"Then He who sat on the throne said, 'Behold, I make everything new.'" Rev 21:5a. Happy New Year! And what a way to start it! I thought my car needed ice skates the other morning! Wow! I don't mind ice on lakes or in drinks but not on roads, thank you! I always ask for prayer for America and sometimes something comes along to show just how much it's needed. A congresswoman who used an x-rated word to describe President Trump to say she was going to impeach him. I like what a talk show host said, "Does she speak to her son that way?"
Last Sunday evening the Brainerd community celebrated the 16th annual 12th Night of Christmas Concert at First Congregational UCC Church. It wasn't just a concert, it was a happening! Those in attendance were treated to music by a host of star-studded local musicians whose performances were outstanding! All donated their time and talents and the community responded with a generous free will offering which will go to enhance the music program at the Brainerd HIgh School.
Most environmental problems come from the free will group activity of humans, compounded by the numbers of mankind. We live in the Anthropocene Epoch, the age of man's control of our God given planet. We have the responsibility of free will to give the Earth and all of its inhabitants our loving attention. Status quo comes from following the herd. Progress comes from following your heart. Jon Pierson Deerwood
I used to read about the ancient Romans and how they put people in the public arena and then set the lions upon them. Apparently they got a kick out of seeing people mauled to death and eaten in front of them. I have trouble finding that as being entertaining. With the advent of the football season it brings to mind what people want to see in our public arenas and it's not that far off from where the Romans were and believe me it's not just in football.
The Dec. 10 and Dec. 13 climate change letters tell us we have to act now to stave off global warming. I've been subscribing to "Science" and "Science News" for several years now, and have yet to see anything conclusive about man-made CO2 (carbon dioxide) as the real cause for climate change. I see "maybes," "possibilities," and sometimes contradictions, but nothing really solid. Man-made global warming via carbon dioxide emissions is fake science for the following reasons:
Wall Street may well be experiencing the nano-second computer generated sell-off of stocks that most brokers are incapable of controlling or avoiding. Algorithms engineered to buy and sell stocks based on cold data only (Apple Inc) are automatically making those split second decisions void of human controls. The SEC and NYSE knew about this digital time bomb years ago but have taken no action. It appears the chickens have come home to roost. Louie Hoffmann Brainerd
What do you get when you have a divided government, hundreds of thousands of furloughed and unpaid workers, politicians, and a wall (or lack thereof)? A government shutdown that is neither necessary or effective. More debt. More egotistical decisions. More Americans who can't support themselves and their families. More illegal immigrants coming into our country.
This is a short lesson for the opponents of building a wall on our southern border. I keep hearing (and reading) the words spoken by Ronald Reagan about the Berlin wall. He said, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." Therefore, they believe that President Reagan was against walls. Untrue. He had a deal with the Democrats that he would agree to something they wanted, and he did. As his son recently said, "he's still waiting." Additionally, the Berlin wall was not built to keep people out. It was built to keep people in. Just a little different.
Another new year. So, what's new that makes this year different? Isn't it the same-old, same-old? We always want to exercise more, lose some weight, pay more attention to those we love, be more successful and get those things done that we have been putting off for years. It's a great plan but we know that much of it will be forgotten before the end of February.
I'm writing my opinion in response to the Jan. 1, 2019 reader opinion, "Change." The writer talks about it's time to do the right thing with other countries. You mean the countries that have taken advantage of America? The writer talks about living wage and health care. Who will pay for this? The writer talks about caring for our earth. My guess the writer hasn't stopped driving her car and snow blowing her sidewalks. No, she hasn't. Liberals like to talk about what other people should do. Bill Dian Brainerd