Thank you to firefighters and the community
Recently, tragedy struck our beautiful mountains. There are no words that can describe the pain everyone feels about these fires. In the midst of this tragedy, our brave community of firefighters came together and fought for our homes and land. They have done this not only during these recent fires but also every day of the year. They are the ones who wake in early hours when the rest of us sleep comfortably in our beds. They brave the heat of summer and the chill of winter to fight fire and protect us. They may be a sister or brother to some and mother and father to others. To some they are children and grandchildren. Many of them work second and third jobs to make ends meet. To these brave and selfless men and women, we want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Friends of Firefighters, who is our community as a whole, say thank you. Over the course of the last few weeks and Saturday’s event, $2,400 was raised to give to our local volunteer departments!
Thank you again to everyone who helped support this cause by either donating, volunteering, or coming out Saturday to support. We want to give special thanks to Dave Linn and Timothy Crabtree for their help. We couldn’t have done it without them. And to everyone else, thank you.
Joey Kennedy — Franklin, N.C.
Seeing Christmas inside and out
It’s amazing to think that out of all world celebrations, Christmas is known and celebrated worldwide. Every nation on earth takes time out to reflect upon this one day known as Christmas. Even in times of war the fighting can stop for just this single day. This one day, faith seems realized but not totally understood. We all seem to share and take part in this celebration to some degree whether you believe or disbelieve, or are somewhere in the middle of being unsure, and have questions of uncertainty. This Christmas celebration is mainly the joy and excitement of being with friends and family and the exchange of toys, gifts and time spent with the ones we love and care for. The excitement of preparation in decorating, baking, buying, all adds momentum to the Christmas season. All the externalizing of this holiday can get a bit overwhelming but it all seems worth all the time, effort and energy that’s put into it. It’s the biggest celebration our world shares together as one.
Within the internal quietness of our hearts, Christmas can take a different perspective. We seem to view more closely our relationships of the past and present in hopes that somehow our future relationships grow more complete and meaningful as we grow older. More importantly than this, whether realized or not, there’s a tugging, so to speak, within the human soul for the spiritual side that’s within each of us. This tug of heart, if it doesn’t fade from neglect, has a place which is made by and only for God. As Augustine has stated, “Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee.” Just as in the movie of “Ebenezer Scrooge,” Christmas seems to excite the external physical side, but its true place is felt internally. Christmas seems to draw us into questioning of what is it that makes us grateful in life, what is it inside our hearts that seems incomplete and elusive and in search of something that seems hard to find, but can only find its place within our relationship to the One who relates with each of us in being born, and shared life with us, knowing pain, laughter, disappointment, and the good and bad of life, to the point of suffering death on our behalf, so we can relate with Him, and Him with us. This is why all the earth sings as one, “Joy to the World a Savior is born.” This is the One true gift that came for us, but as in the Christmas story, there was no room in the Inn for Him to be born; but this Christmas may we all make room for Him to begin a new life within each of us. This is the free gift only He can give; it only takes a willing heart to receive it.
Deni Shepard — firstname.lastname@example.org
John Glenn a true American hero
Coming from the school of Groucho Marx, there are very few people who impress me. In my world, there is no one above me and no one below me.
Well, this is only partly true because there are a few people for whom I have a deep admiration for and Senator and Astronaut John Glenn is amongst them.
I had the honor of being at Cape Canaveral when John Glenn became the first American to circumnavigate the planet. Knowing the failure rate of the Atlas rocket system, my stomach was in my throat during the launch.
Not long after, Americans made the trips to the moon to set foot on lunar soil, followed by many Shuttle flights.
Because our office was only a few miles from the launch site at the Cape, my staff and I were able to witness almost all of the launches.
John Glenn and most of the other astronauts held a belief that humans are natural explorers and that part of our destiny is to explore space. In doing so, we will find our place in the universe and understand why we are here in the first place.
Our next step will be to explore and perhaps establish a colony on Mars and eventually move on beyond.
All of our dreams of the future currently seem to be set against a backdrop of jealousy and envy of successful people. Everyone wants what the other guy has.
Our destiny seems to be at odds and lost to the small and petty little people who would destroy those dreams.
Some have spent the past eight years preparing us for a Socialist State and are now floundering with deep psychological problems, sort of a post-election PTSD.
John Glenn was a Democrat but at no time did he ever think that we should have a big government taking care of us from cradle to grave. Indeed, he was the epitome of someone who was self-reliant and encouraged others to be the same. At the same time, he was generous and helped those who truly needed help.
Let’s not forget John Glenn was a real national hero and his life should be a beacon for all of us to follow.
Believe in ourselves and not the bellicose voices of those who would lead us into a nation of whiners.
Bob Wilson — Franklin, N.C.
Took a lot of big words to insult president-elect
Wow, what a letter! I never read anything in my 86-plus years about his guy Plato. But after I read that letter describing the history of Plato, I was truly impressed, but if I could ever figure out some of those big words, I might really understand who Plato was.
After reading the letter I wonder why it took him so long to insult our new president-elect? I am a strong Trump supporter and will support him for at least eight years more. So, for a guy in the street with little education, my only advice to you and Plato and I quote, “suck it up” pal, like we did with Obama. The time has come for the little guy to stand up and be proud his guy won.
Wm. Trapani — Franklin, N.C.