LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Look at the big picture to solve problems
Our elections have a serious problem and that is the single-issue voter. To paraphrase the Rolling Stones, “you can’t always get what you want, but if you try hard, you get what you need.” What we need is to restore our democracy and return integrity to the government. We must focus on issues that affect us all, not attempt to impose our biases on the rest of the country. Abortion and sexuality have no place in politics. Follow your conscience and let everyone else do the same. Ignore those trying to scare you with threats to your 2nd amendment rights. Common sense tells you otherwise. Climate change is important but doing the right thing will follow if we elect the right people. Money has corrupted politicians, so their re-elections take precedence over the needs of the country. Look at the big picture and to the future rather than wasting your vote on an issue that may be important to you at the moment but doesn’t get to the root of solving our bigger problems.
A Valentine story
What an appropriate story for Valentine Day – John Merchant and Betty Robb! When they were in high school, Cherryland was new, clean and bright, grades 4-8 in one wing and 9-12 in the other. It was the best of times. When those of us in the lower grades saw high schoolers, we had an intense interest in how they behaved, especially in matters of romance. Someday, we thought, we’d better know...
John and Betty were our idols, model students, star athlete, drum majorette, cheerleader, and love birds. As it turns out, their life story has lived up to the ideals they modeled in high school.
I also wonder: there must have been some Elk Rapids basketballers who participated in the both the last game played at the HERTH and the first game played in the new Cherryland Gymnasium. Was Johnny Merchant one of them?
How easy is that?
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