We should respect God’s beautiful earth
To the editor:
Lent has begun. It is a 40-day period in which we slow down, or at least try, and concentrate on the sacrifice of our Father, creator of this world. He sent forth His son, Jesus, for our redemption and restoration. Jesus came as well to give us guidelines for living kinder. Forgiveness sets an example in living out “loving our neighbors,” the commandment He asks of us now.
When I was a young teen, I used to give up sweets for Lent. Some said it was wrong, or I was showing off, trying to lose weight, and it wasn’t necessary. I believed Jesus sacrificed his young life of 30 years in torture to restore my relationship with our Father. I wanted to sacrifice something I enjoyed. I called upon Him to get me through. Not only did I grow closer, but I felt cleansed.
God created a world of beauty. I challenge you to once again make our Father’s world beautiful. The ground from which we were formed and are nourished is full of disrespect for the earth.
Our roadways and streets are overflowing with plastic bottles, papers, soda cans and even bags of garbage that someone has thrown out the window. This shows irreverence to the Father who so loved us with gifts of His son, redeeming us and planning for a place more beautiful than earth.
On Saturday mornings while we lived in Germany, we scrubbed the steps into our homes and swept the streets. No one did otherwise. It’s not anything like the sacrifice of Jesus on a cross for our sins, but it shows we revere what He has created. Redemption and restoration is a gift with no strings attached. Such love we cannot understand, or have difficulty believing and accepting, for we forget what the gift means.
Let’s restore the ground of our Creator as Jesus has restored us.
Carole L. Bishop
Republican Party will, once again, return to the top
To the editor:
Allan Powell’s column of Feb. 8 was the most one-sided, vitriolic and incorrect column that I have ever seen in The Herald-Mail.
Powell writes that the Republican Party is basically dead; and if they are not completely dead, they will be little more than a “nuisance” that progressive liberals will be able to ignore and brush aside as being irrelevant in the future. Powell is a professor emeritus of philosophy not history. If he were to study history, he would know that the Republican Party has been prematurely declared dead before.
In 1932, when FDR defeated Hoover and the Democrats swept Congress and everything else in sight and held on to that power for at least one generation, the Republican Party was declared dead. When LBJ mopped the floor with Goldwater in 1964, the Republican Party was declared dead. When Nixon resigned in disgrace due to the Watergate affair, the Republican Party was declared dead. When Obama and the Democrats ran the table in 2008, the Republican Party was declared dead. All of these declarations of death proved wrong.
Powell may fanaticize and philosophize about the Republican Party as being dead, but what is dead and decaying here is his premise that the progressive liberal crowd has totally won out and completely vanquished its Republican foes.
Believe me, the day will come that Republicans are back on top.
Rodney Pearson Sr.
Santa and his helpers say thanks to furniture store
To the editor:
We would like to thank the staff at the Ashley Furniture stores at Longmeadow and Wesel Boulevard for letting Santa and his helpers set up during the Christmas season. Everyone was so wonderful.
Also, thank you to the Hunt family for all of their help in making this possible.
For all who visited, Santa plans to return, health permitting, in 2013.
Bud Kline and family