March 20's Letters to the Editor
It’s time for Congress to support universal background checks for gun buyers. This is one of several moves they can make to reduce the number of guns that get into the hands of people who are criminals or others who have anti-social mental disorders. These background checks can be done at any of the thousands of gun shops in the country, even for sales by private owners to private buyers. The only reason not to support this is if someone makes more money by being able to sell guns to criminals and mentally ill people. We shouldn’t be a nation that puts questionable profits above common sense. No, these won’t stop all shooters, but checks might prevent some of the suicides and shootings of family, friends, and children, as well as criminal activities.Of course the Founding Fathers would think this fell under the scope of “well-regulated” in the Second Amendment. An enormous majority of Americans are for these checks; it’s time for Congress to catch up and be brave.
Jill Grubb, Marengo
Dear Family, Friends, & Neighbors:
Saturday, March 9, was one of the most amazing nights of my life! To live in a community with such love, support and generosity is such a blessing. This wonderful community had a benefit for me to help with all the financial burdens I am dealing with due to advanced lung cancer.
Friends and family wanted to do something for me to show their love and support. The benefit was held at Northmor School where I taught for 32 years. I taught with an amazing faculty and staff. How do you say thank you to such a wonderful and caring crew of people? My heart is so full of love and my eyes are full of tears every time I think of all the work and love that went into hosting this event.
I expected to see a hundred or so people, but the turn-out was beyond belief. As a friend and neighbor expressed, “There were more people here than the Morrow County Fair”. Family, friends, neighbors, faculty, staff, students and past students attended to show me their love and support. The prayers, hugs, cards, letters, emails, texts, and gifts were and are immense. My family and I were devastated to hear the lung cancer diagnosis since I’ve never smoked or been around it. For my wonderful community to sponsor this benefit was such a blessing that God gave me. He can turn tragedies into blessings which is what happened.
Never in a million years could I believe the people who came to the benefit. Many I had not seen in years. One past student drove three hours one way to come and give his support. He, himself, is in remission from two kinds of cancer. Another student drove from Canton to be there for me. Many family members drove from Tennessee to gladly give their support. I am still awestruck by this outpouring of love and concern. As a retired teacher, I remember many days feeling like I was beating my head against a brick wall and not getting through to my students. I wondered if I was even getting through to any of my students. To walk in the doors of Northmor on Saturday and actually see the crowd of people who came to support me, I just sobbed. What an amazing group of people! Past students kept coming up to me and thanking me for being such an inspiration to them. I was and still am overwhelmed!
What blessings I have been given! Northmor staff generously created, sewed and signed a quilt for me which I will cherish always. Those people and businesses who donated the baked goods, food items, craft items and silent auction items will always hold a special place in my heart. The cooks, secretaries, staff, custodians, principals, superintendent and friends were a driving force for this benefit. I love you all so much for donating your time, resources and support. My family who showed up in force to help wherever and whenever needed are the biggest blessings ever. They help keep my spirits up and keep me going.
The list of those helping with the benefit is never ending. It would fill up an entire newspaper. I am writing this letter to show you how much you all mean to me and tell you “THANK YOU” from the bottom of my heart. To all of the students showcasing their amazing talents to entertain people, thank you! I wish I could have spoken with everyone at the benefit and given them a hug. I did have the opportunity to speak with many friends, students, and family members for which I am grateful, but there were many people I never had the chance to see. Bless you all for your support! My heart is so full of blessings and my life full of love! My life HAS had meaning and I am so thankful all of you have reinforced that meaning for me.
God Bless everyone for all you have done for me. Thank you!
With all my love, Diane Fulk