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Jan. 02, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Utility interruptions should be publicized

On a very cold Wednesday, Dec. 19, Appalachian Power Co. cut off our electricity for eight hours for some kind of routine maintenance. Businesses in our neighborhood were warned a day early -- but home-owners were not.

It would have been nice to have known that in time to make other arrangements for a couple of croupy grandchildren who stay with us every weekday. It got a little unhandy for the kids with no power to our furnace, lights, microwave oven, television or refrigerator.

Would it have taken so much more extra time to offer homeowners the same courtesy businesses warranted? And, while I'm at it, will we get a break on our bill for the time we didn't have power?

Bob Withers


America is still a Christian nation

It seems to me that a day does not pass by that somewhere a public official proclaims that the United States of America is proud to be a Christian nation. More than a week has now passed by since that tragedy in Newtown, Conn., unfolded, yet, so far, no public official has taken the time to remind us that two millennia ago The Great Shepherd of the sheep conquered death, hell, and the grave, and He is now joyfully watching over and loving those deceased in the Heaven of heavens.

Are those public officials afraid of offending somebody with the fact that Christ Jesus is resurrected and officiating over everything that happens?

Ric Steiner


Term limits needed for our Congress

Did anyone else notice that, during the time leading up to the November elections, there was no mention of "term limits" for Congress?

Last Wednesday, the newly appointed 40-year-old senator from Hawaii made the following statement: "I want to be your senator because I believe Hawaii needs seniority, and we need someone who can build it up over decades and decades. And I pledge to you, if I'm given this opportunity and obligation to serve, I will try to make this my life's work and rebuild the tenure that Hawaii so desperately needs."

If you had any doubt that term limits were needed, take note of Mr. Schatz's words "seniority," "decades and decades" and "life's work."

Anything else I write about this would be unprintable!

Martha Deel




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