Letters to the Editor: transportation bill, kudos to helping military, Salvation Army is welcome

Letters to the Editor: transportation bill, kudos to helping military, Salvation Army is welcome
May 28
00:00 2015

on measure

To the Editor:

Today [Tuesday, May 19] I voted for a short-term measure [H.R. 2353, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015] to provide critical highway and transit funding. I am disappointed that House Republicans refused to work across the aisle to put forth a long-term solution.

Our state and local governments rely on federal resources to fund infrastructure projects. This temporary legislation is not desirable, but there are five major transportation projects in the 12th District, worth more than $147 million, that I want to make sure continue. These projects not only protect and repair critical infrastructure, but they provide much needed jobs that will help move our local economy forward.

I hope the Senate will act quickly to pass this temporary extension so we can focus on finding a long-term solution that brings certainty.

U.S. Rep. Alma S. Adams,
Washington, D.C.

USO salutes Harris Teeter

To the Editor:

Each May, we celebrate Military Appreciation Month and work to Make Every Moment Count for our service men and women.  This May, we want to salute Harris Teeter for its continuing efforts to help support this cause and recognize all that North Carolina’s military families give to our state and our country.

Through the Harris Teeter “Support Our Troops” campaign, its patrons help both the USO and Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) – two organizations committed to supporting our troops and their families and, in many cases, saving lives. Funds raised in North Carolina will stay in North Carolina.

The USO of NC salutes Harris Teeter’s associates for asking and their customers for generously donating $1, $3, or $5 to “Support our Troops” at their local store’s checkout register.  Last year alone, this community-based donation campaign hosted by Harris Teeter raised more than $1,000,000 in a given month; with over $376,000 raised for USO of NC and over $587,000 over three years. This enabled us to expand critical resiliency programs around PTS and TBI, as well as essential transition assistance programs vitally needed for our troops and their families.

The USO of North Carolina offers a wide variety of impactful support programs across the state to help NC Active Duty troops, National Guard, Reserves, including our wounded warriors.   For nearly 75 years, the USO has supported America’s military and families not only during times of conflict, but also as they heal from both visible and invisible wounds of war and reintegrate into their communities and civilian workforce.  The USO of North Carolina provided over 575,000 innovative, effective programs and services to troops and their families in North Carolina. We could not do this without the support of partners like Harris Teeter and its patrons.

We encourage Harris Teeter shoppers to join our efforts and ask their store manager, customer service representative and cashiers about the campaign and helping to take this year’s campaign to even greater levels.  We know our North Carolina neighbors and friends will continue to support for our troops and those that serve them during May’s “Support our Troops” activation.

Together, we can make a difference in the lives of our military members across the state – and serving around the world.
Thank you to Harris Teeter for its partnership on this critical campaign, and thank you to all the North Carolinians who help improve the lives of our military.

John W. Falkenbury
USO of North Carolina

Salvation Army
is welcome
in my backyard

To the Editor:

I have read a bit about The Salvation Army’s vision to better serve women and children by having a facility adjacent to their current offices on Cleveland Avenue just off of Martin Luther King Jr Drive. I hope we will support that vision.

I live in the East Ward where The Salvation Army wants to locate this facility. Much is being said about why the East Ward. When it comes to facilities to help people in need, why East Ward? Why not some other ward? My initial thought was that the current Salvation Army facility to care for women and children is already in the East Ward. This is not a new facility coming into the East Ward. This facility will not be in the same neighborhood or close to other facilities of its kind.

But I have a deeper concern about what our opposition says about how we care for people in critical times in their lives. My hope is that our support of this issue will be centered more on the need of families and children than anything else. What are we to do with women and children when they need help? Is it not a compliment to the East Ward that facilities exist to care for the homeless, women and children in the East Ward? I cannot think of any higher demonstration of our faith than how we care for the “least of these.”

When I attended a recent community meeting, it was held in a church and around several churches that have food pantries and other ministries that care for people in their times of need. That’s not only what we do but also who we are. We say yes to helping when others say “no room.”

I hope all of us will open our hearts to the possibility of being our “brothers’ and sisters’” keepers. These do not take away from our community but say something positive about our values and what we believe is important. If people are hungry, homeless, ex-offenders, or otherwise in need, they know that the East Ward puts its actions where its mouth is. We make room for all people. All are welcome in the East Ward.

Come on, city and community leaders, help turn down the rhetoric and turn up the compassion. Find the solution that reflects who we are and what we value as a ward and as a city.
I welcome “them” in my “backyard.”

Donald Jenkins, Pastor
St. Paul United Methodist Church

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