Your View: Remember our service members at holiday season
Every holiday season we all should consider doing something for our troops. We all have to remember that the United States is still at war and we are sending our men and women into harm’s way. I recently read in USA Today that suicides in the Army and Navy are at record highs.
On Nov. 11, confirmed or suspected suicides among active-duty forces across the military reached 323. Our service members need our thoughts, prayers and support especially during the holiday season. A small donation and a note from someone back home might make a difference in a soldier’s life.
My wife and I each year use the USO, supportuso.org at the holiday season. It’s also a quick way for a $25 tax deductible donation that is used to purchase a care package on your behalf for a random deployed service member. The USO is able to get items and assistance to the troops in Afghanistan before Christmas.
The Fisher House Foundation, fisherhouse.org, Operation Homefront, operationhomefront.net, Wounded Warrior Project, woundedwarriorproject.org, and Homes for Troops, homesforourtroops.org are several other great charities to honor our wounded vets and assist their families during the holiday season.
HPU festivities bring joy to community
We would like to express our thanks for all that High Point University does for the community, most especially at this time during the Christmas festivities. The North Carolina Symphony, The Raleigh Ringers and the HPU Brass Ensemble and the annual Prayer Breakfast are such a joy for all.
We are just so grateful for what has been done and for what is taking place there, and for the future plans for High Point University and how it assists all of us in so many ways with, not only revenue, but with the wonderful entertainment we’ve been able to enjoy.
CAROLYN AND DON KEARNS
YOUR VIEW POLLS
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• Amazing. Financial plan developed, lauded by both parties as beginning of solution to nation’s fiscal woes is suddenly being referred to as “fiscal cliff” that we must not go over.
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High Point City Council gave tentative approval to a plan to develop a business park north of the city that would obligate $13 million in taxpayer dollars as part of the deal. What do you think of this? In 30 words or less (no name, address required), email us your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.