Senior Day success
To the editor: This is the time of year for us to reflect on what we are thankful for. As senior citizens, we are very grateful to all the people in Ottawa County who support the senior citizen programs.
On Wednesday, Nov. 19, the Ottawa County Fall Senior Day was held at Camp Perry. It was a dark, cold, windy, dreary day, but inside the hall, there was warmth and comradeship. The veterans and spouses who lost their veteran mate were honored with a certificate from the local VA office - what a labor of love. Kendra German provided a fantastic patriotic music program. Students from Woodmore High School served the food and were very kind and polite, and went out of their way to help seniors who needed help.
It took so many individuals to put on the event that we would be remiss if we tried to name them all, so to each of you who did anything at all to make the Fall Senior Day so memorable, we offer to our heartfelt thanks.
Tom and Betty Miller
Warm feet, warm hearts
To the editor: A cold night, Thanksgiving 2004.
“Mommy, won’t his feet be cold?”
“Mommy, he can have my socks.”
Today, four years after an undersized 4-year-old girl spoke those words while volunteering at The Cherry Street Mission, Hannah’s Socks has touched people in every corner of Ohio, from coast-to-coast in the US, and as far away as Romania.
Who could have predicted the impact a child’s spirit could have on the poor and the affluent alike, on friends living in the same neighborhood and friends living on the other side of the world?
Hannah, Doris and I didn’t plan to start a full-fledged charitable organization. We just set out to give socks to people who could use them, especially during Ohio’s cold winter months.
But compassion is a flexible thing; it often bends in uncharted directions. And it often returns to its giver in varying and unexpected ways.
Compassion is, I think, not what you do so much as why you do what you do.
So, as all our supporters join us in embarking upon the fifth year of the Hannah’s Socks journey, let us remember this:
We have a plan, but we’ll continue to follow our compassion, and let it lead us to ask important questions - “Mommy, won’t his feet be cold?” - and experience wonderful epiphanies and crystal-clear answers - “Mommy, he can have my socks.”
Hannah wouldn’t have it any other way.
Co-Founder, Hannah’s Socks
Thanks for giving
To the editor: Gratitude is a year-round theme at the American Red Cross.
We are an organization that depends on the generosity of donors of all types from all walks of life to support our mission to provide assistance wherever and whenever it is needed - around the clock and around the world.
The holiday season gives us the opportunity to reach out to those who entrusted us to help on their behalf, who made it possible through their gifts of blood, money and time to provide lifesaving programs and services in our communities and in neighborhoods across the country and around the world. We offer our thanks not only for what has been given to us but for what we have been able to give others because of the generosity of those contributors. Thank you for helping us turn compassion into action.
Thanks for giving.
American Red Cross Greater Toledo Area Chapter
The American car
To the editor: To me, it’s not a wonder the big three are in trouble. Many guys were laid off for several years and still received 95 percent of their pay; they were in a job bank. A lot of them took the buy out and received $100,000. How on earth can a company pay people 95 percent of their pay when they are not working? No wonder cars cost so much. If the companies take the bailout how will they put people to work - they have too many cars now.
If the government gives them 25 billion, they should that amount of cars in return and sell them at no interest to people who need them.
My son and I went to the new car show and when we walked through the door, we both noticed the same thing - they all looked alike. What happened to the days when the new cars were brought in on trucks and they were covered so no one could see them until the big day when all dealers were ready? The cars all had style and everyone wanted one.
Look at all the car cruise-ins going on today - these older cars are without jobs now. That is not just hundreds of thousands of workers, but hundreds of thousands of families left in the lurch with no income, no home and no holiday celebrations this year.
The American auto industry is an American tradition and our country is leaving us behind. Forgotten because people can save a couple thousand dollars on a foreign car that is assembled in our country with parts they transported in from their own country. And then they call them American because they are assembled here. These assembly plants are non-union and do not have medical benefits or pension plans for their workers.
Any way you look at it, all the profits are still going back to the country that owns the assembly plant. Kia, Toyota, VW, Audi, Honda, Scion, Mazda, Subaru, Nissan, Mitsubishi and Hyundai are not American. The dealers who sell these cares are the only ones who profit and they still have to purchase the cars from the country they came from.
We continue to support our troops, police officers, fire fighters, communities and schools and shop our local grocery stores.
Now we desperately need your support in return. Please support the American workers who for years have supported our communities. Won’t you give us the same opportunity to continue to support our families? We should matter to you. We are your family members, your neighbors, your friends. In short, we are part of the community. Please, won’t you help us to maintain our dignity and our homes?
When the American auto industry was thriving, so was our economy. Since the most recent free trade agreements, the auto industry is failing, along with it the economy is falling. Our government is allowing not only the auto industry to fall, but is giving up on our American traditions. The auto industry was started in this great country of ours, along with the invention of the assembly line, which has kept generations of families working. We are proud to be the American middle class. We are hard-working families and do not deserve to be told we are unimportant. We are the backbone of this great country.
We are now being threatened with the loss of our home and the financial security every American strives for.
I am hoping to give a voice to all the American workers who have had their jobs shipped overseas in the last eight years. We are not the only industry America has lost, but we are one of the biggest going under at this time.
Please stand behind our great American heritage. Take a stand for our country and support American workers. Start buying American products. It does make a difference.