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Hello Hillsboro: Postal carriers Stamp out Hunger
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Hillsboro area postal carriers will be joining their co-workers throughout the country this Saturday, May 11, to once again help “Stamp Out Hunger.”

In a huge, coordinated effort they will pick up bags of non-perishable groceries left next to mailboxes and deliver them to the Good Samaritan Food Pantry for use by needy neighbors.

This year’s theme, “Fill a bag. Feed families!” pretty well tells the entire story, and folks in and around Hillsboro have been pitching in to help with the effort for many years.

The carriers will look for bags of food next to mailboxes on all the routes Saturday and then deliver them directly to the food pantry for sorting and distribution.

Like the Boy Scouts’ annual “Scouting for Food” drive, the postal carriers report a wonderful outpouring of charitable cooperation every year and are inspired to see how many folks along the routes are happy to share their good fortunes with others.

And, the local citizens are also proud to be able to take part, thanks to the extra effort of our fine postal carriers.

It’s what America is all about!


A segment on a morning TV news show caught my attention last week and made me sit up and take notice of the apparent lack of overall knowledge of government and basic history in our country.

Some folks are blaming major players in TV media for lack of balanced news coverage, but it seems in this age of 24-hour news stations, the information is always available at the huge risk of missing a few “Body of Evidence” episodes.

Here’s some items I jotted down from results of pollsters such as Gallup and Pew:

•  41 percent of the public can’t identify the Vice President.

• 46% can’t name a Supreme Court Justice.
• 26% don’t know from which country the U.S. won independence.

• 42% don’t know whether the Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare) is an actual law.

Back in my day (as many contemporaries like to say), all students had to pass a state-wide Government and Civics Test in order to graduate from high school.

Civics? What’s Civics?


Here’s our final installment of actual church bulletin announcements that would have been better off not printed!

• Irving Benson and Jesse Carter were married Oct. 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began way back in their school days.

• The Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. Please use the back door.

• The 8th-Graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the church basement Friday at  7 p.m. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.