American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Fund

To the Editor:

As the wife of a Vietnam Era veteran and daughter of a WWII veteran, I hold a special place in my heart for the parents, siblings, spouses, and friends of those who served. I can’t help but think of all the men and women who have gone to fight for this great nation and didn’t return home.   

While we are all guilty of celebrating the unofficial start of summer and encouraging each other to “have a good weekend,” it is important to remember the reason for the holiday, Memorial Day is the day Americans set aside to honor those brave men and women who met tragic ends while defending our freedom. It is our duty to honor their sacrifices, to pray for their families, and to bow our heads in recognition of their service.   

Because of the restrictions related to the COVID-19 virus, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 171 is unable to distribute poppies face to face, as a tribute to our fallen warriors. We invite Gladwin County residents to support our Poppy Fund by making donations. Poppies are worn in remembrance of those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. We must never forget. The poppy, which bloomed on the battlefields of France after World War I, has grown to become an internationally known and recognized symbol of the lives sacrificed in war and the hope that none died in vain. One hundred percent of donations received will go directly to help veterans, military, and their families. Donations may be mailed to: ALA Unit 171, PO Box 351, Gladwin, MI 48624.   

The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, with nearly three-quarters of a million members and more 8,000 units in communities across the nation. The ALA serves nearly one million veterans every year. Right here in Gladwin, we continue to help mitigate the challenges our veterans face and deliver upon our mission by organizing events and fundraisers throughout the year to support veterans, military, and their families.   

For God and Country, 

Diana M. Mella 


Gladwin County American Legion Auxiliary Unit 171 


Good news

To the Editor:

When the enemy thought we could roll over and play dead, the Lord put up a standard against him and the sleeping giant, the body of Christ awoke. Hallelujah! Our rights are being threatened by the enemy to take away our freedoms our constitution gives us. Our great-grandfathers and descendants fought and gave their blood for us to be a free nation. Chronicles 2 7:14 says “if my people will pray and seek God, He will heal their hands.” He has heard our petitions and He has done just that. We have a window of time to get as many saved out of the enemies camp. It may cost you. 

We have missionaries being martyred every day for the Gospel. Read Fox’s book of martyrs. Sitting in our comfort zone is over. The battle is not with flesh and blood, its a spiritual one. We will win, but first comes the fight (Chronicles 2 20:15). Be brave, be strong, get the fear out of your life. God is with you always (Hebrews 13:5). He will guide your path. The takeover of this world will be pushed back. The enemy can not take over this world unless good people do nothing. 

The book of Revelation tells us how this will happen. If you can’t live for Christ to be your Lord now, you’ll never make it through the tribulation. You only have two options, ask Jesus to forgive your sins and come into your heart and be Lord of your life and mean it (John 10:9-10) or you’ll be in the enemies camp and have to take the mark which will seal your doom to an eternal Hell. (Revelations 13:16). 

Whether you believe it or not, there is a judgement coming to everyone. The judgement seat of Christ or the white throne of judgment (Revelations 20:11-12). It doesn’t matter what party rules this country, it’s who is behind them spiritually. As a city, county, state, federal or the United States of America has a voice. Let it be said of us that God be for us who can be against us (Romans 8:31). So wake up, rise up, let your voice be heard. Reach your neighbor, your block, your street, your family and friends. Be a shining light in this dark world. Cast down the fear that comes from the enemy. For the greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world. (John I 4:4) 

As a christian nation, not a denomination, I’m not talking about a building, stand up for our liberty given to us. Be a fish swimming up stream snatching as many out of the kingdom of darkness as you can. We will all meet at Jesus’ feet someday alone (Hebrew 9:27). Don’t be standing there with only one crown of righteousness to give him that he loved, suffered, died, and rose again to give you. There are many crowns to earn to place at his feet. He is worthy. Don’t be left out by choosing to do nothing, our time is short now, its closer than ever for the coming of the Lord. 

Oh I know we’ve heard it for 2,000 years, but we know the season is upon us. To rise up, take your stand for Jesus, let your voice be heard, exalt our Lord Jesus and be counted worthy to escape the wrath to come. I’ve said in the past, Heaven and Hell are real whether you believe it or not. So make your decision today, we are not promised tomorrow. You wont be sorry. Call someone, tell them good news. Jesus said if you confess me before men, I’ll confess you before my father (Luke 12:8). Get a Bible and start reading in John. When you go through the pearly gates, you’ll be glad you did. God loves all of you and took your place so we could be free from spiritual darkness. Believe and receive (John 3:16-17).

In Jesus, 

Elsie Henry


Taking action

To the Editor:

House arrest by the Governor needs to end. While we wait for her to figure out implementation of her six part plan, it will be Christmas. Normal activities in any county that have less than 25 flu cases should be back to distancing for a short time until we are used to other germs than our own getting or keeping our immune systems built up.

It is time for us to spend more time while we are shopping to find out where something is manufactured not distributed by and buy American products. We need to bring our manufacturing back. It might cost a little more, but our friends, relatives and neighbors will be employed. We won’t have to rely on other countries for essentials.

Take a look at the Governor’s actions. The main thing to remember is as soon as a politician starts acting like a dictator, it is time to ask yourself ‘do you want more of the same? Then vote her kind.’ If you like your constitutional rights and the freedom we enjoy, keep an eye on what our kids are being taught in school and what your representatives in government are doing locally, in state and nationwide. 

It is our own fault if we lose any more rights because we don’t go to school board meetings or township meetings and then gripe over the result. Our Governor is in office because we neglected our duty as citizens. It is up to all voters to show up to vote. Mail in voting will only keep the courts busy sorting out election results. 

Joyce Butterfield 

Gladwin, Michigan


Thinking about our government and ourselves

To the Editor:

With all the hubbub being generated over the need for we people of the United States of America to shelter in place, stay at a social distance, wear facial masks and self-quarantine ourselves for 14 days when we have been in contact with people, I have been thinking about one of our sacred secular documents, the Preamble to the United States Constitution.

The Preamble rests atop of the United States Constitution. It is there to make clear the reason why 55 delegates from 12 of the 13 independent states met in Philadelphia from May through September 1787 to create a national government capable of making the laws and policies needed for the creation of a safe and secure union/nation that would insure a resident of say from Massachusetts could travel to Virginia and know that their civil needs would be cared for.

So what is a civil need? The Preamble identifies the following:

- to form a more perfect union

- to establish justice

- to insure domestic tranquility

- to provide for a common defense

- to promote the general welfare 

- to secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity,

So here we are with an identified need to protect the people from the spread of a highly deadly and communicable disease for which there is no known vaccine. In essence, the U.S. government, created by the U.S. Constitution, now must assume without hesitation the responsibility of promoting the general welfare (the common good) of the people of the United States of America. 

No small task. The U.S. government could, it has the capability to do so, use its military establishment to cause people to behave as they should. But that violates our sense of what it means to be an open society. Therefore, we the people are being asked within an ordered set of behaviors and procedures to very deliberately behave in specific ways so as to limit the spread of the Coronavirus.

Do these ways challenge us? We know they do, especially with the closing of businesses, the loss of jobs, the poverty caused by the unemployment. And they challenge our freedom to gather together whether in a religious gathering or at a social gathering from parties at the bar to graduations. But by limiting certain freedoms, we are capable of creating the freedom to be free from the threat of the spread of a very deadly disease, so far no one in my family has been stricken, but other acquaintances have been, along with the health care workers, etc. 

Therefore, it is my hope and it is my prayer that everyone who lives, moves and has their being in our beloved nation will shelter in place, wear their masks, practice social distancing and will do so with a profound sense of caring for one another for a time whose length is yet to be determined.

This is not easy, and it is more difficult for some than others, often because we still are not a nation with liberty and justice for all. However, this is our responsibility; this is what it means to be called on to live in these the United States of America.


Rev. Karen Blatt


Thank you

To the Editor:

This letter is to say a heartfelt “thank you” to the Highland Cemetery Clean Up Crew. They have done an admirable job getting the cemetery looking clean and cared for. We deeply appreciate the effort you have put forth during some really cold, windy weather conditions. So a sincere thank you guys for a job well done.  

Keep up the good work. Proud to be a Gladwin resident.


Eileen and Terry Brokoff

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