Letters to the Editor week of 5/17/07


Patriot Alumni

To the Editor:

Once again it is time for all of you Patriot Alumni to come home and honor dear old Patriot High School Saturday, May 26th, at Switzerland County Elementary School near East Enterprise. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. but do come early and meet your old Trojan friends for a wonderful gab session and catch up on what is going on. The great Class of 1957 will be honored. Fifty years, wow, is that possible? The last year of the Florence kids . . . future classes certainly missed them coming to PHS.

The reunion is the one time of the year that we all have to honor where we came from and where we are now. A lot of folks work very hard to bring this annual affair to fruition. We have the chance to personally thank them and be here for the fun and joy of our wonderful little town and its school and to honor those no longer with us. Please join in and celebrate with a roar all you Patriot Trojans of yore.

Those of you who have yearbooks and/or photos to donate to the town’s future memorial to Patriot High please bring them and I will be happy to get them to the town council before I leave. If you happen to be in town you can drop them off at Fisk’s Grocery. Thank you.

Barrie Lee Watters

Patriot High School Class of 1963

Asheville, North Carolina

(formerly of Patriot)

Foster care

Dear Editor:

Over 513,000 American children are in foster care because their own families are in crisis and unable to provide for their essential well-being. Like all young people, youth in foster care deserve and benefit from enduring, positive relationships with caring adults. Now is the time to get involved. Join America’s leading foster care placement agencies, advocates, and foster care alumni as they come together to address the needs of these children.

This May, National Foster Care Month will serve as a platform for connecting more of these vulnerable children to concerned, nurturing adults who, no matter how much time they have to give, can do something that will change a lifetime for a young person in foster care.

Across the nation, caring individuals are helping foster children build brighter futures by serving as their foster parents, relative caregivers, mentors, advocates, social workers, and volunteers. But much more help is needed. If nothing changes by the year 2020:

– Nearly 14 million confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect will b e reported.

– 22,500 children will die of abuse or neglect, most before their fifth birthday.

– More than 9,000,000 children will experience the foster care system.

– More than 300,000 children will age out of the foster care system in poor health and ill-prepared for success in higher education, technical college or the workforce.

– 99,000 former foster youth, who aged out of the system, can expect to experience homelessness.

Let’s make a difference before these statistics become a reality. Please take action today in support of these children, call 812-273-2932 and become a foster parent.

Melissa Bentley

Foster Parent Coordinator

Regional Youth Services

Donate Bibles

Dear Editor:

Andrew Ross, Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa, is making a request to the Switzerland County community.

This request has to do with asking members of our community to donate used or new Bibles. Andrew lives with a Pastor in a village and Bibles are not easy to come by. King James is preferred, but any other version will greatly be appreciated.

For more information or to donate a Bible or Bibles please contact Barbara Fletcher at 437-3152.

Barbara Fletcher