QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“Let’s not sugar coat this. Let’s call it what it is – they beat us up.”

— Big Rapids High School football coach Mitch Cumings on the Cardinals’ loss to the Central Montcalm Hornets, 45-0, on Thursday.

 

“It’s important for people to know we support the community, and we’re not just here to take up space. God gives to us, so we’re going to give to the community.”

— Tonia Whitehead, an organizer for Victory Life Ministries block party, which was held on Saturday. Victory Life gave away free school supplies for students, free games and prizes for children and food, with live music performed by praise bands from churches across the state.

 

“There was no intended physical harm as we usually look at in assault and battery cases, but this is an assault and battery. It was demeaning physical behavior directed at an elected official (and) was intended as an insult.”

— U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes Bell upon sentencing Big Rapids resident Max Kantar and Coldwater resident Ahlam Mohsen to 30 days in federal prison for last year’s apple pie assault on U.S. Sen. Carl Levin in Big Rapids.

 

“The new legislation has the most unfortunate consequence of having candidates who had intended to file for election to have missed the new state mandated filing date. While petitions had been taken out and some signatures obtained, the fact that they have been turned in after the state Aug. 16 deadline disqualifies their petitions.”

— Steve Sobers, Big Rapids city manager, on an oversight by the City of Big Rapids which caused changes to the Nov. 8 ballot. The names of three of the four people who declared their candidacy for mayor or city commissioner will not appear on the Nov. 8 ballot due to a change in legislation by the State of Michigan following the 2010 general election. It requires all candidate filing deadlines be set 12 weeks in advance of odd-year elections, putting the petition filing deadline for the upcoming city election at Aug. 16.

 

“As we’re going door to door, people are outraged by this. The reason I’m (addressing) these two things is we’re treating them like criminals, in essence. These dogs are essentially going to jail and being tortured, and the dogs didn’t do anything wrong.”

— Cate Arroe, of Mecosta County Residents for Shelter Pets, on a petition the group is circulating to help end the Mecosta County Animal Shelter’s practice of providing unadoptable dogs for research and, in emergency situations, euthanizing them by carbon dioxide.

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