August 21, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 21, 2013


---- — Important cause

TO THE EDITOR: At 5 p.m. Saturday, you have the opportunity to have some great family fun, get a little exercise and support an important cause.

The Run For Jon at Forrence Orchards on Mannix Road in Peru (off Route 22B) is a wonderful community event celebrating its 23rd year helping families who have children with serious medical needs.

The event started as a effort to help the family of Jonathan Evans — who died of cancer after a long struggle — deal with the overwhelming expenses associated with his care. Subsequently, the Evans family and many volunteers have continued the event in his memory to assist other families in similar circumstances.

Each year, we draw hundreds of spectators and participants of all ages: running, walking or pushing baby joggers. We have literally raised tens of thousands of dollars for these deserving and needy families. Last year’s race raised over $4,000.

Anyone can participate. There is a kids fun run, a lovely 1.25 walk and a 2.5-mile cross-country race.

For those who like to compete, the 2.5-mile run is a great race, sanctioned by USA Track and Field. The course is challenging and beautiful. Some past participants have gone on to the Olympics, national rankings and state championships. There are team, baby jogger and individual awards (ages 0 to 70 plus).

There are numerous door prizes for participants.

With your help, we hope to have a great turnout for this important, fun community event. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m.

To get more information about the Run For Jon, please contact Scott Woodward (834-7583), the Evans family (643-2414) or visit the website (for entry forms, photos, background information and to purchase Run For Jon dry-fit T-shirts).



Run For Jon Organizing Committee



Commemorate wars

TO THE EDITOR: J.S. Waterhouse asked “why we consecrate the Civil War” when Gettysburg rolls around each year.

The word consecrate means to bless, sanctify and hallow something. Only someone who is ignorant of war would do that. We “commemorate” the battles of this war for the same reason we “commemorate” other events that take place in our history. We do it to honor and remember those who gave of themselves.

The costs of the Civil War were appalling. Almost 750,000 people died because of the war, the United States was thrown into deep financial trouble, and heartache and bad feelings resulted.

It was not a “good” war; no war is good. It was fought for the same reasons every war is fought: a conflict between people with different opinions.

Slavery was only one reason. Many people believe the Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery. It only ended slavery in the states that had seceded. Slavery was still legal in the states that did not secede. Each soldier had his own reason for fighting. If you read letters written by them, you will soon realize that they fought to defend their homes, their principles, politics, to preserve the Union, etc.

The Civil War was not worth it, no man’s life is worth it, but it happened, and those men deserve to be honored by remembering them just as much as anyone else who has sacrificed.

You ask, “Do we plan to honor the anniversaries of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars?” Well, Mr. Waterhouse, I hope so, I hope no one ever forgets these people, not for the glory of it, but for the horror of it.

Robert E. Lee once said “It is well that war is so terrible! We should grow too fond of it!”