As an old friend of mine used to say, “its’ been a long time between drinks of water.” Since my third blog came out on December 10, time has been taken up by many different issues and I failed to get into a groove with Al’s Blog. In addition, my daughter Sam provided me with information that suggested that you should never use the word “blog” in a blog title so I decided to reformat a bit. The new header shows a background photo of “The Vanderberg Brothers” and the new blog title CASTING FOR COMMENTS. My Vanderberg forefathers were commercial fishermen in Lake Michigan and the North Sea in the Netherlands.

The success of our democratic institutions relies heavily on an informed and involved citizenry. Much as my ancestors for six generations plied the waters off Grand Haven, Muskegon and Ouwerkerk in Zeeland for fish to feed their families and others, CASTING FOR COMMENTS seeks food for thought – thoughtful comments and discussion to blog posts so that a learning community about County government can be created and maintained.

I intend to blog at least a couple of times per week unless I’m out of the office.

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6 Responses to BACK IN ACTION

  1. Shannon Felgner says:

    Whenever I have an “I should blog about that” moment, I jot it down for reference later. With my blog, I find my posts are better when they are not forced. I might avoid holding yourself to a schedule. There’s no right or wrong answer to “How often should I blog?” Blog when you are moved to do so; when you have something to say.

  2. Jane Gardner says:

    Can you give us an update on the 2010 wage study? We feel like the comparables will be old information before the wage study is completed. Thanks.

    • Alan G. Vanderberg says:

      HR has actually been waiting for CMH to complete all of its job descriptions as they have gone through quite a period of reorganization. HR wanted to keep the Prosecutor’s Office, Clerk’s Office and CMH on the same schedule so the committee and appeals committee could have one set and not multiple sets of meetings. CMH is very close and HR will get the meetings scheduled to get this done. I don’t have a schedule yet but will put one in the Digest as soon as I do.

  3. Thomas Fouts says:

    Hey Al,

    Where’s Ouwerkerk in Zeeland? An old antique fishing hole? And by the way, did you ever get that book written about fishing you always talked about?

    • Alan G. Vanderberg says:

      Hi Tom,

      Good to hear from you. Ouwerkerk is in Southern Zeeland across the water from Middleburg on one side and the Island of Tholen on the other. While it is very hard to find time to work on the book it draws ever closer to completion. I presented on one major section at Dordt College a few years ago and have another article near ready for potential publish in the Michigan History Magazine.



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