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Wed
07
Feb

Word for Word 2/7/18

Rev. Samantha Houser
Rev. Samantha Houser

It’s been a month since the New Year has rolled in and if you are like most people around the world who celebrated, you made some sort of resolution to bring in 2018.  But now that we are ALL the way into February you may have realized (like most people) that New Year’s Resolutions are often tricky.

Full of optimism and hope at the turn of a new leaf, we can enthusiastically set goals and hopes that are really tough or even unrealistic. Which is great if you’re the kind of person who, as Norman Vincent Peale famously said, are happy to “Shoot for the moon. Even if you fail, you’ll land among the stars.”

But if landing among the stars leads to feelings of deep failure for you, then maybe a gentler approach would be helpful.

Wed
07
Feb

Letter to the Editor: Patriotism

To the Editor:

When President Obama gave his State of the Union Address, a group of Republicans boycotted. Now, Donald Trump gives his State of the Union Address and a few Democrats boycott.

A contingent of high-salaried pro athletes boycott our National Anthem. They have hats that read “Make America Great Again” which were made in China.

Through it all, I still believe in God Bless America, Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.

Still proud of what God gave me,

Paul R. Melsha
Harpers Ferry

 

Wed
07
Feb

Letter to the Editor: Senate File 2091: Impact on public education in rural schools

To the Editor:

I would like to call your attention to the dangers of a bill that could move our local schools to consolidate in the near future. If a few students are removed from each grade level, our local schools’ budget could not tolerate the loss of those dollars. This bill would devastate our rural schools by handing out taxpayer-funded debit cards to parents with little or no accountability.

The bill would pay $6600 of your hard-earned tax-dollars to each student who is enrolled in a nonpublic school or homeschooled. The money would be placed in an account that parents could access with a debit card. According to the bill, parents could spend your tax dollars on anything that is considered “materials for a course of study for a specific subject matter or grade level.”

Wed
07
Feb

Letter to the Editor: May Iowa follow suit!

To the Editor:

I highly commend an Oklahoma state representative. He is taking steps to do what is right. A news article you need to read is titled ‘Oklahoma’s Exemplary AMI Smart Meters Removal and Consumer Protection Bill: A Model For Other States To Follow’. Type the first part of the title into your search engine and it should pull it up.

The bill he has proposed is also a must read. Type 2018 OK HB 2872 into your search engine. Go to Regular Session LegiScan. When in the website, go to Text: Latest bill text.

This bill talks about the non-ionizing radiation that is in radio frequencies which is emitted by smart meters and cell phones is harmful. He mentions some scientific reports that confirm this. He talks about how the state has the constitutional duty to protect the welfare and health of the citizens. He talks about information not being disclosed due to proprietary rights.

Wed
31
Jan

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that it is my custom to read the sports pages of the two Sunday dailies I receive while eating breakfast. It only spoils my appetite when Iowa teams lose Saturday contests I think they should have won.

I take the editorial pages with me to read before going to church. They often provide me with food for prayer!

This past Sunday, my favorite(!) Register columnist Rekha Basu opined that it would be wrong to give Iowa high school students an opportunity to take a class on the Bible as a social studies elective.

She said that’s for only religious schools, not public schools.

Wed
31
Jan

Word for Word 1/31/18

Rev. Sedar Wemboyama
Rev. Sedar Wemboyama

A Year of New Beginnings

Thanks be to God for the life he gives to us every day and for every good thing he has given us in the past year. God is good all the time. God told Moses that he would walk before him and show him the way. As we begin this new year, time can be different for us if we put God first in our lives. Forget the old things. (Isaiah 43-18)  We want to remember that God loves us and wants the best for us. Read I Corinthians 13:1-13. Every day God provides good things for us.

Wed
24
Jan

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that this is being written on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, and I don’t know where he is buried, but watch for some grave spinning.

Because his dream has not been realized. In fact, in some respects, it seems things have gotten worse in the racial relations arena.

Just the week before the MLK anniversary, the president was accused of using intemperate language in reference to some African and Hispanic nations from which individuals are migrating to the United States.

And about that same time, Nancy Peiosi of the U.S. House of Representatives displayed racial bias in referring to the makeup of a group of elected officials, calling them “white” almost a pejorative.

Wed
24
Jan

Word for Word 1/24/18

Msgr. Ed Lechtenberg
Msgr. Ed Lechtenberg

For your meditation: Jonah 3:1-5, 10 – 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 – Mark 1: 14-20

In the first reading, Jonah the Prophet goes to the basically pagan city. He tells them they’d better shape up, and soon, or else terrible things will occur. And you heard what happened. Miracle of miracles, they all shaped up, right now.

n the second reading Paul gives us a kind of sober, somber warning. He says, “The time is short – those who are making use of this world should conduct themselves as if they were not using it because the world as we know it is passing away.”

In the gospel, Jesus is hard at work. After John’s arrest, and John is his cousin, mentor, precursor and forerunner, Jesus runs right out to preach God’s news. He says, “This is the time! The reign of God is at hand. Reform your lives and believe in the good news.”

There seems to be this rush on. We’ve got to get going, now!

Wed
24
Jan

Letter to the Editor: Record year for Holiday Lights

To the Editor:

Zip-a-de-do-da, what a wonderful 2017!

My granddaughter was singing this the other day and I thought to myself, “what a fitting way to describe our year with Holiday Lights.” This is a year that will be hard to beat.

We had 450-plus volunteers helping with the lights, from setting up displays to happily greeting visitors. The popular Walk-Through Night attracted 700 people - the donated soup, cookies and hot chocolate were once again a big hit.

We broke the all-time record by 1,070 cars, and our first year ever to break 300 cars in a night (not only once, but twice)! Free-will donations were up by 34%.

We credit good weather and the public’s enthusiasm for such a remarkable season. Much appreciation goes out to all who helped make this event possible; thank you for helping us help others.

Dennis (Oz) Osmundson
Development Coordinator
Helping Services for Youth & Families

 

Wed
17
Jan

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that I have not watched any of the award shows on television for years, and this week’s Golden Globes was not an exception.

But listening to or reading reports next morning mentioned some things worth comment.

As with so many things these days, the media are guilty of yet another case of overkill. It appeared that most of the nominated performances dealt with strong women overcoming someone or something. I am not familiar with any of them and don’t plan to become so. The sole exception might be Gary Oldham’s portrayal of Winston Churchill, a strong man!

Photos show most women wore black, no doubt in mourning for the millions of extra dollars they earned or will earn as a result of the current mania to draw attention to predatory males in Hollywood, politics and business. Not that that isn’t a story and a problem. But it isn’t the only topic worth discussion.

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