Chester County Press : Page 5

Preparing for projected trend

Maggie Horgan

Thanks to devoted teachers like Leah McComsey, Lead Elementary English as a Second Language Specialist at the Oxford Area School District (OASD), children who come to America from Mexico will be at a higher advantage when negotiating our school systems, than has historically been the case. <br /> <br /> In May, McComsey will represent Pennsylvania in the Department of Education’s Binational Migrant Education Program on an outreach trip to Mexico, to teach educators there ways that they can better prepare their students who will be moving to America. She is one of three teachers from the country who will embark on journey. <br /> <br /> Considering the fact that the Latino population in the United States is growing consistently, with no sign of stopping, McComsey and OASD are to be commended for their efforts to help manage the immigration influx. <br /> <br /> In 2000, the Latino population in the United States was <br /> <br /> 35. 6 million, or 12.6 percent of our total population. U.S. Census Bureau projections indicate that by 2010, there will be 47.8 million people of Latino descent in our country, which is predicted to be up to 15.5 percent of our total population that year. <br /> <br /> More pertinent to us, between 1990 and 2000, the Latino population in Pennsylvania increased 69.7 percent. <br /> <br /> Whereas in 1990, 2 percent of the commonwealth’s population was of Latino descent, by 2005, that percentage had increased to 4.1 percent. <br /> <br /> The reality is that our country is becoming more and more diverse all the time. Preparative projects like the Binational Migrant Education Program are not just a good idea; they are vital in order for future generations in our country to be best equipped to communicate with one another, so that working together will be as seamless a process as possible.

Letters to the Editor

I’m wondering how many of you know that there is a Christian bookstore in Oxford. The name is Jabez Blessings and it’s located across the street from the Pizza Hut. First of all I want to make it clear that I have no financial interest in this establishment. The women that run this store are friends, but outside of that fact, I have no personal interest. <br /> <br /> This is more than a store. As a matter of fact, it’s not really a store at all. I say this because Jabez Blessings is a non-profit ministry. The items in the store and the sale of those items are there to help support the purpose of the ministry: community outreach. <br /> <br /> The women that work in the store get no salary. They are there, giving of their time, trying to make a difference in the com- Putting our money in what we believe Letters to the Editor munity for the glory of God. I’ve been in Jabez many times when someone has come in searching for answers, trying to find their way through a problem, or just looking for some biblical guidance. <br /> <br /> Currently there are three Bible studies going on and a woman’s study the last Saturday of every month. <br /> <br /> I’ve heard it said that we should be good stewards of the Lord’s money. I agree with that wholeheartedly. <br /> <br /> But being a good steward can mean more than “getting the best deal.” We can all go to Delaware, or to one of the bigger chain stores, or surf the web and maybe get the book we want a little bit cheaper. But I believe that being a good steward of our money also means we should take into consideration who is getting our money. We can get that Bible a dollar or two cheaper, we can buy those Sunday school and Bible school materials or library items for a little less but who’s getting our money; a corporate entity or an Internet distributor that could care less about our community. All of our churches have missionaries that we support on a regular basis. <br /> <br /> What good does it do to outreach to the world but ignore our own community? <br /> <br /> There is a pastor that comes all the way from Scranton at least twice a year to purchase books from Jabez because he can’t find the same in-depth material at the bigger chains. I know of several pastors in the area that haven’t even stepped foot in the building. Will they have the exact thing you want when you walk in there? Maybe not; but they can order it. Have we become such a McDonald’s society (number 5 please) that we can’t wait a few days? <br /> <br /> That building could just as well hold a bar or an adult movie/book store. We’d be the first ones to complain about something like that. We’d say “How terrible!” and “What’s this town coming to?” A few of us might even picket or go to a town council meeting. <br /> <br /> As Christians we should be concerned with and supportive of the things of God. <br /> <br /> I challenge you, if you haven’t been in Jabez Blessings, to check it out. This goes way beyond denominational issues. Let’s put our money where we live!

Thank you for your pledges for breast cancer awareness

Judy Hastings

I would like to thank everyone for helping us raise over $2,000 for Breast Cancer awareness that we were able to give to the American Cancer Society, Yme, and breastcancer.org. Thank you to all of you who gave so generously and thanks to everyone who gave donations for door prizes and food. We are grateful to These friends who donated these items. Valarie Kegley, Swavorski Crystal bracelet; Deb Balalez,Southern living “dress me up” plate; Becky Lehner, 2007 Sweetheart Longaberger basket; and Peppercorns, two delicious evenings of food. <br /> <br /> My “girls” here at work for their generous donations of money and food. <br /> <br /> Tabitha Colmary and Sherry Andrews for adding to my event and having a mini breast cancer awareness fund raiser at the Senior Center in Oxford. There were many people that made that event such a great success. There were door prizes, amazing food, entertainment and speakers. At this event alone we raised over $1,000. <br /> <br /> So thank you to everyone who helped make my “little idea” turn into such a great event.

Excellent police work in Oxford

Geoffrey L. Henry, Mayor

I am writing to let you and the public how proud I am of the excellent police work done by Chief Slauch and all the Oxford Officers involved in the investigation of the recent stabbings that occurred last week at the restaurant on Market Street. <br /> <br /> I also appreciate the work done by the Chester County Detectives, Officer Santiago of the Kennett Square Police Department, police clerk Maira Zavala, and the officer of the West Chester Police Department. <br /> <br /> The speed of the arrests of five Suspects displayed the resolve and dedication of all involved. <br /> <br /> While crimes of this nature are often impossible to prevent, knowing that we are protected by an outstanding police department is of great comfort. After seeing their fine work and attending the arraignment of the five suspects, I witnessed their skills, dedication and professionalism. <br /> <br /> Oxford should feel safe and well protected.

Working to Serve You Better

Rep. Art Hershey

As your state representative, it is my goal to serve you to the best of my abilities. I want residents to feel free to call, stop in or log on to my web site when they have questions, concerns or suggestions. To that end, I have a centrally-located district office in Cochranville and a Web site on the Internet. <br /> <br /> Through my district office I offer numerous services, including assisting residents with obtaining driver license and vehicle registration applications, locating birth and death certificates, assisting senior citizens with Property Thank you for your pledges for breast cancer awareness these friends who donated these items. Valarie Kegley, Swavorski Crystal bracelet; Deb Balalez,Southern living “dress me up” plate; Becky Lehner, 2007 Sweetheart Longaberger basket; and Peppercorns, two delicious evenings of food. <br /> <br /> My “girls” here at work for their generous donations of money and food. <br /> <br /> Tabitha Colmary and Sherry Andrews for adding to my event and having a mini breast cancer awareness fund raiser at the Senior Center in Oxford. There were many people that made that event such a great success. There were door prizes, amazing food, entertainment and speakers. At this event alone we raised over $1,000. <br /> <br /> So thank you to everyone who helped make my “little idea” turn into such a great event. <br /> <br /> Judy Hastings Oxford, Pa, From Harrisburg suspects displayed the resolve and dedication of all involved. <br /> <br /> While crimes of this nature are often impossible to prevent, knowing that we are protected by an outstanding police department is of great comfort. After seeing their fine work and attending the arraignment of the five suspects, I witnessed their skills, dedication and professionalism. <br /> <br /> Oxford should feel safe and well protected. <br /> <br /> Sincerely, Geoffrey L. Henry, Mayor Borough of Oxford Working to Serve You Better Tax/Rent Rebate applications and PACE and PACENET forms, helping students in finding applications needed for PHEAA grants and loans, and assisting all residents of the district in obtaining information on state government and legislation. <br /> <br /> I also offer state maps and can help organize group tours of the Capitol building in Harrisburg. <br /> <br /> If residents face any problems regarding state government, they should feel free to contact my office for assistance. <br /> <br /> I also encourage residents to contact me with concerns and questions regarding legislative measures before the General Assembly. The more input I have from residents, the better I can represent you in Harrisburg. <br /> <br /> I always welcome input and suggestions regarding how best to improve the quality of life in Chester County and the entire state. <br /> <br /> Those who have access to the Internet can also contact me through the Web at ArtHershey. <br /> <br /> Com. While at my Web page, I encourage people to make use of information available to them through the site. Children will enjoy the new interactive “Kids Corner” with games, access to an activity book and information about how laws are made in Pennsylvania. Also available through my Web site is information about state programs, student loans, consumer protection services and state forms. Visitors to the site can also access information about the state history, view my photo gallery, read my profile, and find information on legislation. <br /> <br /> The Internet is the latest and most interactive communication tool we have today, and I encourage residents to visit the site and learn more about me, the services I provide and state government in general. <br /> <br /> All this information and more is available through my district office at 3157 Limestone Road, Cochranville, telephone <br /> <br /> (610) 593-6565 or my Web site at ArtHershey.com.

Pileggi announces “State Salary Information Act”

Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi today announced legislation requiring the State Treasurer to post salary information for all state employees on an official web site. <br /> <br /> “State employees are paid with public funds, and the public should be able to review how its money is spent,” Sen. Pileggi said. “This is part of our ongoing drive to make all three branches of state government more open and accessible.” Known as the State Salary Information Act, Sen. Pileggi’s bill would apply to salary information for all employees of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government. <br /> <br /> Under this legislation, the Treasurer would post the name, title, agency, salary, and any supplemental payments for each employee. <br /> <br /> Information for legislative employees would also include the caucus or institution each employee works for. The bill calls for the information to be updated on a monthly basis. <br /> <br /> Other reforms enacted by the Senate this year include adopting new rules which: <br /> <br /> • Limit Senate session times to between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. <br /> <br /> • Require amendments to be posted to the Internet before they may be offered on the Senate floor. <br /> <br /> • Establish a six-hour waiting period before the Senate votes on an amended bill or a conference committee report. <br /> <br /> • Require all roll call votes from the Senate floor to be posted on the Internet within 24 hours, and all Senate committee votes to be posted within 48 hours. <br /> <br /> • Require posting the Senate's <br /> <br /> Legislative Journal – which includes the full text of all floor debates – on the Internet within 45 days. <br /> <br /> • Require an updated fiscal note for a bill when an amendment to that bill has a fiscal impact. <br /> <br />

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