Letters, Letters to the Editor, Opinion

Nov. 13 letters to the editor

Community Kitchen says ‘thank you’

November arrives with thoughts of cooler weather and plans for Thanksgiving dinners. The Community Kitchen Board of Directors has been thinking about being thankful as well. Without the support of our local community and our volunteers, we could not function.

In-kind donations come from local restaurants, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Panera and McDonalds as well as our local Kroger and Giant Eagle grocery stores. Individuals and community gardens share their produce. Helpful Harvest and the Mountaineer FoodBank are major food suppliers.

Much-needed monetary donations come from individuals, faith-based groups, businesses and foundations. Faith-based groups who support us include: First Presbyterian Church, Forks-of-Cheat Baptist Church, Goshen Baptist Church, Monongalia Friends Meeting, Morgantown Church of the Brethren, St. Paul Lutheran Church, St. Thomas à Becket Episcopal Church, Thy Holy Ministries, Union Baptist Church and Wesley United Methodist Church. Trinity Episcopal Church has housed the Community Kitchen for 38 years. We are grateful that the Trinity congregation shares their church home with us.

We appreciate the following foundations and corporations for their financial donations: Apex Physical Therapy, Lynch Foundation, Reed Foundation and Southwest Energy.

The Kitchen is generously funded by grants from numerous philanthropic foundations. We are especially grateful for financial support of each of the following: Brown Family Foundation, Charles R. Nailler Memorial Foundation, Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, Empty Bowls Monongalia, George D. Hott Foundation, Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust, Milan Puskar Foundation, Truist West Virginia Foundation, United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties, Weldon Family Foundation and Your Community Foundation.

The saying that it “takes a village” is true and in the case of the Community Kitchen it takes our city, our state and our region. Thank you all!

Aurie Acciavatti
Community Kitchen, Inc.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Local scouts wrote letters to the editor to earn their communication merit badge. Other than some minor edits for spelling and grammar, the letters appear as sent.  The editor added the title to each letter. 

Movie review: Black Adam

The movie Black Adam is a great film starring “The Rock” Johnson. It is in the DC Cinematic Universe where there is a country in trouble, and this lady wakes up Black Adam, and he is a god. Then the Justice Society find him.  They fight and that’s the movie. It’s pretty good.

Troop 93
Monongalia County

Sell energy drinks in schools

Energy drinks should be sold through the school. First of all, I wake up at about 6 a.m. which is way too early for me to be awake. Also it would make money for the school. You know our schools need money.

Troop 1066
Preston County

More people should learn to play music

More people should do music! In my opinion, more people should be getting into music because although music is difficult to get into, it is very rewarding. Musical instruments are usually way more expensive than they should be. Something like a guitar could go for as much as $300. Although jobs in music could be scarce and low paying, learning music also teaches you other things that could be useful for other jobs.

Troop 52
Monongalia County

Top Gun: A high-flying action movie

Top Gun should not be called a film. It should be called a movie. Top Gun is a great movie if you like fighter jets or other planes. Top Gun is based off a true story. At the end of the movie, where you see the plane fighting, that is a real plane.

Troop 65
Monongalia County

Pickett’s Charge a poor tactical decision

The Battle of Gettysburg was a battle that took place in the town of Gettysburg. The battle was a Union victory, but something that never made sense to me was Pickett’s Charge.

Pickett’s Charge was a charge of Confederate soldiers with bayonets against Union soldiers that didn’t charge. Union soldiers had cannons and guns against guns with bayonets. There was only one break through the Union lines, but they were stopped. Charging against cannons and guns that are firing doesn’t make sense. The Confederates didn’t even fire before charging. I get that they had more soldiers than the Union, but it still seems like a slaughter and didn’t do really anything, unlike other bayonet charges that were closer and supported by gunfire. Pickett’s Charge was far away.

In conclusion, Pickett’s Charge feels strange and doesn’t make sense to me.

Troop 52
Monongalia County