Letters to the Editor (7-4-18)

‘Service day’ seems to be self-serving

I read the article on the “service day” by the MB church. I’m saddened. People keep using the phrase being “Christ-like.” So what does the Christ say about such things?

Matthew tells us, “Be careful not to do your acts of righteousness before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward in heaven.”

So what is the lesson you’re wanting to teach those that look to you as guides or shepherds? Because it’s not being Christ-like. He told us not to do it.

Throwing in a T-shirt and a meal would not be a good consolation prize for missing out on “heavenly reward.”

There is nothing more spiritually blinding or deafening than false good. That is the yeast of the Pharisees. When worked into the message of truth, it corrupts it, totally.

Beware, beware.

Lance Booker

Hillsboro

Marion seniors

need local help

Help! Did you know the Marion Senior Center is in need? They are slowly depleting the financial resources needed to maintain the building and pay for monthly utilities.

The senior center has been open since 1980 and has served meals Monday through Friday to many seniors in the community. The senior center is essential in providing many seniors with one hot meal a day, plus providing socialization. This would be a great loss in our community if it would have to close.

Currently, the senior center would greatly appreciate the community’s support. We need donors and volunteers to step up and work with us to keep the doors open.

We would welcome volunteers, donors and organizations who would help us put on fundraisers. Presently, our patrons are of an age where it is not possible for them to do it on their own.

We know you know people, such as a family member, friend or neighbor, who has benefitted from the services at the senior center. We would welcome financial donations or collaborating with us to put on fundraisers.

These are our parents, friends and framers, who are all proud citizens. As a community, let’s not allow the Marion Senior Center to be forgotten and closed.

If you can help us, please contact Marion Senior Cen­ter, 309 S. Third St., Marion, KS, 66861 or call 620-382-2942.

J. Westerman

Marion

Farm bill would hurt rural ‘jewels’

Anyone familiar with rural communities knows that locally owned businesses are the jewels that make them vibrant.

How­ever, in many rural communities, entrepreneurs can struggle to establish new businesses. Often, needed resources and training in business planning are unavailable to aspiring, rural business owners.

A farm bill program, the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP), helps small business owners bridge those gaps. RMAP awards grants to community organizations, who in turn offer rural entrepreneurs crucial support ranging from composing business plans to accessing loan capital.

Although RMAP represents a small piece of the farm bill, it impacts rural communities in a huge way. Unfortunately, this program is on weak footing; if the current farm bill drafts are finalized, RMAP’s funding will vanish.

Renewing this funding is crucial for not only for rural entrepreneurs but also for their local economies and the communities they serve.

Small business entrepreneurship is a vital economic development strategy for many rural communities.

Locally owned and owner-operated small businesses are particularly important as large employers in rural areas diminish and take their employment opportunities with them.

Facilitating the development of small businesses puts the economic future of rural communities in the hands of its own members—people committed to its future.

The unique approach of RMAP provides important tools to entrepreneurs and offers an important economic development strategy for rural communities—a big bang for the taxpayer’s buck.

We urge legislators in the Senate and the House to include funding for this proven program in the renewal of the farm bill.

Anna Johnson

Center for Rural Affairs