William R. Divelbiss Sr.
A world of beauty
To the editor:
May I offer a little tip for our young people? With your busy schedules and your fun times, think, say and do things that will bring a smile to your face and happiness in your heart.
When you discover you are not young anymore, oh, they can't all be good but the negative ones will take a back seat and the positive ones will take the first row.
This is a beautiful day. Birds are busy greeting each other in their different little beeps and chirps. The gentle breeze tells me to breathe it in deeply while it lasts. The shadow of the branches form a circle of shade around the tree of which I take advantage.
Precious memories are visiting me today. Memories of my daughter number two who resides in heaven. When we moved into this home she gifted us with a lilac, a holly bush, and pine trees and evergreen bushes.
All these babies are growing and flourishing and giving me much pleasure.
While stopped at a red light today cars buzzed along and in a black convertible was a young woman who immediately reminded me of another pretty lady and her gray-haired mother in a red one whizzing along the town and country roads in Massachusetts. Broad smiles, hair blowing, pleasant conversation as we repeated many times together oooh and awe at the beauty we were seeing. The land, trees, mountains, flowers, waved "hi" and "bye" as we passed. Beautiful moments shared. Are there any comparisons to nature? I think not.
I wish for you thousands of memories that will soothe your spirits and help light your way through each day. May you have happy tears. There is more beauty in this world than ugliness. And be encouraged; more is on its way.
Tear down this wall
To the editor:
In Warsaw, Poland under Nazi occupation, there came to be erected a wall between the section of the city in which the Jews were to be confined and the rest of Warsaw.
The wall so erected was an evil wall; a wall that came to stand for separation of the Jews from their God-given inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Behind the wall the Jews, created equally with all of us in the image of God, were systematically deprived of their God-given, inalienable rights, and treated as non-human until even the Sixth Commandment, "Thou shalt not kill," was no longer upon the conscience of the Nazis, who devilishly murdered the crippled and any who would come to their aid or mourn their death.
In our own nation, an imperious Supreme Court was enticed by the old master of deceit to wall God and prayer to God out of the public schools in 1962. And as the children get up on the cafeteria tables with guns as a power unto themselves, we see who has taken God's place.
Satan loves the phrase: "A wall of separation between church and state," which, by the way, is found nowhere in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution or Bill of Rights.
Those who wished to be about the devilish mischief of throwing God and prayer out of the public schools and public life could find nothing in the Constitution or Bill of Rights to support them. So, they pointed instead to a statement that Jefferson made in 1802 (13 years after Congress passed the First Amendment) in addressing the Danbury Baptists.
This metaphor of Roger Williams' "wall of separation between church and state," which was copycatted by Jefferson, has been turned on its head in modern time to suggest that there should be a wall separating God and his Ten Commandments from school children and to forbid prayer in the public school.
The courts often cite the metaphor as a definitive interpretation of the meaning of the First Amendment; many Americans think the phrase is part of the Amendment itself.
The back of our money says: "In God We Trust." He is the great "I Am"the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This is not Allah or Buddha.
Our nation was founded as, and is, a Judeo-Christian nation and it will remain such until it dies as a nation.
The beginning of that death is to allow a wall to be erected between God and our founding fathers' posterity (walling God out of the children's schools; walling God out of the children's cafeterias and commencements; walling God and his Ten Commandments from the front of the nation's courthouses and public places).
Satan loves walls.
R. Martin Palmer