[Hpn] Article unfair to Salvation Army

William Charles Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
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08/30/2006

Your recent article "Salvation Army criticized for slow progress on site =
donation" badly mischaracterizes the nature of the gift transaction that =
is progressing between the Salvation Army and the Clarke County School =
Board. The assertion that the Salvation Army is behaving in a "greedy =
manner" is nothing less than bizarre when it is taken in the context of =
a transaction where the charitable non-profit organization is attempting =
to give the Clarke County School Board property with a value of over $5 =
million. Your article completely ignores the possibility that the "slow =
progress" in the gift transaction is due to political disagreements =
within the county that have nothing to do with the Salvation Army. It is =
well known that there is substantial opposition in the county to the =
building of a new high school, and thus, resistance to having this gift =
transaction go through which facilitates that new high school. Moreover, =
it completely ignores the rich history of giving that has characterized =
the Salvation Army as reaching out to communities here and abroad, =
serving the poorest of the poor.=20


In 1865, William Booth, an ordained Methodist minister, aided by his =
wife Catherine, formed an evangelical group dedicated to preaching among =
the "unchurched" people living in the midst of appalling poverty in =
London's East End. Booth's ministry recognized the interdependence of =
material, emotional and spiritual needs. In addition to preaching the =
gospel of Jesus Christ, Booth became involved in the feeding and shelter =
of the hungry and homeless and in rehabilitation of alcoholics.

The basic social services developed by William Booth have remained an =
outward visible expression of the Army's strong religious principles. In =
addition, new programs that address contemporary needs have been =
established. Among these are disaster relief services, day care centers, =
summer camps, holiday assistance, services for the aging, AIDS education =
and residential services, medical facilities, shelters for battered =
women and children, family and career counseling, vocational training, =
correction services and substance abuse rehabilitation. More than 30 =
million people a year are aided in some form by services provided by The =
Salvation Army.

In April and again in November 2005, the Salvation Army and the Clarke =
County Education Foundation signed an agreement that outlined how the =
gift transaction would take place. At that time it was agreed that the =
School Board would be given approximately 71 acres for the site of a new =
High School. All the dwelling unit rights (durs) from that portion of =
the property would be transferred to the Salvation Army for use in a =
residential development. The agreement stipulated that the School Board =
would have the necessary site work and surveying done to create the =
subdivision of the gift property. From that date until the spring of =
2006, the Clarke County Board of Supervisors failed to allocate funds to =
the School Board to do the work necessary to put together a subdivision =
application to create the gift parcel. To facilitate this gift, the =
Salvation Army has now spent considerable time and money to create the =
gift parcel as part of its larger subdivision plan for the property.

After working extensively with Clarke County staff to finalize the =
subdivision plan, it was determined that no further progress could be =
made until the county approved the drain fields, a receptivity study was =
completed, and the Subdivision Plan filed. In short, not attending the =
meeting was simply due to the fact that there was no further need to =
meet until these reviews and filing are completed. Any other delay in =
the process of creating the gift parcel is being caused by the county's =
"surprise denial" of one of the Salvation Army's dwelling unit rights. =
In December of 2005, the Salvation Army submitted the results of its =
land surveys that indicated that the parcels owned by the Army contained =
23 durs. The Salvation Army, its surveyors and engineers met with the =
foundation and county officials who orally confirmed these 23 durs and =
in December 2005 the Salvation Army simply requested that the county =
confirm this conclusion in writing. Despite the fact that Virginia law =
requires the county to respond to such a request within 90 days, the =
county administration never formally responded. The Salvation Army =
planners and engineers have proceeded in good faith to plan a =
subdivision utilizing all of its 23 durs. It was not until much time, =
money and effort had been spent by the Army that the county =
re-determined on July 21, 2006, that one of those previously submitted =
dwelling unit rights apparently does not exist in its mind.

The characterization that, because the Salvation Army is questioning the =
county's determination, the Salvation Army is "deadly greedy", in the =
midst of a process where they are attempting to donate land worth over =
$5 million to the county is indefensible. Interestingly, it was not =
until it became apparent that the one dwelling unit right in question =
may not easily be transferable to the Army that the county came up with =
this new determination that it did not exist. As your readers probably =
know, the value of a dwelling unit right is approximately $200,000. In =
the hands of the Salvation Army that money could provide food, clothing =
and shelter to a lot of needy and hurting people. There is no need to go =
into the different ways that a charitable organization such as the =
Salvation Army could use $200,000. I hope that the reputation and =
history of the organization will speak for itself.

>From the time the initial gift of land was received, The Salvation Army =
stated its intention to give land to the Clarke County School Board to =
provide a site for the new county high school. The Salvation Army has =
never changed its promise nor wavered in its resolve to complete the =
gift. It is unfortunate that the Army is being portrayed as a greedy =
villain in this transaction, but we have faith that, despite the =
political wrangling that is going on within Clarke County, the truth =
will prevail. Strong negative statements continue to be thrown at the =
Salvation Army, but its position remains the same. The gift of the land =
will go through, and the students will be attending class in the new =
high school, and the Salvation Army will be giving aide to those in =
need, long after the echoes of these false and politically motivated =
accusations have died away
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<DIV class=3Dheadline>Article unfair to Salvation Army </DIV>
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<DIV class=3Dleadline>Your recent article "Salvation Army criticized for =
slow=20
progress on site donation" badly mischaracterizes the nature of the gift =

transaction that is progressing between the Salvation Army and the =
Clarke County=20
School Board. The assertion that the Salvation Army is behaving in a =
"greedy=20
manner" is nothing less than bizarre when it is taken in the context of =
a=20
transaction where the charitable non-profit organization is attempting =
to give=20
the Clarke County School Board property with a value of over $5 million. =
Your=20
article completely ignores the possibility that the "slow progress" in =
the gift=20
transaction is due to political disagreements within the county that =
have=20
nothing to do with the Salvation Army. It is well known that there is=20
substantial opposition in the county to the building of a new high =
school, and=20
thus, resistance to having this gift transaction go through which =
facilitates=20
that new high school. Moreover, it completely ignores the rich history =
of giving=20
that has characterized the Salvation Army as reaching out to communities =
here=20
and abroad, serving the poorest of the poor. <BR><BR></DIV>
<DIV class=3Dstory>In 1865, William Booth, an ordained Methodist =
minister, aided=20
by his wife Catherine, formed an evangelical group dedicated to =
preaching among=20
the "unchurched" people living in the midst of appalling poverty in =
London's=20
East End. Booth's ministry recognized the interdependence of material, =
emotional=20
and spiritual needs. In addition to preaching the gospel of Jesus =
Christ, Booth=20
became involved in the feeding and shelter of the hungry and homeless =
and in=20
rehabilitation of alcoholics.<BR><BR>The basic social services developed =
by=20
William Booth have remained an outward visible expression of the Army's =
strong=20
religious principles. In addition, new programs that address =
contemporary needs=20
have been established. Among these are disaster relief services, day =
care=20
centers, summer camps, holiday assistance, services for the aging, AIDS=20
education and residential services, medical facilities, shelters for =
battered=20
women and children, family and career counseling, vocational training,=20
correction services and substance abuse rehabilitation. More than 30 =
million=20
people a year are aided in some form by services provided by The =
Salvation=20
Army.<BR><BR>In April and again in November 2005, the Salvation Army and =
the=20
Clarke County Education Foundation signed an agreement that outlined how =
the=20
gift transaction would take place. At that time it was agreed that the =
School=20
Board would be given approximately 71 acres for the site of a new High =
School.=20
All the dwelling unit rights (durs) from that portion of the property =
would be=20
transferred to the Salvation Army for use in a residential development. =
The=20
agreement stipulated that the School Board would have the necessary site =
work=20
and surveying done to create the subdivision of the gift property. From =
that=20
date until the spring of 2006, the Clarke County Board of Supervisors =
failed to=20
allocate funds to the School Board to do the work necessary to put =
together a=20
subdivision application to create the gift parcel. To facilitate this =
gift, the=20
Salvation Army has now spent considerable time and money to create the =
gift=20
parcel as part of its larger subdivision plan for the =
property.<BR><BR>After=20
working extensively with Clarke County staff to finalize the subdivision =
plan,=20
it was determined that no further progress could be made until the =
county=20
approved the drain fields, a receptivity study was completed, and the=20
Subdivision Plan filed. In short, not attending the meeting was simply =
due to=20
the fact that there was no further need to meet until these reviews and =
filing=20
are completed. Any other delay in the process of creating the gift =
parcel is=20
being caused by the county's "surprise denial" of one of the Salvation =
Army's=20
dwelling unit rights. In December of 2005, the Salvation Army submitted =
the=20
results of its land surveys that indicated that the parcels owned by the =
Army=20
contained 23 durs. The Salvation Army, its surveyors and engineers met =
with the=20
foundation and county officials who orally confirmed these 23 durs and =
in=20
December 2005 the Salvation Army simply requested that the county =
confirm this=20
conclusion in writing. Despite the fact that Virginia law requires the =
county to=20
respond to such a request within 90 days, the county administration =
never=20
formally responded. The Salvation Army planners and engineers have =
proceeded in=20
good faith to plan a subdivision utilizing all of its 23 durs. It was =
not until=20
much time, money and effort had been spent by the Army that the county=20
re-determined on July 21, 2006, that one of those previously submitted =
dwelling=20
unit rights apparently does not exist in its mind.<BR><BR>The =
characterization=20
that, because the Salvation Army is questioning the county's =
determination, the=20
Salvation Army is "deadly greedy", in the midst of a process where they =
are=20
attempting to donate land worth over $5 million to the county is =
indefensible.=20
Interestingly, it was not until it became apparent that the one dwelling =
unit=20
right in question may not easily be transferable to the Army that the =
county=20
came up with this new determination that it did not exist. As your =
readers=20
probably know, the value of a dwelling unit right is approximately =
$200,000. In=20
the hands of the Salvation Army that money could provide food, clothing =
and=20
shelter to a lot of needy and hurting people. There is no need to go =
into the=20
different ways that a charitable organization such as the Salvation Army =
could=20
use $200,000. I hope that the reputation and history of the organization =
will=20
speak for itself.<BR><BR>From the time the initial gift of land was =
received,=20
The Salvation Army stated its intention to give land to the Clarke =
County School=20
Board to provide a site for the new county high school. The Salvation =
Army has=20
never changed its promise nor wavered in its resolve to complete the =
gift. It is=20
unfortunate that the Army is being portrayed as a greedy villain in this =

transaction, but we have faith that, despite the political wrangling =
that is=20
going on within Clarke County, the truth will prevail. Strong negative=20
statements continue to be thrown at the Salvation Army, but its position =
remains=20
the same. The gift of the land will go through, and the students will be =

attending class in the new high school, and the Salvation Army will be =
giving=20
aide to those in need, long after the echoes of these false and =
politically=20
motivated accusations have died away</DIV></DIV></BODY></HTML>

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