Many Americans struggling just to get by

Published 10:50 am Friday, December 28, 2012

I am a 49 year-old mother of three and grandmother to four. My husband and I are both disabled. We struggle to keep our bills paid, food on the table and all the other necessities like medications and things.

I believe if all these rich politicians had to live on what we do and give up all their fancy things they would find a way to pay for the Social Security needs and other social needs.

I do not receive any state assistance other than the medical card I get for my granddaughter, of whom I have legal custody. I try to work part-time when I can to help pay the bills, but that is not much most of the time.

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My health is deteriorating and so is my husband’s. I think this “fiscal cliff” is ridiculous and the Republican Boehner and those like him should have to live like us before they line their pockets anymore.

The rich millionaires and billionaires should have to pay a whole lot more taxes than the middle class and the poor. As the old saying goes “the rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer.”

This is such a true statement anymore and it really should not be.

What happened to those with so much helping out those less fortunate and those paying their fair share?

Irene Parsons

South Point


Putting God first will help turn our nation around

My pastor, Brent Baker, recently gave a sermon and posted it on Facebook. I wanted to share it. Here it is:

I am ticked off like many of you are tonight. This tragedy of today was totally senseless and uncalled for. However, I find comfort in knowing where those little children are tonight and I am not to judge but there is a verse that pretty much tells me where this young man is going tonight.

“It is better for a millstone be hung around his neck and thrown into the depths of the sea than it is to cause one of these little ones to sin.”

But can I ask a question tonight, why are we so surprised that things like this happened?

We have taken, or allowed God to be taken out of our schools, taken out of our government, and there are some churches that are working to get Him out of the church.

We have allowed this to happen!

Now we are being trained to say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas!”

Now we are trying to take Christ out of Christmas.

Is it any wonder that tragedies happen like today’s?

But when we look to the Bible to see what God has to say about things we get mad and don’t go to church anymore – simply because we don’t like what it says.

This shooting today has really made me sad and hurting for the families, but it also has made me mad because we allow all of these things to happen simply because God is removed from just about everything.

So tonight, I just want you to know I love you all in the name of Jesus and I want to wish you a Merry Christmas!

If you don’t think this is happening in your town and in your schools, just take a second look around.

Look at what you get upset about when people don’t see eye to eye with you!

I am not ready to get off of this soap box yet, but my blood pressure is going up!

We need God again. We need a revival again! And maybe, just maybe we won’t see things like this again!

Also, don’t think this isn’t happening here at our schools.

Remember, when every morning, first thing, you would pledge to the flag and then recite the Lord’s Prayer. It’s just what we did didn’t seem that low, or some goof ball thought it wasn’t right.

How does one or two people have so much power to tell us, you can’t do this.

It is time we stand up to those people.

Get God back in school and everywhere else that he was taken out of.

How can this country take him out of everyplace and then when a terrible thing happens, like this, we ask to pray. Where are these people when God was put out?

I hope this never, ever happens again, but you know these little children are angles in Heaven.

Margaret Frecka