DL News Staff
Kim Schnitzer and Vicki Marthaler wish to thank everyone who attended our 2009 Christmas Concert at First Lutheran Church on Dec. 22. Over 200 people attended, and the admission was an item or two for the local Food Pantry. We were able to donate 172 pounds of food and $54 to help meet needs in our community. Thank you for the donations. Thank you for your attendance, and may God bless our 2010 year with joy and peace. -- Vicki Marthaler, Detroit Lakes
Each year, the staff at Central Market contact me at the Detroit Lakes Police Department with a special request to identify a family or two who are a little "down on their luck" and could use some help during the Christmas season. They prepare presents and gift certificates valid at their store for the various family members and I delivered the Christmas presents. This year, I was accompanied by our student intern, Chelsea, as we set out on our deliveries. At the first residence, we were met by mom, Chrissy, and a toddler.
Did your loved one come home with a gift of wine or Crowne Royal for you? Do they have an unexplained quantity of used power tools such as compressors, cordless drills, etc...? Have they been buying things using only quarters or other change where they never had that much change before? Did they get their disabled car working by putting in a transmission when the week before, there wasn't enough money to buy one? If you think you may know someone that fits any of these questions, please pick up the phone and call your local sheriff's department.
My wife and I had the pleasure to see the performance of a lifetime Friday evening, Dec. 17, 2009 at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes. "A Madrigal Dinner Performance" it was called, but my wife and I saw it as "A Magical Dinner Performance." The best way we can describe it is, "Wow! Beyond the highest expectations!
After going to a local school's "Holiday Dance," which this school puts on now instead of a Thanksgiving or Christmas Program, there was no mention of the American Flag. All the kids did were dance around the gym to rock 'n roll music. After it was over, I went home very disappointed. I have been going to my grandson's program in LP-A Elementary for many years and have always gone home feelings so proud of our kids! Mrs. Jordan has always put on such great programs, which involve all the kids. They sing our National Anthem, songs from long ago very proudly.
The Detroit Lakes Jaycees would like to thank the following organizations for their contributions to the 2009 Gifts for Kids program: Curves, the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center, the Detroit Lakes Senior Center, First Security Bank, Central Market and the Washington Square Mall. With the help of these organizations, the Jaycees were able to provide toys for 315 Detroit Lakes area children.
Nearly 50 million people are without health insurance. This is unconscionable in a country with so many riches. With each passing day, more workers will join the ranks of the uninsured as employers struggle with ever increasing insurance costs by not offering coverage, shifting more costs to employees and/or dropping dependent coverage. According to a report by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, a full one in six employees with employer-sponsored insurance in 2006 lost that coverage by 2008.
I am writing in response to the editorial by Eric Bergeson on Dec. 6. In his article entitled Turkey Woes, he had several facts wrong and I would like to enlighten him. I am going to comment on his statements as I found them ridiculous. In his article he states that if turkey was any good we would eat it all year round. I have news for Eric. Most people eat turkey all year round. The average per capita consumption is 13.8 lbs. a year. The amount consumed at the holidays is a whopping 90 million pounds. Turkey is the perfect protein with less fat and more protein than chicken.
ELCA elites have apparently determined that social and lifestyle policies that contradict scripture are not congregational voting issues. It is in print that ELCA spent $1.15 million on the sexuality studies but did not allow congregations to determine if such a study was necessary or valid. Nor did ELCA hierarchy allow congregations to vote on the issue of accepting Biblical sinful lifestyles. Congregational donations are intended for God's work. Our funding is meant for spreading God's word. Not to study ways to subvert scripture to accommodate sinful lifestyles.
"It's the most wonderful time of the year..." and I'm grateful for the truly wonderful thing that happened Tuesday night in downtown Detroit Lakes. Norby's Department Store held their annual Open House and also announced the culmination of Project Give-Back, in which shoppers throughout the month of November were awarded with a $10 coupon for every $100 spent.