to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
To the Editor
Christmas Day 1927, the parishioners of Mary Help of Christian Catholic
Church did not get to hear the beautiful tones of the violin of Dr. Wesley
F. Orr playing “Silent Night” at the first Mass on Christmas. Dr. Orr was
out at the Vince Duman farm to assist Anna in delivering a baby girl. The
baby was baptized Frances Beatrice 2 days later.
The year we get to celebrate her 90th birthday on Christmas Day.
Please flood her with greetings:
Fran Faulhaber Pieper
Akron, CO 80720
To the Editor
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am a student at Cascade Christian Schools, and I am writing a report
on the state of Idaho. We are responsible for gathering as much information
as we can about our state. If any of your readers would like to help me
by sending any pictures, postcards, used license plates, facts, products,
etc. from you state, it would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you very much,
Cascade Christian School
601 9th Ave. S.E.
Puyallup, WA 98372
No. 138 - 12/11/17
With Thanksgiving just over (a true American holiday started years
ago by our grateful forefathers), and Christmas on the near horizon, it
might be well for us to ponder awhile the remarkable good fortune we have
to be born and raised in this part of the world!
Contemporary news might suggest that far too many living in our country
today simplydo not realize how fortunate they are to be citizens of this
United States! Maybe it can be traced to a lack of solid history
being taught in many of our high schools and colleges today? Dare
we say that they simply do not know how fortunate they are?
Consider some easily verified facts. First, since the Revolutionary
and Civil Wars and a couple of other almost minor skirmishes, WE HAVE NEVER
HAD TO DEAL WITH A MAJOR WAR INVOLVING FOREIGN TROOPS IN OUR COUNTRY!
Not too many other nations around the world can make that claim!
Second, we have never really lost a war, though the Vietnam venture
and a couple of others like it certainly drained our resources, and saw
the death of many of our fine young men, while ending in a stalemate with
no clear victor. But no foreign nation has put their soldiers on
our soil in a military way threatening our citizens. Only a very
few nations around the world can make this claim!
And our standard of living? It is a well accepted fact that we
have had in the past and do continue to have today a life style and living
conditions that are the envy of the world. A study of immigration figures
over the past hundreds of years tells us that the people flow has always
been INTO our country, and not OUT OF IT, as is the case with numerous
other areas around the world! And certainly that is the direction
people are moving or want to move today... INTO OUR COUNTRY!
Finally, is it not true that our freedom to live and work and choose
the way of life wanted is the envy of most people in other countries today?
Despite the loud cry coming from some in our country about the injustice
and racial discrimination they claim is here, just how many people choose
to leave our shores and seek better conditions in other lands? In
fact, how many other countries allow their citizens to rant, rave and riot
about how terrible it is to live in their country?
Seems to me there must be an answer to these queries and questions!
And this Red Neck article bluntly claims that it is our religious background
which supplies the answer! For sure, the folks who celebrated that
first Thanksgiving were hard working and God fearing people, Christians
for the most part, who recognized the birth of the child Jesus at Christmas
very important in their lives. And as mentioned several times
in earlier RN reviews, the historical person of the God Man Christ, whose
birthday we will celebrate soon, as did our ancestors years ago, and HIS
message of love of neighbor and the Ten Commandments supplies the answer
we are looking for! And the motive and driving force in our past which
has carried our nation from its humble beginnings a few centuries ago,
to the envy of most who live on our planet today!
And should it not need be asked? Is His message of personal responsibility
and love of neighbor not slowly disappearing today as suggested by the
hatred and crime and murder we hear all around us? And is it not
time to return to the spirit of those holidays today?
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