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    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    I HAVE BEEN DOING A LOT OF READING LATELY.  IT INTERFERES WITH TV WATCHING, BUT THATS THE IDEA, ISN'T IT.  I STILL HAVE A FEW BOOKS TO GET THROUGH FROM THE LAST AAUW BOOK SALE AND THEY ALREADY HAVE THE BARRELS OUT GATHERING BOOKS FOR THE NEXT SALE.  A BOOK I READ ABOUT ON LINE IS NOT A NEW BOOK, IN FACT IT WAS PUBLISHED IN 1864.  ITS CALLED "THE CHRISTIAN LIFE AND CHARACTER OF THE CIVIL INSTITUTIONS OF THE UNITED STATES," WRITTEN BY BENJAMIN FRANKLIN MORRIS.  IT HAS BEEN OUT OF PRINT FOR MANY YEARS, BUT IS MAKING A COMEBACK THAT IS NOW IN ITS EIGHTH PRINTING.  IT CONTAINS INFORMATION ON THE CHRISTIAN LEGISLATION OF THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS, THE CHRISTIAN CHARACTER OF WASHINGTON, AND MANY OTHER FACTS WHICH ESTABLISH THE CHRISTIAN BEGINNINGS OF OUR COUNTRY.  IT SHOULD  RIGHT SOME OF THE MISCONCEPTIONS NOW INCORPORATED IN THE NEWER HISTORY BOOKS.  MAYBE EVERYONE IN WASHINGTON SHOULD BE READING IT.  IT COULD CHANGE THE WAY GOVERNMENT DOES BUSINESS.  I WONDER IF THE ACLU IS READING THIS BOOK. 

  • THE JUKE BOX

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    UNEMPLOYMENT IS RUNNING OUT FOR MANY OF YOUR FELLOW AMERICANS.  CONGRESS IS ON VACATION, AND ARGUING HOW TO PAY FOR EXTENDING BENEFITS.  THE PRESIDENT REPORTED THOUSANDS HAVE JOBS THIS WEEK.  AT LEAST HALF OF THOSE REPORTED ARE WORKING ON THE CENSUS.  THOSE JOBS ARE TEMPORARY. THERE ARE MILLIONS WHO WILL BE STARVING IN A FEW MONTHS, UNLESS CONGRESS ACTS.  ANY REFINANCING OF THE PROBLEM, OF COURSE WILL PUT US FURTHER IN DEBT.  THE ANSWER LIES IN BUYING PRODUCTS MANUFACTURED HERE IN THE USA. UNTIL AMERICA GOES BACK TO WORK AT MEANINGFUL JOBS, STATES, COUNTIES, AND CITIES WILL BE CUTTING BACK FOR LACK OF TAX MONEY TO PAY FOR SERVICES.  WILL THE UNEMPLOYED HAVE FOOD ON THEIR TABLE TOMORROW?

    DO YOU HAVE AN ANSWER?

  • THE JUKE BOX

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    A LOT OF US WATCHED A LOT OF GOOD BASKETBALL SATURDAY.  I HOPE YOUR FAVORITE TEAM WON.  IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE TO SEE MSU IN THE FINAL. HALF TIME IS USUAL FILLED WITH COMMERCIALS BECAUSE THEY PAY FOR THE BROADCAST, BUT IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE THE GUYS AND GALS IN THE CHEERLEADER GROUPS GET A COUPLE OF MINUTES IN FRONT OF THE CAMERAS.  THEY PRACTICE ENDLESS HOURS TO PERFECT THEIR ROUTINES, BUT USUALLY, ONLY THE PEOPLE AT THE GAME GET TO SEE THEM.  WE COULD ELIMINATE SOME OF THE ENDLESS STATS AND COMMENTS OF THE "EXPERTS" AND GIVE THE CHEERLEADERS A CHANCE TO BE THE STARS.

    DO YOU MISS THEM?

     

  • THE JUKE BOX

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    THE PRESIDENT HAS WELCOMED MORE NUCLEAR POWER AND MORE OFF-SHORE DRILLING FOR OIL.  A CHANGE FROM CAMPAIGN STATEMENTS.

    THE EPA HAS MADE A RULING ON MILEAGE FOR NEW CARS BEGINNING WITH THE 2012 MODELS.  NEXT WILL PROBABLY BE A RETURN TO TAIL PIPE EMISSION TESTING WITH INSPECTION STATIONS IN EVERY COMMUNITY AND MANDATORY ANNUAL TESTS FOR EVERY CAR AND TRUCK, WITH THE COST OF THE INSPECTION FALLING ON THE CAR OR TRUCK OWNER. 

    WOULD YOU WELCOME SUCH TESTING?

  • THE JUKE BOX

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    WE DON'T HAVE TO DRIVE FAR FOR A VACATION.  A RIDE TO AMISH COUNTRY IN INDIANA WILL TAKE YOU TO A TIME WHEN LIFE WAS SIMPLE.  HORSES PULLING FARM IMPLEMENTS AND CHILDREN PARTICIPATING IN WORKING THE FAMILY FARM.  MOST OF THE AMISH WOMEN ARE GOOD COOKS AND A MEAL AT THE BLUE GATE IN SHIPSHIWANA, OR DAS ESSEN HOUSE IN MIDDLEBURY WILL GIVE YOU A REAL TREAT FOR A MODERATE PRICE.  WE DID ALL THAT IN ONE DAY AND IT WAS MOST ENJOYABLE.  I WAITED TO BUY GAS IN INDIANA, BUT IT COST MORE THERE SO IT WAS BACK HOME TO FILL THE TANK.  AN AMISH ADVENTURE IS GREAT AND NOT TO COSTLY, IF YOU CAN AVOID THE MANY GIFT SHOPS AND AMISH FURNITURE OUTLETS. HORSE MANURE ON THE ROAD IS NOT AN ODDITY IN AMISH COUNTRY.  

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    THINKING ABOUT YOUR LAWN?  MAYBE ITS TIME TO RELEGATE THE LAWN MOWER TO ANTIQUE STATUS AND INSTALL A NEW ARTIFICIAL LAWN.  SURE, THE INITIAL JOB WILL TAKE A LITTLE GREEN TO GET THE GREEN, BUT IT WILL SAVE YOU A LOT OF WORK AND WORRY THIS SUMMER. IT GOES BY NAMES LIKE "PERFECT TURF" AND "FOREVER LAWN," AND LAST YEAR MORE THAT 60 MILLION SQUARE FEET OF THE FAKE STUFF WAS INSTALLED.  THERES NO SEEDING, NO FERTILIZING AND NO MOWING.  IT REDUCES POLLUTANTS AND ELIMINATES CHEMICAL RUN-OFF.  ITS POROUS FOR DRAINAGE AND PET FRIENDLY.  SOME HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATIONS, HOWEVER OBJECT TO IT, SO PROCEED WITH CAUTION.  INSTALL, PUT UP THE HAMMOCK AND ENJOY.

  • THE JUKE BOX

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    SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW SENT ME AN EMAIL ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE BILL.  ALTHOUGH MANY ARE UP IN ARMS ABOUT THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE BILL, A FEW THINGS ARE IN IT THAT MAY BE HELPFUL TO MANY PEOPLE.

    SMALL BUSINESSES WILL GET A TAX CUT TO HELP THEM PAY FOR HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES.

    ANY SENIOR AFFECTED BY THE "DOUGHNUT HOLE" WILL QUALIFY FOR A $25O REBATE. OF COURSE IN SOME CASES, THIS COULD BE LESS THEN ONE PRESCRIPTION. 

    IN THREE MONTHS, PEOPLE WITH A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION WILL BE ABLE TO GET HELP

    RETIREE HEALTH PLANS QUALIFY FOR A NEW REINSURANCE PROGRAM COVERING EARLY RETIREE 55-64 TO BRING DOWN COST FOR BUSINESSES AND LOWER PREMIUMS. THIS WILL TAKE ABOUT SIX MONTHS.

    IN SIX MONTHS, ALL HEALTH PLANS WILL BE PROHIBITED FOR DENYING INSURANCE OR CARE TO CHILDREN BECAUSE OF "PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS."

    I KNOW SOME PEOPLE WHO WILL BE HELPED, DON'T YOU?

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    ITS TIME FOR AMERICANS TO COME TO THE AID OF THEIR COUNTRY!!

    NEW FIGURES FOR AUTO IMPORTS SHOW JAPAN AND KOREA INCREASING DURING THIS YEAR, DESPITE THE TOYOTA PROBLEMS.  MEANWHILE AMERICAN AUTO WORKERS, OUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS ARE COLLECTING UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION.  WHATS WRONG??

    WAKE UP! IF AMERICAN WORKERS ARE EVER GOING BACK TO WORK, IT WILL BE BECAUSE WE ARE  BUYING AMERICAN PRODUCTS.  UNLESS AMERICANS GET OVER THEIR FASCINATION WITH ANYTHING FOREIGN, WE ARE DOOMED TO DOUBLE DIGIT UNEMPLOYMENT.  ALTHOUGH WE HEAR ABOUT THE CONCERN FOR AMERICAN JOBS FROM WASHINGTON, THE EFFORTS TO PROVIDE MEANINGFUL EMPLOYMENT DOES NOT SEEM TO BE A PRIORITY.  WE THE PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO BE THE IMPETUS AND WE CAN DO IT BY BUYING AMERICAN.  

  • THE JUKE BOX

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    FRED S. BERTSCH, FORMER HOLLAND HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL WILL BE HAVING ANOTHER BOOK COMING OUT SOON.  HE HAS ALREADY PUBLISHED THE FIRST BOOK ABOUT HIS LIFE GROWING UP IN THE HOLLAND AREA.  IT WAS CALLED, "MY PARADISE, DAD'S HELL." THE BOOK TELLS ABOUT HIS EARLY LIFE LIVING ON SOUTH SHORE DRIVE.  HIS NEXT BOOK, "EVERY DAY IS NAVY DAY," RELATES THE MANY ADVENTURES AS A NAVAL OFFICER ON A DESTROYER FROM PEARL HARBOR TO HIS NAVY PILOT DAYS DURING THE KOREAN WAR.  THE NEW BOOK IS ENTITLED "IT WASN'T THE SCHOOL I HATED, IT WAS THE PRINCIPAL OF THE THING."  IT WILL BE OUT SOON AND SHOULD BE OF INTEREST TO THE MANY STUDENTS WHO ATTENDED HIGH SCHOOL DURING HIS TENURE IN HOLLAND HIGH, AND ANYONE WHO HAS ENJOYED FRED'S OTHER BOOKS.  WATCH FOR IT.

  • THE JUKE BOX

    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    WE HAVE A HEALTH BILL, FOR BETTER OR WORSE.  IT SHOULD BE A COMFORT TO THE UNEMPLOYED, BUT IT WILL TAKE A LONG TIME TO IMPLEMENT.  MEANWHILE THE NATIONAL DEPT GROWS. FOR EVERY DOLLAR THE GOVERNMENT TOOK IN SO FAR THIS YEAR, IT SPENT $3.05.  WE HAVE A 5 MONTH DEFICIT TOTAL OF 651.6 BILLION DOLLARS THIS YEAR SO FAR.  THE LARGEST TOTAL OF ANY YEAR IN HISTORY.

    DOES THIS CONCERN YOU AND WILL IT AFFECT THE WAY YOU VOTE IN NOVEMBER?

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    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    THIS WILL BE A WEEKEND TO REMEMBER.  THIS WILL BE A WEEKEND THAT COULD COST US ALL A LOT OF MONEY.  IT ALL DEPENDS ON CONGRESS AND THE DISPOSITION OF THE HEALTH CARE ISSUE.  APPARENTLY ALL KINDS OF FINANCIAL REWARDS ARE BEING OFFERED TO CONGRESSMEN WHOSE VOTE IS NEEDED TO PASS THE BILL.  THE VOTE WILL NOT BE ON THE BILL ITSELF, BUT ON A BILL THAT CHANGES ITEMS IN THE BILL ITSELF.  ITS ALL CONFUSING TO US, BUT ITS OUR MONEY AT STAKE.  IF IT PASSES, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PURCHASE SOME SORT OF HEALTH COVERAGE, OR PAY A FINE FOR NOT HAVING COVERAGE.  WHO KNOWS WHAT THE EVENTUAL COST WILL BE.  

    MEANWHILE A NEW IMMIGRATION BILL IS WAITING IN THE WINGS TO UNDERGO THE SAME SORT OF SCRUTINY.

    TAKE HEART, THE ELECTION FOR ALL CONGRESSMEN AND CONGRESSWOMEN IS COMING IN NOVEMBER, ALONG WITH ONE THIRD OF THE SENATE.  I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT, AREN'T YOU?

  • THE JUKE BOX

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    THE OLDEST LIVING FORMER STAFF MEMBER OF WHTC, RECENTLY CELEBRATED HER 99TH BIRTHDAY.  JEAN HILL, FORMER WOMENS DIRECTOR AND CHILDREN'S PROGRAM DIRECTOR, NOW RESIDES AT AN ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY.

    MANY REMEMBER THE DAILY "STORY LAND TRAIN" THAT TOOK US TO AN IMAGINARY WORLD OF MAKE BELIEVE WHERE JEAN WOULD READ THOSE FAMOUS CHILDREN'S STORIES LIKE "LITTLE TOOT."  EVERY FRIDAY WAS BIRTHDAY DAY WHEN THOSE WHO HAD REACHED THEIR FIFTH BIRTHDAY DURING THE PRECEDING WEEK WOULD BE INVITED TO THE STUDIO TO VISIT WITH JEAN.  THEY WENT AWAY WITH A SMALL TREAT AND A MEMORY THAT THEY COULD CHERISH FOREVER.  

    JEAN'S OTHER DUTIES INCLUDED A ONE HOUR WOMENS PROGRAM EVERY MORNING, WITH SHOPPING TIPS AND RECIPES.  MANY BENEFITED FROM HER DAILY EFFORTS.

    A HAPPY 99TH TO YOU, JEAN HILL, IT WAS A PLEASURE WORKING WITH YOU.