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Concerned for youth
When: Oct. 4, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Scully Park, at the fountain.
What: Our kids
Our community is
losing its children at an alarming rate. If you havenít been
affected by the situation, in one way or another, you must be
passing through our city. My husband and I recently returned from
vacation to find that another youth has been taken from our
community. After several sleepless nights and a lot of talking
with God, I wondered if there were others like me who are more
than just a little concerned about what is going on in our
community where our kids are concerned and would like to do
something about it. I would like to invite you to a corporate time
I first want to
make a couple of points very clear:
ē I am not representing any particular church,
denomination, gender, race, ethnic background, socioeconomic
status/level, station in life, or any other group.
ē I am a sinner saved by the unfailing grace of Jesus
Christ. I am not perfect, I make lots of mistakes, and a lot of
people reading this have most likely seen a lot of the mistakes
Iíve made first-hand. Praise God because you know what a miracle I
ē Iím sold out for Jesus, and I donít care who knows
it or if Iím laughed at because of it.
Now that Iíve said
that, Iíll say this:
I love our
community and the kids in it. We need to get together in one
accord (no, not a Honda), drop all our preconceived thoughts and
notions at the curb. Leave social status, race, gender, jobs and
hindrances behind to pray together for our children.
If youíre a young
person and would like to be a part of this time together, please
join me at the park. This is for you!
If only one person
shows up, then this letter served its purpose. The Bible says
where two or three are gathered togetherÖÖ
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Y Can Do program thanks Elks
To the editor:
For the sixth year,
20 differently-abled young people will benefit from group
programming in the YMCAís Y Can Do program thanks to the
generosity of Robert Cortelloni and the Elks Crippled Children
Fund. The Y Can Do program has been funded for 2002-2003 to
provide activities and adventure for this group.
The group meets
once a month at the YMCA Activity Center on Saturday from
September through May to do themed craft activities, play games
and have lunch. Parents are invited to attend, and transportation
is provided to all activities all year-round. The program is run
by a YMCA coordinator, Shanda Roderick, and five to eight
In December, the
group takes a trip to Wal-Mart, where they are given spending
money to buy their family Christmas gifts. Their unselfish joy is
expressed in their excitement to purchase a gift for their loved
Then, in the
summer, for one week in June and one week in July, the group goes
on daily field trips to local and out-of-town destinations such as
the museum, horse farm, petting zoo, parks, and everyone also
enjoys a weekly cookout.
A big thank you to
the Elks Club for their continued support of a wonderful group of
Lincoln Area YMCA
Support for our two local Air National
I feel compelled to
write this letter in support of our two local Air National Guard
pilots, Maj. William Umbach and Maj. Harry Schmidt, who have had
charges filed against them in connection with the "friendly fire"
incident involving Canadaís military in the War on Terrorism. I am
quite certain nobody could be more upset about this incident in
which four innocent lives were lost and eight others injured than
these two men.
information provided these men on that night, they obviously felt
they were under attack and needed to defend themselves from enemy
fire or face probable death over the soil of Afghanistan.
Thanks to our
superior military, the large majority of us will never witness
what it would be like to feel threatened in this way over enemy
territory. These men have chosen to make a career of defending our
country and all that it stands for in hopes that during war
efforts our country will remain the superpower our military has
worked so hard to achieve over time. We should be honored to know
that such dedicated Americans are willing to represent us in our
efforts to preserve our nation when it comes under attack.
unnecessary loss of life has always been and will always be a
result of any war, but we need to stand behind these two exemplary
pilots and hope that their careers are not lost to this very
unfortunate incident in which they were not provided the pertinent
and necessary information required for the safety of the Canadians
involved. We have to remember that this bombing took place during
a night mission over a war zone where there was no information
received regarding "friendlies" in the immediate area. It cannot
be said that any of us might not react in the exact same way under
the same circumstances.
[to top of second column in this
I hope our
community can find it in their hearts to support these men and
give them the respect they deserve for their attempts to serve our
country in the best way they knew how. It is unfortunate to know
that after giving so much of themselves in fighting for our
country that now these men have to face criminal charges and yet
another long, painful and costly battle in attempt to clear
themselves of the charges that have been filed against them.
According to the AP
these charges were filed from an office located within the
Pentagon on Sept. 11, which was extremely distasteful considering
that this war is a direct result of the unthinkable tragedies of
Sept. 11, 2001. Had it not been for this tragedy, these servicemen
would likely have been home enjoying the company of their
families. I might have hoped that the officials working within the
Pentagon would not have been so disrespectful as to have filed
these incredible charges on this particular date, being that it
now holds such great significance.
Our local guard
unit went to war in defense of the heinous acts of terrorism
inflicted upon our nation. Now it is up to us to show these two
men that we are in support of their efforts to bring out the truth
in the matters of that unfortunate night in April when many
Canadian, as well as American, lives were changed forever. It is
my hope that once the truth is disclosed, their names will be
cleared of criminal charges and everyone will finally understand
the truth concerning the moments surrounding the incident at hand.
Ryan urges support for accused Air Guard pilots," posted Sept.
21 in LDN.]
Contributions can be made to the Pilotís Defense Fund, VFW
Post 10302, 2349 Stockyard Road, Springfield, IL 62702.)
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