On behalf of the cast and crew, I offer our heartfelt gratitude to the community for its extraordinary support of our recent Broadway revue, “On with the Show!”, to benefit The Assurance Home and the music ministry of First United Methodist Church. Such an event is a huge undertaking, and we could not have done it without the assistance of many.
First, we must thank the many individuals and businesses who supported our efforts by advertising in our program, making donations and/or purchasing tickets. We greatly appreciate their support.
Special thanks go to the staff and board of directors of The Assurance Home, First United Methodist Church, ENMU-Roswell, American Moving and Storage, Southwest Printers, the Roswell Community Little Theatre, Dorothy Peterson, Michelle Olson, The Masterworks Chorale, The Enchanters, The Rac-a-Taps, The Sweet Leilanis, Sandra Weikel, Curt Tarter, Caroline Lovelace, Kay Motto, Tanya Montoya, Jerry Holm Photography, and Juliana Halvorson of Graphmaster Media and Design.
We also thank Bullock’s, KBIM radio, Vanessa Kahin and the Roswell Daily Record, the Roswell Chamber of Commerce and the Roswell Civic and Convention Center for their outstanding help in publicizing the event.
As a result of our combined efforts, we were able to donate more than $3,500 to The Assurance Home and provide support to future choir programs.
In September, First United Methodist Church will be celebrating its 125th anniversary with a special musical program, followed by our annual Salute to Veterans on Nov. 11, 2012, and Handel’s “Messiah” in December. We hope everyone will join us for these programs, which are free and open to the public.
Director of Music Ministries
First United Methodist Church
Cartoon was offensive
On behalf of the Alliance for Peace and Justice, we were shocked and appalled by this morning’s Roswell Daily Record, which once again published a cartoon by Keith Bell, depicting a false interpretation of what is really going on in our current immigration debate.
For the record, last week’s announcement by President Barack Obama was the Department of Homeland Security issuing “deferred action” for 800,000 undocumented youth. This is not amnesty.
In this day in an age of mass media, today’s Roswell Daily Record is another example of how real journalism has been hijacked by sensationalism to appease the fringe.
On the front page, you have an amazing story by your staff writer, Noah Vernau, about a local grassroots community organizer who has contributed so much to the community of Roswell and throughout this nation. Yet, by flipping a couple pages, you discover a racially charged and falsified depiction of last week’s announcement. Furthermore, this visual editorial criminalizes a people who only seek a better life and have provided abundant resources to this great nation.
This cartoon is an incredible disservice to countless local readers whose only source of news is your paper and by allowing Keith Bell to provide this false and inaccurate view is an utter disappointment.
As a community-based organization, committed to defending the rights of all people, we urge the Roswell Daily Record to discontinue the use of Keith Bell’s racially charged cartoons and ask that you reclaim your journalistic standard of objective reporting. Our community has come a long way in racial and cultural equality. The last thing we need is a so-called “cartoonist” to divide and deter us from further success.
Alliance for Peace and Justice
Jackie De Lara
Stop wasting water
To city officials and residents, I drive to work every morning.
What makes this important to you is that every day I drive through puddles of wasted water in front of some local businesses.
Of particular concern are the corners of Hobbs and South Main, 19th and North Main, and Wilshire and North Main.
I am personally grateful for the ability to water my grass and wash my car without any water restrictions. Shouldn’t all of us be conserving water before it’s too late? Sadly, there are massive fires being fought in our “neighborhood,” yet here we are pouring the precious liquid on the pavement!?
Citations are given for lesser offenses. Are there any that can be given to residents and businesses who fail to check their sprinklers? Or better yet, business owners and managers, take the initiative and check your properties. Come on, people protect our water supply!
P.S. — And some of us still enjoy driving clean cars.