Letters to the Editor
We welcome letters to the Editor, a chance for members of the community to comment on issues of concern to them. All letters must be original, not duplications of letters addressed to public officials or written by others. The views and opinions expressed are those of the letter writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of this publication, its publishers, Editor, or staff.
To the Editor:
Be on fire to “Fill the Gazebo” at Normal Park on Aug. 6, 2022, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
As a community of churches in the Merrill area that used to do the Crop Walk to restock the food pantries of Merrill, we now do “Fill the Gazebo” for this result.
Our goal is to see if we can get enough boxes to Fill the Gazebo. We will divide all foods, toiletries, paper products, and monetary gifts between the Merrill Community Food Pantry, Trinity Food Pantry, New Testament Food Pantry, Food For Kids, MAC Home, HAVEN, and St. Vincent de Paul’s Outreach Center.
We are hoping to have a fire truck at the event for everyone to come see and learn about our City Fire Department.
– Cheryl Buck and the Fill the Gazebo Committee
To the Editor:
THE ROAD TO FREEDOM FROM GAS PRICES
Dear Editor, friends and neighbors:
My grandmother raised her children in The Great Depression of the 1930’s. She would say: “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without.” And so it is today as we deal with our changing automotive needs in a world threatened by a changing climate. It takes a lot of energy to produce a car or truck, so we’re not likely to just discard our half-used gasoline or diesel vehicles. But we can start using them less. And when it comes time to get a new car or truck, consider this.
Freedom from gas prices is liberating! I have a 2004 Dodge pickup. I now use it only for dump runs and chores; it costs about 35 cents a mile for gas. I still shudder each time I have to pull in and fill it up. Until recently it was what I drove everywhere. My wife drives a Toyota hybrid which is not nearly as painful to fuel, but we still cringe at the price. By contrast my Chevy E-car is liberating. It releases an unexpected sense of freedom: a hundred-mile round trip on $4 worth of electricity. A trip to town used to cost me $5, now is costs me 60 cents. When I got the E-car about a year ago, I hadn’t realized how liberating it would be. I now go places and do things that in my old pickup, due to gas cost, I would not have gone. This E-car has set me free.
– George Einar Busséy
Town of White River
Ashland County, Wis.
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