Pro-life at all stages
For all of us who believe, speak, support and promote the sanctity of life, this is our time to lead. The many children coming to our borders are the fruits of our life, the sign of our achievements in supporting life in all its stages. This is our hour to shine and to show the way.
Pro-life groups of all stripes and political persuasions must come forth and assist these children. They are the success of our beliefs. We have money to provide for all. Our churches and organizations have artwork, real estate, gold and silver that could be turned into food, blankets, medical attention, education and housing. Our beliefs will only be strengthened when we pray in churches, less the glitter and bling.
Failure to embrace this child immigration, to show our commitment to the beauty of life from its very beginning and in all its forms, will lend support to the many voices promoting family planning.
Our failure to step up at this important hour will give undying support to those who claim the evils of overpopulation and the need for birth control.
Howard Wiedman Winter Park
Unwanted firetruck could do good work
I am a frequent visitor to Central Florida, and I have a family member who is a long-time resident. It was with dismay that I read recently that the town of Casselberry has put a firetruck up for auction, as opposed to donating it to a charity such as Pink Heals Guardians of Central Florida.
My first thought is perhaps the town is not familiar with Pink Heals, either the national organization or the local chapters throughout the country. Their mission is to care for neighbors and support women. This group was originally composed of firefighters throughout the country. I ask, who has a bigger heart and sense of community or has given more than our local firefighters?
The natural growth in recent years has seen the involvement of law enforcement and now school systems. They have also grown in whom they offer to support — not only women battling cancer but also those who are fighting other life-threatening diseases. They use their pink trucks to spread the word of their mission throughout the country.
I believe that Casselberry is the kind of town that would support such a cause.
Kathy Hallgring Middletown, R.I.
Buffalo does have fans in Orlando
Five will get you 10 that sports columnist David Whitley has never been to Buffalo ("Bills need dose of star power," Orlando Sentinel, Thursday).
I'm not even sure he ventures outdoors in Central Florida. Every day I see numerous license-plate frames, decals, T-shirts and hats sporting the Buffalo Bills logo. This is a far greater number than "almost nobody."
As a native Buffalonian (Cheektowagan, to be more specific), no matter if the Bills or Sabres or Bisons win or lose — and they mostly lose — they are always in our hearts. We are a hardy bunch raised on lake-effect snowstorms.
I agree that you probably will find few Orlando Magic fans in Buffalo. Why would any Buffalonian want to adopt a bunch of whiney losers, when they have their own hometown also-ran teams?
Whitley can keep his commentary to himself. Apparently, he has no idea what real sports fans are.
Michael J. Wierzbowski Lake Mary
Stranger's generosity brightens their day
With so much bad news in the world today, it's wonderful to know that there are still people practicing random acts of kindness.
Last week, I took a group of seniors from Osprey Lodge Assisted Living and Memory Care community of Tavares for a lunch outing at the Leesburg Ruby Tuesday's restaurant.
We were just finishing up our meals and waiting for the check when an assistant manager approached our table.
"I have some good news that you won't believe," he told us. "A woman who asked to remain anonymous just paid for all 13 of your meals."
We have no idea who this wonderful woman was, but we want to express our heartfelt "thank yous."
Her generous act certainly brightened our day. It also reminded us that, whether we pay for a whole table or find only one person who is within our means to bless, we all can find some way, every day, to pay it forward.
So again, thank you to our unknown kind friend. She's an inspiration we won't soon forget, and we hope to live up to her example.
Ruth CantillonOsprey Lodge social life director
Sewer plan needs more forethought
Regarding the article "Plan to help Wekiwa with sewers riles some nearby" in Thursday's Sentinel:
Wekiwa Springs State Park in Apopka is a pristine woodland where folks happily swim, canoe and picnic every day. Wildlife abounds in field and stream in a near-idyllic setting.
Yet, bureaucrats and environmentalists want to upgrade it to a new Garden of Eden, forgetting that the Garden ran its course in the Book of Genesis.
The plan to convert septic tanks to sewer lines is an unnecessary overreach of idealists who are not content to preserve nature, but seem to want it returned to its primordial state.
There is not enough funding to do this without adversely impacting 380 homeowners who have no fault in this quandary.
When will our public servants learn not to advance programs that cannot be fully funded?
It used to be called prioritization. That which is most needed is done. That which cannot be funded must wait its time.