Michigan in the balance

I remember when Michigan had the best roads and schools in the country. And after eight years of state government being run by the same political party, the roads are still terrible and our schools have fallen to the bottom half.

In those eight years, we have seen decreased funding for public education, lack of a living wage, the Flint water crisis, the continued water give away to corporations, a major oil spill in the Kalamazoo River and the Emergency Manager Law, even after it was voted down by the people.

For over 30 years, southwest Michigan has had the same representative in the U.S. Congress and the same party has been elected to state level offices. Yet, personal rights, voting rights, the right to health care and clean water and the ability to make a living wage diminish by the very people who are asking you to re-elect them.

Current leadership is not responsive to the people and only acts to please the party. Conservative ideology is not good policy. It’s time for common good leadership. It’s time to bring a balance back to Michigan, because Michigan is in the balance.

Mike Moroz,

Dowagiac, Michigan

Donaldson for Concord assessor

It is with pleasure I endorse Veronica Donaldson for Concord Township assessor. I have known Veronica for 20-plus years. We worked together while I was employed by the County Auditor’s Office and recently in the County Assessor’s Office. I have the highest respect for her and the knowledge she possess. She is very much aware of the duties that an assessor is responsible for and very capable of accomplishing them.

I tend to lean towards Republican candidates but when a Democrat comes along with the qualifications, knowledge, experience and education to do the job it matters not the party. The Concord Township assessor position has zero national impact nor is the job affected by party line ideology. However, it does greatly impact your day-to-day property tax.

Veronica, for years has been the County Assessor’s chief deputy in one of the largest counties in the state. This experience has given her the foundation for her next level of leadership as your Concord assessor. I encourage you not to fall for blind party allegiance but vote for the most qualified candidate that will give you the service you deserve. Vote Veronica Donaldson!

Kim Miller,

Middlebury

Midterms a referendum on Trump

Abraham Lincoln purportedly said, “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” Our nation’s 2018 charlatan-in-chief indeed seems to be fooling some of the people all the time, but the U.S. is still a democracy.

By our votes Nov. 6 we have the chance to tell Donald Trump – even he says this election is a referendum on him – that it’s unacceptable for a U.S. president to: be a bully and name-caller, mock a victim of sexual assault, lie constantly, cozy up to tyrants, demonize the media in a free country, extol tax cuts that benefit just the top third of the U.S. population, and separate children from parents

Fortunately, there are positive alternatives. I’ll name just three: Mel Hall for U.S. 2nd District representative, Joe Donnelly for U.S. senator and Paul Steury for Elkhart County Council.

Hall served as a minister in the inner city and headed a successful health care-analytics business, Donnelly cast a courageous vote against Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation, and Steury is a man of integrity with a skillset needed in county leadership.

Dan Shenk,

Goshen

Participate in elections

We have an important election coming up on Nov. 6 which will determine the direction our country takes for the next two years and possibly beyond. However, too many of our registered voters are uncaring, complacent or too lazy to check out the candidates,the party they represent, the issues they are promoting and come out and vote. This was shown by our recent primary where only about 20 percent of the registered voters showed up at the polls.

As a veteran with sons and friends who put our lives on the line to preserve the freedom and prosperity enjoyed here in America, it’s rather discouraging (put politely) to see people who can’t be bothered to take the little time it takes to participate in our elections. It’s about time that all of you put voting on the top of your lists and get to the poll on Nov. 6 and vote.

William Rohman,

Major USAF Retired

Elkhart

Vote Beuford Lee for trustee

We would like to encourage the good people of Washington Township to support Beuford Lee who is running for Washington Township trustee.

Mr. Lee is very experienced at this job and has done his best to provide our residents with quality representation for a number of years. He served his country honorably in the armed forces after which he was an Elkhart police officer for 20 years. Upon his retirement he started and ran two very successful businesses. Mr. Lee has always had the best interest of the Bristol and Washington Township community as a top priority. With his experience and dedication there is no one better for the job.

Please support and vote for Beuford Lee for Washington Township trustee in November.

Jeff and Karen Smaka,

Bristol

Pledge to go vegan for 30 days

This November, World Vegan Month, compassionate, environmentally friendly people everywhere are celebrating the mushrooming interest in vegan living. Six percent of Americans identify as vegan – an increase of 600 percent in just three years – and more and more vegans are sprouting up every day.

Everyone should strive to eat vegan foods rather than animal-based ones. Research shows that vegans are responsible for 2.5 times fewer food-related greenhouse-gas emissions than their meat-eating counterparts, and that if every American went vegan, there would be enough food to feed all 327 million people living in the U.S. – plus 350 million more.

And that’s not all. Each vegan saves nearly 200 animals every year, and vegans are less likely to suffer from heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other diet-related diseases.

With vegan living so mainstream, many stores and restaurants are offering tasty vegan options. If you want to join the movement to get healthy, help animals, combat climate change and eat delicious meals, visit www.PETA.org and pledge to go vegan for at least 30 days.

Heather Moore,

The PETA Foundation

Norfolk, Virginia

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