2017-07-09 / Opinion

READER FEEDBACK

‘Thanks’ for effort to reduce prescribed drugs

I was reading Roll Call from Lansing (in Sunday, July 2 edition of The County Press) and found a couple of things pretty interesting. The paper has been running many stories about opioid and drug abuse and addiction, but this just might help.

Sen. Green voted on two bills to restrict opioid prescription quantities that would make it law that a doctor can only write a prescription for a seven-day supply for acute conditions and 30 days for chronic issues. This makes total sense, but it’s troubling that doctors and dentists would have to be ordered by law to reduce or eliminate excessive scripts. I know some doctors are already doing better to curtail the drugs by offering alternative solutions such as more therapy, but I was happy to see the Legislature is working to reduce the huge volume of drugs that go through their offices in prescriptions. I don’t necessarily think they’re running a scam with the pharmaceutical companies, though it’s easy to see how they could be turned into drug pushers without realizing what they’re doing.

Roll Call is one of my favorite features of the Sunday paper, because it gives us real-time reporting on what lawmakers are working on. Some of it is really stupid stuff I have to admit, but legislation related to the opioid crisis we’re having is worthwhile work that could actually make a difference if the laws are signed by the governor.

Thank you for Roll Call, and thank you Sen. Green for voting to reduce the number of drugs doctors and dentists can prescribe. This is a real problem in our community, and anything that can be done to get the drugs away from people is worth a shot.

Grace Bowers

Metamora Township

Think outside the box

After I read your editorial for DTE Energy about the solar array fields I had to comment.

So to be clear, DTE isn’t getting away from coal-burning power plants out of the goodness of their hearts. The State of Michigan has required utility companies have to produce more of their energy from renewable sources like wind, solar and even water currents in rivers.

But if they’re going to use alternative sources to generate electricity they should engineer turbines in the St. Clair River near St. Clair and Marysville where the company has power plants because the current is so strong through there.

Denmark is doing great things with the tidal movements, and there’s no reason companies can’t do the same thing here in the Great Lakes.

It takes someone to think outside the box, and the first company or state to do something totally different like harvest the power of flowing navigable rivers in the United States will change the world. I’m not opposed to solar energy, but there are other alternatives that should be explored as well.

Hopefully, in time the size of the solar panels will come down and they won’t have to take up hundreds of acres that could be used for food production.

Arlene Brown

Mayfield Township

A riot or rebellion?

Which was it, a riot or a rebellion?

What I can say is that since the 1967 uprising in Detroit, the phrase “Detroit riots” is mostly used by both white and black friends and acquaintances of both my generation and those born afterward.

Whether using the term “rebellion” to define our town in late July ’67 is an attempt of revisionist history is not for me to judge because I did not experience police violence at the age of 10 because of the color of my skin and at the time of this tragic urban violence which forever afflicted the reputation of Detroit proper.

What I can say that it most certainly was a tense and difficult time, especially living in the Detroit housing projects. I remember in the immediate day afterward my mom didn’t receive the Aid to Dependent Children food stamps she needed to buy groceries and we had to catch a ride over to just north of Holbrook and Woodward to pick them up and the National Guard was still present on the street.

The harrowing memories of July ’67 stick like glue after all these years; few will not and cannot say that this wasn’t a destructive, and arguably preventable event that forever impacted the lives of both blacks and whites who lived in Detroit at that moment in time and for the succeeding years and decades.

Kenneth Hreha

Dryden

Annual fireworks display takes a community

Cook outs, picnics, pool parties and various holiday celebrations were in full swing this past Fourth of July holiday. Families enjoyed beautiful weather all weekend long. The perfect ending to the festivities, the annual fireworks show at Rolland-Warner Middle school came off without a hitch.

Months of planning, fund raising and coordination by local organizations entertained thousands for 30 wonderful minutes.

The show, coordinated and produced through the Lapeer Area Chamber of Commerce, is a cooperative effort of a number of local entities. We would like to share with our citizens the scope of this event.

Lapeer Community Schools allow the fireworks launch to be held at Rolland-Warner Middle School as well as offer parking at the school and the Center for Innovation (formerly Lapeer West High School). This includes clean up of these grounds the next day.

Within seven hours on Wednesday, custodial staff at Rolland-Warner Middle School and the Center for Innovation and staff from the Chamber of Commerce and the DPW had emptied trash, picked up trash, raked debris at the launch site, removed barriers and barrier tape and cones and policed each area in an effort to restore them to preshow condition. Most of us were out there before 8 a.m. on Wednesday. That’s pretty remarkable to have these areas cleaned up in less than 24 hours of the show. Even Superintendant Matt Wandrie went out to lend a hand.

Mott Community College and the Chatfield School campus are popular viewing areas for the fireworks. Mott CC allows residents to park on the grass in the north corner of their property, a popular viewing area, and made sure their grounds were mowed and ready for visitors.

The Lapeer Police Dept. coordinated and provided the manpower for traffic control for thousands of residents at the launch area as well as other popular viewing areas in the city. Lapeer Fire & Rescue was on hand at the launch site as a safety measure and prepared to respond should they be needed. The Lapeer Dept. of Public Works put up and took down the road closure barriers and barricade tape. This year they provided (delivered and picked up) a number of trash containers for both the Mott CC campus and the CFI.

Lapeer County EMS were on hand as well, in case of an emergency requiring medical attention. Floyd Delong & Son provided the Port-o-Johns at all three campuses. The Lapeer LaCrosse team distributed trash bags to viewers throughout several key viewing areas.

Our financial supporters are local businesses and residents. They provide the funding it takes to produce the $15,000- plus show (it is not funded by tax dollars.) Our major sponsors this year were Meijer (for more than 20 years) and Milnes Ford /Ford Motor Company. In addition, nearly 50 other businesses throughout Lapeer County contributed to the fireworks.

It’s an amazing effort of so many who come together, on a holiday weekend, to keep this celebration of our freedom, the traditional fireworks show, safe and organized and financially sound. I’m sure many would love to have been able to go out of town or just be home with their family on the holiday. But they were out there making this a safe and wonderful family event.

Thank you to our military service men and women who defend our freedom to gather and celebrate together.

Thank you. We love Lapeer.

Neda Payne

Executive Director

Lapeer Area Chamber of Commerce

House speaker guest at next Tea Party meeting

The Lapeer County Tea Party would like to remind all readers that our general monthly meeting for July was not held on the regular day, the first Tuesday of the month, because that day fell on the Fourth of July holiday. The meeting, instead, will be held the second Tuesday, July 11, at our usual place, Mayfield Township hall, at 7 p.m.

This month’s guest key speaker will be state Rep. Tom Leonard, Speaker of the Michigan House. We plan to have other elected political members, or their representatives, at this meeting also. They will offer up-to-date information on what is going on in their areas of the government.

Our Tea Party was created to inform and educate voters about current issues in our federal, state and local governments. Our key principles are fiscal responsibility, free enterprise and limited constitutional government and restoring America to its guiding constitutional principles.

Our meetings are free to the public. Coffee, water and snacks are available for a small donation. The Tea Party is supported only by donations. We invite all of our friends and neighbors to the Lapeer County Tea Party on July 11, to get the most updated news from your elected officials and those involved in making decisions for our hometown. Please join us and get the answers to your questions directly from the men and women we elected to represent us. So mark your calendar for July 11 and we’ll see you there.

God bless America.

Tim Lintz

Director

Lapeer County

Tea Party

America has a choice to be made on healthcare

One of the things that makes Obamacare work is that the rich pay a small tax. This creates a fund to insure people that have struggled to afford care. As a deliberate feature of Obamacare, this means longterm savings for the system, because preventative care is much cheaper than a trip to the ER, the only resource the poor had.

So, the Republicans have a dilemma. They want to remove the tax from Obamacare and make it work anyway.

This tests a long-held Republican strategy. Reward our rich base, and convince others that it is a good thing for us all. The rich are the deserving, the job creators. The poor — well, they are either lazy or cheating the system.

Maybe they are not wrong, but some amount of people cheat the system at all levels. We have the rich guy who hides income, the doctor who defrauds Medicare or the mother who does not count her boyfriend as part of her household in order to get free lunch for her children.

If we accept that there is a small percentage of cheaters at all levels, maybe we just do what is best for the country, what makes us a caring community.

Four hundred people could keep paying a tax so that 22 million could be insured. Check out what Medicaid does — keeps elderly in nursing homes, maintains the disabled, insures half of American children, and pays for half of our births.

This important debate over our healthcare should not be rushed into law as Congress and our President seem determined to do.

There needs to be some choice by all of us which America we want to be — suspicious of each other or willing to make small sacrifices to help our fellow man.

Carol Medland

Lapeer Township

Lapeer County ready to help out those in need

You learn a lot about your community when you get around on crutches for seven weeks.

Weeks ago I broke my foot and have had to get around on crutches most of the time since. The response from the members of my community was interesting and encouraging. With crutches I did not open and close doors very well. I cannot count the number of people who rushed to open doors for me, everywhere I went. It was not unusual at all for restaurant staff to rush to the exterior door to open it for me just to enter the restaurant. Restaurant staff at KFC and Dagwood’s repeatedly offered to take my food tray to my table. When I dropped my food tray with a huge cup of water on the floor at KFC, they joyfully said, “Don’t worry about it, we’ll take care of it.”

One day a young man approached me on the sidewalk near my office carrying a garbage bag full of empty beer cans and looking like life had been hard for him. I expected him to walk quickly past me. Instead, just before he got to me, he made a 90-degree turn and virtually ran to the door where he thought I would be going so that he could open it for me. Shame on me for my low expectations.

These experiences reminded me of what I have known about my community for years. We have many, many individuals and organizations waiting with a ready hand to help others.

I serve on the Lapeer County Community Foundation Board with 13 other board members and a director that take great joy in giving away hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to assist local organizations and governments to improve our community and assist people in need.

In short, I have lived for 28 years in a community where many people and organizations have a hand out. That makes me proud to call Lapeer County my home.

Timothy W. Denney

Elba Township

Excellence in education should be paramount

Enough, Lapeer. Whether or not to build a new library is the wrong question. The question we should ask is how best to arm the new library for the future — digital, cyber, etc.

Look. Ask anyone across the U.S. what they know about Lapeer. It isn’t the beautiful historic courthouse, nor is it the uniqueness of The Whitehorse Inn or Paste Tense.

It’s Marguerite deAngeli. She is our celebrity, our Caldecott Medal winning author/illustrator who has delighted thousands of minds.

Think. Are we going to cage her with a building with inadequate parking spaces built by Andrew Carneige decades ago for a demolished high school or defunct junior high? No.

Think. We have a passionate library director and hard-working library board disciplined to save money and gutsy enough to buy an appropriate spot right in the middle of Rolland- Warner Middle School, Mott Community College, Chatfield School, St. Paul Lutheran School and the Lapeer Center for Innovation?

Do you envision the birth of a cultural center? These students need to cross one road to land at the steps of deAngeli where they can discover history, live the present and envision the future with library specialists who can navigate through the ever proliferation of information and discern between fact and fake. Excellence in education should be paramount in Lapeer. Ban ignorance and sloth.

Attract everyone to a beautiful library. For pennies a month we can do this. Library resources can bring us a kinder, smarter, more understanding Lapeer.

Doris Rolland

Mayfield Township

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