To The Daily Sun,
Hopefully Mr. E. Scott Cracraft and James Veverka might read this poem I wrote some 40 years ago and maybe understand that faith and belief is in the heart, and if one doesn't have it then they don't and that maybe the reason they write what they do.
On the Eve of Christmas
Now, three days past the longest night,
eight reindeer and sleigh take flight;
to spread the tide of Christ's birth and gift,
carry word of His new year, spirits lift.
So silent and swift the passing sleigh: yet,
not one believing in His name would say,
"I fail to see the tiny sleigh and deer,
I really don't believe St. Claus was here."
Down the chimneys of our hearts he goes,
rekindling spirits fire; for he knows
that no gift greater than His divine light,
is seen in our spirit on Christmas night.
Myth born an age and world far away,
spun and imagined 'til this our day--
we would naught believe unless we heard:
the bells, deer, sleigh and His spoken word?
Wouldn't believe in easy joy, special laughter,
can we believe now two thousand years after,
that our God Father in the Heaven above
gave to us His Son so much was His love?
We needn't look to the sky, strain our ear,
as it's from within He comes to us each year.
As we lay gifts under the decorated tree,
on the eve of Christmas, within us He'll be.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 10:27
To The Daily Sun,
On the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, I have been mostly a sideline observer, but the recent videos of the architect of this legislation, Jonathan Gruber, has really opened my eyes to how corrupt this current presidential administration really is. In the video clips, Gruber, admitted that the "law's lack of transparency" was designed to dupe the American public. He brags and laughs to his fellow academics, at a conference, saying "Americans are too stupid to understand" the health care bill.
Well, I guess the real joke was on the taxpayers.
Most of the Democratic Party senators who voted to pass this act likely never read the bill and voted for it anyway. Nancy Pelosi herself said they had to pass it to find out what was in it. Billions and billions were spent on the government website before they insured one single citizen on Obamacare. Then it failed.
The state of Massachusetts spent almost $1 billion on their own website and, at this time, it is not functioning properly. These costs are unacceptable.
Now, I do think it is noble that all Americans have access to affordable health insurance. However, the way this administration went about it was deceitful and very heavy-handed. Mark Twain once said "Honesty is the best policy when there is money in it" and also said something to the effect, if you tell the truth you don't have to have such a great memory. President Obama and his administration did not tell anything close to the truth with the ACA and to me has lost all credibility.
People want government leaders that they can trust, not a ruling class that thinks they know what is best for us. The recent remarks by one of the president's advisers prove it all too well that they don't have all the answers.
Remember what Lincoln said at Gettysburg "a government of the people, by the people, for the people."
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 10:14
To The Daily Sun,
Last Tuesday, I voted in the mid-term elections at the St. Andre Bessette Parish in Laconia. Imagine my surprise, when after I "checked in" at the polling table, my name was announced out loud throughout the whole polling hall. It was extremely unsettling to me. I thought that the right to vote should also protect your right to privacy. I understand that one og the clerks needs to check your name off to prevent "voting fraud", but I didn't expect the clerk across the room to also have to check off your name.
I have voted before in New Hampshire and in other states and this is the first time this has happened to me. The next day, I phoned the office of Secretary of State New Hampshire. I was told that this was the state law and that the law has been effect for the past four years. I was told that the law was passed to prevent "voting fraud". I voted two years ago and I don't recall this happening.
What would happen if a neighbor that a voter is trying to avoid because of a local dispute, hears your name and after you vote confronts you outside the voting hall or in the parking lot.This could prevent other voters from coming to the polls to cast his or her votes.
I am considering contacting my elected officials and if necessary the American Civil Liberties Union to try to get this law overturned. I am sure that having their name called out in the polling hall happened to other readers, since I did hear other voters names called out when they voted in this polling place. How did they feel when they heard their name our loud?
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 10:11
To The Daily Sun,
I'd like to respond to Thomas Lemay's letter of Nov. 8. Though I didn't read Bishop Blake's letter in question. I have read some of his letters. Though he often writes in Christianese which unbelievers are not accustom to hearing, he is usually sound in doctrine. As a rule, I'm not certain about his Halloween letter as I said I haven't read it, but as a rule I'd take his letters seriously.
Having said that, I'd like to address some things you said in your letter. From your letter I perceive that you have had some less than positive experiences with Christians. Let me apologize for our less-than-stellar witness to you. We, the Christian church, are far from perfect, but we are a work in progress.
In your letter you comment on how the Christian church was persecuted in the beginning "but once it got rolling, oh how the tide has turned..." It seems that you consider the corruption of the church as the genuine article instead of the other way around. Please Tom, do not consider the unfaithfulness and corruption of some or even many Christians or if you will, so-called Christians as indeed some are, to be the message of the Christian church. If you do, it will only be to your loss.
Now as to the authority of the Scriptures. They are divine thoughts given through divine words, not merely the words of men. Tom they are true words. How do I know this? I have come to know the living God and his Son Jesus Christ. He is real. His word is true. If you could make a time machine and go back to the beginning you would find Adam and Eve in the garden. A little latter Noah's Ark and the world wide flood etc... You wouldn't find men evolving. But you can't do these things so it takes faith to believe it. That's the only way someone can believe in evolution also. Except believing what is false turns out to be delusion.
Christians are just honest about the faith part, evolutionists aren't. Christian faith is not blind faith though. If you seriously study God's word, the Bible, it proves it's and God's faithfulness.'
If I can perhaps help you with some of your objections. You mention 1,283,000 mass killings in the Bible. I'm not sure where you got the number, but perhaps this will help you understand a little. God is unsearchable. You will never be able know everything about God. But we know that he is good, that he is righteous, that he is all-powerful. He is also the creator of all things. As he is the creator, if he kills somebody who is there to charge him with wrongdoing. So how do we follow his example then? That's where Jesus comes in. Jesus is God the Son. He is thus God and he is man. Jesus gave us an example of what God would do as a man as well as providing a means of salvation for us.
The Crusades? So many times men get it wrong and don't understand what God wants them to do. I think the Crusades were one of those. Though God will use anything to accomplish his purpose even our mistakes.
As to the realness of the existence of God we know that life comes from life. I would challenge you or anyone to show an experiment were you start with a inanimate object or substance and create a living being from non life. It doesn't happen. Creating an amino acid is not that. In this way science confirms the need for a creator. These things being so, it would behoove a reasonable man to find out just who this God is, and what is required to please Him.
Well, God bless and I hope I've been of some help.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 10:08
To The Daily Sun,
I would like to thank my constituents for their support, efforts and votes which, helped make my campaign successful. It is an honor to be your Representative in Concord and in the Belknap County Delegation.
I look forward to working for all the people of District 8 and will listen to anyone who has concerns or ideas that will help keep New Hampshire a great state to live in.
Raymond Howard Jr.
State Rep.-elect, Belknap District 8
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 10:03