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Spirit of Lincoln

On Nov. 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln addressed those who gathered to dedicate a cemetery at Gettysburg, Pa. His brief speech of 272 words — the Gettysburg Address — is considered today one of the greatest speeches in our country’s history.

Lincoln’s words honored all the Union and Confederate soldiers who fought in a bloody three-day Civil War battle just four and a half months before the dedication ceremony. For many, that Gettysburg battlefield became their final resting place.

Lincoln’s love of country, citizen equality, freedom, and democracy shines through his Gettysburg Address. His words spoke not only to the people gathered at Gettysburg and the nation, but also to the future, even speaking to us today, seven score and 10 years later.

I do not believe Lincoln would be pleased with our turning his call for the United States to be a democratic ”government of the people, by the people, for the people” into plutocratic government of the rich, by the rich, for the rich. Greed and big money in politics, the great dividers, are destroying American democracy.

Abraham Lincoln, a uniter who was hated by many citizens in his time, knew that “a nation divided cannot long endure.”

Paul Whiteley Sr.

Help out with food

More than 1,600 households in Johnson County have registered for the Crisis Centers 2013 Project Holiday food distribution. Registration began in November for families to receive a whole turkey or chicken and select a variety of additional ingredients to help celebrate the holidays using their family recipes and traditions. New registrations are still being accepted at the Crisis Center’s Food Bank until the 26th-annual food distribution, which will take place Dec. 17-20. 

Project Holiday entrées and other foods have always been paid for through community support, and the Crisis Center is still seeking funds to cover the costs of serving more than 5,000 Johnson County residents through this event. A $20 donation provides a low-income family with holiday food.

Contributions can be dropped off or mailed to the Crisis Center or accepted online at its website, www.jccrisiscenter.org.

Volunteers are still needed to help with distribution of Project Holiday food at the Crisis Center, 1121 Gilbert Court, during the week of Dec. 17-20. Specific dates and times for volunteering are also available at the website, www.jccrisiscenter.org.

The Crisis Center

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