH EMAIL, TEXTING AND OTHER MEANS OF COMMUNICATION. THE SATURDAY MAIL DELIVERY WILL BE HISTORY.  

    PROBABLY THE MOST EFFICIENT MAIL SERVICE IS ALL READY HISTORY.  WHEN WE HAD THE RAILWAY MAIL CARS AND WE COULD MAIL A LETTER AT THE DEPOT AND BE ASSURED IT WOULD BE IN CHICAGO THE NEXT MORNING.  

    CAN WE THINK OF A BETTER WAY TO DELIVER THE MAIL WITHOUT THE CONSTANT INCREASE IN POSTAGE, OR SHOULD WE LET THE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT BECOME A PART OF HISTORY?

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    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    ITS ORANGE BARREL TIME!!!

    I DROVE TO GRAND RAPIDS SUNDAY AND CONSTRUCTION SIGNS WERE UP ALL OVER.  I-196 IS ONE LANE AND MAY BE CLOSED ENTIRELY AT TIMES.  POLICE WERE PATROLLING CONSTRUCTION ZONES FOR SPEEDERS SO KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE SPEEDOMETER AND OBSERVE THE SPEED SIGNS.  ITS HAPPENING ALL OVER. AND GOVERNMENT HAS SPENT A LOT OF MONEY FOR SIGNS TELLING US ITS STIMULUS MONEY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DISRUPTIONS.  

    LEAVE EARLY, FIND SOME SOOTHING MUSIC ON THE RADIO, IF YOU CAN, AND ENJOY THE RIDE.

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    GOV. BRIAN SCHWEITZER HAS SIGNED INTO LAW A BILL THAT AIMS TO EXEMPT MONTANA MADE GUNS FROM FEDERAL REGULATION. ADDING TO THE THE OTHER STATES LAWS THAT SEEK TO ASSERT STATES RIGHTS ACROSS THE NATION. MONTANA ALSO IS CONSIDERING A RESOLUTION THAT AFFIRMS THE 10TH AMENDMENT PRINCIPLE THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ONLY HAS POWERS SPECIFICALLY GIVEN TO IT BY THE CONSTITUTION.  THE LAW SAYS THAT GUNS MADE IN MONTANA, SOLD IN MONTANA AND USED BY CITIZENS OF MONTANA ARE EXEMPT FROM FEDERAL REGULATION.

    WYOMING, SOUTH DAKOTA,UTAH, TENNESSEE AND ARIZONA HAVE ALSO PASSED LEGISLATION SIMILAR TO MONTANA.  SEVERAL OTHER STATES HAVE IT UP FOR CONSIDERATION.  

    SHOULD MICHIGAN JOIN IN THIS MOVEMENT?

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    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    JOYCE KILMER WROTE ABOUT TREES.  MOST OF US CAN REMEMBER A FAVORITE SHADE TREE OR CLIMBING TREE.  MICHIGAN HAS SOME OF THE MOST DIVERSE FORESTS IN THE COUNTRY. MAPLE, BIRCH AND BEECH TREES HAVE INCREASED BY NEARLY A MILLION ACRES BETWEEN 1980 AND 1993. MICHIGAN IS REGAINING MANY OF THE TREES LOST TO FIRES AND LOGGING IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY, AND ANNUAL GROWTH IS INCREASING.  AS WE SEE HIGHWAYS AND BUILDING DEVELOPMENTS GO IN, IT SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE, BUT WE ARE GETTING MORE TREES. THIS IS A PLUS FOR MICHIGAN, BECAUSE TREES ACT AS A CLEANSER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.  I WONDER IF THE EPA WILL NOTICE WHEN THE NEW TAILPIPE REGULATIONS COME UP.  SPRING IS TREE PLANTING TIME.  HAVE YOU REALLY ENJOYED A TREE LATELY?