Letters to the editor Tuesday — 8/16/16

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Let’s make a difference for Rowan Helping Ministries

The American Junior Golf Association helps to support local junior golfers with charitable giving in communities across the United States. With their assistance, I have started a fundraiser this summer to collect donations for Rowan Helping Ministries, Nicklaus Health Care Foundation (supporting research for childhood diseases), and the ACE grant (which helps provide scholarship opportunities for financially limited talented junior golfers).

As many of you know, Rowan Helping Ministries is a long-standing non-profit which serves Rowan County and provides shelter, a soup kitchen, clothing center, food pantry, crisis assistance network and transitional housing. RHM also provides training in life and work skills as well as financial management classes to break the cycle of poverty and crisis. I believe that it is important for us to support programs that educate and empower people to help themselves.

My goal is to raise $10,000. So far I have raised $4,775. In the three tournaments I have played (8 rounds of golf), I have had 25 birdies. Donations can be made as one-time contributions or pledges per birdie made in tournament play. I am playing in five more tournaments through this fall (11 rounds of golf), concluding with the Dormie Cup in late October.

Please visit my AJGA Leadership Links website for more information about these charities and to donate funds that will support these organizations. You can access this site through rowanhelpingministries.org.

Thank you in advance for any contributions you can give. Together we can make a difference for people in our community for generations to come! Please join my team and let’s get to work!

— Michael Childress


Companies should give back

The greed of some of America’s top corporations is astounding. Companies that post profits of billions of dollars in one year sometimes show no compassion at all for their workers and customers. Some companies exploit cheap labor overseas in sweatshops while their workers and underage children make mere cents. Walmart made billions last year off their customers and yet every time you go there they don’t have enough cashiers to wait on you while you sit an hour in line. Hey, corporations, show more heart towards your customers and society and give back.

— Sterling Pless