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* Catholic Charities Food Pantry, (608) 782-0710 is in need of donations of all types. Canned or box soups, stews, tuna, breakfast cereal, jams or jelly, toilet paper, bar/bath soaps, toothpaste, facial tissues, shampoo, liquid hand soap, laundry detergent, body wash and feminine products. Please drop off items at 3710 East Avenue South, La Crosse, from 8:30-4:00 Mon-Thurs.

* The Food Pantry in the La Crosse Salvation Army at 223 Eighth St. N.,(608)782-6126 is in extremely short supply of canned vegetables, boxed meals (H&T Helper / Rice-a-roni / Mac & Cheese), tuna, vegetable soups, pasta and sauces, and toilet tissue. Donation drop off is 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. A donation of any of these item will be appreciated!

This is the story of many of our past heroes. I say past as it seems our current president has done much to destroy the love and loyalty of our military and local law enforcement officials. All you have to do is study the mid-east and see what lack of willingness to stand up for your fellow man and country to see what we could become. It is indeed sad and very troubling to hear the words of our leaders tearing down our accomplishments and causing much unwarranted division and distrust among the populace.

On this most solemn of American holidays I want to share with you a short speech that I wrote in 2003 for a Memorial Day service in La Crosse while I served as chairman of the La Crosse County Republican Party.  I haven't found a better way to convey my feelings about this holiday so please forgive me for simply copying and pasting from an old speech.

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice: So help me God.”

PLEASE: Help or forward to someone who you know who can!

* The Food Pantry in the La Crosse Salvation Army at 223 Eighth St. N.,(608)782-6126 is in extremely short supply of canned vegetables, boxed meals (H&T Helper / Rice-a-roni / Mac & Cheese), tuna, vegetable soups, pasta and sauces, and toilet tissue. Donation drop off is 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. A donation of any of these item will be appreciated!

* Hunger Task Force Food Bank, 1240 Clinton St. La Crosse, provides food to 64 programs in western Wisconsin. Food items in need are tuna, canned or boxed soups, peanut butter, jelly, breakfast cereals, canned fruit (in water), pasta and sauce. Please drop off your donations 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mon.- Fri. or by appointment (608) 793-1002.