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Letters Published in October 15, 2008 Issue
October 15, 2008 - Letter submitted by Judy Melton, New Castle
Like most Americans for the past few weeks, I’ve closely followed the Bailout Bill. We were told repeatedly by our elected officials something had to be done and it had to be done now. Well, something was done and where are we now?
I feel like politicians would have benefited from the expression “haste makes waste.” Most people wouldn’t make a major purchase like a TV or car with a salesman telling them they must make a decision right now or the opportunity will be gone. But that’s exactly what our elected officials in Washington did. They jumped in the fray without thinking of other options or asking for advice from independent financial experts across the U.S. They continue to think they know the answers to everything.
Well, they got their bailout and the response hasn’t been what we were told it would be. The stock market is still falling, major banks are being taken over by even larger banks and we are being told we have to be patient and wait and see. How ironic is that, considering their response.
October 15, 2008 - Letter submitted by Natalie Beckler, Hoosier Gym Board of Directors
On behalf of the Hoosier Gym Board of Directors, I want to send out a big thank you to everyone who supported our Chili Cook-off. This year we had 10 outstanding entries and the voting was very tight. Every chili entry in the contest received voted and single-vote margins determined the standings for each of the winning entries. I know, we counted the voted three times to be very sure.!
Even though the high temperatures didn’t put most folks into traditional “chili mode,” those who attended were not disappointed and no one went away hungry!
I want to also thank Sally Windsor for her artful presentation of the prize baskets, they were just beautiful. And thanks to Pat Goodspeed for loaning our mascot, the Pink Burro Piñata, complete with sombrero. The Hoosier Gym Board members and their families worked hard as did all the wonderful chili chefs who took up the challenge. Everyone had a good time and we are looking forward to next year
October 15, 2008 - Letter submitted by Penny Schmidt, Carthage
Recently I came across an old VCR of an evangelistic series which was dated 2000. It was from 3ABN Network. Pastor Ken Cox was the speaker. One segment of this prophecy series was called “Wake up America.” What he had to say was odious, to say the least, and it should be a concern of every American, especially in light of out present financial crisis and upcoming election.
Pastor Cox is an excellent historian and utilizes historical events to back biblical prophecy. He has keen observations about the rise and fall of nations since the beginning of time. He relates the consistent pattern of nations rising and falling. I have paraphrased and shortened his comments.
First, Pastor Cox explains that every nation is born out of bondage. For us, our forefathers left England because of the great lack of civil and religious freedom. We were in bondage.
This is always followed by an earnest turning to God for answers and becomes a time of renewal of spiritual faith. People will turn to God when they are in dire straits.
The third stage is unbelievable courage. Patrick Henry’s quote “Give me liberty of give me death” (the whole of it is very profound) expresses well the boldness of the colonists. They became courageous victors and over-comers in the battle against tyranny.
Courageous actions result in freedom. We here in America have enjoyed more freedom than any other country in history. Unfortunately, we have grown to take freedom for granted until 9/11’s wake up call. Do we need yet another call?
The next stage is abundance. We have more blessings than all the rest of the world. This wonderful by-product of freedom has given us great increase. After WWII, the abundance became exponential. We’ve become fat (literally) and wealthy. Even our poor aren’t poor by third world standards.
From this abundance comes a downward spiral. We have become just like the other nations which prospered for a time, selfish. Instead of sharing our great wealth, we hoarded them. We forgot about the suffering poor in the countries and even in our own. Compliance is then the child of selfishness. We have yielded to conformity, allowed “herd” mentality to reign over our lives, and we have allowed our moral standards to be formed by the dictates of society.
Because we are in the center of great blessings and are compliant, doing whatever it takes to maintain out status quo, we have become apathetic. We are so sure of ourselves and out bank accounts (although those are in question of late) and we have an attitude of, as Pastor Cox says, “Don’t bother me. Don’t get me out of my comfort zone.” Apathy is a sinister poison of the heart. Then the slippery slope brings us downward into dependence. This is where we are presently. I have heard some say, “I will vote for him because he will give me more.” This is a phenomenon which has overtaken our society.
Think about our welfare, social security and medicare systems and countless others. My own pension is dependent on the government. Now we come full circle. Dependence draws us right back to bondage. We will be wrapped and trapped in bondage. It has happened to every fallen nation. Are we going to be any different? Pastor Cox uses this telling quote by Alexander Tyler, signer of the Declaration of Independence, to prove his points: “Democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasury. As a result, a democracy always collapses over loose financial policy and is always followed by a dictatorship.” Pastor Cox also tells the average age of the world’s greatest powers is 200 years. We have gone over that by a dew decades.
The chances God is giving us to wake up are slipping through our fingers. How can we bring dependence to our government to a screeching halt? The torrent over the falls is so strong. I, for one, cannot see any solution from either of our candidates for president. However, whoever that may be, he will desperately need our prayers. We have only one hope and have always had only one hope. That is to put our trust and faith in God, in His son Jesus Christ, and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ kingdom is the one that “will stand forever.” The bible tells us all about the rise and fall of nations, and we even know the end of the story. If you’re interested in a copy (VCR) of Pastor Cox’s series, I can get you one. Call 317-498-3466.
October 15, 2008 - Letter submitted by Patty K. Bever, Carthage
Do “middle class” Americans really like being referred to as “Joe Six Pack?” This is insulting to all Republicans, Democrats and Independents. It sounds like all “middle class” Americans are seen as beer guzzlers. I personally take this as character assassination as a voter. When Sarah Palin was in school studying journalism, she certainly learned how to be rude and crude, as well as insulting. And with the economy in crisis, even a hard-working middle class, Americans can’t afford a cold beer after work.
Why doesn’t the government use that $700 billion “bailout” to create coast-to-coast infrastructure jobs? When people are working and earning an income, the money will start to flow again. Though “looking at the past,” according to Palin, it worked for FDR with the WPA, and it could be our salvation. After all, history does repeat itself.
Voters, get out there and vote! Write letters, e-mails, etc., to your congressional leaders. This government is supposed to be for the American people and by the American people. I guess by mentioning FDR and the WPA, I have told my age. Well, sometimes a little wisdom comes with age.
October 15, 2008 - Letter submitted by T.J. Rollings, Knightstown
After reading Ty Swincher’s article (Chrome Dome, Oct 8) on hunting “noise makers,” I was somewhat annoyed that he failed to mention one of our nation’s most abundant and irritating noised. In my 55 years of life, I’ve lived in over a dozen neighborhoods and visited numerous others. Some have had excessive traffic. Some had noisy, screaming kids.
A couple was much too close to train tracks and airports. But, I’ll have to say that the most frequent stressful, irritating noise I’ve encountered for the overall longest periods of time, and at a majority of the places I’ve lived and visited, has been barking dogs. I read an article on unhealthy stress in Reader’s Digest once. It stated that even people who claim to not be bothered by noises such as traffic, sirens, loud machinery and barking dogs actually are bothered, even though they don’t realize or admit it.
I often avoid being out in my own back yard on nice days and run a fan (which costs money and is itself noisy) in an effort to avoid barking dogs that bark for several hours each day. At least the fan is a smooth, lower-pitched noise. I’ve had and have neighborhood people I’ve never even met, but have a dislike for, because of their barking dogs. Numerous other people I’ve talked to say they are also annoyed by barking dogs and have had neighbors they dislike because of it. One woman said she was even glad to see her neighbors’ house burn – just to be rid of their barking dogs. Others said they’d resorted to calling the law in hopes of getting some peace and quiet. Several like me often run a TV or radio when we otherwise wouldn’t. We just find the noise more tolerable, but it’s more on our electric bills.
Several years ago my husband and I went to the trouble and expense of moving from a rental house we otherwise liked, just to get away from barking dogs. Oh, by the way, I have two small dogs. But, my neighbors assure me that I don’t let them bark enough to bother them. I’ve asked them. Other than expressing a legal right to inflict cruelty on animals, what’s the point of having dogs that are all tied up or penned in all the time anyway? Would you want a life sentence of confinement? Some people just shouldn’t own dogs. Loose dogs are often even a worse aggravation to the people around them.
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