May 19, 2010 Edition

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Thank you, candidates

By the time you read this, the elections will be over, except for the expected run-offs. Now is a good time to say thanks to those who sought election to offices, whether local, regional or state. These men and women put themselves and their families on the line and spent large amounts of time, money and energy to seek these public offices. Only one could be elected, but we had choices.

The word "politician" has developed a negative connotation in our society. I prefer public servant or public officeholder. While there are justifiable reasons for dissatisfaction with some politicians, today's political leaders seem to have very little room to mess up, either publicly or in their private lives.

The biggest complaint I heard this election is disgust with the amount of money some politicians spent on negative TV campaign ads. That was a big turnoff.

No matter who won or lost, each of the candidates deserves our respect, and those elected deserve our support.

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According to United Way of Northeast Arkansas: Did you know that food requests (through United Way of NEA) have risen 20-25 percent for each of the past six months, even as donations continue to decrease?

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We were gratified to recently forward a generous donation from Bobby and Norma (Turner) Hill of Paradise, Calif., to The Children's Shelter. Bobby is a brother of JoAnn Hood of Walnut Ridge. The donation was sent to The TD, since the Hills did not have an address for the shelter. Both of them were raised in the Hoxie/Minturn area and have kept up with The Children's Shelter efforts through The TD. We thank them for remembering their home county and especially for helping support the home for children who are temporarily without one.

A wide base of individuals and groups are supporting the shelter, but to keep a facility running 24-7 is expensive. Cox Powersports will host its second annual Charity Poker Run to benefit the Lawrence County Children's Shelter on Saturday. Not only will the event benefit the Shelter but a Red Cross Bloodmobile will be on site taking donations. The Ben Brand Band will also be performing from 1-3 p.m.

The May 8 John 3:16 fish fry in Hoxie raised $3,500 for the shelter.

The Children's Shelter opened on June 1, 2009, in Walnut Ridge and quickly became full, serving children from Lawrence County and other counties in the state.

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