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2 Wednesday, January 2, 2013 he Montmorency County Tribune Neighbors helping neighbors To the Editor: Just when you are discouraged by events in the news, something wonderful happens to restore your optimism! We were in Wisconsin helping with a family medical issue when "the snowstorm" hit Atlanta and the power on Beltz Road went out. That's when the neighbors banded together to help each other. One lady was stranded with no heat or water and no way to get out of her home, and neighbors managed to get her food and water and eventually get her out to safety. We talked by phone to a couple neighbors about our concern flgr home and frozen pipes, and neighbor Rick McKinno'.gas there in a flash to plow. Marilyn Jones shoveled around our door and garage doors, and Glen Brancheau loaded wood into our boiler and dug a path to hook up our generator so our pipes wouldn't freeze. AND our neighbors took turns pouring gas into the generator to keep it going! When we pulled into our driveway on Christmas Eve, the drive was clear, the house was warm, the food was frozen, and we were SO grateful that we could think of no better way to thank them all than to write this letter! We sometimes lose sight of all the good in the world. Thank you, friends! Ron and Candy Karr, Atlanta, MI Thank you to the Sheriff's Department and volunteer To the Editor I would like to thank our Sheriffs Department for finding a volunteer to help one of tit elders on Christmas day, who had no heat for herself anl pets. I'm sure she thanks you also. God bless those who helped. Myma Nash, Atlanta, MI Thank you to the Iron Kettle for a Merry Christmas To the Editor: We were still without power on Christmas day. I was in Lewiston buying essentials and noticed the lights on in the Iron Kettle Restaurant. Although they weren't open, they offered to make dinner for the wife and I. No charge, just Merry Christmas! What a great and appreciated gift for Christmas. Thanks, and happy New Year. Phil and Rita Secord, Atlanta, MI If My People... To the Editor: "There is not a just man on earth who does good and does not sin." (Ecclesiastes 7:20) No one is excused from this passage that God wrote through the inspiration of men in the Bible. Do we excuse ourselves by thinking, "I am a pretty good person?" We usually say, "I may not be perfect, but I am not as bad as so and so." God's word says, "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23) Comments The killing of children in the recent school shootings was often referred to as the killing of innocent children All humans, even newborns, are sinful by nature, and that is hard for us to imagine. Another Bible passage says, "In sin my mother conceived me." (Psalm 51:5b), which reveals how ingrained our sinful nature is. No one can escape God's judgment because of sinfulness. God has granted us His assurance and comfort in this Bible passage: "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16) This nation was founded on the God of the Bible, as we see in our constitution. The only solution is getting God back in our thing as individuals and as a nation. Governor Huckabee has suggested Jan. 20, 2013, as a day of prayer for America. Let us pray for our country, for there is no other way. "If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14) Marlin and Iris Goebel, Hillman, MI Heroes To the Editor: Will Rogers once said "Not everyone can be a hero; some of us have to sit on the curb and clap when they walk by." I'm sure everyone can name a fewpeople who stand out in their minds as special and consider them heroes. People like George Kell, Al Klaine, SparkyAnderson, Ernie Harwell (can you tell I'm a baseball fan), and my dad, are stand outs in my mind. Something I've noticed over my sixty plus years is that we tend to hold the heroes in our lives to a higher standard than others, and perhaps even ourselves. But real heroes are ordinary folks, with ordinary flaws, yet seem to be able to keep things in perspective and still function efficiently in spite of what's happening around them. I think of my fellow brothers in arms that served in Vietnam, who kept keeping on despite the consequences a single mistake might create. They are my heroes as well. I believe if any one looks hard enough theywill find heroes around them. I had the privilege of serving with some heroes on our local school board. I also found some heroes among the staffatAtlanta Community Schools as well. They are heroes in my mind because they continued to function and do their jobs despite all the clamor and noise around them. These board members along with some of the teach- ing staff and others kept keeping on, serving our students no matter what difficulty stood in their way. I have long said that we as a community have done an impressive job teach- ing our young people and community members how to stand up for their rights, but haven't done as good of a job teaching them how to deal with adversity. When I returned to the school board, by an appointment to fill a resignation, I was stunned to find how much had changed since the end of my previous term only a couple of years prior. When I left the board at the end of that term, I was very proud of what had been accomplished and I was very confident that Atlanta would become the school of choice in a very short time. What happen? When I left, the board, administration, staff, community and students were working together for the common benefit of student growth. I returned to a struggling board with members resigning, a nonfunctioning administration, divided instructional staff, a community back into recall mode, disgruntled students all resulting in Atlanta being perhaps the biggest embar- rassment in Michigan education. We are known in some areas as a community to avoid. I am proud of having served with some of the present school board members. I am proud of some of our teachers who have not let school politics get in the wayofleading and directing our students into a very mixed-up world. They are heroes and I sure hope our community will someday come to realize that too. If we do not up-hold them, who or what will we put in their place? Will we be able to find individuals with character who are willing to serve our students and community or do we only have persons who serve them- selves to choose from? Ed Howe said "A boy doesn't have to go to war to be a hero. He can say he doesn't like pie when he sees there isn't enough to go around." Look for character, it matters and it is the only thing that will make a difference and produce heroes. Dave Smith, Atlanta To our volunteers, donors and community partners During this season of thanksgiving and reflection, I wanted to thank the residents and businesses of Northern Michi- gan for their generous support of the American Red Cross. Without the gift of time from our volunteers, financial gifts from our donors, and the ongoing support of our commu- nity partners, the Red Cross could not respond to the nu- merous single family disasters that occur in northern Michi- gan every year. House fires are the primary emergencies the Red Cross responds to in northem Michigan. And this past year we assisted 167 people by providing them with lodging at local establishments, an allowance for food and clothing, pre- scription refills and replacement eye glasses. We are committed to providing our volunteers with train- ing that will allow them to provide the best possible service, including feeding, sheltering, client casework, and health and mental health services. This past year we issued over 100 course completion certificates for training that will give our volunteers the tools they need to assist our clients. Community education is another vital service we offer. In 2012, 644 people took some form of emergency education that will help them prevent, prepare for and recover from disasters in their local communities. The Red Cross also provides a vital communication link between active duty military and their families. 105 military family members attended workshops and presentations on our Services to the Armed Forces and were given informa- tion that will assist them in contacting loved ones in times of emergency. So for all you do, thank you for your generosity and sup- port and may all of you have a warm and safe holiday season! Nancy Gulczynski Interim Executive Director Northern Lower Michigan Chapter Letters Policy The Montmorency Tribune welcomes public comment in its Letters to the Editor sec- tion. The views and opinions expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of this publication. Letters to the Editor must be approximately 400 words or less and must contain the authors name, city, state, and a daytime phone number where the author maybe con- tacted. Your phone number not be printed. Letters will be published as space is available and if we determine that the content is potentially interesting to our readers, is timely and whether similar letters have been previously published. The Montmorency Tribune reserves the right to edit and allow for length, grammar and clarity. We reserve the fight to refuse any letter. The Tr/bune will NOT pub- lish: Unsigned letters, form letters, letters attacking a pri- vate individual or business, thank-y or letters pertaining to political candi- dates. Letters for or against ballot proposals are welcome. Photocopied and faxed sub- missions will not be accepted. Emailed submissions may be sent to the following address: editor@montmorencytribune.com. Letters must be received by noon Friday, to be considered for the next weeks paper. Established in 1886 Published by the Montmorency Press, Inc. (ISSN: 1070-7603) (USPS No. 361-680) The Montmorency County Tribune is published 52 weeks a year, on Wednesday, and is the legal newspaper for Montmorency County, MI and mailed under peridocial postage privileges at Atlanta, MI. Postmaster: Send address changes to Montmorency County Tribune, PO Box 186, Atlanta, MI 49709. Publisher: .............. Bill Pinson Editor: ............ Michelle Pinson OFFICE Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday PO Box 186, 12625 State St. Atlanta, MI 49709 Phone: 989-785-4214 Fax: 989-785-3118 Emaih editor@montmorencytribune.com Website: www.montmorencytribune.com Subscription Rates: 1 year in county $27 1 year in state $29 1 year out of state $33 2 years in county $43 2 years in state $47 2 years out of state $54 9 month student rate $20 Subscriptions are non-refundable mmM 2 Wednesday, January 2, 2013 he Montmorency County Tribune Neighbors helping neighbors To the Editor: Just when you are discouraged by events in the news, something wonderful happens to restore your optimism! We were in Wisconsin helping with a family medical issue when "the snowstorm" hit Atlanta and the power on Beltz Road went out. That's when the neighbors banded together to help each other. One lady was stranded with no heat or water and no way to get out of her home, and neighbors managed to get her food and water and eventually get her out to safety. We talked by phone to a couple neighbors about our concern flgr home and frozen pipes, and neighbor Rick McKinno'.gas there in a flash to plow. Marilyn Jones shoveled around our door and garage doors, and Glen Brancheau loaded wood into our boiler and dug a path to hook up our generator so our pipes wouldn't freeze. AND our neighbors took turns pouring gas into the generator to keep it going! When we pulled into our driveway on Christmas Eve, the drive was clear, the house was warm, the food was frozen, and we were SO grateful that we could think of no better way to thank them all than to write this letter! We sometimes lose sight of all the good in the world. Thank you, friends! Ron and Candy Karr, Atlanta, MI Thank you to the Sheriff's Department and volunteer To the Editor I would like to thank our Sheriffs Department for finding a volunteer to help one of tit elders on Christmas day, who had no heat for herself anl pets. I'm sure she thanks you also. God bless those who helped. Myma Nash, Atlanta, MI Thank you to the Iron Kettle for a Merry Christmas To the Editor: We were still without power on Christmas day. I was in Lewiston buying essentials and noticed the lights on in the Iron Kettle Restaurant. Although they weren't open, they offered to make dinner for the wife and I. No charge, just Merry Christmas! What a great and appreciated gift for Christmas. Thanks, and happy New Year. Phil and Rita Secord, Atlanta, MI If My People... To the Editor: "There is not a just man on earth who does good and does not sin." (Ecclesiastes 7:20) No one is excused from this passage that God wrote through the inspiration of men in the Bible. Do we excuse ourselves by thinking, "I am a pretty good person?" We usually say, "I may not be perfect, but I am not as bad as so and so." God's word says, "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23) Comments The killing of children in the recent school shootings was often referred to as the killing of innocent children All humans, even newborns, are sinful by nature, and that is hard for us to imagine. Another Bible passage says, "In sin my mother conceived me." (Psalm 51:5b), which reveals how ingrained our sinful nature is. No one can escape God's judgment because of sinfulness. God has granted us His assurance and comfort in this Bible passage: "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16) This nation was founded on the God of the Bible, as we see in our constitution. The only solution is getting God back in our thing as individuals and as a nation. Governor Huckabee has suggested Jan. 20, 2013, as a day of prayer for America. Let us pray for our country, for there is no other way. "If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14) Marlin and Iris Goebel, Hillman, MI Heroes To the Editor: Will Rogers once said "Not everyone can be a hero; some of us have to sit on the curb and clap when they walk by." I'm sure everyone can name a fewpeople who stand out in their minds as special and consider them heroes. People like George Kell, Al Klaine, SparkyAnderson, Ernie Harwell (can you tell I'm a baseball fan), and my dad, are stand outs in my mind. Something I've noticed over my sixty plus years is that we tend to hold the heroes in our lives to a higher standard than others, and perhaps even ourselves. But real heroes are ordinary folks, with ordinary flaws, yet seem to be able to keep things in perspective and still function efficiently in spite of what's happening around them. I think of my fellow brothers in arms that served in Vietnam, who kept keeping on despite the consequences a single mistake might create. They are my heroes as well. I believe if any one looks hard enough theywill find heroes around them. I had the privilege of serving with some heroes on our local school board. I also found some heroes among the staffatAtlanta Community Schools as well. They are heroes in my mind because they continued to function and do their jobs despite all the clamor and noise around them. These board members along with some of the teach- ing staff and others kept keeping on, serving our students no matter what difficulty stood in their way. I have long said that we as a community have done an impressive job teach- ing our young people and community members how to stand up for their rights, but haven't done as good of a job teaching them how to deal with adversity. When I returned to the school board, by an appointment to fill a resignation, I was stunned to find how much had changed since the end of my previous term only a couple of years prior. When I left the board at the end of that term, I was very proud of what had been accomplished and I was very confident that Atlanta would become the school of choice in a very short time. What happen? When I left, the board, administration, staff, community and students were working together for the common benefit of student growth. I returned to a struggling board with members resigning, a nonfunctioning administration, divided instructional staff, a community back into recall mode, disgruntled students all resulting in Atlanta being perhaps the biggest embar- rassment in Michigan education. We are known in some areas as a community to avoid. I am proud of having served with some of the present school board members. I am proud of some of our teachers who have not let school politics get in the wayofleading and directing our students into a very mixed-up world. They are heroes and I sure hope our community will someday come to realize that too. If we do not up-hold them, who or what will we put in their place? Will we be able to find individuals with character who are willing to serve our students and community or do we only have persons who serve them- selves to choose from? Ed Howe said "A boy doesn't have to go to war to be a hero. He can say he doesn't like pie when he sees there isn't enough to go around." Look for character, it matters and it is the only thing that will make a difference and produce heroes. Dave Smith, Atlanta To our volunteers, donors and community partners During this season of thanksgiving and reflection, I wanted to thank the residents and businesses of Northern Michi- gan for their generous support of the American Red Cross. Without the gift of time from our volunteers, financial gifts from our donors, and the ongoing support of our commu- nity partners, the Red Cross could not respond to the nu- merous single family disasters that o ccur in northern Michi- gan every year. House fires are the primary emergencies the Red Cross responds to in northem Michigan. And this past year we assisted 167 people by providing them with lodging at local establishments, an allowance for food and clothing, pre- scription refills and replacement eye glasses. We are committed to providing our volunteers with train- ing that will allow them to provide the best possible service, including feeding, sheltering, client casework, and health and mental health services. This past year we issued over 100 course completion certificates for training that will give our volunteers the tools they need to assist our clients. Community education is another vital service we offer. In 2012, 644 people took some form of emergency education that will help them prevent, prepare for and recover from disasters in their local communities. The Red Cross also provides a vital communication link between active duty military and their families. 105 military family members attended workshops and presentations on our Services to the Armed Forces and were given informa- tion that will assist them in contacting loved ones in times of emergency. So for all you do, thank you for your generosity and sup- port and may all of you have a warm and safe holiday season! Nancy Gulczynski Interim Executive Director Northern Lower Michigan Chapter Letters Policy The Montmorency Tribune welcomes public comment in its Letters to the Editor sec- tion. The views and opinions expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of this publication. Letters to the Editor must be approximately 400 words or less and must contain the authors name, city, state, and a daytime phone number where the author maybe con- tacted. Your phone number not be printed. Letters will be published as space is available and if we determine that the content is potentially interesting to our readers, is timely and whether similar letters have been previously published. The Montmorency Tribune reserves the right to edit and allow for length, grammar and clarity. We reserve the fight to refuse any letter. The Tr/bune will NOT pub- lish: Unsigned letters, form letters, letters attacking a pri- vate individual or business, thank-y or letters pertaining to political candi- dates. Letters for or against ballot proposals are welcome. Photocopied and faxed sub- missions will not be accepted. Emailed submissions may be sent to the following address: editor@montmorencytribune.com. Letters must be received by noon Friday, to be considered for the next weeks paper. Established in 1886 Published by the Montmorency Press, Inc. (ISSN: 1070-7603) (USPS No. 361-680) The Montmorency County Tribune is published 52 weeks a year, on Wednesday, and is the legal newspaper for Montmorency County, MI and mailed under peridocial postage privileges at Atlanta, MI. Postmaster: Send address changes to Montmorency County Tribune, PO Box 186, Atlanta, MI 49709. Publisher: .............. Bill Pinson Editor: ............ Michelle Pinson OFFICE Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday PO Box 186, 12625 State St. Atlanta, MI 49709 Phone: 989-785-4214 Fax: 989-785-3118 Emaih editor@montmorencytribune.com Website: www.montmorencytribune.com Subscription Rates: 1 year in county $27 1 year in state $29 1 year out of state $33 2 years in county $43 2 years in state $47 2 years out of state $54 9 month student rate $20 Subscriptions are non-refundable mmM