Don't rain on her parade
Regarding Mr. Toohey's recent comments about the National Day of Prayer: I hate to use a cliché, but as we all know about opinion, everybody has one.
Well, here is mine.
I believe if our Founding Fathers saw us today, they would not just turn but cut circles in their graves. Who cares who did and who did not participate in a National Day of Prayer. I think it is their own personal choice.
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I am sick and tired of people who whine and cry, and then get their way regardless how it affects others. It ticks me off when schools can no longer have Christmas break, but now winter break, or my office Christmas party is now an employee recognition luncheon, or even Merry Christmas is now only Happy Holidays.
I am sick and darn tired of having to listen to all this. Be happy, thankful, blessed or whatever to live in the USA. Celebrate or don't, but stop raining on everybody else's parade.
One family battles autism
Thank you for your recent informative piece on autism.
My beautiful grandson, Aaron Camp, was diagnosed with autism at age 3. He is now 5 and just became eligible for funding for treatment, thankfully, with some relief in sight. His basic needs are 30 hours of therapy a week at $10 an hour. To date, all resources have been private. It does indeed take a family pulling together. As a family, we will continue to do all we can, but sometimes it just isn't enough. This is when financial resources are terribly, desperately needed.
My wonderful daughter-in-law, Lorrie Camp, has worked very hard with endless red tape and insurmountable paperwork to make him eligible for funds. Ryan's Law has passed, which will require private insurance companies to cover ABA therapy. However, my son, Mike Camp, is a state employee, and my information is that his Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurance will not cover therapy even with the passing of Ryan's Law until 2009. So, the help available now will be a great benefit. My son, with graduate and undergraduate degrees from USC, works two jobs. Lorrie works part-time. They have four children. Aaron is the youngest.
We were lucky he was diagnosed at 3. Time is of the essence. The window of opportunity to diagnose the disease and begin treatment is very narrow. Every day without treatment, a child loses ground. Therapy must be done continuously without interruption to gain progress.
Aaron has shown so much progress. He is a loving child with great warmth and enthusiasm. His responses are improving, and he is working hard on his speech, among other things. We are blessed to have have him in our family and are very proud of him.
Thank you, Gov. Sanford, for keeping autism funding in the budget. The Lyle and Camp families are deeply grateful.
Martha Lyle Poole
Where's proof in Constitution?
Regarding the letter, "Bill promotes religion": There is an old saying, "If you say something loud enough and often enough, people will accept it as being true."
Why is it then, in reference to religion, Christianity, when you see the term "it's unconstitutional," you never see a reference to the appropriate part of the Constitution or Bill of Rights?
I have read the documents and cannot find any such reference.
Critics should study history
The recent letter, "Day of Prayer is un-American," is offensive, but fortunately, we all have the right to say how we feel. Contrary to the letter, I am of the opinion that what a wonderful idea that our leaders have the courage to say prayers for the people of this country and their deliberations in our behalf.
I can see by Mr. Toohey's words that he is first in line as a recipient to the prayers. I have read my American history books, and I can understand what I read. The shame is on those fireside complainers who don't understand our history or which direction we are going.
Festival was a big success
The Festival Golf Classic held on April 22 was a great success.
We would like to thank all players, team sponsors, hole sponsors, merchants who donated gifts for our raffle and also to the ones who provided products or services to our tournament.
With everyone's help and a special gift from Gary and Margaret Williams, we raised $5,400 dollars for our charity for 2008: The Children's Attention Home and Attention Home Charter School. A check in the amount of $2,700 was presented to each charity.
The Festival Golf committee members did another fantastic job. They are very appreciated for the time and effort they devoted to the tournament each year.
Festival Golf Classic