Community gives us strength
It has been six months since our Derek was killed in an automobile accident. To us it seems only yesterday. In some ways the pain and sadness we are experiencing is worse than when the accident first happened.
Everyday without Derek is a reminder of how much he meant to us and how much we miss him. Nothing is the same. The laughter which once filled our home has been silenced, the smiles and jokes are nonexistent, and the anticipation of evenings with the four of us, finally making our way home from various activities, to share the events of the day and settle down to a favorite TV show or game of pool is now only a cherished memory. Not only did we lose our son and brother, we lost our best friend.
The journey for us has been almost unbearable at times, but we are forever grateful to our friends and community for the support shown to us and the prayers for our strength and comfort. The number of people that have come forward to show their love and concern for us has been overwhelming.
We appreciate everyone and everything that has been done for us. We do want to thank some folks publicly because the community deserves to know what a caring part of the world we are living in.
Thank you to First Baptist Church and Jeff Bedwell for the use of the facility, the meals and continued prayers. Without our church family, we would be lost; also, the folks at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church for hosting visitation. Thank you, Margaret Tackett for taking care of things that never crossed our minds, like house sitting, food setup, etc. Thank you Lancaster County School District, Indian Land schools, the Athletic Booster Club, Mike Mayer and Kathy Faris, who went above and beyond to ensure Derek was not forgotten throughout the year-end activities. The graduation ceremony was beautiful, and handled in such a way that Derek was not forgotten, but attention was not taken away from his classmates and "their" day.
Thank you to the Alvin and Lisa Thomas family for the beautiful, peaceful memorial garden built in memory of Derek. We go there often and think of you always. Thank you, Jim and Delores Stewart, for broad shoulders to cry on, for casseroles, and for opening your home and hearts to us when we need somewhere to go just to get out of the house. Thank you, Vickie Long for being the friend we have needed. Thank you to Derek's friends from all areas of his life, your visits, calls, texts and e-mails have given us comfort knowing you will not forget him. A special thank you to Heather Perry for bringing me "shooting stars"; we both know from whence they came.
We are proud of Derek for the fine man he had become, for his accomplishments, his love of family and friends, his kind and loving manner and his strong Christian faith. We thank you, our friends for sharing stories with us of how well you liked our son, how he helped you or how he was a friend to you. No one knows what the future holds, but you will hold a special place in our hearts for your benevolence.
David, Linda and Shannon Hammaker
Black Horse Run Road
Disagrees with Headrick and Shrewsbury
I have waited two days to respond to the Opinion page for this week hoping that I would cool down, but that has not happened and I am still very angry over Linda Headrick's depiction of the Fox News channel.
Members of the news media have agreed that Fox News is the most "fair and balanced" in the industry.
Does the first amendment give this woman the right to spew her vitriolic views? Does the Times condone this? I think she goes beyond the pale of respectability.
Then we have Jeff Shrewsbury, who won't admit to winning in Iraq. Why should we withdraw the troops when we have made so much progress in this critical area of the Mideast? If we can stabilize this area politically, there is hope that some day we can mollify the surrounding countries but keep in mind, "Rome was not built in a day!"
Peace cannot be attained in that area until the clerics come out of the ninth century and stop teaching hate in the madrases and recruiting terrorists. This will take decades to achieve, and burying your head in the sand and preaching pacifism, in my mind, are the same as cowardice.
I would advise our citizens to vote for the party that has the security of our country as its first priority.