2013-01-20 / Viewpoints

Letters to the editor

Writer appreciates volunteer support

Dear Editor,

This pastor Joe Rodriguez of New Wine Church in Chesaning.

I was reading the story by Jeanne Marcello “A Look back on the Villge of Chesaning in 2012.” It was a great story.

But as pastor of New Wine I felt a little left out in the section that touched on volunteers that support the community. We have held free dinners for over three years at New Wine. A church in our community has also took up this effort which we are thankful they seen the need also. We have a food pantry in which we give food away once a month. We are a smaller church so we may not do it on a bigger scale but we have faithful volunteers that give of their time and resources to make this possible.

I understand that there also so many other groups of volunteers that were also left out of this story but as pastor I am so grateful and thankful for those that volunteer at New Wine Church.

In His Service

Pastor Joe Rodriguez

Look for other cuts in school district

Open letter to the families of Montrose Community Schools:

This letter is in regards to the upcoming cuts to teaching staff mandated to Superintendent Mark Klienhans by the Montrose Board of Education last Tuesday, Jan. 8. We understand with a $60,000 deficit that reductions need to be implemented. To ensure the best education possible for the children of our community, we feel that these cuts should have the least effect upon our students as possible.

Montrose teachers have consistently shared in the sacrifice needed to meet past and current economic conditions. While the district has implemented many cuts, the teachers have effectively worked to increase student achievement. When decisions were made that went against best educational practices and were detrimental to student learning, Montrose teachers took on additional duties and volunteered to run programs to lessen the impact on our students. Teachers have done this while enduring pay freezes and increased contributions to insurance with reduced coverage. All of these sacrifices have saved the district money. Are there other areas where cuts could be made that would have less impact on student learning?

Regardless of where cuts happen, Montrose teachers will continue to put our kids first. However, any loss of teacher positions will negatively affect your child’s education. We would strongly encourage all parents to contact their school board members or attend the next school board meeting at 6:30 p.m. on January 22, in Kuehn-Haven Middle School library with concerns.

On behalf of the

Montrose Education Association,

Christine Sackrider, MEA President

Rachel’s Closet appreciates donations

Dear Editor,

Rachel’s Closet, a ministry of Lamb of God Fellowship of Montrose, was started a little over a year ago. We have a vision to provide coats, boots, hats, and gloves to school age children of the Montrose area whose families could not otherwise afford to get them the needed items for winter.

The Closet is strictly a donation based ministry that relies on donators to provide the needed items. Sometimes the items are plentiful and other times it struggles to provide the necessities to help those in need.

As in past years Montrose Brent Run Landfill and its vendors; Great Lakes Fusion, Golder Associates, Bierlin, EPS, CTI, Cardno, JFNew, Rowe Professional Services, Waste Connections Inc., Michigan Cat, Civil Design Solutions, Deisler Electric In. and Environmental Specialties International have generously given so that we may help others. This 2012 Christmas season they graciously provided an unexpected bonus to our cause. We would like to thank them for their generosity. Because of their generous support of our organization, we were able to purchase to date: 30 pairs of boot, 20 pairs of shoes, 20 coats (some with bib snow pants) for children who would otherwise go without this year. Expression of gratitude is not enough to these organizations and to the other vendors that have helped fulfill this much needed cause.

The steady need of our small ministry is so grateful to these organizations for this purchase. Rachel’s Closet is committed to continuing its important work in supplying these needed winter items to the children of Montrose through the help of supporters like Brent Run Landfill.

Thank you again for your commitment to Rachel’s Closet and the community of Montrose in the fight to help those who are in need.

Rachel’s Closet Ministry

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