Voice of the People
Put your faith in God, not politicians
Only death and taxes are certain, the saying goes. But during campaign season, we've also learned to expect heightened anxiety and declining civility in public discourse.
What these symptoms expose is a misplaced confidence in political candidates and solutions, confidence that should be reserved for God alone. Psalm 118:8-9 says, "It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes."
It really is better, because no matter who was elected Nov. 6, the sovereign, eternal God of the Bible is not up for election. Trust in him alone for salvation -- not unpredictable political messiahs!
Pastor David Robbins
Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC)
Letter writer gets history wrong
I read with great interest the letter published on your Op-Ed page of Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, entitled "U.S. has turned from godly nation."
I'm wondering which history book the writer gets his information from concerning the Declaration of Independence? Obviously he doesn't realize that Mr. Jefferson, the principal author of that document, was an athiest, despite his membership in the Anglican Church.
As a point of interest, the first six presidents of the United States included a deist, two Unitarians, an athiest and an agnostic. The first avowed Christian to hold that office was Andrew Jackson. It is interesting to note that Jackson refused to join the Presbyterian Church until after his second term as president, believing that his decision would influence others to do likewise. Lincoln was never a member of an organized Christian church.
William A. Patton Jr.
Kids Christmas party Dec. 16
It's time again for our Cricket's Kids Christmas Party on Dec. 16 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Celebration Church on 19th Street and Jefferson Avenue, Huntington.
Volunteer gift wrapping begins Dec. 12 through Dec. 14, also at Celebration Church, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. We serve free lunch to all our volunteers. We thank you for your help and your time!
I am currently accepting toys and donations for our kids. Last year more than 2,000 kids received gifts, the most kids I've had in 30 years.
Thanks to all who helped in many ways. Your help will make this year another wonderful Christmas Party for Cricket's Kids. Please call 304-412-2032 or 304-429-4618 for more information. God bless all.
Denise "Cricket" Hudson
Kids need bus safety reminder
To parents of school children who ride the bus:
On my way to work this morning, I passed on almost every corner school kids waiting for the bus in the street instead of on the corner itself. Luckily, I drive very cautiously, especially when school buses are out, so I was able to swing wide to avoid the groups of children. One particular group of kids on 9th Avenue near Hal Greer Boulevard were practically in the middle of the road.
Today visibility was not terrible; however on a day when there is rain, snow or fog, this could be a tragic accident waiting to happen.
Please, parents, stress to your kids to stand on the corner on the sidewalk instead of in the street where the unthinkable could happen.
Did racism play role in election?
A letter writer, in the Nov. 2 edition, made the claim that opposition to President Obama had nothing to do with racism.
His claim was that it was because of the widespread dislike of clean air and the unwavering loyalty to "King Coal."
If these are the causes of the fanatical opposition to our commander in chief, it raises a question. What made 70,000-plus West Virginians think an incarcerated felon in Texas was the champion of coal companies?
I have to wonder if this was truly the reasoning here or could racism have had a role to play here?
God intervened at Pearl Harbor
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt indicated the bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japanese forces on December 7, 1941, was "A day that will live in infamy."
Admiral Chester Nimitz, commander of the Pacific Fleet, said that although there were great destruction and loss of lives at Pearl Harbor, "The Japanese made three of the biggest mistakes an attack force could ever make."
The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on a Sunday when nine out of every 10 crewmen of the ships were ashore on leave. If those same ships had been lured to sea and sunk, we would have lost 38,000 men instead of 3,800.
The Japanese bombed all of the battleships lined up in a row but didn't destroy our dry docks opposite those ships. If they would have destroyed our dry docks, our damaged ships would have had to be towed to the American coastline to be repaired. One tug could move them to the dry docks and have them repaired by the time they could have been towed to America.
Fuel for the Pacific theater was stored on top of the ground in storage tanks five miles away. One Japanese plane could have destroyed our fuel supply.
God was taking care of America.
Thomas F. Lambert