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Won't you pray for me too?

Dear Editor,

Almost five years ago we were asked to foster a baby girl while her parents tried to work things out.

We welcomed her into our home. We love her as much a she loves us.

When we were asked if we would consider adopting her, there was no question in our mind, the answer was definitley yes!

The process was started only to be halted by situations that were out of our control. For over two years we have been patiently waiting for the truth to come out.

The little girl has now been moved from our home. When we tried to explain to her that we loved her and that we were told that she had to move, she told us "Don't worry Mommy and Daddy, God will bring me back".

We pray that God heard her request and ours and He brings her home. Won't you pray for her too?

Why does it have to hurt so much to love a helpless little child?

Jim & Cindy Snyder
La Harpe

Dear Editor,

There is something to be said for having ties to the community. I have been here in Hancock County now for almost 20 years. In that time I have seen a lot of changes, some good, some bad.

For instance. In Nauvoo, there was a change of ownership of the cheese factory.

The owners were no longer in Hancock County and now, we have no cheese factory making the once famous Nauvoo Blue Cheese anymore.

The corporation running the factory had no ties to the community and the community is left picking up the pieces.

In Carthage, we have/had Methode. Once the biggest employer in Hancock County, it is now a shadow of its former self.

Do the corporate owners care about what they have done to the community with the move to Mexico?

No, they don't. We, the members of the community, are left scratching our heads at what to do now, with people out of work, the tax base dwindling away.

Now, we have a new problem coming. A local "industry' is being run by a boss with no real ties to the community. If something goes wrong, as it is going wrong now, they can just up and leave for a new job. No skin off their back.

What that industry is, is our county hospital. With no money in the foreseeable future, a project to build a new hospital was ramrodded through.

Have you noticed the empty space north of the hospital? It will remain empty because there is no money now to complete it.

In order to raise money now, there is a plan in the works to sell the only real moneymaking arm that the hospital has left. That plan was tried before, and failed.

People with more concern for the community and how it would be affected by the sale of Sherrick Drug & Medical stepped up and risked it all (their positions) to stop the sale.

Now how do you suppose the one-time sale of a business that makes money for the hospital would affect the hospital project?

It would bring in a little money for the hospital, but nowhere near the Five Million that is still needed.

Hospital employees are holding bake sales to raise money for the hospital. Does anybody really think that the couple thousand that they may raise from countless bake sales will come to meeting the Five Million Dollars needed?

It's about time that the county comes together to stop the rush to bankrupt the hospital before we no longer have a hospital.

We don't have to have a new hospital to prove legacies of a few people.

Those legacies can be had by keeping the hospital we have, and keeping another business running and not closing down because of lack foresight about funding and especially lack of ties to the community.

Kameron Miller