2017-02-16 / Opinions

Letters to the Editor

Michigan Supreme Court is wrong

Dear Editor,

I am 70-year-old retired teacher who worked for the Troy School District. I have spent the last four years of my life as the primary litigant in a legal action against Gov. Snyder’s repeal of the pension tax exemption (Public Act 38, etc.). The attorney on the case is Gary P. Supanich, who has done brilliant briefings without adequate compensation. On. Jan. 5, 2017, the Michigan Supreme Court decided to deny our appeal to take the case or revisit their opinion of November 2011 based on the merits of our facts and charges of unconstitutional takings. The State’s position is simple: you have no contract to any benefits other than your pension allocation upon retirement and, secondly, they have made no promise that they are responsible to keep because no one is authorized to make contracts or promises. Isn’t this a clever enticement fraud and a dereliction of responsible stewardship by our elected government officials who wrote us blatant misrepresentations to work for them (dangling a carrot without substance or true intention to pay for our services)? This cannot stand!

If you would like a formal detailed presentation of this case’s history presented live, contact Thomas R. Okrie, Empty Wallet Homestead, 3267 Sand Road, Port Austin MI, 46467 or call 734-276-6561. I am willing to come and speak to any group.

Gary and I are also seeking donations to fund bringing this important matter to the U.S. Supreme Court. We want to stop legislative backtracking on vested rights earned and accrued rights waiting to be collected. The government does not want to pay us what we’ve earned. This is wrong and unjust.

Together, we shall prevail!

Thomas R. Okrie
Port Austin

HB Hospital Foundation fundraiser a success

Dear Editor,

The Harbor Beach Hospital Foundation would like to thank everyone who helped make our 14th Annual Valentine’s Day Dinner & Dance on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Ubly Fox Hunter’s Club a great success. A sincere thank you to the corporate sponsors and all our guests for your continued support of this successful fundraiser for the Harbor Beach Community Hospital.

Without the efforts of so many people, these annual fundraisers would not be the successes that we enjoy each year. We sincerely appreciate the time, effort, energy and generosity once again afforded to our organization. To date, the Foundation has supported more than $309,304 in patient care projects for the hospital. The success of this event permits us to continue our mission to “advance the quality of health and wellness services for you and those you love.”

Once again, thank you so very much for your continued support and generosity.

Mark your calendar for next year’s Valentine Dinner Dance, which will be on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018!

Jean Ferriby
Marketing Coordinator &
Foundation Event Coordinator,
Harbor Beach Community Hospital

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