Letters 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
39225 C.R.H.H.
Akron, CO 80720
Thank you,
Catherine Brockamp
Corvallis, OR

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,
Yours truly,
Leah B.
5th Grader
Cascade Christian School
601 9th Ave. S.E.
Puyallup, WA 98372

Redneck Review!
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 to be
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?
Jake Wren

Cottonwood, Idaho 83522


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