Letters to the Editor

March 13, 2014

No community college can educate better than local school

Dear Editor,
A front page article in today’s Detroit Free Press, March 12th, confirms my letter last month, February 14th, that community colleges, MMCC included, are in trouble and looking to find a way to survive. It appears to me they’ve all landed on the concept of reinventing themselves as Michigan’s next generation of public high schools.

Look, if they, again including MMCC, can make a success of the current plan of getting 75 “better students” (25 juniors annually who become 25 seniors with a new batch of 25 juniors evolving into 25 full time) from each local school (here there are 5 to provide $1 million annually) to replace their shrinking clientele, is there any doubt they will soon expand the concept to include more and more “better students”?

If you think otherwise you’re ignoring history. It’s already rumored current selected participating students have been told they need not return to the CHS building because their needed classes are on-line.

Soon high-schoolers will only return to either observe or participate in sports. Classes that remain at CHS will be remedial.

And remember, MidMichigan Community College was originally promoted to this community as a “vocational-technical school”.
My basic contention is simply, no community college can better educate local students than the local school. This is doubly so in Clare and Gladwin counties.

Ken Feneley


Good Samatarian thanked for helping mother

To the editor –
A few weeks ago during one of our very icy and snowy days here, my Mother had walked out to her mailbox. While returning back to the house, she had fallen.  She could not get up and no one heard her yelling.  An hour or so after she had fallen she heard a vehicle come to a skidding stop. A man in a white truck that said “something”

“Communications” on the door had ran up the driveway and helped her into the house where he called my husband to let us know what had happened. He stayed with my Mother until my Husband arrived, then left as quickly as he showed up. All we know is the man was driving a white truck with ladders on top, bright yellow flashing lights on the roof, and the man was wearing a fluorescent yellow reflective jacket and she thinks his name is Kori. If anyone knows who this man is,  Please tell him the Phillip›s Family thanks him so much! You are an amazing person!

Margaret Phillips & Family,
Lake George


Ukraine not a ‘tiff’

Dear Editor:
Referring to the recent riots in Ukraine as a “tiff” reaches to levels of obscenity and insensitivity I thought would never appear in hometown reporting. When Pat Mauer’s article went on to note the 77 killed and 600 wounded while Mr. Hale watched from “front row seats,” it was as if I was reading an account of Roman Colosseum persecution accompanied by popcorn. Shame on The Clare County Review for printing such a revolting account of a wretched and heartbreaking rebellion.

Ed Mitten


Desperately seeking help

Dear Editor:
I have a strange request. I’m desperately looking for help in the way of a car. I am my Mom’s 24/7 caregiver to my Mom who has Dementia. I’ve Been out of work for 3 years and our car rusted out and died two weeks ago. I am in desperate need of a car to transport my Mom to and from her Doctors and just get her out of the house when need be. Do you know of any local charities where they can help in the way of getting a car to the needy? desperate times call for desperate measures and I am at the end of my rope. I live in the Lake George area.

Richard Noonan
Lake George


Affordable college would help agriculture in MI

Agriculture is a thriving business in Michigan.
Our wide range of crops and commodities makes our state the second most diverse in the country.

Our farms and agribusinesses support about one in four Michigan jobs and add $96 billion to the state’s economy.

At the same time, we face a long-term challenge to hire enough skilled workers to get  the job done.

Agriculture is highly technical and we need to ensure a highly-educated workforce for Michigan’s farms and agribusinesses – from agronomists and engineers, to accountants and logistics experts.

Governor Snyder kicked off this important conversation by including a balanced new investment in higher education as part of his Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal.

This funding would be used to make college affordable for all Michiganders.

For students across the state who want to be part of a rapidly growing food and agriculture sector, expanded higher education funding would open new doors at our state universities.

While the Governor has taken the first step toward strengthening higher education funding in Michigan, responsibility now lies with the state legislature to make higher education a priority. Michigan agriculture would benefit greatly from a long-term investment to train skilled leaders for our industry.

Increased higher education funding would benefit people in every part of the state and help families from all walks of life.

An investment in higher education today is an investment toward a more prosperous future for the state – including further growth and stronger momentum for Michigan’s farms and agribusinesses.

Jim Byrum
Michigan Agri-Business Association

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