Here are Tuesday's Sentinel letters to the editor.
Many thanks from Project SHARE
It is with admiration and thanks that I write to thank all the people who planned and participated in the mid-August Boiling Springs Triathlon to benefit Project SHARE Food Bank of Carlisle.
What an amazing group of athletes and neighbors you are! Your muscles are only superseded by your will to press forward and to help your community.
For those who struggle to even walk, like me, we are inspired by your discipline and strength. And the fact that you do not leave us behind.
This event has grown in the last six years from a tiny neighborhood event to a regional attraction.
New this year was "chip timing," which allows more people to compete all at the same time. So 99 athletes could sweat it out all at once instead of doing individual heats.
The triathlon doubled its benefit to an amazing $6,000 compared to last year's $3,000!
It still amazes me that people want to sign up for such a grueling event as a half-mile swim, a 15-mile bike ride and a three-mile run all in one day.
It looks like torture to the uninitiated, but there is great reward in crossing the finish line.
If only we all could relish the challenges set before us in life the way you do during this race.
If only we could see life's obstacles as incremental challenges the way you do as you train, reachable goals that benefit us and others.
Then maybe we'd be willing to go the extra mile, too, like all of you did on Aug. 14.
August is the month that Project SHARE seems the weakest.
We, like many organizations, suffer the most in terms of low donations. We are at our lowest revenue point all year.
We count on the generosity of the community, congregations who put SHARE in their budget and on the outstanding of efforts of our United Way. We rely on fundraisers like Triathlon and people in neighborhoods and businesses to help us care for the poor.
I think some of us don't give because we think we don't have a big enough gift to bring.
If we only knew that $12 in food costs can provide over $183 retail worth of food (food for a family of four for a week), I think we'd be racing to help. Such a small amount can help in such a huge way.
Give to your local charity and the United Way today and watch your gift be multiplied.
If you don't see how your donation matters, make sure you ask them to show you how it does.
These athlete started their training with a single step.
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You can help us cross the finish line on hunger this year, so our whole community wins!
Project SHARE of Carlisle
Weathering the recession
Millions of American families are suffering from the recession, which is now starting its fourth year.
After last week's focus on good American values, let's see what we can do to promote two of our most fundamental ones: support families and encourage hard work.
I tie those two together because any household with children and working parents shouldn't be below the poverty line.
Children thrive in families that not only have the love and affection necessary for any healthy upbringing but who also have adequate resources to meet basic human needs.
If it weren't for the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit, far more families and their children would be growing up under greater stress.
Long-overdue improvements to these credits made in 2009 will be lost if Congress lets them expire this year.
I want to remind our members of Congress that it is work, not wealth, that defines the character of American families.
When Congress comes back to Washington after Labor Day, representatives from our area, like Todd Platts, can directly support families and reward work by making sure that last year's improvements to the EITC and CTC (which helped an additional 7 million parents and children) are made permanent in the bill extending middle class tax cuts.
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