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    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    A FRIEND OF MINE IN THE RADIO BUSINESS SAID, "THERE'S A LOT OF GOOD MUSIC OUT THERE, BUT MOST OF IT IS COVERED UP BY NOISE."  WHATEVER YOUR FAVORITE KIND OF MUSIC, CONGRESS DOESN'T WANT YOU TO LISTEN TO IT ON RADIO.  THEY ARE CONSIDERING A TAX ON MUSIC PLAYED ON THE AIR.  ALL THESE YEARS, WE HAVE PLAYED MUSIC AT NO COST TO THE PERFORMERS, AND THEY GOT THE PUBLICITY AND THE RESULTING SALES OF RECORDS.  THAT SEEMED TO BE A GOOD ARRANGEMENT, BUT THEY WANT THE STATIONS TO PAY OUTRAGEOUS FEES FOR THE USE OF THE MUSIC.  MANY STATIONS CANNOT AFFORD THOSE FEES AND HAVE STOPPED OR WILL STOP USING THE MUSIC.  WHO IS HURT?  THE PUBLIC.  MAYBE THAT IS NOT IMPORTANT TO CONGRESS.  WHAT DO YOU THINK?

  • THE JUKE BOX

    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    MONDAY AND LOOKING FORWARD TO ANOTHER COLD WEEK.  TULIP TIME WILL BE HERE SHORTLY.  ABOUT TEN WEEKS.  MEANWHILE GROUND HOG DAY IS STILL IN FORCE.  ENJOY EACH DAY.  

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    ITS LINCOLN'S BIRTHDAY. IGNORE THE CALENDAR.  THE POLITICIANS HAVE LUMPED OLD ABE IN WITH WASHINGTON ON PRESIDENTS DAY.  LINCOLN REALLY DOESN'T GET A LOT OF ATTENTION THAT WAY.  I REMEMBER IN GRADE SCHOOL WHEN WE DECORATED THE ROOM WITH LINCOLN MEMORABILIA AND THE TEACHER WOULD HAVE US SING LINCOLN'S FAVORITE HYMN, "IF YOU CANNOT ON THE OCEAN, SAIL AMONG THE FASTEST SHIPS." LINCOLN ONCE SAID, "AS AN INDIVIDUAL WHO UNDERTAKES TO LIVE BY BORROWING, SOON FINDS HIS ORIGINAL MEANS DEVOURED BY INTEREST, AND NEXT NO ONE TO BORROW FROM--SO MUST IT BE WITH GOVERNMENT."  GOVERNMENT HASN'T LEARNED MUCH FROM ABE'S WISDOM, HAVE THEY?                                                                                                                                    

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    BOB DOLE HAS NOW RETIRED, BUT HIS LIFE WAS A MEMORABLE ONE.  IT IS BEST TOLD IN HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY, "ONE SOLDIERS STORY."  WITH HUMBLE BEGINNINGS IN RUSSELL KANSAS, HE WENT ON TO BECOME ONE OF OUR MOST PRODUCTIVE SENATORS.  THE STORY OF HIS RECOVERY FROM BEING WOUNDED IN ITALY AND THE YEARS OF SUFFERING IN THE PROCESS WILL BE AN INSPIRATION TO ANYONE IN LIKE CIRCUMSTANCES.  HE COMMANDS THE RESPECT OF EVERY AMERICAN.

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    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    THANKS TO THOSE WHO BRAVED SNOW AND ICE TO COME TO THE MASS CENTER LAST NIGHT TO HEAR ME SPEAK ON THE HISTORY OF WHTC.  I HOPE YOU CARRIED AWAY AN APPRECIATION OF THE FIRST YEARS OF OUR SERVICE TO HOLLAND.  JUKE

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    CHINA IS BUYING AMERICA.  A RECENT SEC REPORT SHOWS CHINA WITH 9.6 BILLION IN HOLDINGS IN 60 DIFFERENT U. S. COMPANIES.  THIS CAN HAVE A REAL BEARING ON THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY.  DOES THIS CONCERN YOU?

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    HOLLAND IS FACING A SHORTFALL FOR THE UPCOMING BUDGET YEAR, HERES SOME THINGS COLORADO SPRINGS IS DOING TO COPE WITH A SHORTFALL.  BEGINNING TODAY, 25% OF THEIR STREET LIGHTS WILL BE TURNED OFF.  POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS FACE CERTAIN DOWNSIZING. GREEN AREAS OTHER THAN PARKS WILL NOT BE MOWED NEXT SUMMER. TRASH CANS WERE REMOVED THIS WEEK AND REPLACED WITH A SIGN, URGING PEOPLE TO GET RID OF THEIR TRASH. THERE WILL BE NO STREET PAVING AND BUSES WILL CUT BACK ON ROUTES.

    WOULD YOU ADVOCATE HOLLAND MAKE CUTS?

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    TAIWAN, AN INDEPENDENT NATION SINCE THE WORLD WAR TWO ERA IS IN THE NEWS FREQUENTLY.  WHY?  BECAUSE CHINA HAS BELIEVES IS SHOULD BE A CHINESE POSSESSION.  THE USA DISAGREES.  TAIWAN DISAGREES.  RECENTLY TAIWAN BOUGHT SOME ARMS FROM THE USA. CHINA LOOKS UPON THIS PURCHASE AS A THREAT.  THE USA IS COMMITTED TO PROTECTING TAIWAN.  CHINA IS VERY MUCH AWARE THAT WE COULD NOT WITH OUR PRESENT MANUFACTURING BASE FIGHT A WAR ON TWO FRONTS. CERTAINLY NOT WITH CHINA. SO THE SABER RATTLING GOES ON. WE OF COURSE COULD THREATEN TO STOP IMPORTING SHOES FROM CHINA, BUT THEN MOST OF US WOULD BE WALKING BAREFOOT.  I THINK CHINA ENJOYS STOKING THE FIRES OF POSSIBLE WAR WITH THE WEST.  ITS DIFFICULT TO BATTLE THEIR PROPAGANDA.  IF ONLY IT WOULD BE AS SIMPLE AS OUR PANDA AGREEMENT WITH CHINA.  WHAT DO YOU THINK OUR POLICY SHOULD BE TOWARD CHINA??

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    EVER RIDE AN ELEPHANT, OR RACE AN OSTRICH?  IT ALL HAPPENED TO ME WHEN FORMER OTTAWA COUNTY FAIR MANAGER APPROACHED ME ABOUT TAKING PART IN THOSE ACTIVITIES AT THE FAIR.  CHUCK ANDERSON OUR MORNING ANNOUNCER, BILL BRODIE A WJBL ANNOUNCER AND MYSELF GOT ON THE ELEPHANTS AND "RACED"DOWN THE RACE TRACK.  FORTUNATELY IT WAS CONTROLLED BY THE TRAINERS AND WE DID NOT GO FAR.  NEXT WAS THE OSTRICH RACE WHEN WE GOT ON THE CARTS BEHIND THE BIG BIRDS.  STEERING THE OSTRICH, WE WERE TOLD, WAS WITH A BROOM, PUTTING THE BROOM UP NEAR THE BIRDS HEAD.  WE FOUND THIS WAS NOT VERY EFFECTIVE.  BILL AND I WERE STOPPED A FEW HUNDRED FEET DOWN THE TRACK, WHILE CHUCK'S BIRD RACED ALL THE WAY AROUND THE TRACK TO THE CHEERING CROWD.  MY WIFE AND KIDS WERE IN THE STANDS AND THEY GOT A BIG KICK OUT OF DAD GOING ON THE WILD RIDE.  

    EVER DO SOMETHING CRAZY? TELL ME ABOUT IT.  

  • THE JUKE BOX

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    READING IS SOMETHING WE CAN DO AT ALMOST ANY AGE. I LIKE THE PORTABILITY OF BOOKS.  NOW MANY DEPEND ON THE INTERNET FOR THEIR NEWS AND BOOKS AS WELL.

    MY LATEST BOOK WAS THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF WALTER CRONKITE, "A REPORTER'S LIFE."  IN THE BOOK, WALTER CHRONICLES HIS YEARS OF PUTTING NEWS FIRST, HIS TRAVELS DOING THAT, AND HIS ENCOUNTERS WITH THE RICH AND FAMOUS ALONG THE WAY.  HIS DISAGREEMENTS WITH MANAGEMENT ARE ALSO A PART OF THE BOOK.

    KNOWN FOR HIS HONEST STRAIGHTFORWARD REPORTING, WALTER STOOD OUT AS AN ICON IN THE NEWS WORLD.  WE MISS HIM.  THE BOOK WAS PUBLISHED IN 1996, BUT STILL VERY TIMELY TODAY.  

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    THE HEAD LINE IN THE SENTINEL THIS MORNING TELLS OF THE PRESIDENTS REQUEST FOR MILLIONS TO CLEAN UP THE GREAT LAKES.  GETTING RID OF INVASIVE SPECIES WOULD TAKE ALL OF THAT AND MORE.  

    I RECALL GOING FISHING BEFORE LAMPREY EELS, ZEBRA MUSSELS AND EVEN BEFORE SALMON.  THE FIRST TIME WAS ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE SAUGATUCK CHANNEL. THE LONG CANE POLES WERE THE WAY TO GO.  WE CAUGHT NOTHING.  MY DAD WAS DETERMINED TO TAKE ME FISHING AND CATCH SOMETHING. SO A FEW DAYS LATER WE TRIED THE SOUTH HOLLAND CHANNEL.  OTHER THAN CASEY'S WATER TAXI, IT WAS A NICE QUIET AFTERNOON AND WE CAUGHT ELEVEN PERCH.  

    MANY YEARS LATER, I TRIED CASTING.  AFTER MANY HOURS UNTANGLING FISH LINE, I BECAME ADEPT ENOUGH TO HIT AN OLD PILING A HUNDRED FEET AWAY FROM SHORE WITH A SILVER SPOON.  I ALWAYS WENT OUT FOR LARGE MOUTH BASS AND HARVESTED A FEW BLUEGILLS AND SUNFISH.  

    YES, MR. PRESIDENT, IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE THE LAKES BACK, IF WE CAN AFFORD IT, OR MAYE WE CAN CONSIDER THE ASIAN CARP A GAME FISH.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK?

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    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    JOBS! OUR GOVERNMENT HAS FINALLY COME UP WITH THE ANSWER TO THE PROBLEM OF THE ECONOMY.  SOMETHING MOST OF US KNEW ALL ALONG.  WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR JOBS?  MANY WERE SENT TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES UNDER THE GUISE OF "GLOBALIZATION."  OTHERS WERE LOST BY AMERICA'S LOVE FOR ANYTHING FOREIGN,PARTICULARLY FOREIGN CARS.  IF WE WANT TD HAVE ENOUGH MONEY FOR OUR SCHOOLS AND PUBLIC SERVICES AND DO IT WITHOUT ADDITIONAL TAXES.  OUR GOVERNMENT MUST LOOK AT OUR TRADE POLICIES.  ITS TIME TO LIMIT FOREIGN MANUFACTURING HERE AND SENDING THE PROFITS OVERSEAS.  

    IF WE LOVE OUR COUNTRY, AND WANT TO PAY FOR THE EXPENSE OF PRESERVING IT, WE MUST SUPPORT COMPANIES THAT PRODUCE GOODS AND ARE HEADQUARTERED HERE.  THEY PAY THE TAXES THAT MAKE PRESERVATION OF OUR GREAT NATION POSITIVE, AND THEY CREATE JOBS FOR AMERICANS.  WE CANNOT AFFORD TO PAY FOR AMERICAN NECESSITIES AND AN ARMY OF MILLIONS OF UNEMPLOYED.  AMERICA ONLY WORKS, WHEN AMERICANS ARE WORKING.  AMERICANS WORK WHEN AMERICANS BUY AMERICAN PRODUCTS.