In and Around Hannibal

Rita Hooper 


Ah the kids are back to school and life is back to normal … we can go back to work knowing our children are safe and sound, being educated in a safe school and getting lunch and maybe breakfast.

We are once again free to clean out the closets and hang the clothes out without interference. We can even enjoy meeting the “girls” for lunch.

But that is not the case for a number of women in this county and throughout the nation.

As most of my faithful readers know, I was away for three weeks this past June on a mission trip to Appalachia in North Carolina and Tennessee.

Appalachia is a large geographic area running along the spine of the Appalachian Mountains from Pennsylvania to Georgia.

While there, we visited food pantries and community centers, a children’s hospital and orphanage; we met with people involved in repairing homes — volunteers and lawyers who work on a volunteer basis to help the poor.

Wherever we went, we heard about the sequester cuts and how they were hurting people, especially those least able to take care of themselves. Among those, children, elderly, disabled and the working poor.

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