LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
WE SHOULDN’T HAVE TO CHOOSE
More than 3,500 vets are homeless each night.
Now we are expected to let twice that many into our country and care for them?
We shouldn't have to choose who to take care of first. I know my choice if I had to choose. What do you think?
– John Schrand, Belleville
TAKE BETTER CARE OF OUR TEACHERS
Our school teachers are all but forgotten. Our best teachers are leaving their profession and taking other jobs.
Our children’s education is important, and we should want the best for them. No one seems to be worried about our kids’ education. No one seems to ever mention our kids’ education or our teachers. Most of our teacher have to take a part-time job to help pay their bills.
There are a lot of kids attending school and don’t have all of the supplies they need. Our teachers spend money out of their own pockets to help these kids. Other professions get raises, but no one even mentions our teachers.
Most teachers don’t make enough money to make a living. We wonder why our school system is not in the top five percent anymore. We need to try and retain our teachers and give our kids a chance to compete with the rest of the world.
– Robert Kirkland Jr., O’Fallon
I remember when I was in the military and it came time to vote. The unit- appointed voting officer would remind everyone of the requirements to voting by a certain date and mailing your completed ballot, so it was received in a timely manner (at least two weeks) prior to the election.
These southern states have become too lax when it comes to the military absentee balloting around the world. Allowing military ballots to arrive right up to election day or later is the primary reason that counting is still going on. Maybe these states should learn from their counterparts in the northern states. Early arrival prevents piss-poor performance. – James J. Harrigan, SSG, U.S. Army
OUR BETTER SELVES
It is in service to others we find our better selves. Some fall in the victim trap of bad circumstances, bad decisions, and wallowing in their own misery instigated by bad people. Others are lost in their pride so full of worldly success they fail to realize their responsibility is to help not shame others. Some fan the flames of arrogance and selfactuation for profit while others excuse poor behavior from its just consequences out of a misplaced sense of compassion. Our first service is to look to God for guidance because in Him “all things are possible.” Besides, will all the wealth in the world solve all the world’s problems? People take care of people, not politicians or some policy. Pols are always running on "change" that somehow is never quite achieved in election after election. Also, why is the "policy" word most often used to deny help, "It is not our policy to ..."? The next service is to ourselves for as Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, sang, "I'm starting with the man in the mirror. If you want to make the world a better place. Take a look at yourself, and then make a change." True change is personal not political so get over yourself, your current good or bad circumstances, and "Stand up! Stand up! Stand up! (Yeah! Make that change) Stand up and lift yourself, now (Man in the mirror) Hoo! Hoo! Hoo!” Your better self and better world is with your hands serving others.
– Dan Bruzzini, St. Louis
HISTORY OF EARTH
Bible writers were given limited info of pre-Garden of Eden. Genesis verse one reads, “In the beginning, God created heaven and Earth.” The prophet Isiah writes about the angel Lucifer that God created, decided to take over God's throne. Some form of God’s created beings must have been living on Earth during that time. They had a body and a soul. Lucifer corrupted them like he did Eve in the Garden of Eden. God judged those people and Lucifer, by covering Earth with water and darkness, as scripture reads. Lucifer was confined to Earth. The souls of those judged persons were still on Earth also. Scripture calls those souls demons. Jesus spoke with some demons, and they knew Jesus by his name. Jesus was able to command some demons to leave one man and sent those demons into a herd of swine.
Maybe, God has given some of those demons freedom in our time to do harm to us because we have driven God and His scriptures from our lives. Maybe if we invite God back in our lives, He could get rid of some of the many demons among us.
– Cal Fink, Troy