Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — To all the churches, organizations and volunteers who gave of their time this week to make sure as many people as possible had a Thanksgiving meal. It is not an easy feat for any organization or church to cook a full Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people, but it was done. There are potatoes to peel, pies to bake, and turkeys to cook and carve, not to mention the beverages, the bread and the vegetables to fix. Starting with the Ministry of One last Saturday who sets out a feast complete with elaborate table decorations and real silverware to the Twin Cities Council of Churches Thursday who took orders to deliver, there were close to a dozen places organizing a meal for the less fortunate, the lonely, or someone who just wanted to be a part of a larger family of friends. To be alone on a holiday known for being with family and friends is tough enough, but not to have the meal makes it even sadder. We are thankful for all the kind and generous people who live in our corner of the world.

JEERS – To the county’s proposed 14 percent increase in taxes and to a public hearing set in the middle of a workday when most taxpayers are busy earning the money to pay those taxes. We’re not sure officials did enough to cut those taxes and to hold a 1:30 p.m. public hearing on a Tuesday seems to indicate they hope for as small a crowd as possible. Holding it in the evening or weekend may have been a better choice, giving residents the opportunity to have a say.

CHEERS — To the lifesaving mechanism that can help save the life of people suffering with dementia or Alzheimers, possibly even children with autism. Project Lifesaver is a program designed to quickly locate a person with a cognitive disorder who is prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering. The program was initiated in Fulton County in 2015. So far, nine of the 10 bracelets are in use and recently helped locate a Mayfield man who had wandered off. Mayfield Central Presbyterian Church is organizing a fundraiser to help order more of the bracelets — they are $300 apiece — along with the $50 batteries that must be replaced every two months. Let’s hope more people get on board and help ensure anyone who needs one, can have it.