Readers’ Voice

Dear Readers,
   Please join us on Sunday Aug. 27, from 10 5 p.m. for our annual Heritage Day at the County Historical Museum, 58471 Red Arrow Highway, Hartford.
   The grounds and museum will be abuzz with demonstrations of traditional crafts, such as butter and cheese making, candle making, weaving and spinning, just to name a few.
   Members of local brew clubs, Hop To It, of Decatur, and Keepers of Craft, of Kalamazoo, will demonstrate brewing from noon to 4 p.m.  Carl Wickett, of MIPro, will have his equipment set up for attendees to hear  the "voices" from several of museum ghost tours.
   More modern crafters will be on hand showing their wares, great bake sale items to eat on site and to take home,  lunch on site by Motor Mouth Food Truck. A yard sale like your mothers  had,  items from many museum Board members and volunteers.
   Parking is free, and admission is 13 years-old and up, $5;  5 to 12, $2; and under 5, free .
   Bring your friends and neighbors for a fun and informational day, and learn about Van Buren history.
   Roylinda Rumbaugh
   Board Member


Dear Editor,
   As I am a registered Democrat, I received the letter below from the Michigan Democratic Party that I want to share with our community.
   If people want their government to begin working again, both at the local, State and at the Federal level, then getting involved in a party that works to make the government more responsive to the common man and woman - like you and me - is an opportunity that is open to you. If this letter makes sense to you, please come and join us.
   The Van Buren County Dems meet on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Conference Center. Paw Paw has another group of Dems that is working on specific projects, too. Their next meeting is at Walt and Marie’s at 2:30 p.m. on September 24.
   We will have a booth at the Wine and Harvest Festival so come and meet people who have already decided to run for office and get information about how you can make a difference.
   Visit our website at
   Pat Winston, Paw Paw
    ~ “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
   Those are the words of a president. When America was entering its darkest hour, on the brink of a war that would tear us apart and determine whether or not we would truly live up to our nation’s promise, President Abraham Lincoln chose to unite, not divide. He wished to heal, not open wounds. He appealed for us to come together as a people to solve issues that would otherwise destroy us.
   That is not the leadership or appeal we have witnessed from Lincoln’s 28th predecessor amid the divisions we face today. Instead, our nation’s highest office has now become a bully pulpit of hate, where divisions are exploited for political gain. Wounds are ripped open to distract from damage being done elsewhere. Our nation’s challenges are manipulated to benefit those few who seek to advance their own interests and ideological agendas. The purveyors of this hate, while a miniscule minority, constitute a rotting but accommodated core of politics that has weakened the foundation of our union.
   We cannot allow everything we stand for as Americans, everything we have endured as a people, and everything we represent to the rest of the world, to be destroyed. Thankfully, America is more than one man and cannot be brought down by hate, because our history has given us the examples of leadership and unity to defeat it. But we can only do so if we speak in one voice, regardless of identity or political ideology, because we are Americans first, and together, for all the reasons that make us different, we are what has always made America great.
   We call on all Americans, the people of Michigan, Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, to join us in calling hate by its name and condemning not only those who represent it, but those who have weaponized it and use it to divide us. If we unite, and in one voice, say that we will not be divided, our best days will again be ahead of us, as surely as they will be, by the better angels of our nature.

   - Michigan Democrats


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