To the Editor:

I am sure you have heard that Kirsten Hill, a state Board of Education member, organized a bus trip for like-minded people to go to Washington, D.C., for the “Stop the Steal” protest rally. As you know, we all enjoy the freedom to express ourselves and peacefully assemble to air our grievances to our government. Kirsten is now being threatened and asked to resign from her position on the Board of Education. This is a perfect example of “CANCEL CULTURE.”

Our country has become so divided and people’s ability to have civil discourse has been completely abandoned.

The United States mantra has always been about individual freedoms and liberty for all protected by the First Amendment. If they can come for the president and remove him from social media, they can come for you and take away your right to free speech, peaceful assembly, and ability to earn a living. This is not what our country was founded on nor should it be what we desire to become! I support Kirsten and anyone else who wants to peacefully protest and condemn anyone who uses violence to protest

Tasha Schlachet

Avon

To the Editor:

I couldn’t disagree more with (the) writer’s opinion about your editorial cartoons.

Cartoons are just that; satire is satire.

I am a longtime subscriber to West Life, primarily for local sports coverage, and have tolerated the — being nice — heretofore conservative editorial page.

I have noticed of late a more balanced editorial page and, in general, a better-managed newspaper.

I recently extended my subscription from one to two years to help the cause.

So, I say, keep up the good work and for every reader you may lose, you will gain more overall.

Greg Lichko

Rocky River

To the Editor:

Despite a global pandemic, residents throughout Greater Cleveland OH West Area Team shared the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season.

At curbside drop-off locations for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child, generosity of donors across the U.S., resulted in more than 7.8 million shoebox gifts collected in 2020. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2020, the ministry is now sending more than 8.9 million shoebox gifts to children worldwide.

Through shoeboxes — packed with fun toys, school supplies, and hygiene items— volunteers brought joy to children in need around the world. Each gift-filled shoebox is a tangible expression of God’s love, and it is often the first gift these children have ever received. Through the continued generosity of donors since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 186 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

Across the Greater Cleveland OH West Area Team, shoebox packers shop for shoebox gift deals year round, and many serve at a deeper level. Information about ways area participants can get involved year round can also be found at samaritanspurse.org/occ or by calling 937-374-0761.

Although local drop‑off locations for gifts are closed until Nov. 15-22, 2021, anyone can still be a part of this life-changing project by conveniently packing a shoebox gift online in just a few simple clicks at samaritanspurse.org/buildonline.

These simple gifts, packed with love, send a message to children worldwide that they are loved and not forgotten.

Dana Williams

Media Relations Manager, Operation Christmas Child

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