I still believe in the USA
I just picked up my Macon News. I enjoy their paper. I like to read George Hasara’s articles. I think sometimes they’re very informative, sometimes it’s too much liberal hype. But he’s still interesting. Now, I know him, and have enjoyed my afternoons when he owned a local pub in town. He was always very interesting when we discussed current affairs. In fact, he was pretty sharp. I just finished this week’s article, and it was good. But to this 86-year-old geezer, it didn’t fit. But in this world, it might, but not mine.
I am an old school guy. A guy like me who served this country for many years in service. I understand it’s our right to protest. I’ve spent many days on picket lines during my years in the union business, but you protest to right some wrongs. His understanding of the protest by that third string quarterback sticks in my craw.
I would have asked that $20 million clown, has he ever stood over any casket returning home after the wars? Each fallen brother’s casket is covered with our wonderful flag, and does he realize that maybe the brother in that casket could be black or white? When our boys set up to defend our flag, color means nothing, so when he refused to honor our flag and anthem he disrespected every flag draped casket that returns to home. You know maybe he should thank God to be born in America and be allowed to throw a ball around to make millions while somebody black or white stands the post that gives him his freedom.
Well, George, keep writing your articles and I’ll keep reading them. Well done
Wm. Trapani — Franklin, N.C.
Keep our Veterans Memorial looking beautiful
I would like to remind everyone of Veterans Day this Thursday, Nov. 11, in Franklin. We have a Veterans Parade starting at 10:30 a.m. on Main Street at the Town Hall and proceeding to the courthouse. A patriotic program follows at the gazebo on the square.
This day is a good time to also go down to the Veterans Memorial Park and spend some time visiting our Veterans Memorial. We think it is the most beautiful of any in the Southeast. It was built to honor all veterans of all our wars. Many have purchased Honor Bricks for friends and family and there are many who haven’t done so. You can find, at the entrance, a box with envelopes with forms to do so.
The Memorial Committee tries to keep it looking as beautiful as possible for your enjoyment. Up to recently, there have been enough brick sales to make this possible. The expenses now are more than the income. Some of these expenses include mowing the grass and keeping it looking good, caring for plants and trees as needed, replacing any electrical equipment (lamps, etc.) and new flags when needed. In the near future, you can see the funds will be gone with this trend. One way is for enough people to volunteer to make a small annual donation for the Memorial; it would help to keep up the maintenance. This can be done by sending your donation to Veterans Memorial of Macon County, P.O. Box 474, Franklin, NC 28744. Thank you.
Bob Litten — Franklin, N.C.
We are justified by our faith
Faith is a dependence on the power of another, a firm belief or trust in a person, time, or statement.
These Bible words will be helpful and obliging for the mystery of faith.
“What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them and ye shall have them.” Mark 11:24.
“And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in numbers daily.” Acts 16:5.
“And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have showed you and have taught you publicly, and from house to house, testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” Acts 20:20, 21
“By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name.” Romans 1:5
“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17.
“But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” Romans 4:5
“For we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.” Romans 4:14, 15, 16
“Knowing that no man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” Gal. 2:16
“Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.” Gal. 3:6, 7
“And the scripture foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, in thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.” Gal. 3:8,9
“But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident; for the just shall live by faith and the law is not of faith.” Gal. 3:11
Floyd Cruse — Franklin, N.C.
Class of Independents think for themselves
Sometimes it seems people are looking for God to run our country and failing that, they look to a superior ruling class to dominate us.
Dating back perhaps 100,000 years or more, humans, along with animals, look for someone they can worship and it is part of our genetic inheritance.
Dare to challenge any of these loyalties and you will incur wrath and hatred because they are absolutely convinced their opinion is the only right one. It couldn’t be worse than when we lived in medieval times. In medieval times the Church picked the rulers and one dare not question the Church because they spoke for God herself. (Oops.)
Long ago, the Church had Bruno dragged through the streets and burned at the stake for even suggesting that the sun didn’t revolve around earth and that there might be other planets out there.
The only real difference between then and now is that the ruling class is elected as opposed having been selected by God.
But therein lay a problem. If we are to vote for a particular leader, we must be free to ask questions, sometimes hard questions and we must be free to look at all sides to an argument. In short, we must be informed and not persuaded by what often amounts to disguised lies and fantasies and you can’t do that if you are a devout loyalist. Loyalists sometimes pick people who are corrupt.
Loyalists do not ask hard questions, perhaps out of fear or perhaps they are indeed hoping their leader will somehow fulfill their heart’s desire and we will all live in a wonderland.
Sorry, it ain’t going to happen.
This is where the Independent voters come into play.
If not more intelligent, Independent voters are certainly better informed, are more analytical and able to make better decisions. For them, politics is not an obsession. They look carefully at all sides to the political debate. And, by golly, they watch both CNN and Fox News and draw their own conclusions. They don’t appreciate someone telling them what to watch or not watch.
A common human fault is “confirmation bias” which gives rise to all sorts of belief systems, political or religious. Simply put, humans will look only for things to confirm what they want to believe and refuse to look at the other side. (Deadly to airline pilots) It is easy to understand when you look at how many different religions we have in the world.
It is most dangerous when it involves politics because our ruling class uses this weakness in our thinking to control what we believe and think.
When we allow the ruling class to tell us how to lead our lives and what to believe, we can quickly become a totalitarian Democracy with a consummate loss of liberty and freedom.
Think for yourself and join the growing class of Independents.
Bob Wilson — Franklin, N.C.
What are you leaving as your legacy?
There’s a statement we’ve all heard within political settings. And oftentimes our thinking falls into this, “what difference does it make,” but in fact it can make a profound difference not only for the present but for decades to come.
When our nation was in its infancy and in the midst of the Revolutionary War, the odds of there being an American nation were quite slim. Those who fought with few resources, broken wagons, food shortages, the harshness of winter and sickness, all took a toll and tremendous courage with no guarantee of the outcome. Their total focus was towards a freedom that seemed impossible and for a freedom that had never been known before. They sought that city upon a hill, that was like no other. Our founding fathers were instilled with hope and a desire that was set within them by parents and people before them, and none of them would have ever realized the impact and destiny of the future that they laid out before us. They never could have known that their sacrifice and efforts would be written down within our history books, and that they, because of their efforts made an America that through them has impacted our entire world.
We all have an impact that may not be realized until we are gone, and it may never be one of fame or fortune, but you have an impact nonetheless. This is more realized when we are unselfish in our motives and in the helping of those around us that have unselfish needs. This involves integrity, honesty, and a willingness to give of one’s self without certainty of outcome, but shows itself for what it is. This internal character which we need to see more of, may be little known except to those we mentor or leave our legacy to and can be far-reaching into the future.
Many who invest their lives towards charitable causes, as in missionaries or helping in medical causes or the simplest thing as in a kind word, or mentoring a young person, all make a profound impact that can be felt and seen for decades. This can go unknown to many, as with my parents that have had an impact upon me that carries from me to my daughter and nephew, and from them to hundreds of others throughout their lives. This is, in part, my poor attempt in writing so my daughter and family can look back when I’m gone and see what building blocks there are for making value in life and what foundation they are built upon. It would be my hope this would find itself going for generations to come. This is the legacy I would like to leave.
Christ has done this very thing, in words and living and continues a legacy and pathway for generations to follow, and one that needs to be strongly looked upon. It has changed the path for many and all for the good that wish to follow Him. “These are written that you may believe.” John 20:31.
Deni Shepard — firstname.lastname@example.org