Letters to the editor for April 3, 2017

Published 11:29 am Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Clearing up a typographical error

I read the article in the paper about my poem “Anger in the Streets.” There was one key work that jumped out to the — the word was NOT. I think I need to apologize for my mistake. When I quoted the Bible verse in Isaiah 65:25, the verse says, “The wolf and the lamb will graze together.” When I read my letter, it said, “the wolf and the lamb will not graze together.” This has a whole different meaning.

I would not misquote the Bible for anything. I have a deep respect for this book. I would help our country more if it practiced the principles in this book. It seems we have stranded from the words a bit.

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The point I was trying to make is it’s time that our leaders and the political parties drop their childish behavior and get together in order to solve the big problems in our country. We are so divided. We are at this time at our weakest point and time for the enemy.

To quote Forrest Gump,” So there, that’s all I have to say about that.”

Gatewood Woosley


Register to be an organ donor to save lives

The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) was founded in April 1986 when residents of Bloomington, Indiana, rallied around a toddler who needed a life-saving liver transplant. In less than eight weeks, the community raised $100,000 to place the boy on the organ waiting list. But he died before an organ was found. Those community volunteers, along with his parents, turned tragedy into triumph by using the funds they raised to help other transplant families.

For more than three decades, COTA has assisted thousands of patients by helping to raise funds for transplant-related expenses. COTA has built extensive volunteer networks across the nation in an attempt to ensure that no child or young adult needing an organ or tissue transplant is excluded from a transplant waiting list due to a lack of funds.

Today we need your help to make sure that tragedies, like the one that was the catalyst in founding COTA, are not repeated.

April is National Donate Life Month. Every day, 22 people die waiting for an organ transplant here in the United States. One organ donor can save eight lives. While 95 percent of U.S. adults support organ donation, only 54 percent actually register as donors.

Please register today to become an organ donor by going to donatelife.net and registering to be an organ donor in your state.

You can do more. Learn how you can support a COTA family living nearby who needs your help by visiting COTA.org and clicking on the Find a COTA Family box at the top of the page.

Rick Lofgren,

COTA president