Sharing Values

Mary Mertz raised her hands to her face as she watched the party of 57 sit down at the long row of tables covered with white tablecloths set perfectly with china and glasses in the middle of her family’s corn field. A broad smile spread across her face.

“It’s a dream come true,” she said. “It’s what I always envisioned. Happy people in our corn field sitting down to a wonderful meal.”
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Life in the Slow Lane

I was born in Hutchinson, Kansas, but spent many years on the east coast, specifically in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. I attended Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, and graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park (Go Terps!).  I then worked for about ten years in Washington for various advocacy organizations.

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Not in My Back Yard

Poverty and hunger aren’t things we like to think about every day. I, and I imagine most other folks, prefer to think poverty and hunger are third world issues. Or big city issues. Or, at the very least, they don’t happen in my “back yard.”

The issue of poverty and hunger came up recently at a candidate forum I attended. An audience member asked school board candidates if they were aware of what our local school district does to help poor kids get enough to eat on the weekends.

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