I came to this country as a G.I. bride 60 years ago. Arriving in November, I was impressed by America's national day of Thanksgiving, a day to reflect on all that's right with our country. That day has now degenerated into a day of football and shopping, and is referred to by the irreverent and juvenile as "Turkey Day."
Were I supreme dictator I would banish to a Turkish prison everyone, including those at Since You Asked, who refer to Thanksgiving Day as "Turkey Day." — Jura MacLean Sherwood, Phoenix
My mother-in-law's long, difficult illness was made even more arduous by a denture that no longer fit because of excessive weight loss. There was no way to transport her from the hospital to a dentist to correct the problem.
Pieter Oosthuizen and Jacksonville Denture came to her aid, making two trips to her hospital room; first to identify the problem, and then returning with the necessary supplies to make her a temporary overlay so that the denture would no longer move up and down when she tried to chew. When I tried to pay Pieter, he would take nothing. He told me that he hoped if his mother was in a similar situation that someone would come to her aid, and this was his way of paying it forward.
Bless you, Pieter Oosthuizen and Jacksonville Denture. It is good to know that there are good Samaritans like you among us. — Karen Starchvick, Jacksonville
At the same time that Congress is deciding to eliminate people from food stamp (SNAP) eligibility and reduce the amount of food that the eligible are allowed to receive, lobbyists are busily protecting the interests of powerful corporations who are toxifying the food chain (think Monsanto) and seeking taxpayer subsidies to do so.
As the need for emergency food goes up, food is being extracted from the shopping carts of those in need of help. The recovery has not yet reached those in the lower range of income.
Please contact your representatives to ask that they work toward maintaining current funding for the SNAP program. Meanwhile, if you want to make an immediate and positive contribution to soften the blow, consider joining up with the Neighborhood Food Project in your town.
This is a community-based way to help without having to wait for a government mandate. It's simple. Individuals agree to contribute food and coordinators come to your house and pick up your bag of food every other month.
Help us reach our goal of 1 million pounds of food delivered to Jackson County food pantries since 2009. Go to www.neighborhoodfoodproject.com to see how you can help today. — Paul Giancarlo, Ashland