Letters To The Editor

                                          A letter to the constituents of Rep. John Shimkus
                                         and Sens. Tammy Duckworth and Richard Durbin   

Dear fellow Clinton County voters, 
    We need your help to change how the Farm Bill ships international food aid to those in need.
    Nongovernmental organizations that administer our food aid programs around the world like World Vision, Save the Children, and the U.S. Catholic Church through Catholic Relief Services, which I represent, could help many more in need with just a simple fix. 
    Due to poor interpretation of existing rules, it costs these groups almost twice as much to ship a metric ton of food aid on the same U.S. ships through U.S. Department of Agriculture food aid programs (USDA) than through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Catholic Relief Services and other NGOs would have money to feed a lot more people if Congress simply changes USDA shipping rules to match USAID’s. This change in the Farm Bill could allow more food to be purchased from U.S. farmers to feed hungry people around the globe without costing any more money.
    Please call or email John Shimkus, Richard Durbin and Tammy Duckworth and simply ask them to add this more efficient change in the Farm Bill.
    Thank you for your help with this and for your prayers for those in greatest need around our globe. 
    Myrt Rollins 
    St. Rose Adult Formation coordinator and Catholic Relief Services Diocesan team member 

                                         Thank you from the Breese Junior Women's Club

Dear Editor,

    We would just like to take a moment to thank all of our supporters and sponsors. Your participation in our events allows us to give back to this wonderful community. This year we were able to donate to multiple causes: Community Link, Coping 4 Life, Faith for Fallon, area grade schools and high schools, and several local families. 
    Follow us on Facebook at Breese Junior Women’s Club for all upcoming events.  If you have any suggestions for new events, future donations, or would like to become a member, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 
    The BJWC invites those wanting to be a member from all surrounding areas.   Have a safe and happy summer!
    Breese Junior Women’s Club

                                                        Paint through my veins

Dear Editor,
    Thank you Case-Halstead Public Library in Carlyle for sponsoring our art show, "Carlyle, Our Town, Through the Eyes of an Artist."  Very special thanks to Keith Housewright who helped set up the whole event, and the staff for their special help.  To the hundreds of visitors, I hope you found something of special interest to reawaken memories of history and pride in Carlyle.
    Eileen Bone

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