#b#To The Editor: Pakistan’s Floods#/b#
I just finished reading “Zeitoun” by Dave Eggers, a vivid account of life experienced before, during, and after the flooding of a major American city in 2005. This year was the fifth anniversary of the decimation of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina. Now flooding from monsoon rains has engulfed 1/3 of Pakistan. To put this into perspective, it’s as if all of of Florida were underwater.
Princeton is a giving community, helping raise nearly a $250,000 last year during a visit by author humanitarian Greg Mortenson. On Wednesday, October 6, author/musician Salman Ahmad performs at Princeton Library, while journalist Ethan Casey, author of “Alive and Well in Pakistan,” and humanitarian Todd Shea, executive director of Comprehensive Disaster Response Services/SHINE Humanity, speak at Princeton University on Friday, October 8.
Simple ways for you to be a difference-maker are either monetary contributions to a charity like UNICEF; or attending one of the events at the Princeton Library or Princeton University, to hear what these changemakers have experienced on the ground upon their recent return from Pakistan. Say a little prayer, and when Thanksgiving comes, give thanks for being able to enjoy the comforts we have.
Adnan Shamsi, Financial/Risk Advisory Consultant, Princeton
#b#Cody For Congress#/b#
My name is Kenneth Cody and I am running for Congress in New Jersey’s 12th district as an Independent. One topic is campaign spending. In nationwide Congressional races over $730 million has been raised. In the 12th district it is over 2 million. Some of the money is self-financed, but even that gets out of hand. I am proud to say that my campaign does not accept monetary contributions. My message to Washington: You can run a positive and successful campaign without breaking the bank. After Election Day contributions become “dead money” doing nothing for our struggling economy. That money could have gone to help cure diseases or the less fortunate. If elected I will fight for stronger campaign finance reform. For more information visit cody-for-congress.tripod.com. I look forward to serving you and would be honored to have your vote on November 2.
Kenneth J. Cody
Cody lives in Lawrence Township and is a graduate of Middlesex County College.