I’m torn on this one. I’ve driven the beat up old cars (still do). I’ve had the new dents and scratches put on them with no accountability. Yes, the vehicles were too beat up to worry about fixing. However, there is still common courtesy. It’s not the person who damaged my vehicles decision to make as to whether or not it is worth fixing. It’s mine. Same here: you do the damage, you need to step up and offer to fix it. The note was kind of funny, but more in a sad sort of way. It was “funny” because it proved more of the morals we have lost in our society. I guess, I would find the humor more if he had left his name and number on the bottom.
 November 2, 2015 at 4:51pm
Just because the brother never saw any teaching going on, doesn’t mean it wasn’t happening. There isn’t any law that says that you have to hold school between the hours of 8 and 3. If they were busy running a business at that time, it’s at all possible the school time happened in the evening when they got home. We’ve had days where both my hubby and I were working that actual “school time” was at a different time. It’s part of the reason we go year round too. That way if we miss a day here or there we make it up.
The other thing that worries me is by whose standards are they being judged? The Bible repeatedly warns about putting a greater emphasis on worldly learning over Godly learning. I’m thankful we live in a state where we can put Biblical and daily living learning above what some politician says “everyone” needs to know. My children won’t be learning the higher maths and sciences unless they are called to a career that requires it because it’s useless to most people. Something that will never again be used once they are out of school. So, as far as the government testing is concerned my kids would be a “failure”. Yet they will be able to draw up a business plan. They will be able to daily things life skill items that most public school kids never learn. They will know history based on original documents. Etc. They will know how to place God first, family second, and let the rest fall into place after that. That is knowledge that cannot be quantified by testing.
Public school supporters expect you to ignore Rachel Jeantel who is not an isolated case at all and punish homeschoolers because not all homeschooled children are scholarly.
 March 15, 2015 at 9:57pm
It doesn’t say it in the Blaze story, but in others it talked about how he walked part of the trip until he reached a bus line. It also said in other reports that he average very little sleep at night because of how long it took even with part of it on the bus. That was one of the reasons so many felt compelled to help him.
 January 31, 2015 at 6:35pm
I’m thankful we live in a country where we can research & decide what is best for our families. At first I vaccinated my kids. Not because I researched but because that’s just what you do. Then my nephew had a severe reaction & I stopped & started researching. I was very surprised. I wish I hadn’t just blindly followed that the doctors & government must surely know what’s best. My oldest two that are vaccinated get sick the most & for the longest. My youngest three, if they get sick, get over it quickly. To some that will be a fluke. For us & our doctor, it’s proof that vaccines aren’t all they were cracked up to be.
I do find it interesting the number of people that try to tell me that my research is just junk science & that the PhD’s, MD’s & researchers that find vaccines more dangerous & deadly then the diseases they were mean to protect against “idiots”. Then I think about the criticism the scientist that claimed the earth was round & that the earth revolved around the sun received. It wasn’t a suddenly everyone believed them sort of thing. Any time a scientist goes against the norm (think global cooling/global warming/climate change etc.) they are considered the junk scientist until enough evidence has been found on their side to counter the original or the current politically correct information. Because there are scientist/researchers/doctors that disagree with the current norm on vaccines, I am very thankful we still have the freedom to research and choose.
December 3, 2014 at 2:03pm
Sorry, my hubby has you beat. 1 wife + 4 daughters + 1 son + one bathroom. Feel really sorry for him. :-)
 June 23, 2014 at 10:52am
Ah, East, there are many towns in Michigan you can make fun of. We once lived in Ferrysburg before moving to Fruitport. Yes, lots of jokes were made. We now live near Gaylord. Michigan is also where you can go from Hell to Paradise and back again. Gaylord, however, is a really nice place that was named long before the meaning of the word “gay” was changed.
The big ticket festival is a wonderful outreach that I hope doesn’t get a black eye from this. I wonder at the timing of the arrest too. It’s been on the radio for weeks that he would be attending the festival which is about 4 hours north of where he lives. Why did they wait to arrest him until after he was already at this event? (Battle Creek is even further south than Grand Rapids.) Did they intentionally want to make sure news got out about a Christian doing horrible things? I don’t know. I’m just speculating, and like others have said until he’s proven guilty in a court of law, we don’t really know anything for sure. I just thought it was interesting the timing of the arrest.
January 3, 2014 at 1:25pm
Thank you. My sentiments exactly. As someone who lives in the Northern Tip of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, it ticks me off every year to hear the overblown stories of winter. If this had happened in, say, New Mexico, yeah, it would be news worthy. It doesn’t snow there. They’ve gotten snow in New York and Boston before. I bet they even get a snow storm and cold temps there every year. Big deal. We’ve gotten more snow this last December than we have in years. Last night it was a record low temp.of -16 degrees. That’s not normal for us either, but we don’t make the National News for it. Give me a break.
October 12, 2013 at 10:46pm
I caught that too. No one in there right mind would do a major system upgrade, especially to program that controls the buying of food, in the middle of the day on the day of the week that most people are grocery shopping. Makes no sense at all.
October 12, 2013 at 10:38pm
Thank you. I love how you have changed this from an opportunity to complain to an opportunity to serve.
October 12, 2013 at 10:34pm
Thank you. We appreciate your prayers. And the Lord has been providing in so many ways. (I have to admit though, my faith slips a notch the longer the struggle drags on. However, I have to look for the blessings too. By not having tv, my kids have great imaginations and read a lot. They play outside a lot because they don’t have electronic games. So there are some great blessing that come with the struggles of having no money.)
Just reading one bash after another about all the “lazy” people are on EBT. And how everyone on EBT has flat screen tv’s and all when we have nothing of the sort just got under my skin. I agree that many people abuse it and so many other government programs. I just want people to remember that even though there are a lot of people that abuse it, there are just as many that wish they didn’t need it but do because of so many lost jobs and job cut backs, particularly now that Obamacare looms.
October 12, 2013 at 9:55pm
I’m saddened by the number of people here that think this only hurts those too lazy to work. It hurts the disabled and the working poor also. My hubby and I work as hard as we can, and still just can’t make ends meet. We’re were already struggling over what to do thanks to Obamacare. We make too much according to the State to receive Medicaid, which was always fine with us. We didn’t mind not being insured. But since the Feds want everyone on Medicaid to push for single payer, they say we make to little to qualify for subsidies. Now we have to come up with over $600 a month for insurance. We don’t have cable/dish, we only have basic cell phones no texting (that we pay for ourselves), our kids don’t have all the electronic gadgets. We pay for internet so I can pick up sub jobs. We’ve cut out all we can and still can’t make ends meet. We are in an area where there aren’t many jobs and even working hard we can’t come up with enough to cover all the food we need to feed our family. We garden to cover some, but sadly we still have to rely on EBT. I had my weeks worth of groceries all wrung up before we found out that EBT was shutdown. I had already used all the money from the paychecks to pay bills. I have no cash left and no food for the week. Thank God for food pantries. However, I beg of all you who are slamming people who use EBT. Walk in our shoes first. Not all of us abuse it. We wish we didn’t need it, but for a short time we do and this hurts our kids.
Well, I can speak for myself when I say we are not talking about you, and am sure others feel the same. The hand-up is there for just that reason. The problem arises with all the excess expectations that this is an entitlement when it is not. And perhaps the truly needy individuals would actually receive more than what they are getting now had all the abuses in the system not taken place. We all know what those are, and those are what has destroyed community welfare. I am praying for you and your family. This economic meltdown never had to happen. God bless you, and may the Good Lord provide for you always friend.
Most intelligent people know there are people who truly need EBT. If only those people were receiving benefits, the cost for this program would be much lower, I'm sure. No one's begrudging help to those who really need it. Understand, people with a brain know there are people out there who are on EBT and do NOT have a home full of the latest electronic gadgets. It's just that there doesn't seem to be enough oversight to weed out the ones abusing the program. I agree with you, it stinks to find out the EBT system was shut down AFTER you spent the time shopping for it all. I'm glad the system is back up and hope you were able to get what you had shopped for earlier. You are the reason people donate to food banks. We want to believe our donations are going to people who can really use it, not people who says "it's not enough, or it's not the kind of food what I wanted". People truly in need are appreciative of what they are given. Good for your for growing some of your own food. That's how you're different from some of the people on the program. They either wouldn't have the intelligence or the motivation to grow their own food. Good luck to your family, and good luck with your gardening.
May 27, 2013 at 9:09pm
Oh my word, how controversial! Allowing them to hear different view points and make a decision for themselves.
April 30, 2013 at 8:12am
Thank you. That’s exactly what I was going to say. Why do people always go right to the “offended” stage? I’m offended because I didn’t completely think it through, so it’s bad. However, if I had thought a minute I would have realized they are pointing out the atrocities the federal government committed against the Native Americans including taking away their guns.
April 5, 2013 at 9:38pm
Thank you. I was getting a bit irritated at the comments about the parents over reacting. (That goes for the Blaze News too when they did this story for misfit stories and everyone blamed the parents for overreacting.) Sorry folks, you can’t have it both ways. You can’t blame parents for not being involved when kids bully other kids, fight, shoot someone, or do other stupid things and then blame the parents for the pilots foolishness when parents were clearly in the right to not want their kids to have to watch such an inappropriate movie. You cannot simply block out the movie that is being played and you can’t get up and leave when it’s on a plane. The airlines never should have had this movie on when there were minors on the plane. I’m proud of the parents for doing what was right for their kids. It teaches the kids to stand up for what is right also. My kids had an experience with an aunt that put in a movie they knew they weren’t suppose to watch. The aunt said “what your parents don’t know won’t hurt you.” They stood up and said, “No, we aren’t going against our parents rules.” Go along, to get along is what has brought the morality of our country so low.
April 1, 2013 at 9:05am
Calm down folks. They aren’t stopping production of the toy until 2014. It’s been out since 2012. It’s probably the normal end of the production cycle. They are just letting it look like they are caving in to get them off their backs. Most of these toys only have a short production run. Then they move on to a different toy under the “Star Wars” theme. This way it’s a win, win situation. Lego gets to keep making money off the toy and end it at it’s normal end cycle, (maybe even make a bit more money off the free publicity), and the people who are complaining get to claim they got them to stop making the “offensive” toy.
February 11, 2013 at 9:22pm
And all the people in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, particularly in the Keweenaw area, are yawning and asking how in the world this is even a story.
September 17, 2012 at 11:24am
De’j`a vu . . . This sounds just like what they were saying 4 years ago just insert different names.
September 17, 2012 at 9:05am
Someone should have told them that the yard sale season is usually Memorial Day to Labor Day. (At least for those in Northern States.) Leading from behind again?
September 14, 2012 at 2:08pm
See good things do come out of Michigan. Of course, Otsego is on the West side of the State . . . . .
I have to say as a great dane owner for many years, how long the dog lives depends on how one cares for them and its basically just the luck of the draw. We had a great dane named Conquistador that lived to be 11 years old. Higher food bowls, waiting at least 1 hour before you let them run around will prevent them from getting a twisted gut (which can kill them within a half hour), quality of the breeder is also very important. Currently we have a dane named Brutus Maximus (Maximus for short) who is 38 inches tall at the shoulders, eats anywhere from 6-8 cups of dog food per day but poops out 20 lbs a day (almost needs a backhoe to clean up afterhim) . Seriously, it all depends on the luck of the draw, quality of the dog and how you care for them. They are the most gentle animals you can imagine.