Fifth grader in Iowa wants Tennessee memorabilia

Hi! My name is Brock H. I’m a fifth grade student at Harlan Itermediate School in Harlan, Iowa. My class is studying the geography and history of my country. I love your state because I was just down there for a wedding and I am a fan of the Tennessee Titans. I would appreciate it if you would send me a souvenir, some postcards, and any information on the state of Tennessee.
My teacher, Mrs. Newlin, would love a car license plate for a school project, if possible. I appreciate your time! Thanks!

Sincerely,
Mrs. Newlin’s Social Studies Class
Harlan Intermediate School
1401 19th St., Harlan, Iowa 51537

Editor’s note: How about it, Johnson County? Can we show this fifth grade student in Iowa how proud we are of our state by helping him out? Let’s send some encouraging letters, beautiful picture postcards and exciting historical information to Brock and his classmates. Just drop your memorabilia and information off to us at The Tomahawk and we will package it up and send it on its way. We will need it by next Friday, April 20, 2012.

Brock H.

Thank you for your support of Heating Fund

 I would like to take a moment to thank all of the merchants and individuals who decorated trees on Main Street to benefit the Johnson County Emergency Heating Assistance for Seniors Fund. While the trees were not auctioned off because they become somewhat battered over time, the Heating Fund collected donations totaling $600 because of this generous and festive activity. The trees added a lot of festivity to Main Street for the Christmas season, adding to the ambiance of our town. I would also like to extend a special thanks to all who donated; if you made a donation and need a tax receipt, please contact me at the address below.
Huge thanks are due to everyone who helps keep the Heating fund operating. We would not be able to help anyone if it was not due to the generosity of our community in continued support and donations. We continue to receive donations from individuals, businesses and churches around Johnson County; it is a reminder that this is such a special place full of special people who make the community great. We have already helped 18 seniors this year who would otherwise have been without heat, and we expect many more before the winter is over. If anyone would like to make a direct donation, you can send your contribution to the Johnson County Emergency Heating Assistance for Seniors Fund, care of Gwen Bell, P.O. Box 208, Mountain City, TN 37683.
 If you are a low income senior citizen with an emergency situation which leaves you without heat this winter and would like to be considered for assistance, please contact us and we will get you an application and point you in the right direction.

Thank you,
Gwen Bell, President
Johnson County Emergency Heating Assistance for Seniors Fund

United Way says thanks

You Did It Johnson County!
On behalf of the United Way of Johnson County/Mountain City I would like to offer my sincere appreciation to all of those that were so generous in your donations to the United Way. Being able to fully realize our goal in this tough economy speaks volumes of your compassion and generous spirit.
Your donations will help our volunteer fire fighters, our senior citizens and sponsor children to attend 4-H Camp. Funding will also help support ACTION Coalition, American Red Cross, Safe Haven, Cancer Support and Legal Aid.
What a wonderful accomplishment this is for our community to be so supportive of services that mean so much to us all. If you missed giving, not to worry, you may continue to donate to the United Way and the funds that we receive will go toward helping us reach our goal next year.
Thank you to all our agencies that contribute so much to our county, and I wish to extend a special thank you to our board that has worked so hard for many years. Your service is definitely appreciated.

Ruth Ann Osborne
President, United Way

Abortion ends a life and causes multiple problems

This month liberals (like President Obama) celebrate 39 years of legalized abortion and Christians mourn the loss of over 55 million babies. After 39 years, is there anything most people don’t know about abortion? Yes, there are shocking facts and negative consequences or side effects of abortion that the pro-abortion media refuses to publicize. The media has aborted the truth!
Americans are painfully unaware of the “excruciating pain” the unborn 20-week fetuses suffer during an abortion said Dr. Kanwaljeet Anand. Dr. Anand said by 20 weeks fetuses have developed all the nerve and brain functions to feel pain but none of the coping mechanisms that help infants and adults to deal with the sensation. Even at eight weeks, the fetuses have a heartbeat and brain waves and could feel pain. We declare dead anyone that has no heartbeat or brain waves. Why is the unborn who have both not considered alive?
Pro-abortion violence is more severe then that of pro-lifers. Dr. Brian Clowes says www.abortionviolence.com documents some 12,000 instances of pro-abortion violence. Dr. Clowes reports 550 fatal butchered abortions where women have died. It also includes more than 300 murderers-abortionists killing their wives, killing abortion patients, and killing pro-lifers. Most murders of pregnant women are boyfriends murdering their pregnant girlfriends because they refuse to have abortions.
We need to end abortion, the most violent ongoing evil in America! Compared to pregnant women who had their babies, pregnant women who aborted studies found more life-threatening physical conditions. Abortion can damage reproductive organs resulting in higher reproductive complications and problems with subsequent deliveries such as infertility, stillbirths, miscarriages, and premature births. Studies found increased cancer rates for women who have abortions. Compared to pregnant women who had their babies, pregnant women who aborted studies found they had more psychological conditions. They had six times higher suicide rate. They had 65% higher risk of clinical depression and stress. They had more sleep disorders and eating disorders. They had five times more drug and alcohol abuse. They have more divorce and more relationship problems. A study found 31% had regrets about the abortion and 60% said they felt “part of me died” after their abortion. See www.theunchoice.com. One woman who had an abortion said, “Having your baby is a choice you will never regret.”
They are correct. Part of them did die and so did part of America. How many great people (like computer genius Steve Jobs (who was a candidate for abortion but his mother chose adoption) have been aborted over the last 39 years? America 39 years of denying the truth is long enough!

Daniel Nave

Traveler thankful for honest Butler lady

I wish to tell you about one of our fellow citizens. Traveling to Indianapolis to see my first grandchild in the company of my wife and mother, we stopped at a West Virginia rest stop. Mother took in her purse and left it hanging on a toilet stall door. Later, a lady by the name of Geree Harry from Butler, Tenn., found it. Some two hours later our son informed us that a lady had found mother’s purse. After discussing the situation we asked her to mail the purse back to our home in North Carolina.
In a time when citizens have forgotten “The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his or her weight,” I proudly thank her and those of us who still believe in values that established this country.
If you run into this lady thank her as I do for her honesty and integrity. May God continue to Bless the United States of America.

JR King
North Carolina

Reader believes wealthy should pay their “fair share”

Question: Who was the president of the United States from 1993 to 2000 when: this country prospered with the greatest economic expansion in history? This country had the lowest unemployment rate in 30 years? This country had the lowest poverty rate in 20 years? This country had back-to-back balanced budgets and surpluses for the first time in 42 years? This country was put on a path to eliminate the federal debt within a decade? This country had the lowest crime rate in 25 years?
Answer: William Jefferson Clinton.
It is time the wealthy and large corporations pay their fair share of taxes. Their excuse always is if they have to pay taxes they can’t use their money to create jobs. Well, wake up Republicans. G.W. Bush gave the wealthy and corporations their no tax break during his first term as president. At that time everywhere you went were billboards and signs on factories in every city with help wanted signs. Most factories advertised their pay at $14 or more per hour. The wealthy and large corporations used this money to load up their machinery out of their factories and sent it to foreign countries such as China or Korea. Now everywhere you go if you do see a help sign, it is at a fast food restaurant.
Make the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes and get this country rolling again.

William A. “Bill” Greer

Community Theatre appreciates community

Johnson County Community Theatre would like to thank everyone that came to see our “A Country Christmas Carol” production at Heritage Hall. We hope that it put you in the spirit of the season! We all had a lot of fun and appreciate your patronage. 
Also, we would like to extend special thanks to The Tomahawk for their awesome coverage of this event. Thank you to WMCT and The Mountain Sentinel for their support of our efforts. 

Sincerely,
Kathy Henderson

Tomahawk commended for supporting community

I would like to take this means to express my appreciation to you for the support your paper gives to the churches and the resulting community ministries.
Through the numerous occasion through out the past year, each initiative was published and our community became aware of what was available. For example:
1- Donation of medical equipment: Our residents donate medical equipment that is no longer being used. This equipment is held until someone needs it. After he or she no longer has a need, the equipment is recycled to the next person. Your support of this program has been nothing less than outstanding.
2- The Angel Food Ministry initiative: Although short lived, would have given our people opportunity to purchase quality food at a reduced rate. Your very excellent write up of this program fully informed or neighbors of the availability. (Note: Currently, we are researching ONE HARVEST food ministry as a replacement and hope to have this in operation in the near future.)
3- Publicizing the AARP Driver Safety Class has assisted 28 of our resident to participate and earn three year Automobile Insurance Discounts, in addition, to reviewing the updated safety and roadway rules.
You have been instrumental in each of these program, and your people have always been very courteous and helpful with every initiative. I would simply like to say that I believe community appreciates you and wishes you continued success and a bright future.

Sincerely,
Harry Cunningham
Senior Coordinator, Roan Creek Baptist Church