The Three Rivers City Commission Tuesday adopted temporary modifications to MERS (Municipal Employees’ Retirement System of Michigan) benefit provisions to adjust the definition of how many days/hours of work are required in a month for city employees to earn service credit, as well as the definition of compensation.
Torrey Brown expresses his frustration with systemic racism and hypocrisy in his latest poem “Just my thoughts.”
“Disrupting a pattern, as abruptly as this virus has disrupted our society’s patterns, shocks the system. Shockwaves are reverberating through all sectors.”
“Overall I think myself, and young people in general, have been able to remain fairly calm and collected through an admittedly scary situation. If I could offer any piece of advice to someone worried about the pandemic, it would be this: only worry about what you can control.”
“I miss my children’s teachers. I miss the joy of dropping my children off at school knowing they were in the best possible hands for the day. I miss packing my son’s lunch. I miss the stress of attempting to wake my 12-year-old up in the morning so she has enough time to look presentable before school. I miss the arguments and rushing out the door trying not to be late. I miss it all.”
Representatives of the bus and motorcoach industry say the small businesses responsible for helping individuals, families and companies move were overlooked by Congress when it passed the CARES Act. The act provided $2 trillion in relief in the wake of the coronavirus shutdown.
“All across this country in small towns and big cities alike, clerks and election officials are hard at work to take their part in this essential American tradition, but they need us to demand that our elected leaders give them the tools to do the job. We still have time to get this right. But the clock is ticking.”
Michigan came in 28th highest in a new study by the WalletHub website that shows where small businesses have struggled most due to the coronavirus pandemic, based on three key dimensions.
After an almost four-hour standoff with police Tuesday, a Three Rivers man surrendered to authorities around 6:45 p.m., bringing a peaceful resolution to an otherwise adrenaline charged incident.
“This battle isn’t like the Avengers saga. We don’t have an epic hero with super-abilities beyond our comprehension to save the day, we just have each other. There are very few situations that show us how we are all connected and why we should look after each other to the capacity that a pandemic can.”
“A storm of skyrocketing unemployment paired with plummeting tax revenue have plunged the state budget into a multi-billion dollar deficit. State Budget Office Communications Director Kurt Weiss told The Center Square in an email that tax revenues for this fiscal year are projected to drop between $1 billion and $3 billion.”
“Doctors and nurses are dying at an alarming rate. They have a choice, naturally, to either resign their posts or show up and fight, but the nature of the business makes it abundantly clear most will choose to fight. Choose to die. Choose to sacrifice their hopes and dreams and hobbies, their retirements and vacations and their children’s affection for the public good. It’d be great to believe this is all overblown, but we know better.”
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer acknowledged she will be extending the state’s Stay at Home order past its current April 30 deadline
In episode three of Keep Your Voice Down, Watershed Voice Executive Editor Alek Haak-Frost and co-host Doug Sears, Jr. discuss COVID-19 protests, the details of a three-step plan unveiled by Michigan House Republicans this week to “get Michiganders back to work,” top stories from St. Joseph County and the handshake’s possible fall from grace in a post COVID-19 world.
“‘Murder Most Foul’ seems to suggest Bob Dylan turned to music to help him cope with the terrible events of November 1963. Could he be suggesting that in our current COVID-19 crisis, we too should turn to music to help us? By releasing this song in the middle of the pandemic, is Dylan adding one more musical resource?”
Emergency Management Coordinator Erin Goff provided an update to the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners Tuesday on COVID-19 statistics, and ongoing emergency management efforts within the county.
Michigan House Republicans on Monday unveiled a three-step plan to return Michiganders to work.
House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R- Levering, said in a statement that “the current one-size-fits-all approach” isn’t working for thousands of families worried about paying bills.
“Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been trying to stay in front of this pandemic and is making decisions based on our safety, the constituents of her state. Requesting supplies from the federal government, closing schools, and issuing stay-at-home orders are all part of an attempt to flatten the curve on this deadly virus, and will save lives if done correctly. Her decision to extend the stay-at-home orders and to create more stringent rules are not because she has decided to be a dictator, nor are they because she is trying to become Joe Biden’s running mate.
“It’s because we as residents of this state were not making intelligent decisions.”