To the Editor:
Ha! That's funny. I walk into my favorite hometown establishment at halftime of the Lions game Sunday, across from the Musical Fountain, to be greeted by cheers, chuckles, giggles, high fives and laughs.
Duke University sociologist Mark Chaves is writing a new book on "the decline of American religion," but he has already reached this conclusion: "The burden of proof has shifted to those who want to claim that American religiosity is not declining."
On the street corners of Grand Haven’s busiest main drag, Beacon Boulevard, it is common to witness one of America’s seriously unhandled social and economic problems: the needs of people living near or beneath the poverty line.