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To a community that cares ....  2014

To the editor:

Hope sometimes seems hard to come by these days, even for people of faith. Stories of moral decay, dishonesty and corruption seem to fill the news; unstable economies and unemployment leave people unsure about the future. 

What can we say to ourselves and to one another, when it seems the only news is bad news?

Our faith can certainly make a difference in the lives of others, especially if we follow up with action. Since 2012 we (Tri River Habitat for Humanity) have been able to decrease the time between “builds” from 20 months to 14 months. This is solely because of a community that cares and does something about it.

We are so grateful for this community spirit - the spirit that enables a family to have a brighter future. 

What if we could build a home every 10-12 months? We can. Your tax-deductible gift is essential in helping us carry out this mission, and I am so very grateful for your compassionate spirit.

As we look forward to a season of hope and renewal, we pause to be grateful for our many blessings and to envision a country where everyone would have a decent place to live. There are days when I talk to a family living in deplorable conditions that my heart breaks. 

However, when I also see the amazing transformation that stable housing has on families and communities, I am heartened and convinced that we must do even more. 

Will you join us at Tri River Habitat?

The one real blessing for any individual, organization, church or club who contributes - either by pledge or participation - is to be able to point to a new house and say, “My/our donation built that house for a deserving family.” Because, after all, every house is a sermon of God’s love.

As always, we at Tri River Habitat covet your prayers, participation and pledges and wish for you and your loved ones, a year of unprecedented good health and happiness.


Bob Hughes

Executive Director, Tri River Habitat for Humanity


Well-deserved award

To the editor:

I read where Senator Frank Ruff was just named legislator of the year. Frank has received this prestigious award, one of many he has received since being elected state senator. This award was well deserved.

I first met Frank when he took time to come from Clarksville to Cluster Springs to meet with our neighbors and help with a road problem. Since then my wife and I have attended several rallies and fundraisers for Frank.

Frank will be running again in 2014 if he decides to, and let’s hope he will. 

Frank Ruff represents one of the largest areas of any state senator. His wife is one of the nicest ladies I have ever met. It is great how well they work together. 

I know it is a long time until November but not too long to keep Frank Ruff’s name on our minds.

Thank you,

Dan Newkirk

South Boston



To the editor:

My “false claim” about derivatives being used by family farmers and small businesses, as described by Pat Barksdale last week, is actually a $223 trillion problem for the four largest U.S. banks that hold them, and consequently, for the rest of us. 

If the Fed’s interest rates go up too much, we’re all toast. 

Like Everette Dirksen once said, “A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money.” Now we’re talking about trillions - not billions.

Rep. Hurt may say he supported the bill for farmers and small business, but his biggest contributions are from banks and other financial organizations. 

Do you want to take a guess about who supplied 70 of the 85 lines in the “Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act” HR 992? No - it wasn’t the Farm Bureau, it was Citibank.

“HR 992 would exempt almost all derivatives from the push-out rule. By doing so, it would once again allow the largest Wall Street banks to make huge sums of money betting with government-backed funds and low-interest Federal Reserve credit, potentially leaving taxpayers to pay for the bets that go wrong.”

Dan Shaw