Archive for Thursday, October 4, 2007

Letters to the Editor

October 4, 2007

To the editor:

The Baldwin Community Arts Council would like to thank everyone that helped make our Cuppa Java event on Sept. 21 a success.

To the participating artists, thank you for all of your time and support for not only this event but all of our ongoing projects during the year. To the individuals that contributed homemade baked goods for Cuppa Java, thank you! To the artists that put in hours of labor in making the mugs, our hats are off to you!

Sheryl Drew, Tom Wilson and Sandy Davidson, thank you for your contributions! The coffee from Jitters was so appreciated -- thank you, Beau! To the merchants that have supported our efforts on Friday nights, thank you!

And finally, to the community for all of your financial contributions, donations and time, Thank you!

Myra Glover
Baldwin Community Arts Council

To the editor:

Rep. Nancy Boyda, serving in Congress from Kansas Second District, has been awarded the 2007 Golden Triangle by the National Farmers Union (NFU) recognizing her outstanding government service and leadership on issues affecting rural America. It is their highest honor.

Rep. Boyda made a tremendous bipartisan effort on the Committee on Agriculture to get support for the 2007 Farm Bill. She spent a lot of time talking and listening to farmers, ranchers and farm groups in D.C. and in Kansas Second District, and she says that much of the Bill's success was because of their support nationwide. We can be grateful for Rep. Boyda's leadership.

NFU President Tom Buis said this award honors the true advocates for those who live, work and raise their families in rural America, and thanked them for their leadership.

It is so reassuring to have a recognized leader in Congress from the Kansas Second District at last.

Bootsie Lauridsen
Baldwin City

To the editor:

Ad Astra Alpacas wishes to thank the Baldwin City Signal for the excellent story about our alpacas that appeared recently.

We have just finished the first-ever National Alpaca Farm Day weekend and it was a great success. We had many people come visit the alpacas and we hope they enjoyed themselves as much as we enjoyed having them. We know the alpacas enjoyed all the treats they were fed by the visitors!

Thank you again for the great coverage we received for this event and for helping us teach the general public about our wonderful, gentle alpacas.

Claudia and Bob Hey
Baldwin City

To the editor:

We would like to thank Lonnie Broers, George Niehoff and Tony Brown for braving the roaring Kansas wind last Saturday to help with the replacement of the upper metal roofing on the Lumberyard. Because of the strong winds and concern for safety, the project could not be completed as planned, but getting it started accurately was accomplished and we will be able to complete it now that the difficult part of starting is done.

The community's help is appreciated as we endeavor to keep reaching toward our goal of "Building a Home for the Arts" in downtown Baldwin City."

Jim Niehoff
Lumberyard Arts Center Board of Directors

Dear Editor,

As a new academic year gets underway, it should be noted that both the U.S. House and Senate recently approved legislation that has been described as the biggest increase in aid for college and university students since the GI Bill. Among the key highlights of this legislation:

  • An increase in the Pell Grant maximum over five years to $5,400;
  • A student loan interest rate cut; and
  • A new loan forgiveness program for graduates who work in public service jobs and faithfully repay their loans for 10 years.

President Bush has said he will sign the bill, which was approved in the Senate, 79-12, and in the House, 292-97.

Ottawa University's five nation-wide campuses have a total of over 800 Pell Grant eligible students who will benefit from an increase in the maximum award. Any reduction in the interest rate on Stafford Loans is welcome for students who have deferred payment for their education until after graduation. We may also have some graduates who will benefit from the public service forgiveness provision. However, the bi-partisan passage of this bill is good news for the entire nation, not just OU students. We all benefit from the economic growth that comes with a college-educated populace. The aforementioned highlights will go a long way in paving the way for those who might otherwise have not been able to afford an education.


Fred B. Zook, Ph.D.
President, Ottawa University

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