By Fred Bultman
Since I retired back to Newaygo County 7 years ago, and especially since the COVID-19 situation developed, I have adopted the healthy habit of walking the very walkable neighborhoods of my ancestral city.
I often choose to walk the side street block that includes the small 2-bedroom house where my paternal grandparents lived during their retirement years in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s.
It is one of those blocks in the older residential section of the city where garages are accessed via a single-lane gravel alleyway that runs behind the homes that front on neighboring streets.
Last Wednesday, I noticed that a couple of lawn signs had appeared on either side of the alley entrance.
When I first saw the sign on the property where my grandparents once lived, I noticed that it depicted a United States flag in the center. Above the flag, in large letters, was the name JESUS; below the flag, also in large letters, was the name TRUMP. As I walked directly in front of the sign, I could also read the smaller lettering below each of the names. Above the flag, “JESUS is my Savior.” Below the flag, “TRUMP is my President.”
Then I also noticed another lawn sign about 12 feet directly north from the first sign, directly across the alley, in the yard of the next house north from my grandparents’ former home. I hadn’t seen that sign at first, because it was in the shade of some large mature full-leafed trees, but there it was. This sign’s background was six bright horizontal stripes of the three primary and three secondary colors of the rainbow. Each of the four stripes toward the center of the sign had a word in large letters: the four words were: LOVE, PEACE, RESPECT, PRIDE.
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