In Uncategorized on October 30, 2011 at 6:00 am
today’s news and information gleanings from here and there!
Quote for today … “”It would appear that it’s possible we might have a bit of snow by the end of October,” – (Baer’s Agricultural Almanac & Gardener’s Guide, published by John Baer’s Sons in Lancaster) editor Linda Weidman. In an article in Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era a week ago!
In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, People on October 30, 2011 at 5:31 am
Columbia is a caring, sharing community; there are a number of organizations in place that provide comfort for those in need. One of these organizations is Piece of the Bridge Ministries.
Recently, the founders, the husband and wife team of Pastor Ricardo Laboy and Marilyn (Lilly) Ortiz-Alicea sent this information to Columbia news, views & reviews following a conversation with Mary Ellen Graybill during which she invited them to share their story with others in Columbia.
“Most of his information is in the booklet. We are a nonprofit organization. As you may or may not know, what we do is all through God who keeps us. Some of the residents in the Upper Room as we call the house are without work or very little income if any. We have those who will contribute to the expenses and needs yet the rest comes from the only sponsor we have who is Pastor Conrad and his congregation, Christ Covenant, in Conestoga. We also have a few people who will give donations i.e. monetary, clothing, food, furniture etc.
“We, however, are looking for more sponsors that will be willing to give on a monthly base so that all the expense of the Upper Room is met. Most of the finances come from our own pockets, or fundraiser if we have the time to have any, but mainly our pockets. This for us is getting harder and harder every month. It hurts to know the amount of people out there that we have had to turn away because we do not have the Read the rest of this entry »
In Opinions on October 30, 2011 at 5:31 am
by John Kozy
The Protestant ethic once defined the American character. It was held to be responsible for the success of Capitalism in Northern Europe and America by sociologists, but the Protestant ethic and Capitalism are incompatible, and Capitalism ultimately caused the Protestant ethic to be abandoned.
A new ethos emerged that the governing elite completely misunderstands. It is the ethos of the “big break,” the “jackpot,” the “next big idea.” The slow and deliberate road to success is now anathema. Coming up with the next big commercial idea is the new model of the American dream. All that matters is the money. Given that attitude, few in America express moral concerns. Wealth is its own reward; it’s even worth destroying ourselves for. And if we haven’t done it yet, we surely soon will.
I suspect that most people would like to believe that societies, no matter how base their origins, become better over time. Unfortunately history belies this notion; societies have often grown worse over time. The United States of America is no exception. It was not benign at its origin and has now descended to a region of depravity seldom matched by even the worst nations of history.
Although it is impossible to find hard numbers to prove that morality in America has declined, anecdotal evidence is everywhere to be seen. Almost everyone can cite situations in which the welfare of people was sacrificed for the sake of public or private institutions, but it seems impossible to cite a single instance of a public or private institution’s having been sacrificed for the Read the rest of this entry »