Thanks for a successful ‘Labor of Love’

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those that contributed to making “Labor of Love” another success.

This is our seventh year of administering to those in our community who need assistance with home repair. This year the Home Depot team adopted a home on North Lockwood Avenue, and has committed to doing as much of the repair as necessary.

Nineteen other homes received attention from volunteers near and far. State Sen. Don Harmon and State Rep. Deborah Graham were on hand as usual and reported to their assigned homes. All potential supporters please join us next year, as we continue our mission of changing Austin one person at a time.

Special thanks to the Austin Weekly News, which every year carries articles and information about the “Austin Labor of Love.” Special thanks to the Fraternite Notre Dame Church for their hosting hospitality.

Thank you to our other contributors, Shore Bank, Park National Bank, The Austin Chamber of Commerce, Barney’s Pizza, Alice ‘s Restaurant, MacArthur’s, Tony’s Certified, The Attorney General, Alderman Emma Mitts, Menards, Wal-Mart, Clerk Dorothy Brown, Gil Ashford and Family, Willie Singleton, and Home Depot for all the materials, supplies and volunteers.

Jean Jackson, executive director
Eyes On Austin

The black experience is a wonderful one

In a world so filled with unnecessary violence and abusive personalities and ego, it is still the flaw of ignorance from which all of these characteristics stem. I am overjoyed everyday that I look in the mirror. I could not be more happy to have had GOD bless me with African- American heritage. We are a loving people by nature. We are an accepting people. It is with a saddened heart that I think of the uncomfortable tension present in that town. For there to exist a “country” and a “snob hill” is ridiculous. I can only imagine the ignorant comments and mentalities present, coupled with inhumane treatment and obvious feelings of superiority based on “class status” or feelings of racial supremacy. It is only through imprudent and foolish parents have these offspring been developed. It is by no accident that these young “non-African American” teenagers display such disrespect, intolerance, and quite frankly in my opinion, feelings of inferiority. How cool is it to be a part of a society that is so very rooted in brotherhood? We stand for one another. The black experience is an understanding, no matter what part of the country you’re from. We are relatable and our presence is dominant. It is my prayer and belief that GOD is a deliverer, and there may be some greater good in his plan for their suffering. There may be valuable lessons that needed to be learned or as a result of this injustice, valuable lessons that are long overdue for the people of this town. My Prayers!

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New mortgage bill is bad news

As a mortgage professional with more than 20 years experience, and who has worked for large lenders, regional lenders, and small brokers, I believe this legislation will result in increased delays and confusion for customers [New bill will protect against predatory lending, Karen Yarbrough, Sept. 6].

The legislation assumes that all home buyers are gullible fools, and need their hands held by Big Brother.

The best way to fix the issues within the mortgage industry is for the government to provide voluntary counseling if requested by the borrower.

Bad laws will bring bad results, mark my words.

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