Thank you all

To the Editor:

On behalf of my son, Brandon Johnson and the entire Johnson family, I want to thank everyone for helping us during this difficult time. Thank you to my friends, the community and the local businesses for coming together to help give me the opportunity to take care of my son. I am overwhelmed by the amount of support shown to my family.

I want to thank the Secord Lake Eagles for organizing the benefit and all their hard work. To everyone including the local businesses who donated, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Sincerely,

Tracy Johnson and family

Gladwin

 

Thank you

To the Editor:

I would like to thank the Gladwin businesses that generously donated to the Brandon Johnson Spaghetti Dinner Benefit that helped make it a huge success. They include: Pepper Mill Restaurant, The Family Diner, Family Fare, Merrily At Home, Village Flowers and Gifts, Macks on Main, Stanford Propane, This and That, Lambert’s Meat Market, The Camp, Buckeye Market, Mario’s Mexican Restaurant, Gladwin Hair Care, Secord Marina, Lakeside Golf Course, Sugar Springs Golf Course and Culligan Water Systems in Coleman.

Also, thank you to my friends at TOPS Chapter 1209 for their generosity.

Sincerely,

Mary Grayson

Gladwin

 

Thank you

To the Editor:

A friendly thank you to everyone involved in the benefit for Tom Hayward! I am humbled from all the friends, family, and communities, to bring the benefit together. Thank you to my wife, Linda for all the love and support.

Honored,

Tom Hayward

 

Thanks to those who gave

To the Editor:

On June 15 we held a benefit car wash at Nik’s Northern and also a bake sale at Fruchey’s in Beaverton. These were to raise funds for one of the youth in our church youth group to help family expenses for an open heart surgery he is to undergo in July at U of M Hospital in Ann Arbor. We wish to express thanks to those businesses who were so generous in the use of their facilities to raise the money for Josh’s family. Thank you also to all who allowed us to wash their vehicles and who bought our baked goods and made donations. Thanks to all who showed up to wash cars, those who baked, and those who manned the baked goods table also. 

May God bless you all. 

The Beaverton Church of God

 

Response to

minimum wage

To the Editor:

A letter recently appeared in this newspaper that stated we cannot afford to raise the minimum wage. Really? We, who live in the greatest nation on earth, whose president touts our booming economy at every press conference, that “we”? Well, let me share a story about making minimum wage.

The best waitress east of the Mississippi River works right here in Gladwin. She remembers your name, what you like to eat and all manner of personal information you may have shared with her over the years. Her service is fast, attentive and always friendly. She should be rewarded handsomely for the great job she does, but you know what she makes per hour? $3.40. Oh, yeah, she gets tips to boost her hourly wage but, while the people in Gladwin are generous to a fault, gratuities in rural Michigan are not comparable to those in our state’s busy tourist areas. 

I would pay extra to know workers in your small business or large corporation are paid well, have medical insurance, and are able to feed their children without government assistance. A retired union member reminded me of this quote from the 23rd President of our United States, Benjamin Harrison. Harrison said, “I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth will starve in the process.”   

Pay people a living wage and they will use the money to shop at your business, eat at your restaurant, and invest in your community. Pay them $3.40 per hour and they will work two and three jobs to feed their family, still use all your city and county services and not have a dime left to give back. Invest in people. It will pay dividends here in Gladwin and make Americans great, not American business.

Thank you,

Linda Clark

Gladwin

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