We are one community

We are ‘One Community’
Date June 16, 2004
Section(s) Opinion
To the Editor:

I would like to give special thanks to the Newton Ministerial Association for holding the community prayer service at Maytag Park Monday evening. These are trying times, not only in Newton but all across our nation.

Recent Maytag announcements have the community filled with tension like a balloon on the verge of bursting. This pressure is felt not only by businesses but by all workers with white or blue collars and their family members.

While the Maytag Corporation attempts to restructure itself into a “One Company” format, the residents of Newton and Jasper County are finding a common need to pull together as “One Community.” Together we will find a way to cope with the extreme stress and get back to the theme of “Love Thy Neighbor” to enhance daily living.

I pray that this community will not become divided over disagreements between global corporatism and Midwestern grassroots social activism.

There are two sides to every story and by coming together as “One Community” with faith that moves mountains, Newton and Jasper County will have a bright and prosperous future.

Dan Ehler

UAW Local 997 Chaplain


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