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This past issue of the Classic was excellent! We enjoyed most every page, especially the business profiles, graduation caps, God’s nature in the trees on campus, and the Kids on Course and Faith Camp updates.

Jennifer and Chad Noble ’95
Sioux Falls, S.D.

Raider Made

Thank you so much for the “Raider Made” article in the last issue. For a lot of reasons, I try to avoid malls and big box stores during the Christmas season and shop locally. There were so many great businesses featured in your article, and the connection with fellow NWC graduates makes these shops even more appealing. I greatly appreciate your spotlight on the gifts and talents of the NWC community.

Linda (Van Wyk ’77) Tigges
Clive, Iowa

No Typical Medicaid Recipient

I was dismayed and disgusted at the letter (“Suffer the Consequences”) you printed in the [fall] issue. I went back and re-read the articles in the spring issue on healthcare, and I was astonished that this was the takeaway this person had.

For the person who wrote this letter to stereotype something as “typical of Medicaid recipients” is ignorant at best. There is no “typical” Medicaid recipient. Medicaid helps those who are physically or intellectually disabled. Medicaid helps those in poverty, which includes many people who work full-time jobs (in many different industries) but are paid at such a low rate that they can’t afford the health insurance premiums offered by their employers. To assume that people on Medicaid are uneducated, lazy and out to cheat the system is completely wrong.

I appreciated many of the suggestions put forward in Randy Oostra’s column. I work for a planned community for people with intellectual disabilities in a rural area that is also a food desert and has limited access to healthcare. In an effort to help our community at large, beyond the boundaries of our workplace, we opened a produce market to give people access to fresh fruit and vegetables; we raised funds to build a health clinic; we run fitness classes; we opened a walking trail and are in the process of installing exercise stations along the route.

Our church is also seeking to fill one of the more basic needs of those in our community with a program that gives away diapers once a month to anyone who needs them, no questions asked.

I believe it is the directive of all Christians, and indeed all human beings, to step beyond the destructive attitudes of “if I can’t have something, no one can have it” and “why should I do or pay for something that does not benefit me personally.” This is a challenge for me as much as anyone, but it’s a challenge worth facing and striving to overcome: “If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it” (1 Cor. 12:26).

Martha (Parsil ’84) Spiegel
Norwich, N.Y.