Letters to the Editor
by Erik Spencer Hill
Food hardship a ‘serious problem’
Letter to the editor:
This is the time of year when many of us think about those in our community who struggle with having enough food to eat. We may donate time or money to food banks, churches, and other community groups to ease the hardship of our fellow neighbors. Recent polling data from the Food Research & Action Center (frac.org) reveal that 81 percent of individuals polled believe that low-income families and children not being able to afford enough to eat is a serious problem in our country. The majority of those polled also recognize that lack of nutritious food impacts physical and mental health, job performance, schoolwork, physical development of infants and toddlers, and the ability of seniors to live longer. At the forefront of addressing food hardship in the United States is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp Program), which helps 46 million people put food on the table each month. Congress is currently considering cuts to SNAP. At a time when 46.2 million people live in poverty in the United States, it is little surprise that 71-75 percent of those polled in the FRAC study view cuts to SNAP as the wrong way to reduce federal spending. Funding for SNAP and other programs that help low-income households is a good investment for improving learning and productivity and keeping health costs down.
N.C. Association of Feeding America Food Banks
Response to Dalton letter
To the Editor:
Bravo for David Dalton’s letter in response to “North Carolina’s Christian heritage.” The strange people who would rewrite the brief history of the Grand Experiment that is the United States of America have agendas in mind that are not good for our country or our religious beliefs. Many of the first Europeans who came to these shores were running from the very kind of powerful church/government relationships that these modern “super church” leaders would foist upon us today. The framers of our Constitution were so wary of the dangers of a government being too close to The Church (at that time the Church of England and the Church of Rome) that they avoided even the mention of religion in the original Constitution. Religious freedom became a part of the First Amendment to the Constitution only after some Baptists convinced Thomas Jefferson of the abuses possible if the matter were not specifically addressed. Now, as then, we don’t need any government telling us how to worship if we choose to worship, and we don’t need narrow-minded “super churches” dealing in governmental matters or forcing their beliefs on those of us who interpret the Bible or other religious documents in ways different from the way they do. “Then saith He unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.” – Matthew 22:21
Thanks from Senior Center
Walnut Cove Senior Center would like to express sincere thanks to everyone that donated and worked at our Christmas Fare this past Saturday. This was our first event of this kind and everyone that was involved made it a huge success. Thank you to the volunteers that collected items to sale, thank you to the Area Businesses that donated items for us to raffle, thank you to the patrons that made a purchase at our Sale. This was a fund raiser for the Senior Center and the money raised will promote programs for those age 55 plus. Your continued support is appreciated.
The Walnut Cove Senior Center
Christmas Fare Committee
Walnut Cove danger
Letter to the editor:
When I was walking past the condemned hotel on main street in Walnut Cove the following thoughts came to mind:
If a brick (debris) falls from the condemned building and injures me or damages my parked car, whom do I sue?
Walnut Cove Government, which has assumed liability for safety with the condemnation?
The non respondent owners?
County of Stokes?
State Safety Offices?
I talked to a local attorney and he said he would do in on contingency pay basis, 20 percent for me and 80 percent for him, probably millions.
“Responsibility for action or inaction has consequences.” Benjamin Franklin
Walnut Cove, N.C.
Praise for Christmas parade
This year was the best Christmas parade that I have ever seen in Walnut Cove. I believe there was more people than I have ever seen before at one. Thanks to all the folks that worked so hard to make it a success, especially the Masonic Lodge.
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