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December 26, 2012
up for school choirs
During this holiday season the Dallas School District choirs are thankful for the unbelievable support that continues to pour in.
We want to say "thank you" for a wonderful auction and concert on Dec. 6, and for all of those who came and supported us. With all of your unbelievable help we were able to raise more than $900. These funds will go to support student scholarships and to purchase some much needed supplies for the choir rooms.
We would also like to thank the Dallas Rotary Club for inviting us to come and sing, and then gifting us with such a generous donation.
Slade and Malena Thackeray
Dalas Schools choir directors
Republicans will be
just fine, thank you
I thank Thomas P. Augustyn for his advice last week ("GOP needs more than rebranding," Dec. 19 Itemizer-Observer Letters to the Editor). Even though he is not a registered Republican, he joins a chorus of pundits overflowing with advice for the Republican party. Most of the counsel is for my party to move to the left.
We didn't do as well as I had hoped in the last election, but when the Democrats took, in President Obama's words, a "shellacking" in 2010, I didn't remember seeing a similar letter telling the Democratic party that it needed to cut excessive government spending, respect life, support individual rights to own firearms, cut taxes, support freedom by reducing the size of government, defend the border and create opportunities for able-bodied people to assume responsibility for themselves and their families.
I, for one, won't be moving anywhere to the left between now and 2014. I'll be interested in seeing Mr. Augustyn's assessment of that election and which party needs to change.
Thanks, anyway, for the advice.
Michael Nearman, chairman
Polk County Republican Party
I want thank the person or persons who found my credit card in the parking lot of the Walmart store in Dallas. Your honesty is incredible.
Words are hard to find to express the gratitude I feel. Harder yet to describe is the quality of the person you are, and all of us who come into contact with you are fortunate with riches money can't match.
I agree with Doug Johnson's letter to the editor ("It's time for MINET to pay its own way) in the Dec. 19 Itemizer-Observer.
It's disappointing that as taxpayers we read that Independence will have to "gut" services if folks don't dig deeper into their pockets, while finding out at the same time that MINET will receive another bailout to the tune of $642,000.
It's sad that our officials resort to scare tactics to balance their budgets. Unfortunately, history shows scaring voters usually works and it's easier than the discipline and hard work to spend taxpayer's money wisely.
I wish I could manage my personal finances the same way; unfortunately, I don't have that luxury. I either have to work more or spend less.