1/11 Letters to the Editor

*No excuse for lack of city flag display*'Adopt a Family' gets the job done*Many helped make 'dinner' a success*Water emergency is resolved quickly

No excuse for lack

of city flag display

After reading the article "Dallas Chamber seeks flag volunteers" (Dec. 21 Itemizer-Observer), I found it amazing that such a weak excuse as "they only had one volunteer" to put up flags is the reason given as to why the city of Dallas had no flags up to honor our veterans.

If the director would have just looked at the chamber's own membership, she would have seen among those members are the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3203 and American Legion Post 20.

I cannot speak for the American Legion, but as I am the commander of VFW Post 3203, I can tell you that no one called us to ask for any help. We would have been glad to help put up our nation's flag to honor our veterans.

I believe the real reason is that no one thought it was important enough to find ways to make it happen.

I did notice that other local cities thought it was important enough to make it happen.

Dennis Miller


'Adopt a Family'

gets the job done

It is with a great deal of gratitude that we thank the Dallas and surrounding communities for their help in making the Dallas Adopt a Family Holiday Project 2011 so successful.

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers who lent their time, talent and expertise working on the project. Thank you to the individuals, agencies, schools, businesses and churches who adopted families and provided a holiday meal for each child. It was truly a community event.

Approximately 150 generous donors adopted 202 families. This represents nearly 1,000 people, including more than 500 children. All families who applied prior to the Dec. 2 deadline were adopted.

We extend a special thanks to the Evangelical Bible Church, which graciously offered use of their church during our distribution days. Thank you, as well, to the Dallas Resource Center for providing their support and use of their facility.

Thank you to all. It was a magical project that blended generous spirits and a great deal of work. We look forward to the 2012 Dallas Adopt a Family Holiday Project.

Melissa Baurer

Kimberlee Ayers


Many helped make

'dinner' a success

On behalf of the city of Dallas employees who assisted with this year's "Christmas Dinner in Dallas," I'd like to thank all of the volunteers, family members and community partners who contributed to making our recent event a success.

The 2011 event was our fourth annual dinner provided to community members by city of Dallas employees and family members.

Thanks to Starbucks for providing the coffee and Dallas Supermarket for giving us a great deal on the hams. Others included the Sodexo and CH2MHill/OMI contractors who assisted in the kitchen. Special thanks go to the Dallas School District and the staff of LaCreole Middle School for allowing us to use their facility for the dinner.

We received a lot of great comments from many of the approximately 150 community members who stopped by to have dinner and enjoy the seasonal music provided by city employees and family members.

We'd also like to offer our sincere thanks to everyone who helped with the fundraisers, by cash donations, cooking, baking or even helping with setup and cleanup of the various sales. Since the inception of this program, every penny of the monies raised has been directed into a fund for this purpose only.

Once again, thanks and we look forward to next year.

Tom Simpson

Dallas Police Department


Water emergency

is resolved quickly

I would like to thank the city of Dallas water department and Priority Plumbing for their quick response, hard work and friendly manner in helping me resolve my recent emergency.

From start to finish, it took less than 24 hours.

Robin Ehlers



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