SHORT TAKES: Belding restaurant hosts Christmas Eve dinner

By Daily News • Last Updated 10:49 am on Monday, December 12, 2011

An appropriate way to observe the 12 remaining days to Christmas is to call attention to Belding’s free Christmas Eve dinner being offered from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 24 at Belding’s Bridge Street Café.

The dinner is for folks who can’t afford a traditional holiday dinner or who have no one with whom to share the occasion. Hundreds of people are expected to enjoy the fifth annual community treat offered the by the Scheid family, owners of the restaurant.

The Verdun Family Funeral Home supports of the event, as well as dozens of other people helping with money, supplies and volunteer hours. Belding Dial-a-Ride will provide transportation. You should call (616) 793-3360 by Dec. 20 to get on the schedule. If you need help, or want to help or donate, call Renee Scheid at (616) 794-3360 or Mike Verdun at (616) 794-1300.

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There’s a petition being circulated to suspend Michigan’s new emergency manager law.

Various political interests are pushing to place the issue on next year’s ballot. The issue here is not whether government units and city governments on the verge of bankruptcy should get some help; it is whether state-appointed managers should be empowered to invalidate union contracts.

Let’s set aside all questions but one: Who is going to pay the bills that are accumulating, and how will they pay them? It should be obvious to all but the dimmest of wits that someone will pay: Will it be those who continue to make the wrong choices, or will it be all of the rest of us?

The state is already suffering from job cuts in police and fire protection as well as other civil service areas. So when is common sense going to prevail?

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This could well be a tough winter. The spring, summer and fall have already been hard for a lot of folks.

This is a time of year when tragic fires occur because the heating systems in dwellings are unsafe and/or insufficient. And as the weather gets colder, we remind you to look out especially for the folks around you, your neighbors, or anyone else you suspect may be suffering. Be aware of the new 2-1-1 line available to Montcalm and Ionia county people who may have questions about health and human services available.

If, for example, you or a person you know are about to experience a shut-off of gas or electric service, it’s a program that can help. It’s a 24/7 service, and it may well be a life-saver.

Editorial opinions are the consensus of The Daily News editorial board.

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