The following was not written as a letter to the editor, but Donald Moore gave us permission to publish it on this page.

Dear Greensboro City Councilmembers and City Staff,

It has just come to my attention that the city is planning on placing 30 pallet homes in the outfield portion of Pomona field as soon as next week. I am shocked and very upset with this possibility.

Several of you were on the council in 2009 when the Greensboro Grasshoppers and the Bryan Foundation donated $100,000 in order to make this facility handicap accessible so our local children with disabilities could play baseball.

The idea originated from Brant Taylor, a local high school student pursuing his Eagle Scout Badge, who also has a special needs brother. I will never forget the Grand Opening of the field at an ARC Challenger League Baseball Game and seeing the children and their families being so excited to finally have a facility that they could enjoy. I also recall how happy Ms. Johnson and others on the council at that time were with this major upgrade to Pomona Field. Some 13 years later the ARC and other handicapped groups continue to use and enjoy this field.

With all the property the city owns there is certainly a better place to assist our homeless population than this field. To single out people with disabilities and potentially damage a field that is the only one of its kind, is simply the wrong thing to do.

Please do not move forward with this project and find an alternative location for these pallet homes.

Thank you very much for your consideration in this matter.

Yours Truly,

Donald C. Moore

President and General Manager

Greensboro Grasshoppers Baseball



The True Meaning Of Christmas

Dear Editor,

The gifts and songs are mostly for the children, but this, ladies and gentleman, is the true meaning of Christmas.

Luke 1-18

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.

There are going to be some who say bah-humbug and will criticize this letter and to you I say I pity you.

As Tiny Tim said, “God bless us, everyone”

Carpe diem,

Alan Marshall