To the editor:

To the editor:

Thank you, Westerville. I am a stranger here attending Otterbein College. I'm missing my support and the familiarity from home.

During the recent snowstorm, I had a lot of car troubles and didn't have someone who could come help me. I would have been in dire straits if not for the many good Samaritans who stopped and helped. I never got any of your names, but I am so grateful.

My thanks go to the man who helped me put oil in my car in the Kroger's lot. Without your help, I wouldn't have made it back to college from visiting home. I also thank the woman and two Hispanic men who helped dig out my car so that I could make it to class and work. I would have been walking four miles in the snow without your dedication. Lastly, my thanks go to the woman who stopped to help me in the post office lot when my radiator fluid was low. She could have just continued on her way to work.

I am so very grateful to all of you. It's because of helpful strangers like you that Westerville is more than a place -- it is a community and home. Thank you for welcoming me in, and for demonstrating to me what it truly means to be a community.

Whitney L. Prose

Otterbein College

To the editor:

Thanks to you, the Westerville community, for your generous support in the third annual Widder Coat Drive.

Together with the efforts of caring groups and individuals, more than 400 coats were collected. The coats will be distributed by the Better Way Ministries in the Short North area of Columbus and the Big Walnut Friends Who Share in Delaware County.

Please remember to thank owner Dennis Bell and the employees of Sunbury Cleaners in Westerville and Sunbury, who donated the cleaning and pressing of each and every coat.

You came through again, Westerville. Thank you.

David L. Widder

Westerville

To the editor:

Nonprofit arts organizations are proud members of the business community -- employing people locally, purchasing goods and services within the community, and involved in the marketing and promotion of their cities.

In fact, there are more full-time jobs supported by the nonprofit arts than are in accounting, public safety officers and even lawyers and just slightly fewer than elementary school teachers.

Then-NEA Chairman Dana Gioia issued the following statement prior to his departure: "Arts organizations have been hit enormously hard by the current recession. They've seen their support drop from corporations, foundations, and municipalities. This infusion of funds will help sustain them, their staffs, and the artists they employ. We are hopeful that Congress and the new administration will support this important investment."

So why is it, then, that arts are the first school program to be cut, first to be slashed out of any stimulus funding and generally put last on everyone's "important" list? A job is a job is a job. It's all about jobs and no distinction should be made between "keeping" jobs and "creating" jobs, and no job should be considered unimportant in these times.

Kathy Mayhorn

Westerville