AIO Food Pantry Walkathon needs your support
On Saturday, Sept. 7, the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry in Rockland will hold its first Walkathon to raise money for the work it does feeding those in need in our community (see story page A3).
It would be wonderful to see a strong showing of support from the community for this first-time event. All you have to do is show up Saturday with a donation, big or small, and walk.
The walk will start at the pantry's office at 70 Thomaston St., heading into the industrial park. It goes from 9 to 11:30 a.m., and volunteers say you can come as early as 8:30 a.m. to sign up.
The AIO Food Pantry serves more than 300 families or about 1,000 individuals every month in Knox County. Not only does it make sure local families hit hard by the economy do not go hungry, but it often helps keep the lights on and oil in the furnace during the winter. All of the work is done by volunteers.
The pantry serves our community well, and we hope many will show support at this event.
The school year has started
It is time to slow down and pay attention driving to work for your morning commute. Schools in Knox County started back up this week and children are waiting at local bus stops, and some are walking to their daily classes.
Be especially careful in school zones and around school buses.
Avoid distractions like your cellphone, programming your GPS, doing your makeup or eating breakfast. Kids horsing around at a bus stop can make sudden, unpredictable moves, so it behooves adults to stay alert.
While this is a busy season, we hope the teachers, students and parents are approaching it with excitement and enthusiasm. Parents are urged to take time in the evening to ask students about their school day, find out what they learned and help with homework. You are your child's best advocate and first teacher.
It would also be a good idea for children to get to bed early, have a good breakfast and come to school properly dressed for the weather. Take time to prepare them for each day.
The Syria question
There is an unpleasant sense of deja vous when we hear the reports that the U.S. is considering a military attack on a Middle Eastern nation and now lacks the support of an important ally.
Britain has decided not to participate in a missile attack on Syria. Maybe that is the right decision, and our proposed attack is wrong.
While President Obama has taken some criticism for being slow to respond with military force, we think it was the right call to seek the approval of Congress. After more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, we should be very slow and careful as we consider dedicating the military to more action in the region.
While we are considering supporting the rebels trying to overthrow a corrupt government, what guarantee do we have that these rebels will not be a new corrupt government in the future?
While the use of chemical weapons is deplorable and impossible to justify, our idealistic side wonders if more missiles are really a solution. We have seen enough war since 2001 to last a lifetime and do not want to start any new adventures in Syria or anywhere else.
As we wait to see what will happen, perhaps the best we can do is pray for peace.