01-31-2019 Letters and Commentary

Thank you from Miss Coloma 2019 Dear Editor, Thank you for the one year subscription! You guys always put the most memorable things in the paper and I will definitely be picking up the paper pretty frequently this year! Thanks again! Samantha Scott Miss Coloma 2019

Thank you from Mr. Coloma 2019 Dear Editor, Thank you Tri-City Record for the generous year subscription to our local newspaper. Also, thank you for making me a part of history by displaying me and my court of honor on you front page. This truly means a lot, and I look forward to seeing all the wonderful news you deliver to my home. Your Mr. Coloma, Sin’cere Taylor

Wesco matching funds program benefits local food pantry Dear Editor, The Living Water Food Pantry at Watervliet Free Methodist Church (WFMC) has received a generous check from Wesco to help with the mission of assisting anyone experiencing a need for food. During the month of December collection containers at the Watervliet and Coloma stores were designated to benefit the food pantry at WFMC. Wesco matched the funds donated by the community at these two stores. The food pantry received at total of $3,637.74 from this effort. The congregation and staff would like to thank the community for their support and well as Wesco for choosing to assist this ministry. Living Water Food Pantry located at 7734 Paw Paw Ave. in Watervliet is open every Monday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for families who are in need of food assistance. We reach across many counties having no restrictions with age or income status. Watervliet Free Methodist Church Living Water Food Pantry staff

United Way to aid local residents amid government shutdown As the longest government shutdown in history stretches on, United Way of Southwest Michigan (UWSM) has formulated a plan to help local residents impacted. UWSM has launched the Emergency Relief Fund to assist federal employees in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties who may be impacted by the ongoing government shutdown. The fund is addressing vital needs, such as food, utility assistance, rent, mortgage payments and other basic needs. The fund will make it possible for generous individuals and others who want to help. To contribute to the fund, visit www.uwsm.org/emergency-relief-fund or text UWSMrelief to 51555. Check payments are accepted as well and can be made out to “United Way of Southwest Michigan,” referencing “Emergency Relief Fund” in the memo. Checks can be dropped off or mailed to United Way at 2015 Lakeview Avenue, St. Joseph, MI 49085. One hundred percent of all funds received will directly benefit those impacted. Anna Murphy, President of UWSM says, “UWSM values the contributions of all federal workers in our communities who have supported their neighbors through their work and their philanthropy over the years. UWSM is committed to standing by federal workers impacted by the government shutdown in their time of need.” In addition to the fund First Church of God in St. Joseph, Cass District Library in Cassopolis and the Van Buren County United Way in Paw Paw are collecting gift cards for federal workers. Meijer, Walmart and/or gasoline gift cards are preferred. The drop-off locations are First Church of God, 2627 Niles Ave., St. Joseph (Mon.–Thurs. 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.); Cass District Library, 319 M-62, Cassopolis (Mon.–Thurs. 9:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m., Fri. 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Sat. 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.); Van Buren County United Way, 181 W. Michigan Ave. #4, Paw Paw (Mon.–Fri. 8:45 a.m.–4:00 p.m.) . If you are a federal worker impacted by the shutdown, please visit www.uwsm.org/emergency-relief-fund for information on how you can receive services. 2-1-1 United Way is encouraging federal employees in need of social services to contact 2-1-1 for help. 2-1-1 (or 844-875-9211) is a free and confidential service that helps people find the local resources they need. For a list of resources in Southwest Michigan, please visit www.mi211.org or text your zip code to 898-211 to hear from a specialist.

It’s about America, not you! Dear Editor, Many in the House and Senate need to realize this is ABOUT AMERICA, NOT ABOUT THEM, and their morally corrupt political parties. They are paid high wages to work for America in a fair, sensible, and godly way. That is not what we are getting for our money now! The safety of America should be the most important thing to our legislators. Is there any common sense left in city Mayors and state Governors? What has happened to the education systems across America that turns out such irresponsible leaders? These leaders cannot take care of their own, yet most offer sanctuary to illegals, even if they are known criminals. By doing so, they are encouraging the world to migrate to America, against our immigration laws. Anyone who encourages others to break our laws is, or should be considered a criminal themselves. Those who claim it is immoral to use barriers to stop illegals from entering our country happen to be the most immoral people around. The most recent example is the ungodly state of New York, which passed a new Bill, and their proud Governor signed into law, allowing that state to legally murder babies “UP TO THE DUE DATE.” Unless they REPENT and TURN BACK TO GOD, America WILL GET SICKER THAN THAT! The guilt rests on unbelievers and on believers too. On believers, because we failed to stand on God’s Word. That Word of God tells us that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for REPROOF, for CORRECTION, for INSTRUCTION in righteousness.” Yet we remained silent! A murderous heart requires REPENTANCE, or Hell will be the judgment. Saying the Wall/or Barrier is immoral does not cancel the horrible immoralities you support. Manuel Ybarra Jr., Coalgate, OK

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