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Letters Published in December 13, 2006 Issue
Dec. 13, 2006 - Letter submitted by Staff of MainSource Bank, Knightstown Branch
The staff at your MainSource Bank would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for responding so well to our most recent project of collecting books for the local Headstart program. We collected close to 250 books total. Reading is such a fundamental part of growing up and open an entire new world for us all. We appreciate those of you who helped enlarge the world for some of the young members of our town.
Dec. 13, 2006 - Letter submitted by Nancy Watts Bland, Casper, Wyo.
Congratulations to The Banner once again! It is well deserved. Your efforts to dig deeper into local issues are paramount to each person realizing their personal responsibly for government at all levels. On my recent trip to Knightstown, visiting with Banner publisher and owner Eric Cox and editor Jeff Eakins was one of the highlights.
However, in many other ways, Knightstown resembled class reunions of the past, filled with laughter and remembrance. Best wishes to all for this season of love and joy.
Dec. 13, 2006 - Letter submitted by Ron Short, Knightstown
I have struggled with the idea of writing letters for many months. There are so many issues to address that distilling my thoughts down to one manageable letter renders me at times incoherent. However, I am finally trying to distill my thoughts down to a manageable message.
First of all, almost everyone I talk to says our country is in a huge mess from top to bottom and side to side. The government is not representing them, taxes are a mess, they don't trust any politicians. The same level of regard is held for the national news media regarding accuracy and trust in their reporting.
Prior to the recent election I tried to become informed on a number of issues and candidates. I believe that it is very difficult to get to the basic truth of either. The obfuscation from the media and politicians is spread wide and piled deep. I recently heard Steve Forbes speak and he used this example:
The Gettysburg Address is fewer than 100 words, the Bill of Rights is 200 words plus, the Constitution is 300 words plus, the Bible, (written by 40 authors over about 400 years), is around 283,000 words, our tax code is 9,000,000 and rising. I believe the property tax code in Indiana represents a similar situation. Our politicians at all levels complicate things to the point that no one understands them and the taxpayer is always deemed wrong.
Our Founding Fathers' concept of legislators was of citizen-statesmen, not professional politicians. For at least a half-century the people of the United States have allowed themselves to be sold the idea that we need professional politicians. Many don't vote and are not informing themselves. Everyone likes to talk about their rights, but rights are one side of a coin and responsibilities are the other. The real bottom line problem is that when you look in the mirror, you realize you have become apathetic.
Become informed, scream at the media and the politicians, and get rid of a bunch of rascals. The politicians and the marketplace eventually pay attention to the voter and consumer.
There are many small minority groups gaining special privileges every day because they make a lot of noise. It is way past time for mainstream United States Americans to exercise their responsibilities and make a lot of noise.
Dec. 13, 2006 - Letter submitted by Steve Hibbert, Knightstown
For Christmas, my wife and I gave personalized, engraved Bibles to every member of our family as presents. We gave them to our brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, friends, coworkers, and all those people that God had put in our lives. Along with the Bibles, I wrote a letter expressing our love and, more importantly, God's love for them by giving us His son, our savior, Christ Jesus. John 1:114 says Jesus is the Word. So, the closest I could come to giving them Jesus was giving them the Word.
Having their names personally engraved on their own Bible made it special to them. Then, God will draw them to make it personal with Him. Jesus is the Word and sharing Him with those He has given us is the gift that will keep on giving.
That was two years ago. We are still receiving testimonies of how God is working in their lives as He has drawn them to His life-changing truths that can only be found in the Word. We have heard that some have been reading the Bible every night to their children and grandchildren.
Some have asked for Bibles to be sent to someone they know in jail.
Some have told us how God is moving in their lives and how much they are learning from reading the Bible. Many have said how special this was to them.
I encourage all of my brothers and sisters in Christ to reach out to all those people that God has put into your lives. This Christmas, give the gift that keeps on giving in Jesus' name. God is preparing the table and we are called to serve.
God's love, Jesus' provision, and the power of His Holy Spirit has given our lives peace and purpose. God's Word will bless us while we walk this earth and will carry us into eternity. It is the power of God unto salvation.
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