Readers’voice

Dear Paw Paw School District Residents,
    The Board of Education of Paw Paw Public Schools is conducting a search for the district's next Superintendent.  Mr. Denny Patzer, a consultant with Michigan Association of School Boards, will be leading the search process.
    During the next several weeks, Mr. Patzer will be conducting voluntary meetings with various focus groups.  The purpose of these meetings is to gather feedback which Mr. Patzer will report to the board members.  We will be hosting a meeting for community leaders on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Administration Building.
    We are also asking PPPS staff, parents of our students, and representatives from the community to take an online survey.  The survey is on the Paw Paw Public Schools website, ppps.org.
    If you have any questions please feel free to contact me, Alisa Clark, by e-mail at alisa.clark@ppps.org or by phone at (269) 415-5207.  
    Thank you in advance for being a part of this process!
    Alisa Clark
    Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent
    Paw Paw Public Schools

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To the editor:
    When was the last time you contacted your government officials in Washington? Maybe it is about time.
    Just a “little” pain. That is what Lara Trump called it. No - it is a LOT of pain. Those people in Washington who live in ivory towers have no concept of what it means to go without a paycheck. Especially one that was already earned.
    Does the President or anyone in Congress know what happens when a mortgage payment is missed or late? Or a car payment? Or a credit card payment? LATE charges are applied. Is the government going to pay these late charges? Also, - and maybe more important - a person’s credit rating is damaged. A black mark now appears on the credit rating that will impact future credit requirements when applying for a loan or mortgage, etc. These people in Washington have no idea of the harm they are doing to these hard working citizens.
    No - it is not a “little” pain. The “privileged” are being paid. They are not “doing without.” Not one bit. Some brilliant person in Washington suggested that these unpaid employees get loans to pay their bills. How did these people even get elected in the first place?
    My brother served in the Coast Guard in World War II. I know what they do. They are not overpaid to begin with. Now they are not being paid at all.
    It is unbelievable that OUR government is doing this to OUR citizens. Is the government going to pay interest or some such on all this money that it DID NOT pay? Maybe the government should be charged “late fees.”
    Remember all of this the next time we are asked to vote to put these people back into office.
    God Bless,
    Barbara L. Ewing
    Lawton

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Dear Editor,
    I am writing to thank Paw Paw residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Because of the generosity of donors in Paw Paw and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, collected more than 8.8 million shoeboxes in 2018. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2018, the ministry is now sending more than 10.6 million shoebox gifts to children suffering from poverty, natural disasters, war, disease and famine.
    These simple gifts bring smiles to the faces of children around the world. Packed with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items, these gifts bring joy and are a tangible expression of God’s love. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.
    It’s not too late for people to make a difference. Though drop-off locations serving Paw Paw shoebox packers are closed until November 2019, anyone can still pack a personalized shoebox gift online at samaritanspurse.org/buildonline. Thank you again to everyone who participated in this global project, many who do so year after year. These simple gifts send a message to children worldwide that they are loved and not forgotten.
    Dana Williams
    Operation Christmas Child

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