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Local Post Office Closures Ironically following a TV ad forproposal is that over 25% of rural in 2006, the US Post Office would UPS, a news program discussed America isn't covered by services have a $1.3 Billion surplus. the proposed closure of over from private corporations such Therefore, Chestnut, Kenney, 20,000 small town post offices as UPS or FedEx. What effect is Cornland, Lake Fork, Arming- across this nation. This proposal this going to have on small busi- ton, and Lawndale citizens need presently sits in the House of nesses in rural areas? It's going to to immediately contact the US Representatives under the House increase their operating expenses. House of Representatives, House Oversight Committee, chaired by Also, this proposal will cut Oversight Committee, Chairman Congressman (R) Darrell Issa. 120,000 jobs and force 53% of Darrell Issa (R) to stop this latest Issa is a multi-millionaire that the US Post Office employees into legislation. pledges to reduce government retirement. In thiseconomywhere This isn't about the use of involvement in these essential ser- jobs, jobs, jobs, is the prime issue modem technology ruining the vices to people across our nation, to most people, is cutting 120,000 post office, or expenses of delivery He believes that government jobs really the way to go? systems, or any other baloney that has no place in providing such In 2006 Congress passed legisla- we were fed at the Town Meetings. services as postal delivery when tion that forced the US Post Office This is about going to Privatiza- private corporations could do the to pre-fund its healthcare and pen- tion of the US Postal Services to job. He is urging privafization of sion plans for its employees over the corporations. And, this is what the US Postal Services to such cor- 75 years worth in advance into Occupy Wall Street's "We Are the porations at UPS or FedEx, etc. a short ten-year window. If this 99%" campaign is all about. One major problem with this crazy legislation had not passed Rebecca Drake To paraphrase from another philosopher: "We are now achiev- ing a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves are demanding to be rewarded with jobs, goods and services paid for b~, the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of produc- ers." It's called an ineptocracy. This came across my desk recently and it was a new word of which I had not heard. The word may be new, the concept or principle, however, has most probably been around as long as human nature. Thomas Jefferson put it this way, "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from M. Tait's Jus' Thinkin' those who are willing to work and give to those who would n0t." This definition and quote are not talking about someone who needs a bit of help. We all need help from time to time. None of us can do everything on our own. We each have different skills and abilities, and when used coopera- tively, in good faith, we benefit as individuals and as communities. What doesn't work is a system where there are more takers than givers, more consumers than producers, more entitled than responsible or accountable. How is it production or work has gotten a bad name7 Accomplishing a good day's work, or being known for good workmanship used to be virtues that were aspired to, and in some places are still valued. In which value system do we as individuals and communities develop best as people, entitled, or productive? Thomas Jefferson again "To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." What do you think? M. Tall "My Pumpkin Patch" We had so much fun at the Trunk or Treat event at Zion Lutheran Church, Saturday evening. The weather cooperated. Florence's Crner My trunk consisted of nineteen artificial pumpkins that were lit with electricity in the back of Helen Schmidt's van with a sign on the fender stating, "Florence's Corner - Carving Out Memories". There was lots of candy passed out by the individuals manning the trunks. Some of the trunks involved playing games. Everything was FREE for all who attended. This event also included a cakewalk, a popular hayrack ride, and a costume contest. A light dinner consisting of hot dogs, barbecues, chili, chips, and drinks was served in the cafeteria. A table was set up outside for where you could get hot chocolate and cut-up apples with caramel sauce and additional toppings. I for one did a lot of laughing at the costumes the kids wore. They were so cute and some were really funny. Around 500 people showed up. Next year, they should consider nametags. So many people talked to you and you had no idea who they were. On the Lighter Side- A mother-to-be arrived at the hospital to give birth to her daughter. The place was a flurry of activity. She was wheeled from test to test and room to room, and at times had to wait in the hallway. Sensing her agitation, a nurse tried to reassure her. "Don't worry", she said, "We'll find a final resting place for you yet." Food for Thought - Romans 10:8-10 "The Word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart," that is, the word of faith we arc proclaimins; that is if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. P.S. Congratulations to the high school volleyball team for the runner-up finish and for representing Mt. Pulaski at the IHSA State Volleyball Toumament last weekend. Puppy Size - Submitted by Ruth Henrichs - Mt. Pulaski "Danielle keeps repeat- her voice. "Can we come puppy size either," Mom one. One by one she said, ing it over and over again, back on the weekend?"added. "Sorry, you're not the We've been back to this The two women looked Sure enough, they were one/' It was the last cage animal shelter at least five at each other, shook their the first ones in the shelter on this last day in search times. It has been weeks heads and laughed, "You on Saturday morning. By of the perfect pup. now since we started all of never know when we will now Danielle knew her The volunteer opened this," the mother told the get more dogs. Unfor-way around, so she ran the cage door and the volunteer, tunately, there's always right for the section that child carefully picked up "What is it she keeps a supply," the volunteer housed the smaller dogs. the dog and held it closely. asking for?" the volunteer said. Danielle took her Tired of the routine, This time she took a little asked. "Puppy size!" mother by the hand and mom sat in the smalllonger. "Mom, that's it! replied the mother, headed to the door. "Don't waiting room at the end I found the right puppy! "Well, we have plenty worry, I'll find one this of the first row of cages. He's the one! I know it!" of Puls! i0 , if that'g what weekend," ghe gaid. There was an observation she screamed with joy. she's looking for." "I Over the next few days window so you could see "It's the puppy size!" know.., we have seen most both mom and dad had the animals during times "But it's the same size of them," the morn said in long conversations with when visitors weren't per- as all the other puppies frustration, her. They both felt she was mitted, you held over the last few Just then Danielle being too particular. "It's Danielle walked slowly weeks," Morn said. came walking into the this weekend or we're not from cage to cage, kneel- "No not size .... the office, "Well, did you find looking any more," Dad ing periodically to take a sighs. When I held him in one?" asked her mom. finally said in frustration, closer look. One by one my arms, he sighed," she "No, not this time," Dani- "We don't want to hear the dogs were broughtsaid. "Don't you remem- elle, said with sadness in anything more about out and she held eachber? When I asked you 14 it. Pulaski Times one day what love is, you told me love depends on the sighs of your heart. The more you love, the bigger the sigh!" The two women looked at each other for a moment. Morn didn't know whether to laugh or cry. As she stooped down to hug the child, she did a little of both. "Mom, every time you h01d me, I sigh. When you and Daddy come home from work and hug each other, you both sigh. I knew I would find the right puppy if it sighed when I held it in my arms," she said. Then holding the puppy up close to her face she said, "Mom, he loves me. I heard the sighs of his heart!" Close your eyes for a moment and think about the love that makes you sigh. I not only find it in the arms of my loved ones, but in the caress of a sunset, the kiss of the moonlight and the gentle brush of cool air on a hot day. They are the sighs of God. Take the time to stop and listen; you will be sur- prised at what you hear. "Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." I hope your life is filled with "sighs"! By Virginia Haven Nov. 19, 2011