This letter is a sincere thank you for your participation in the 5-Star Writerís project. Your extended time with our students was very rich and much appreciated. This experience will be valued for many years to come. Student learning reaches another level when resources are authentic and real. Because of this collaboration, students were able to create a primary resource to document history. Thank you for allowing the students to honor your experiences by capturing them in the 5-Star Writerís book.
Dr. Denise Guy
USD 435 interim
and USD 435 Board of Education
The world is full of wonderful people, a good many remain unknown, and Abilene is no exception, for Abilene has the Tatting Angel.
Although no one knows who you are, you are quite well known. You have spread the true gift of giving for quite some time to many people.
And this year we are blessed to be among the recipients of that mysterious white envelope with red stamping all over it letting us know that we have been ďtouched.Ē For in that envelope were four tatted snowflakes, obvious labors of love and enjoyment from the hands that created them.
Although you remain a mystery to all ó just know that we truly thank you for your giftóyou touched us as so many angels do. Thank you.
Bill and Nanc Scholl
Christmas Aid helped 990
Thank you Dickinson County residents, churches and businesses for your contributions to another very successful Christmas Aid event. Church Women United is truly grateful for your generous support. This year we distributed vouchers for food and clothing to 990 Dickinson County residents.
I am so appreciative of the many volunteers who spent their valuable time doing the work that makes this program possible. We spent many hours at the First Presbyterian Church where Pastor Bob Frasier and church secretary Pattie Bess made us welcome and supported us in many ways.
I would also like to thank Gary Houser at KABI and the staff at the Abilene Reflector Chronicle who helped get the information out to the public.
Christmas Aid Chair 2012
Gun control not
Once again, our nation has been shocked and saddened by another horrific crime against our society. Why some coward would target children and unarmed women, I cannot imagine.
Since the perpetrator determined to end his own life as a final act, why couldnít he instead have placed himself on the front lines against our countryís enemies instead of taking the lives of our finest here for the future?
Once again, enemies of our national security are wrongly blaming firearms rather than the person behind them in another act of violence.
Before I continue, let me first share that during my life, I have lost close family and close friends through the use of firearms, so I do know personally what itís like.
I also have been on the open end of the barrel a few times, so I know what itís like to stare death and violence in the face.
I have heard proposals to limit access to assault rifles, but I remember that we, as a nation, have restricted access to illegal drugs and we all know how successful those laws havenít been.
There have also been proposals to restrict the capacity of clips and magazines. However, I can assure you that anyone who has ever taken high school metals shop has the basic knowledge needed to expand such capacities themselves, should they be so determined.
Yet another proposal is to restrict the purchase of ammunition. Will those laws also restrict the amount of ammunition a determined criminal would be able to purchase on the black market; while capable individuals, who could prevent criminal actions if armed, come up short on ammunition?
Please, we need to remember that Timothy McVeigh did not use a firearm in Oklahoma City to fulfill his desire of evil mass murder! His crime did result in the immediate passage of some gun control laws, even though he didnít bother to use a gun during the commission of his crime. His crime also resulted in curbing the advancement of the militia movement so we donít have armed volunteer militia keeping watch over our schools, malls and theaters, which was proposed by many militias.
We also donít have those volunteer militias guarding our borders.
Let me ask: how many school massacres were there in the 17 years before the Oklahoma City bombing and how many in the 17 years since? Perhaps the militia are after all essential to our national security? We are armed to protect from an oppressive government among other reasons.
Let me just ask you, would you feel your children are safer attending a school with unarmed teachers and locked doors or with unlocked doors well guarded by your home town volunteer armed militia members? I have grandchildren and I know my preference! The criminal in Connecticut blasted open the locked doors and shot unarmed teachers.
An afterthought: When I was in school, almost every pickup truck in the parking lot, students and teachers alike, had a rifle or shotgun displayed in the back window. Fight were settled with fists.
I went to school where we shot targets with a .22 caliber rifle as well as archery during gym class.
When I was in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, we were taught target shooting with firearms and archery. My father taught me to hunt and fish and along with these lessons were the lessons not only to respect life, but to respect the life I took ó donít waste it. I was taught to not kill out of wanton desire or a sense of slaughter, but to use my skill of killing for survival purposes. I was also taught not to leave my target wounded, but to have mercy and complete my task. These must have been good lessons because I sure never entertained the thought of taking the life of innocents.
If you have a God, may he bless your thoughts, your prayers and your loved ones.