Today in History: Gernaat Opposes Removal of “God” from State Declaration | New

June 22, 1922

A petition signed by WH Faunce and 906 others was presented to the city commission on Monday night protesting the city’s employment of a full-time health worker. The reason given by the petitioners is that the taxes and other expenses are already high enough and they do not believe it necessary to spend more than the city currently spends for this purpose. In the spring election, a referendum for the direction of the commission approved a public health officer by voting 922 in favor and 696 against the proposal. Now the commissioners don’t know what to do about it. It seems to some of them that those who voted for the proposal in the spring had a change of heart and how much that attitude has changed will probably be revealed when other petitions, now out, have been presented to the municipal administration. Last night’s regular meeting was largely devoted to public health issues. The advisability of employing a public nurse as successor to Miss Katherine Munshaw, who had resigned, was discussed and the action was suspended until the matter of the health worker was settled, as the fathers of the city ​​believe that a new health supervisor, if employed, should choose his own nurse. Several applications have been received from out-of-town physicians who would like to become full-time health workers here. The city budget contained a line item of $4,700 for salaries and laboratory expenses, with the understanding that some state and federal aid would be available, which would bring the total to the needed figure. The chief executive has been authorized to oversee an inspection of lanes, dairies and other venues, as a health precaution pending the resolution of the full-time health worker’s dilemma. Garbage collection formed part of the discussion on health and hygiene issues. The commissioners felt that a method of collection had to be found, but it was recognized that there was no money available for this purpose. The two men who had planned a collection route report that they have not received enough pledges to justify their operation and other collectors are approached by the commission. The city will dig the trenches in the city dump for anyone who wants to take on the garbage collection and with a nominal weekly charge it is believed someone could set up a lucrative business.

June 22, 1972

“Cadillac will long remain a small town and to preserve its high standard, action must be taken now,” members of the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Committee agreed Wednesday. Committee members were concerned about a project that would mean expanding the current post office or building a new post office on another site. They agreed that, if a new building could be developed, it would free up the current post office site for the development of a parking area, providing up to 100 spaces. A committee member said city officials had been told by planning consultants that the city had enough parking areas west of Mitchell Street, but more needed east from the main thoroughfare through the downtown business district. Today, City Manager Donald Mason, reading minutes of meetings held with consultants, said planners had indicated a need for 800 to 900 parking spaces in downtown areas. Without additional downtown parking, chain stores that lease buildings would terminate those leases and leave the central business district to drive to more parking spaces, a committee member commented. “The future development of Cadillac depends on the people here. The development of the downtown district belongs to the downtown merchants,” the committee members said. “The city can’t participate because they don’t have the money,” City Commissioner Robert Pranger, a member of the house committee, told the other members.

June 22, 1997

State Rep. John Gernaat (R-McBain) believes that by rescinding its mission statement and removing all references to God, the state Board of Education is ignoring its own heritage and misleading today’s students today. Gernaat said the board action was a dramatic step backwards. “A lot of our kids don’t have a moral compass,” Gernaat said. “Generations of Americans were educated in school systems that emphasized Christian values. We have driven a wedge between the two, and society is paying a high price with broken families and increased juvenile delinquency. The 102nd District legislator has urged the council to re-examine Michigan’s education history. John D. Pierce, the state’s first Superintendent of Public Instruction, was both a teacher and a preacher. Pierce was unanimously confirmed in 1836 and served with distinction for five years, House Republicans said. They added that he is credited with establishing one of the best education systems in the country. “The foundation established by John Pierce is being chipped away by his successors,” Gernaat said. “Its uplifting principles are rejected by the very people charged with preserving the system.” Gernaat also urged the council to study American history and learn from the wisdom of prominent Americans who have held similar positions of authority.