Archive for Wednesday, September 4, 2002

Letters to the editor

September 4, 2002

To the editor:

On Thursday evening, Aug. 29, I discovered our basset hound had escaped from our fenced back yard. It was about an hour before sundown and I was quite concerned I wouldn't locate "Gus" before dark. (Things always happen when your husband isn't at home!) With the help of approximately 10 school age children on their bikes and Kent Kesinger, Gus was found within the hour.

The neighbors in FireTree are super and the parents of those children are raising really good kids. Mr. Kesinger, thank you for taking time to get in your truck and help search for Gus. You and the rest of the FireTree neighborhood are very much appreciated by this neighbor.

Linda Lees

Baldwin City

To the editor:

I'd like to say a special thank you to the local businesses that provided rewards for the children enrolled in the Summer Reading Program at Baldwin Public Library. The local Pizza Hut, Santa Fe Market, Arrowhead Hardware, Sonic Drive-In and Mr. Goodcents encouraged the participants with coupons as they read books working toward their reading certificates. When businesses take part in our community by encouraging children to read, it is a positive reinforcement that everyone appreciates. We will all benefit from the results of children who have learned to love reading early in their lives.

I also want to thank Baldwin City Recreation for providing a morning at the swimming pool for the children who read the required number of books for a certificate. We had a fun time splashing each other with splash balls, swimming, diving and going down the slide. Thank you to the Baldwin Library Board for the splash balls and the rolls of "lucky" pennies we threw in the water for the children to find. We also had volunteers throughout the summer who helped reshelf books and keep tally of the books read by each child. The staff would not have been able to make it through the summer without our dedicated volunteers. Thank you every one who helped to make it one of our most successful Summer Reading programs ever.

Becky McMillen

Weekly Story Lady for the Baldwin City Library

To the editor:

The rules for the Yard of the Week need to be changed. 1) An attractive yard should be allowed to win every other year. If it's the best, then it's the best. 2) The Chamber of Commerce should also offer some sort of financial reward to these citizens trying to beautify our city. This would help offset flower and increased water costs.

Ed Lowther

Baldwin City

To the editor:

I send greetings to the National Center for Assisted Living and all those observing 2002 National Assisted Living Week, Sept. 8-14. The theme of this year's event, "Honoring the Spirit of Our Nation," is fitting as we remember the terrible evil that struck our Nation on Sept. 11, pay tribute to the victims, and celebrate the spirit and many acts of courage and kindness of the American people in the aftermath of the attacks.

As a Nation, we have a responsibility to promote the well being of our citizens. As our elderly population continues to grow, assisted living centers represent an increasingly important option for seniors in need of care.

I commend the residents of assisted living facilities for the countless contributions you have made to our families, communities and country. I also applaud the staff of assisted living facilities for your work to address the physical, emotional and psychological needs of residents.

On this occasion, I encourage all Americans to visit an assisted living facility and share your lives with these residents. By taking time to care for others, we broaden our horizons and strengthen our Nation.

Laura joins me in sending our best wishes for a memorable observance.

George Bush

President of the United States of America

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