OKLA. CITY —
To the Editor:
On Saturday, help your letter carrier “Stamp Out Hunger” by leaving canned food donations by your mailbox. In Edmond, donations benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s partner agencies HOPE Center of Edmond, Route 66 Project and Edmond Grace Fellowship. This effort is part of the 21st annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive, which is the largest one-day food drive in America.
Together, we can solve hunger in Oklahoma. All we ask is that you put canned food items in the plastic bag you receive this week, or any plastic bag, and place it by your mailbox on Saturday before your letter carrier arrives. Most needed items include: peanut butter and canned meats, vegetables and fruit. Your letter carrier will pick up your donations and take them to the Post Office, where the food will be sorted and delivered to the Regional Food Bank and its partner agencies.
The faces of hunger are not just the poor and the homeless. The majority of those served by the Regional Food Bank are the working poor, seniors living on fixed incomes and children. Many working parents find themselves living paycheck to paycheck and have to make difficult decisions about whether to pay their bills or put food on the table. Letter carriers are often among the first to know when a family is struggling to make ends meet, as we are the ones to deliver the past-due and cut-off notices.
With one in four children in our state going to bed hungry every night, we can’t afford to sit idly by.
Every can donated makes a difference in the lives of those who are struggling with hunger. If you would prefer to make a financial contribution to the Regional Food Bank, visit their virtual food drive at www.regionalfoodbank.org/virtual-food-drive. Every dollar donated provided 5 meals.
Letter carriers are supported in this humanitarian endeavor by the National Association of Letter Carriers, National Rural Letter Carriers Association, the United Way, Campbell’s Soup Company, Valpak, the AFL-CIO, Feeding America and most importantly of all, the United States Postal Service.
James Bryant and Steve Riggs
JAMES BRYANT is the Oklahoma City Postmaster and STEVE RIGGS is past president, Branch 458, National Association of Letter carriers Oklahoma City.
OKLA. CITY —
To the Editor:
Frederick eyes its future renovation
Terence Malik is an American filmmaker who spent part of his youth in Bartlesville. He is perhaps best known for the critically acclaimed 1978 movie “Days of Heaven” that is set in the Texas Panhandle before the First World War during the harvest season. The late film critic Roger Ebert described “Days of Heaven” as “one of the most beautifully photographed films ever made” and praised Malik for evoking “the loneliness and beauty of the limitless Texas Prairie” Ebert wrote of how the characters in the film appeared to be on a land “to large for its inhabitants” and that they seemed to struggle with the “weight of the land.” And a visitor to Frederick, in Southwestern Oklahoma, where the land has a topography comparable to the Texas prairie, encounters visual images that are similar to the ones contained in Malik’s movie.
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Thanksgiving has come and gone and Christmas is on its way. This is a great time of year to reflect on all of God’s blessings and to be thankful for what we have.
Like many Oklahomans, I am thankful for my faith, my wonderful family, and my friends. I am also thankful for the opportunity to be your governor.
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But now, the nation is just barreling toward a new set of deadlines — lawmakers have until Jan. 15 to deal with the budget and Feb. 7 to deal with the debt ceiling. Until Congress sets the country on stable financial footing for the long term, we’re bound to play this game over and over again.
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With the passing of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy last week, and the accompanying fusillade of documentaries purporting to prove there was a conspiracy behind it, we might expect (and hope) that cabalistic conjecturing will wane until the next big anniversary.
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To the Editor:
I have been a longtime resident of Trails South and we have been asking the City of Edmond for many, many years for a traffic light at the corner of Countrywood and Santa Fe. As the city’s population increases, the danger increases. We have had many accidents and finally a fatality at this dangerous intersection.
Parental choice, not universal preschool
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That’s the question Jennifer Doverspike asks in an excellent article over at TheFederalist.com (“The False Promise of Universal Pre-Kindergarten”).
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