LETTERS

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014: Neighbor checks, personal responsibility, student hunger

Posted Feb. 06, 2014, at 9:32 a.m.

Call to action

The Washington Hancock Community Agency is dedicated to providing programs and services that serve people in need. Along with a network of community colleagues, WHCA provides assistance in all aspects of life for those who have limited resources or cannot navigate on their own. This includes transportation, heating and home maintenance, support with housing and food needs and help figuring out the financial and medical system. While we provide these services, the caring staff of WHCA and our colleagues check on the welfare of our elderly, isolated and deserving neighbors in Hancock and Washington counties.

Social service agencies cannot do this work alone. WCHA needs your help. It takes a community of caring people to protect our vulnerable neighbors, family members and friends. WHCA is asking you to take action. Some of your neighbors live alone and need special assistance when there is winter weather and seasonal storms. We have power outages and fuel shortages. Many of us live in the woods or on small roads. Some prefer few visitors. WHCA is asking you to be aware that someone in your community may be at risk. Give them a call, knock on their door, create a safety network, make the effort to make sure they are safe.

If you need help, call WHCA at 664-2424 or a familiar social service agency. Please take action.

Betsy Fitzgerald

Machiasport

Craig Schoppe

Ellsworth

Life choices

When are we, as a society, going to stop glorifying drug users just because they are celebrities? The Feb. 3 BDN front-page headline read, “Oscar Winner Dies: Philip Seymour Hoffman loses drug battle.” It should have read, “Drug use killed Philip Seymour Hoffman, Oscar winner.” If we ever expect to at least slow down drug use we better start telling it like it is.

And while we’re telling it like it is, another Feb. 3 BDN headline read, “2 dead, others injured in weekend accidents.” Sub headline, “Weather blamed in snowmobile, ATV crashes.” While my heart goes out to those who lost their lives or were injured, and their families, the weather was not to blame. Lack of personal responsibility was to blame.

Bottom line: If one drinks, don’t drive anything; if visibility or road/trail conditions are poor, slow down; if the water body is not known to be absolutely safe, don’t go out on it.

Life is a series of choices; it is up to each individual to make the right ones or help those who are unable to make them for themselves.

Carl Young

Fort Fairfield

Ending hunger

As the chairperson of Bread for the World, Maine, I am asking our state Legislature to overturn the governor’s veto of LD 1353, An Act to Further Reduce Student Hunger. I speak not only for myself and the leaders of Bread for the World, Maine, but for the many hundreds of people in the pews of our churches of all denominations as together we cry out for an end to the cuts impacting the poor and hungry.

Bread for the World is a faith-based national organization made up of people in the churches, synagogues and mosques who advocate with state and federal governments for legislation that will one day lead to an end to hunger and poverty in the world.

We support Maine schools in creating more Summer Food Service Program sites. Adequate nutrition for students during the school year is not enough. Children need to be well fed all year long. There is an obvious connection between hunger and a student’s ability to learn. Hungry kids do poorly in school and need access to healthy, nutritious food year round.

We must break this cycle of poverty. Overturning this veto and passage of this legislation is a step in the right direction of working together toward the end of all hunger — and particularly student hunger.

Rev. Marilyn Robb

Portland

 

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