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Letters to the Editor

A place for readers to sound off on any topic. E-mail to editor@englewoodedge.com, and include your phone number. Your number will not be published, but all letters must carry a legitimate name.

Honor fallen law enforcement officers May 17

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To the Editor:

The time of year is upon us when we are called together to pay trib­ute to those among us who have made the ulti­mate sac­ri­fice. It is an Honor for us to stand together and reflect on the mean­ing of our pro­fes­sion and show the fam­i­lies that carry on, our sup­port. It is our duty to ensure they are never forgotten.

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State senators tout new education program to Charlotte super

To the Editor:

The fol­low­ing is an open let­ter from state Sen­a­tors Don Gaetz and Bill Mont­ford to Char­lotte County Schools Super­in­ten­dent Dou­glas Whittaker:

Super­in­ten­dent Whittaker:

Con­grat­u­la­tions on a good start to the 2014–2015 school year!

As for­mer school dis­trict super­in­ten­dents our­selves, we appre­ci­ate the chal­lenges and oppor­tu­ni­ties that come with a new year. We’re also keenly aware that not all let­ters from Tal­la­has­see bring wel­come news for those who are respon­si­ble for the per­for­mance of our pub­lic schools.

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Packages to the Troops ends after 7 years

To the Editor:

Pack­ages to the Troops fundraiser has come to an end. After 7 years and more than 3,100 pack­ages mailed we wish to thank all who donated items and postage to this fundraiser.

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A time for change

To the Editor

One of those old wives started a tale some time ago that had peo­ple believ­ing that what they were doing at the end of the year would be the way they were doomed to spend the year to fol­low. The super­sti­tious and non-believers alike can use her old tale as impe­tus for mak­ing changes in their lives, to take a moment to reflect on their con­tin­ued good for­tune des­tined to con­tinue in the year to come, or to find accep­tance in the way things are, for bet­ter or for worse. The end of one year and begin­ning of the next is in astro­log­i­cal terms just another rota­tion of the planet from one sec­ond to the next, but her admo­ni­tion to take heed of her pre­dic­tion, or curse, as the case may be, at that par­tic­u­lar point in time is an apt occa­sion to con­sider another adage, no doubt inspired by one of her col­leagues, that took the form of The Seren­ity Prayer.

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Thank you to Englewood clinic medical providers

Dear Edi­tor:

I want to take this oppor­tu­nity to thank a very spe­cial group of med­ical providers for their vol­un­teer ser­vice to patients at the Engle­wood Com­mu­nity Care Clinic through­out 2013.

Our mis­sion is to pro­vide no-cost episodic med­ical ser­vices to the unin­sured and work­ing poor in the Engle­wood area, and we could not accom­plish it with­out the following:

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Tennessee man trying to reconnect with old friend

To the Editor,

Please, please help me find my best friend. He grew up in Engle­wood. His name is James Marple; he had a sis­ter named Lau­ren. He may be going by Jimmy or Jim now. He would be 58 or 59 years old. He grad­u­ated from Char­lotte County High in 1974. He went through the Rin­gling Bros. clown school and got on with Clyde Beatty. I’ve scoured the Inter­net to no avail but can’t locate him. I just want to know if he’s OK.

Please help me.

Billy Fisher

Readyville, Ten­nessee

(Editor’s note: If you have any infor­ma­tion, please send it to editor@englewoodedge.com and we will pass it along)

Some thoughts on the national gun debate

To the Editor:

I need to get this off my mind so bear with me.

With all of the new shoot­ings and vio­lence, I am very con­cerned. New laws would only apply to the law abid­ing per­son. Do you really think that crim­i­nals would obey?

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Foundation thanks Back to School supporters

Dear Edi­tor:

As pres­i­dent of the Char­lotte Local Edu­ca­tion Foun­da­tion (CLEF), I would like to take a moment and thank all those asso­ci­ated with the “BACK TO SCHOOL” event which took place on Sat­ur­day July 28 at the Char­lotte County Cul­tural Cen­ter. This was the 12th annual Event of this kind and from 2000-07 the School Dis­trict put it on but due to bud­get cuts in 2008 the Cul­tural Cen­ter took it over and has hosted ever since. We are pleased to part­ner with them for the sec­ond year.

We had so many that gave anony­mously and then the many local com­pa­nies which gave of back­packs, crayons, paper, pen­cils, chalk and other var­i­ous items to help those teach­ers and stu­dents need­ing these sup­plies for this school year. Every lit­tle bit helps in this time of so many in need and teach­ers whom often take from their own pocket to edu­cate and enrich our children.

We would def­i­nitely like to thank the fol­low­ing who showed up and vol­un­teered at the event: Cul­tural Cen­ter staff, GFWC Women’s Club, Sun­Trust, CLEF Board Mem­bers, school board mem­ber, Lee Swift, and Char­lotte County Pub­lic School staff.

Also, this event saw many of the com­mu­nity assets par­tic­i­pate and pro­vide ‘in kind’ ser­vices. They were: Dr. Matt Defillips from Coastal Chi­ro­prac­tic for Free Spinal Screen­ings; Char­lotte County Health Depart­ment for free appoint­ments for phys­i­cals; Dr. David Klein for free eye screen­ings; Winn-Dixie & Shauna Lee Lange for free face paint­ing; Hair by Shawn & Co. for free hair­cuts, man­i­cures and massages.

We must also thank those Char­lotte County Sher­iff Reserve Offi­cers for keep­ing us safe at the event and school: Cap­tain Stan Oleckna, Deputy Justin Mac­Don­ald, Lt. Steve Cum­mings, Deputy Beth Pardal, and Deputy Michael Lonesky.

It was phe­nom­e­nal to also see the many anony­mous givers and vol­un­teers who didn’t leave names or identification-we thank you.

I know the kids may not be excited about school start­ing next week but at least more will have their needed sup­plies. By the way, look for the CLEF Adult Spelling Bee con­test com­ing up in Oct 20, 2012 or the Schol­ar­ship 5K Run/Walk Dec 8th. Thanks again.

Christo­pher D. Beers, P.E., P.S.M.

Branch Man­ager

John­son Engi­neer­ing, Inc.

18501 Mur­dock Cir­cle, Suite 404

Port Char­lotte, FL 33948

Office: 941−625−9919

Cell: 941−628−0635

Fax: 941−625−3269

Email: CBeers@johnsoneng.com