LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Help stamp out hunger
TO THE EDITOR
Saturday, May 13 marks the 25th anniversary of one of America's great days of giving - the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Letter carriers walk and drive through the community six and Seven seven days a week, often coming face to face with the sad reality for too many: hunger.
So, each year on the second Saturday in May, city carriers, rural carriers and the clerks and bosses in the post offices across the nation collect non-perishable food (please, not expired) and monetary donations from our customers. These donations go directly to local food pantries to provide food to people in Prescott and the surrounding communities.
Last year, we collected over 80 million pounds of food nationally, feeding an estimated 64 million people. Over the course of its 24-year history, the food drive has collected 1.5 billion pounds of food, thanks to the postal service's universal delivery network that spans the entire nation, and our customers.
The need for food is great. Currently, 49 million Americans are not sure where their next meal is coming from. Thirteen million are children. More than 5 million are seniors who live on fixed incomes and are too embarrassed to ask for help. Our food drive's timing is crucial. Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. By springtime, many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies at a time when most school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need.
Participating in this year's food drive is simple. On Saturday, May 13, just leave non-perishable food items (please, no expired food) in a bag in or by your mailbox. Or, if you are so inclined, leave a check written out to Prescott Area Food Pantry (or whatever food pantry is in your community) in your mailbox. Your letter carrier will do the rest. Please help us as we fight hunger for the 25th year. Make us work hard collecting all the food. Thank you in advance for your generous donations.
Michael G Nohava
School Foundation no longer has my support
TO THE EDITOR
The Ellsworth Community School District Foundation no longer has my support. I was on their Board of Directors when it started. The focus was to be on public schools. The foundation now grants funds to St. Francis Catholic School. This is unacceptable to me and I wondered how many others in our community who love to support the foundation through participating in their upcoming Taste of Tuscany Fundraiser are not aware of this change in their giving. So, I am writing this letter to raise awareness.
You would think the name of the organization alone would tell you this is for public education. Back when they started the education foundation we specifically ruled out spreading the funds to the private school because they already have Wine and Wishes to fund their school projects. The current ECSDF president has grandchildren in the private elementary school and feels if she is doing all this work, funds should go to their school too. And part of the back story of the foundation is that they are using the 501(c)(3) tax certificate from the community pool which does not have the school district listed as recipient. It only says they are a community organization. I guess this means a legitimate funneling of funds to private or even home-schooled students for that matter.
The ECSDF raises thousands of dollars each year and has been able to fund many great opportunities for our students. Should the funds continue to be divided, where does this leave the publicly educated students? Going without — again!
The bottom line is the foundation did NOT tell the public they had changed their focus. We have been giving under false assumptions and that is unethical in my opinion. Would you have donated if you had known?
Please think about where your donation dollars are going as your action does make a statement about what you believe in.
We don't thank them enough
TO THE EDITOR
Trouble can find you anywhere, even out in the country. Just a few days ago, a young man wandered onto my farm. His goal that day was to relieve me of a few prized possessions and make a quick escape.
As soon as I found out these possessions were missing, a quick call was made to the 911 dispatcher. In short order, these items were returned to me by the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.
For their efforts I would I would like to personally send a great big thank you to these agencies for their hard work that they do. First, I would like to thank the PIerce County Sheriff's Department for the quick response and for their coordination with the other jurisdictions' police forces. Teamwork is always a good thing as we know.
Also, kudos and job well done to the Ellsworth Police Department, the River Falls Police Department, and the Wisconsin State Patrol, the dispatchers, and detectives, for their contributions as well. No one was injured in the apprehension of this individual, everyone made it home safely and the bad guy is off the streets. In my book, that's a job well done. Thanks again guys.
TO THE EDITOR
In the May 3 edition of the Pierce County Herald, Harlen Menk wrote an angry response to his perceived lack of coverage for Democrats. In the same edition, in an editorial, a detailed and convincing defense of the papers' coverage was provided. Having been disappointed by the paper's coverage and upset enough to complain and having been frustrated by Democrats telling me how I should behave, I can identify with both positions. This is how the bipolar party system divides us.
Mr. Menk is experiencing a loss and probably going through the normal stages of grief: namely denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally acceptance. His first letter after the election was to express what "...a proud Democrat" he is, which sounded like a denial of loss. Now, Harlen sounds angry, and is blaming the paper. I have been there brother! Who hasn't?
Who wants a job where the wrath of others is a common occurence? In 2016, I read the results of a study that found being an Editor was at the bottom of a list of desirable jobs. The size of the Herald and its limited resources has its challenges. Then an angry Democrat criticizes your performance and demands you modify your behavior. Again, this is how the bipolar party system divides us.
Here are a few examples of how the party divides us: They demand we pay for their propaganda on NPR. They demand we pay for their abortions. They want to sexualize our children. They want us to celebrate their sin. They want us to worship their criminal martyrs, like Mike Brown. They want to limit our speech, for example "illegal aliens" is forbidden. You must tolerate illegal behavior. You must ignore crimes. You must celebrate my child abuse. You must celebrate the mental illness of transgenders. Bake my gay wedding cake! You must allow men into your daughters' bathroom. Now I feel angry!
I don't know why God concurs with some of this destructive behavior, but Christians are given comfort and even joy in these trials.
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance."