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Faith is the substance of things not seen, a sixth sense

To The Daily Sun,

No matter how smart you are, "you don't know what you don't know".

As I read The Daily Sun, I find many articles converting Creationism and Evolution and the disagreements cited between them, almost on a daily basis. Creationists say the earth is only 6,000 to 7,000 years old. Evolutionists say it is billions of years old. Which one is correct?

The answer comes down to whether or not one believes in God or not. One cannot believe God through only worldly knowledge or science, as God can only be known through faith.

What is faith? Faith is the substance of things not seen. Now to the non-believer this sounds like nonsense, as they know that all understanding and reasoning comes through the five senses as the brain sorts things out. But to people who truly know God, there is another, a sixth sense that is the Spirit. Everybody has a Spirit, bu those people who do no have a true relationship with God, their Spirit is devoid of receiving instruction concerning spiritual knowledge.

Where does one get spiritual knowledge and understanding? I comes from the word of God, through his written word, the Bible. So to understand God, one must first read the Bible. Even then, unless God has chosen to reveal to the unregenerate the meanings of his words, the brainy person cannot receive the hidden wisdom.

God even tells us that in the King James Bible, in II Peter, Chapter 3, in verses 5-6:

"For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men."

Do you know hat you don't know?

Ed Balboni




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Our leaders not capable of tackling real solution to heroin problem

To The Daily Sun,
Letters in this paper in the last week have spoken in favor of increased funds for the ever-increasing problem of heroin through the land. Some people criticize our Democratic governor for spending our taxpayer dollars on people who make very poor decisions, others believe it is truly a disease incapable of curing itself unless receiving outside help. In Maine, the Republican governor wants more funds to fight heroin than his lawmakers have given him and is threatening to bring in the National Guard if he can't get more taxpayer money. The Democrat House speaker there says he won't "waste taxpayer dollars".

With this evidence, I don't think that this is a battle between Democrats or Republicans, but rather a battle between those of us who believe it is just people making stupid choices or those of us who believe it's a disease.

I personally believe that this problem is just the tip of the iceberg for our communities here in our local area. I'm convinced that people making the jump from other less-lethal drugs to heroin is a combination of being desensitized to drugs from our society's media and under-education. They have a bad self-image, communicate poorly and have a lack of positive role models. There are so many growing communities of poorly-raised children bleeding out onto our streets. These are people who abuse government handouts, people who don't succeed in their adult lives, or give back to the community, people who are lazy and refuse to work lower wage jobs, people whom have numerous children without any plans for their future. Now how do you fix that? By throwing money at these individuals after they have decided to go down this road? Do you reward your child for bad behavior? Our government seems to think that is the way.

I think to solve this epidemic, we have to focus on fixing those type of families first — to reinstall pure American values infused with good intentions, diversity and fresh ideas, to make kids healthy and happy with families that can get ahead in life and prosper mentally and financially, to get families who raise kids with good morals and decision-making back in the majority, to teach kids not to fear what is different than them, but to embrace it. It's so easy, yet unfortunately we are a society that yells so loudly from both sides that nothing gets heard. I cannot fathom any force in our political climate ever getting something like this going. It's disheartening, really.

It's what will happen if this problem continues to grow that really scares me. I am starting to see the results of this "epidemic" daily here in Laconia. Skinny, pale-faced man-boys smoking on street corners. Young mothers with too many kids hardly dressed on cold winter days. Parents covered in expensive tattoos yet collecting at a food bank. Drug busts in all parts of the city on any night or every night of the week. It is becoming more and more common, and sooner or later you will know one of these kids in the police logs or obituaries, if you haven't seen a few already.

In conclusion, I feel it's almost comical if it wasn't so wretched that we argue about red herring answers to a problem whose real solution is a much bigger endeavor than our leaders seem capable of tackling.

I wish we had real leaders who weren't mired in controversy or seriously flawed, yet they get voted into office because voters don't want to throw their vote away on the less polished candidate whom they agree with, but don't think will get the popular vote. This is accomplishing nothing, people. Our system is seriously broken and needs to be reevaluated. Big Money always wins, but does nothing for the middle class. Is that really the American way people?

Thomas Lemay


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