Forum: Thank you, Frankfort
I wanted to thank fellow Frankfort residents who generously gave of their time and means to help thousands of impoverished children this Christmas. Together we were able to pack nearly 13,300 shoe boxes filled with toys, school supplies and basic necessities for Operation Christmas Child.
Our gifts, along with those of millions of others, are on their way to needy children in more than 100 countries.
During the 2012 collection season, Operation Christmas Child reached a milestone — more than 100 million children have been impacted by the power of a simple gift since 1993. For many of the children who receive these gifts, this shoe box will be the first gift they have ever received.
Although our local drop-off locations in Frankfort are closed, gifts are received year-round at Samaritan’s Purse by mailing them to 801 Bamboo Road, Boone, NC 28607.
There are also year-round volunteer opportunities to serve with Operation Christmas Child. Learn more by visiting www.samaritanspurse.org or calling (913) 831-4466. A simple gift, packed with love, can communicate hope and transform the lives of children worldwide.
Regional director, Lower Midwest Region
Operation Christmas Child
Impressed with CPS chief
I would like to say bravo to Chicago Public Schools chief executive Barbara Byrd-Bennett on suspending the basketball coaches from Morgan Park and Simeon after the scuffle among players at the end of their recent game and the coaches yelling and threatening each other afterward.
I went to Hyde Park High School many years ago, and we had a “scuffle” with DuSable at a football game and our games were suspended for both schools for the rest of the year.
I believe that it should have been done in this case also because there is no reason for the teams, coaches and parents to be hostile and insulting toward each other after a basketball game.
It is time for all involved to take responsibility for their actions. I am impressed with Ms. Byrd-Bennett on her actions.
Equality on way for gays
The majority of gay Americans may finally see their dreams come true. President Barack Obama, in his inaugural address, acknowledged that all Americans are indeed “equal under the law.”
The question of one’s sexual preference will some day be a nonissue — much to the dismay of the Illinois Family Institute, which continues with the age-old biblical rhetoric that one actually chooses his or her lifestyle. As if one has any say in one’s fate in life.
We can thank God that most can now say, “enough of the bigotry.” Equal rights are equal rights. No one should be exempt because of his nationality, ethnicity, race, religious conviction or sexual makeup. And for that, and for Obama’s declaration, we can say, Amen!