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Photo use questioned

How could you—front page, four boys, big picture! “Summer Fun” was caption. About four-five young 12-13 year-olds having a blast, normal summer activity jumping off bridge, south Cottonwood, Gothenburg, into a canal. Second photo showed all boys back floating in same canal—after the drowning this May of an 18-year-old jumping into the canal off a bridge near Lexington with friends?

He actually was a friend’s son; he reached out and touched a foot of a female friend as he was pulled down to drown in the canal, right near all his friends. And now, another young man, Mr. Martin, drowned in a canal.

So why run a story and promote swimming in a canal without life jackets, without parents, and tell everyone why it’s cool to do it?

Maybe you could call Aracely Hernandez who lost her son in May and explain why it’s a good thing for more kids to jump in and play in canals? Her oldest son is dead. Would you change your story idea and promote fun in the sun at the pool where the bottom is seen, and stable and controlled depths, and lifeguards and flotation devices are available to throw in to save a person’s life or one parent present? That would be responsible reporting. Just because everyone has done it doesn’t make it right to promote dangerous activity.

Did you know a canal is cone-shaped, wider at the top where water flow is very slow, and a very narrow bottom where it flows three-four times faster? Even if you throw a dog out a bone—my ex-husband did—the dog won’t survive.

I was supposed to meet a North Platte fire, search and rescue man. He never showed up. He left for work and that morning, his pickup blew a tire and went into a canal he lived near. He was a strong swimmer—did this all the time with ropes—but the pickup was still floating when co-workers looked for him. He had been drug under and found a few days later.

So, please promote safe play for young people, not another funeral service.

 

We must stand up to invaders

In a land far away and long ago two armies met in mortal combat in front of a city. The local army being badly beaten retreated into their city. Unfortunately they didn1t get the city gate closed. The army of their adversary stormed through the gate.

The United States of America is a mirror of that city. The pagans have stormed through our gates. They are the humanists, pornographers, prostitutes, adulterers, abortionists, atheists, homosexuals-pedophiles, holding to a form of propriety and civility while exhibiting none. We have given them our children, our money, our land, our possessions. Like a leach they have not been satisfied. The Jihadist Moslems are pouring through the gate hard at their heels.

We are in a terrible state. The government is not the solution. They are more of the problem than the solution. However, I am very proud of our men and women in uniform who are bravely holding back the Jihadist Moslem horde, overseas.

In the land far away and long ago it looked very bad for that city. However the streets were narrow and the residents were on the roofs of their homes and they had piles of rocks up there with them. Each family protected their home, together they totally destroyed the invading army.

We are Americans. We live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Modern society wants us to give up our old tired values, to reject our old time religion, to trade our blood-bought freedoms for a pack of lies. When we are silenced by the press of society or overwhelmed by the cacophony of sin and perversion all about us, when terrorists so horrify us that we cower in fear then slavery and death will overtake us.

God is not shook, “He is an ever present help in a time of trial.” Our Nation is founded on God, when we turn to Him, He is there.

Paul the Apostle (Philippians 1:27-28), “I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This will be a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God.” When the world says, bow, kneel, sin, submit, shut up, put on this turban our answer must be “I don’t think so.”

We live in the 21st century, the battle still rages intensely. Our futures, the futures of our children and grandchildren hang in the balance. Like in the city of old, we must not let them invade our homes. When we stand as one the invaders will be driven out and our city will be spared.

   

Who are the cowards?

In his first major speech, Attorney General Eric Holder said, “...in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.” Holder urged Americans to have a forthright national conversation about aspects of race which are ignored because they are uncomfortable. Later he said, “We have to have the guts to be honest with each other...” I understand what he was saying, but... what actions have this administration taken since then?

1. On election day 2008, New Black Panther Party members stood outside a Philadelphia polling place, intimidating voters they thought might not be Obama supporters. They said things like, “You are about to be ruled by the black man, cracker!” At least one of them had a weapon (nightstick). The confrontation was caught on video, there were witnesses, police were on the scene and a report was filed. One of the defendants Maurice Heath, has since been seen on video shouting, “I hate white people—all of them!” and “You’re gonna have to kill some crackers! You’re gonna have to kill some of their babies!” When the defendants failed to appear in federal court, they apparently were guilty by default. However, the Department of Justice dismissed the case due to lack of evidence.? A former DOJ attorney Christian Adams (who quit his job over this), claims they were ordered not to pursue voting-rights cases against black people. No comment has come from Holder or the President.

2. During a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, Holder could not bring himself to identify the Fort Hood shooter, the Christmas Day bomber or the Times Square bomber as radical Islamic terrorists. Apparently we not only don’t talk about race, we also can’t put a name on religious fanatics who are trying to kill us.

3. Holder threatened a lawsuit against the state of Arizona, saying their new immigration law might promote racial profiling. That was before he had even read the (10-page) law. The same story for Homeland Security Secretary (former Arizona governor) Janet Napolitano. President Obama wanted us to believe that Mexicans would be harassed if they dared to take their kids out for ice cream. Their propaganda caused serious racial division between people nation-wide. Then, the lawsuit that was filed didn’t contain any language about racial profiling. It was an obvious (pitiful) attempt to gain Hispanic voter support.

4. Shirley Sherrod, an Agriculture Dept. director in Georgia, was hurriedly ordered to resign over (supposed) racial statements she made at an NAACP gathering. The administration feared the political embarrassment of the story appearing on the Glenn Beck program (really?).

5. Don’t forget the beer summit.

It appears to me that the administration’s policies lack “the guts to be honest with each other,” so we can have that “forthright national conversation.” I think these few instances of events are enough to prompt the question. Who are the cowards?

   

Getting the story straight

Just want to set the story straight—Schaben Sanitation is owned by Waste Connections, a corporation from Texas. However, Mike’s Sanitation is family owned and lives in Gothenburg.

One more piece of information—the City of Gothenburg keeps money from your garbage bill each month to pay for the recycling and grass dump.

 

   

Founding fathers vs. politicians

The Second Continental Congress met on July 1, 1776 to discuss separation of the American colonies from Great Britain. An impassioned speech against separation was delivered by John Dickinson, who felt it to be premature. He blamed their oppression on Parliament and thought reconciliation could still be made with King George. A speech by John Adams was received with more enthusiasm by the majority. Dickinson could not in good conscience vote for the measure, but would not vote against it either and left the meeting. Did he go to join the British? No, he went to join his regiment in New Jersey.

On July 2, Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. After debate and revision, final approval came on July 4. By the time most delegates were actually signing the Declaration on Aug. 2, Dickinson was fighting for the very cause he could not support in Congress.

His unpopularity for not signing the declaration, hampered his advancement in military rank. Because of this, he had an on/off relationship between military service and politics. Dickinson did not discard his principles for popularity’s sake nor let his unpopularity prevent him from doing great things.

Some of his accomplishments included: chief justice of Pennsylvania, author of most of the state papers of the Continental Congress, author of the Articles of Confederation, delegate at the Federal Constitutional Convention and signer of the Constitution. He (like the rest) put himself, his family and property at great risk. The bottom line was, all these men were about the future of our country, our freedom and liberty. It was not about their personal agendas.

To compare politicians of today to the founders, seems to me a criminal act. The Democrat party should be wearing orange jumpsuits. Their House members are full-blown socialists. They pass laws in the middle of the night without letting anyone read what’s in them. The only concerns these spineless reprobates have are their personal agendas and re-elections. Since the “immaculation” of Obama, the Constitution has been held in total disregard. Four members of the Supreme Court voted against the First and Second Amendments. They are now pushing a court nominee (Elena Kagan) who believes we have no rights, save those given to us by government. When she reads the declaration, the words “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” don’t appear. I don’t believe the oppression we face from this group, to be any less than that which the colonists faced. How about these words from the declaration—governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of our independence, France gave us the Statue of Liberty. It was a gift of mutual respect for freedom and democracy. It was also a symbol of the French people’s pride for their part in our revolution. Two weeks ago Obama tried to turn it into the Statue of Immigration. I’m tired of him trying to re-write our history.

After passage of the declaration, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife saying, the day should be “solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” Enjoy your fireworks while you can. Under Obama, the E.P.A. is probably looking at banning them.

   

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