SHORT TAKES: Belding shows why we love where we live

By Daily News • Last Updated 11:22 am on Monday, May 07, 2012

It takes a community, and Belding has done it … that is, to recognize what we’re all about.

It’s about our neighbors, our friends, and the people who help us in our hometown institutions. Last week the people of Belding showed the love and appreciation for a person who had served them for nearly 40 years. Library funds are precious and slim; and Betty Jenkins, who has served the library since her high school days, faced the loss of her job. An appreciating community stepped up to say no, we want you to stay.

With that kind of endorsement, we hope the community will reach out to help such an essential community asset. The Alvah N. Belding Library, with its classic structure, has been blessed with the leadership styles of Toni Jagger, and in earlier years, Jackie Badersnider. That’s why we love where we live.

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When government leaders enact legislation that is good for all mankind, what’s the next step for the losers … you’re right!

Their next step is to pick it apart; piece-by-piece… Michigan’s ban on smoking in public places is two years old and predictably under attack. From the start, Detroit’s gambling casinos and the state’s American Indian casinos are exempt for reasons apparently legal but nonetheless not likely to lower the cost of healthcare for the rest of us.

Now comes Traverse City politician Sen. Howard Walker, who wants exemptions for charitable fundraising events. We understand the fundamental inconveniences of pushing people to outdoor places. But what’s the problem?

Smoking works in the great outdoors, and that’s Traverse City’s greatest attribute. We know it gets cold there, so why not have a fundraiser — or even an outdoor designer challenge — to build an outdoor place for smokers?

Don’t compromise essential public legislation for more charity bucks, because the ultimate medical cost to all of us for tobacco-related diseases far outweighs any temporary local gain.

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This Wednesday brings the “Spring Fling,” a free event fashion show at 7 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church at 204 W. Cass St. in Greenville.

The event will feature some of the season’s hottest looks, in order to help kids. A dessert reception will follow the show. According to fashion show organizer Elaine Pendrick, “Women of all ages and sizes will be modeling this season’s latest fashions.”

A free-will offering will benefit Greenville school’s Opportunity for Success Fund, a fund that quietly supports homeless children in the area in many ways. Men are no doubt invited to drop in with their monetary contributions to a good cause.

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

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