VIEWPOINTS A10 • MILFORD-MIAMI ADVERTISER • DECEMBER 11, 2013 Editor: Eric Spangler, email@example.com, 576-8251 EDITORIALS | LETTERS | COLUMNS | CH@TROOM COMMUNITY PRESS CommunityPress.com Join us in the battle against hunger Cincinnati remains the 10th poorest city in the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Carla, a Cincinnati resident who works 10-hour days, six days a week, while taking care of eight great-nieces and nephews counts on the extra help she receives from the Freestore Foodbank to care for and put food on the table for her family. “It’s a great help. It means a lot to me. It helps to stretch the rest of the food. The Freestore Foodbank means everything to me. It’s part of my survival,” she said. The holiday season is upon us, and our city must continue supporting those in need now and year-round. I am proud to live in Cincinnati and have much gratitude towards those organizations that devote their time, energy, and livelihood to help individuals and families in our city, especially the Freestore Foodbank. The poor and the struggling are our Michael T. neighbors, LaRosa COMMUNITY PRESS Carla is our neighbor. PeoGUEST COLUMNIST ple in our community must face the harsh reality of hunger and food scarcity daily. Even those that are fortunate enough to have jobs still struggle to make ends meet as the cost of food and expenses continue to increase. My family, our team members, and our guests have grown up in this community. To look at our neighborhoods – in our backyards, and see the struggles families have to face in order to make ends meet, is disconcerting. It is our responsibility to come together to help those in need. We as a community can work as a team to fight hunger. I regularly visit our 63 pizzerias, from our Boudinot Avenue location to Price Hill to Anderson Township to Forest Park, to meet with guests and team members, to listen to their stories about their families, their interests, their successes and sometimes, their hardships. While many families who frequent our pizzerias can afford a hot meal, I have heard of challenging times when putting food on the table was a struggle for them, their families or friends. During this holiday season, LaRosa’s is once again proud to support the Freestore Foodbank of Cincinnati to fight hunger right here in our own backyard. Serving more than 300,000 people annually in 20 counties across Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. The Freestore Foodbank is the Tristate’s largest foodbank distributing more that 19 million meals annually. The organization provides emergency food assistance to more than 7,200 individuals per month from its Customer Connection Center in Over-theRhine alone. Each of our pizzerias are selling Buddy Cards (our twofor-one pizza discount card) for the benefit of the Freestore Foodbank. We will donate $5 from the sale of every $10 Buddy Card directly to the Freestore Foodbank and the nourishment and comfort they provide to those who truly need help in our community. Ultimately, our contribution will help support the Freestore Foodbank’s annual goal to distribute 16.2 million pounds of food to meet our region’s growing demand. We hope you’ll join us in our efforts to surpass our 2012 effort of 7,000 cards sold for Cincinnati. Here’s how you can help: » Buy a LaRosa’s Buddy Card by Dec. 31. For a full list of locations, visit www.larosas.com. » Donate to the Freestore Foodbank of Cincinnati. Visit www.freestorefoodbank.org or www.thefoodbankdayton. Food brings people together and can build a community. No child, person or family should go hungry. Please join me and the LaRosa’s family in the fight against hunger. Together we can feed our neighbors in need. Michael T. LaRosa is chief executive officer of LaRosa’s Inc. Good source of falls prevention information Now that cold weather is casting its shadow upon us, we are reminded that as beautiful as is fresh-fallen snow and picturesque as ice-laden branches are on the trees, this can also be the most treacherous time of year for slips and falls. Falls are especially dangerous for older adults. It is estimated that more than one-third of adults 65 and older fall each year. And, the consequences are great. The facts are that: falls are more prevalent in women than in men; two thirds of those who experience a fall will fall again within the first six months; a decrease in bone density contributes to falls and resulting injuries; failure to exercise regularly results in poor muscle tone, decreased strength, loss of bone mass and, therefore, flexibility; and at least onethird of all falls involving older adults, involve enviCindy ronmental Gramke COMMUNITY PRESS hazards in the home or outGUEST COLUMNIST side. The Ohio Department of Aging has established a new program designed to help Ohio residents by providing information on ways that older adults can prevent dangerous falls. STEADY U Ohio (www.steadyu.ohio.gov) is a statewide collaborative falls prevention initiative, created to ensure that every county, every community and every Ohioan knows how he/she can prevent falls, one step at a time. This website is described as the source in Ohio for falls prevention information, tools and other resources. Since Clermont Senior Services is the source of information for seniors in Clermont County, we are sharing information about this helpful initiative. Gov. John Kasich, who leads this initiative, concurs that falls are an epidemic among our elders and are the No. 1 cause of injuries leading to ER visits, hospital stays and deaths in Ohioans age 65-plus. YOU can help to prevent this from happening to you by staying warm, but making sure that you can see in all directions and move easily; wear CH@TROOM Last week’s question What is your favorite Christmas/holiday song, TV show, movie or performance? Why do you like it? “My favorite Christmas song is a combination of ‘Peace on Earth’ and ‘Little Drummer Boy.’ It was a duet done by a unique collaboration of Bing Crosby and David Bowie. “My favorite movie has to be ‘A Christmas Story’ as it is timeless although set in the 1940s. It is repeated every year and watched by a new generation annually. Go figure!” T.D.T. “‘Father Christmas’ by the Kinks!” J.S.K. “'The Little Drummer Boy' is a favorite because he hadn't any material thing to give to Jesus, so he played for him, giving what he could give. The pa-rum-pa-pum-pum is also a great onomatopoeia" TRog “‘White Christmas’ and ‘It's a Wonderful Life’ are my two favorite Christmas classic movies, but nothing is better than singing ‘Silent Night’ at the end of our candlelight service at church on Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas, everyone!” R.W.J. “Albert Finney's 'Scrooge' is our favorite holiday movie. It's a musical version of "A Christmas Carol" and was made in the1970s. It can be checked out at the local library. The best version of this story ever made!” C.H. Do you think Ohio legislators should approve a bill to allow back-to-school shoppers to buy certain items free of state and local sales taxes? Why or why not? Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org with Chatroom in the subject line. “My favorites are all the ridiculous and boring commercials because I know they end Dec. 26.” D.J. “Favorite song: 'Snoopy and the Red Baron,’ favorite TV Show: 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas,’ favorite movie: 'A Christmas Story,’ and favorite performance: 'A Christmas Carol.'” O.H.R. “'Pine Tree! Coming into Pine Tree!' ‘White Christmas!’ Best Christmas song, best Christmas performer, best Christmas movie. “Bing Crosby is the top of the Christmas triumvirate of Bing, Perry Como and Nat King Cole. And he didn't need Auto Tune! The movie has great scenes, songs and classic performers. “Rosemary, Vera, Bing and Danny bring music, laughter, dance and that great warm and fuzzy Christmas Spirit that we all seek this time of year. I'm sure everyone's feelings about this movie are 'Mutual, I'm sure!'” ADVERTISER others maintain active, healthy lifestyles free from falls and fall-related injuries. Participants in the program learn to view falls as something they can control; set goals and increase their activity levels; make changes around their homes to reduce falls risks; and exercise to increase strength and balance. Although classes are full for the winter term, watch for the spring catalog release on the Clermont Senior Services website, www.clermontseniors.org, through the Lifelong Learning Centers. Cindy Gramke is the Executive Director/CEO of Clermont Senior Services. Ideas and comments can be directed to Cindy at email@example.com or contact the agency at 724-1255. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR NEXT QUESTION MILFORD-MIAMI sturdy shoes or boots with treads; avoid walking on icy surfaces; snow can hide uneven surfaces so be very careful where you step; carry a cell phone if you go out; drink water for rehydration; and when in doubt, don’ risk it. These and other helpful hints can be found on the STEADY U website. You can also build strength and balance through exercise. Clermont Senior Services offers programming that encourages safe exercise, to include Tai Chi and yoga classes at the lifelong learning centers, as well as a Silversneakers program, A Matter of Balance, facilitated by Judy Barnes, an ACE Senior Fitness Specialist. Judy has made a commitment to stay falls-free and has been specially trained to help T.J.F. A publication of Why are taxpayers subsidizing private industry? On Nov. 27, the Milford-Miami Advertiser published the article “Miami Township considering deal to keep company.” The article details the use of tax increment financing (TIF) to construct a sewer line for AIM-MRO, a private aerospace manufacturing company. The township administrator is quoted as saying “Ultimately, the tax increment financing agreement is about 'keeping a very good company in Miami Township’”; apparently the consensus of the trustees. To convince township residents that this is a good deal or perhaps to comply with Ohio Code that require TIF improvements first be declared to have a public purpose; the trustees put forth the proposition that “it will lower the assessment for future (sewer) extensions of Miamiville.” Nice try! The real question is why are taxpayers being asked to subsidize private industry at the expense of other infrastructure projects. Exactly what are Miami Township’s top 10 or 20 infrastructure repair priorities and exactly where does AIM-MRO fall on that list? Robert Wetick Milford ABOUT LETTERS AND COLUMNS We welcome your comments on editorials, columns, stories or other topics. Include your name, address, cell and home phone numbers so we may verify your letter or guest column. Letters may be no more than 200 words and columns must be 400 to 500 words. Please include a color headshot with guest columns. All submissions will be edited for length, accuracy and clarity. Deadline: Noon Thursday E-mail: clermont@community press.com. Fax: 248-1938. U.S. mail: Milford-Miami Advertiser, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, OH 45140. 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