A solution to sewer improvements forced on homeowners is very easy. The municipalities that forced these unneeded upgrades should do them on a labor and material basis only. Payments could be made to ease this burden over 50 years – the amount of time the system has been ignored and neglected.
Did no one think to save for future upgrades? What will happen to those people who live on borderline poverty? More empty houses.
Costs must be controlled. Perhaps, council members could think about this while they wait at our extremely long red lights.
Devil’s successes are many, well-known
There’s a story that is not well-known which is so bizarre it’s almost incredible. But if Jesus’ words, “By their fruit, you should know them” (Matthew 7:16, 20), is used as a criterion, it certainly can be credible.
And here’s the story. More than a 100 years ago, Pope Leo XIII was leaving the altar after Mass when he had a mystical experience. He heard God and the devil conversing. The devil said, “Give me time and I can destroy your church.”
God answered him, “How much time do you need?”
“A hundred years,” replied the devil.
“Go ahead, try it,” answered God.
Would God really allow the devil to do this? Well, he allowed the devil to tempt Adam and Eve, and this original sin has plagued all mankind ever since. And he allows the devil to tempt all of us throughout our lives.
Space forbids a listing of all the diabolical successes that occurred in the past 100 years, but at least consider all the wars, especially World War I and World War II, the diabolical Nazi regime and atheists, communism and the clergy scandals. And consider the demoralization of our country and the world.
To substantiate this story, Pope Leo issued a policy that every Catholic church in the world, after Mass, say the prayer to St. Michael the archangel, the chief adversary of the devil, to protect us.
If any thinking, serious Christian can not come up with 25 or more instances of the devil’s successes, they have had their head in the sand.
Richard A. Ruth
Make punishment fit the drug crime
An article on the front page of the paper stated that a kingpin drug dealer could get up to 20 years in prison for killing our children’s and grandchildren’s minds.
Almost every suicide, robbery, child and wife abuse and arson is caused by minds destroyed by drugs. Yes, I did say killing, which seems like a stronger sentence should apply. With a lawyer, which we will pay for, the kingpin will more than likely get less jail time, able again to enjoy the life he had made with his drug money.
My solution is simple: If you are caught with 10 grams of heroin, you must be made to take it. As many pills you have or the amount of marijuana you have on you, you have to take it. I know it seems harsh, but the drugs will be off the street and so will the dealers. They have made their livings destroying our youth and country.
Citizens must resume control
How do we resolve America’s problems? Impeach the president, vice president and the whole Congress. Man has run this country long enough. Wake up, people, before we are underground.
Maybe it’s time to put the women in charge. Who? Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin together. They could cut all foreign aid, clean up the welfare by creating jobs, stop spending on prisoners, balance the budget, reduce Congress’ pay by 30 percent and increase taxes on the rich.
Create a new Congress by the people, for the people. We the people must take back our country.
W. Brigitte Holgash
Denying veterans a despicable act
Veterans were denied access to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. My father was a World War II veteran.
Active military were also denied services from the clergy. (Some military priests faced arrest if they celebrated Mass or practiced their faith on military bases during the government shutdown.) Various forms of prayer and worship can provide peace, joy, hope and strength to cope with our daily lives.
Imagine the support military clergy provide to those engaged in combat currently stationed in the Middle East. This is so relevant I’ve taken the oath our armed forces take when joining the military. Many others in government service also take an oath. Years ago, I did.
Commitment to future action – engaging in combat that may result in their loss of life – makes taking an oath unique for our men and women. They’ll give their life to protect ours, the United States of America, and its future.
If the government shutdown is to blame for this devastation to our active military and veterans, why didn’t the president invoke executive privilege to help until the money problems were resolved?
The last time, following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, when I asked the government a question, they shut me down.
The military will remain in my prayers.