I'm writing to thank Columbus residents for their generosity in helping thousands of suffering children worldwide this Christmas. Through their efforts, we were able to contribute toward 18,300 shoeboxes collected within the Chattahoochee Valley area -- filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items -- for Operation Christmas Child, the world's largest Christmas project of its kind. These simple gift-filled shoeboxes communicate to needy children that they are loved and not forgotten.
Although drop-off locations in Columbus are closed until November 2014, shoebox gifts can be packed any time. Gifts are received year-round at Samaritan's Purse (801 Bamboo Road, Boone NC 28607) or using the project's online tool, where donors can virtually build a box. To get involved, visit samaritanspurse.org or call (770) 777-9342.
Thanks again to everyone who participated in this project. A simple gift, packed with love, can communicate hope and transform the lives of children worldwide.
Southeast Regional Director
Operation Christmas Child
Keep it local
The name of your paper is the Columbus (Georgia) Ledger-Enquirer. It is not the Texas or Arkansas Enquirer.
You want to hear from us, but you do not put letters from us in the paper.
The opinions should be from the community of Columbus and Phenix City.
On behalf of all 170 hospitals across Georgia, I want to express appreciation to Governor Deal for his steadfast resolve and determination to ensure the safety and welfare of hospital patients and caregivers during last week's icy road traffic jam. His office proactively reached out to me early in the afternoon of the first day to ask if any of Georgia's hospitals needed help with road access to the Emergency Room.
Thankfully, our Emergency Preparedness Center reported that all was reasonably accessible. Later that afternoon, the Governor's Office contacted me again to offer the services of the National Guard, should the need arise.
hile stranded motorists and school children have received most of the press, I want your readers to know that Governor Deal also had those among us who are the most vulnerable in mind -- Georgia's patients. Thank you, Governor Deal.
Earl V. Rogers
President & CEO
Georgia Hospital Association
Seems like a yearly event now concerning the snubbing of Kenny Stabler's entrance to the NFL Hall of Fame. This year was no different.
Leading up to the Super Bowl this year, I wanted to prove my point by listening to the talking heads for ESPN and FOX on what they thought about quarterbacks of yesteryear. Each one of them when comparing Peyton Manning to the great QB's of the past they brought up the name Kenny Stabler. I really am in shock. Do they not know that this man is not in the HOF? Did he do something in his past that I don't know about?
If character plays a role in this elitist's union, then there are a number of players that should have never walked through their doors.
If it's a numbers game, compare him to a QB who is already in the HOF. Roger Staubach is suitable for comparison. Staubach was elected to the Pro Bowl 6 times compared to Stabler's 4. Edge-Staubach. Stabler was 1st team All Pro twice, Staubach - Does not mention if he ever was 1st team All-Pro. Edge- Stabler. He was selected to the NFL 1970s All-Decade Team, which honors the cream of the crop from each decade. In other words, he was voted the best quarterback of the '70s over Fran Tarkenton, Hall of Famer, Bob Griese, Hall of Famer, Roger Staubach, Hall of Famer.
Character wise, depending on who you ask, the edge may go to Staubach, but if the Hall of Fame in any sport was all about character, Dale Murphy would have gotten in on his first attempt.
Was Stabler the greatest quarterback ever? Probably not. But if you look at the stats and listen to the talking heads, he deserves to be in the conversation.
Richard W. Day Jr.