Federal workers thank the military
Memorial Day is about more than summer road trips and mattress sales.
For years, I served our country alongside my fellow federal workers. In addition to serving every American, one of the federal workforce's greatest responsibilities is to support and equip our nation's men and women in uniform. My civil-servant colleagues and I felt a great responsibility to provide for our troops, and we mourned each time we learned of a fallen soldier.
So to me, Memorial Day is sacred. On behalf of America's federal workers -- half of whom work directly with our nation's military -- we salute our fallen heroes and thank the men and women who are currently serving around the world to defend the United States.
2nd Vice President, Tennessee Federation, National Federation, Active and Retired Federal Employees
Offerings impress visitors to area
The weekend of May 19 quite a few out-of-town guests attended my granddaughter's and her groom's wedding. They were quite impressed with the city and all it and the surrounding area have to offer.
We hope some will actually fulfill their stated desire to move here!
God's word settled in heaven
God is altogether holy and loving. For this reason God sent Jesus to die for sins. Gay marriage and abortion are probably the most divisive social issues of our time. Man thinks he's enlightened, but the Bible says God's word is forever settled in heaven.
Nations from the dawn of time will pay the price for their decisions. We have the right to choose the behavior but not the consequences that follow.
I have a precious cousin who is a special-needs teacher and is gay. She is separated from her partner with whom she shares a son. Last summer, at age 6, she took him to California for the large gay parade. He was exposed to seeing public displays of things hard for a child to process. Afterward, they went to a reunion of over 100 of his "half-brothers and sisters" who had been fathered by the same sperm donor.
Differing views of gay marriage will not be the end. The unintended consequences may be a price some present proponents will be unwilling to pay. By then it may be too late.
Buffett not a tax evader
The Free Press took Warren Buffett to task in the editorial "Buffett busted" May 16. They called his Buffett Rule (increasing tax rates on unearned income) inconsequential and ridiculous and further, he was a billion dollar tax evader! Buffett is probably the best investor of the past century. He's giving away his $45 billion fortune, and many would count him among the greatest living Americans. Buffett tax evasion? That would have to be the business story of this young century! It's more than mildly ironic that a man giving away billions and claiming his own tax rate's too low should be accused of income-tax evasion.
Why, then, would Buffett advocate raising his own taxes? Could it be that his own interests and those of the nation are aligned? Buffett's point was the severe difference in taxation rates between earned income (wages) and unearned income (dividends and capital gains) was intrinsically unfair and significant revenue could be gained from bringing them toward equity. The far right has been recently "so concerned" about our deficit, and rightly so. Many of these same folks push massive tax cuts for the wealthy including eliminating the capital-gains tax. The math is questionable, no?
Honor those who died and lived
This quote seemed appropriate for Memorial Day:
"Memorial Day this year is especially important as we are reminded almost daily of the great sacrifices that the men and women of the Armed Services make to defend our way of life."
Deaths from wars in the last 11 years: Iraq, 4,486, Afghanistan, 1,979. No matter how we feel about these conflicts, 6,465 Americans will never come home again. In addition to the fallen, I would like to honor those who did return from their military service to continue their lives, but with a bit of each of them dead.
It is not "Happy Memorial Day" but "We honor you gratefully on this day."
Defying God's laws leads to trouble
The first law was given by God in Exodus Chapter 20, "Thou shall have no other gods before me." Then there are other laws he put into place. The law of sowing and reaping. The law of gravity, that law man has also tried to defy, but as long as we are on this earth this law will stand.
We fly in airplanes but if something goes wrong with the engine the airplane does not go up, it comes down. God put these laws into effect, so when we try to defy God's laws we get into serious trouble.
We cannot pray publicly but when the earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes or some terrorist attack occur then it is OK to pray; everyone wants to pray.
We have taken prayer out of our schools, and our children have no respect for the parents, teachers, law or government. We have just about lost a generation of disrespectful citizens. Because as a nation built on the service of God we have now removed him from our lives except when it suits our needs, in case of a disaster.
Then people will say, where was God when this or that happened? He was probably where you left him -- out of your life.
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