Readers’ Voice

Letter to the Editor:
   Thanks to you, our food insecure neighbors and friends in the Paw Paw and Lawton areas continue to be helped by Eleanor’s Pantry.
   Since 2009, we have been able to provide for these families through the generosity of our communities.  As a 501©(3) charity, we are funded solely by our local individuals, families, churches, organizations, and businesses. Our volunteers assist approximately 900 children and adults each month, providing them with a 4 day emergency supply of food.
   They say “It takes a village;” and, indeed, it does. The donations and fundraising make this all possible. This year, Dave Johnson’s “Playing for the Pantry” raised over $1,000. Thank you to the many who donated. Glenn of UPS Store provided the posters for the event. 
   We appreciate the local businesses who participated: Tea Pot Dome, Urban Basement, Amoré, Industry Tanning, Warner Vineyards, Taylor’s Florist, Lori’s Hallmark, LaCantina, D. Coy Duck, and Paw Paw Brewery.
   Nickolas Johnson completed his Eagle Scout community project benefiting Eleanor’s Pantry. 2,682 toiletry items were collected from the communities, and Nickolas constructed a new non-food outdoor donation box.
   Family Fare continues to support Eleanor’s Pantry. The week before Christmas, they donated 60 spiral hams. Please continue to save your Family Fare receipts for us  for their Direct Your Dollars campaign.
   This is the time of year many of you choose to give to Eleanor’s Pantry. Please, know that your generous gifts are so valued and appreciated.
   Thank you,
   Nellie DeLong
   Community Outreach Coordinator

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Letter to the Editor:
   I am the liaison to Rep. Fred Upton’s office for Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a nonpartisan, nonprofit, citizen advocacy group seeking Congressional action on climate change.
   We have asked that Rep. Upton (1) support legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while encouraging growth in renewable energy jobs (“Carbon Fee and Dividend”); (2) learn the rationale for such legislation by meeting with the Climate Leadership Council (a group of eminent Republicans advocating a proposal similar to ours); and (3) join the Climate Solutions Caucus (a bipartisan group of Representatives who acknowledge the climate change threat and seek fiscally responsible solutions).
   Early last September, Rep. Upton told me that he “fully intends to join the Caucus,” that I could let others know of his intention, and that he was working out the timing for joining.
   The four months since that conversation have been filled with highly destructive weather events exacerbated by climate change.
   Please encourage Rep Upton to further his bipartisan commitments by joining the Climate Solutions Caucus now by sending a letter to his district office, calling his DC office, or emailing him.
   All contact information is available on his website: https://upton.house.gov/
   Thank you for adding your voice,
   Mary Ann Renz
   Kalamazoo

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