I’m off to see the wizard
In reviewing the contents of the Elk Rapids News, August 10, 2017, one would never have imagined that the weather wreaked such havoc on Harbor Days a scant seven days prior. Apparently, five inches of rain spanning two days, flooding many streets in Elk Rapids, and a confirmed tornado touchdown two miles away did not meet the threshold of “newsworthy,” against a backdrop of summer fun in a small town.
Instead, we were treated to three full pages of color photos depicting smiling faces and all things wonderful during the abbreviated event. I’m so glad we all live in an area where sunshine and lollipops prevail and we are sheltered from learning about the harsh realities of daily life. Now, if I can only find the Yellow Brick Road…
The sad repetition of bad theology
If you are attempting to use Christian doctrine to sell your politics, be sure you know what you are talking about. Alluding to Matthew (25:31-46) is a favorite of the political progressives (modern liberals). Interesting since the uber secular left is in general abhorrent of any connection between religion and politics. “In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
To state that federal welfare and entitlement spending is equivalent to Christian charity is bad politics and bad theology. But it is abundantly endowed with self-righteousness. Jesus was never speaking to a bunch of voters about government spending or government agencies, but to individuals. The essence of Christian charity is as an individual, not a collective.
Opponents of expanding entitlements and welfare are not on their way to hell. “It is not good works that get you into heaven but salvation through grace. It is grace that inspires or spiritually compels the good works.” And grace is bestowed upon individuals, not groups of people, governments or nations.
It is generous if you give your own money or goods to the needy. It is not generous to spend other people’s money on them. Also there is an arrogance to judging another’s heavenly worthiness. Hypocrisy is the term most apt for those who despise the interface of religion and politics but are willing to invoke it when it suits their ideology.
Allan Dobzyniak, M.D.,
Congratulations, ER worst beach in area
One can only ask why the Village Council and the Parks and Recreation Committee continue to allow Dam Beach to be one of the worst kept beaches in all of the area. Today, when you go to Dam Beach you have to climb over the weeds and debris on the beach. The entire length of Dam beach is now littered and parts are not even useable. Add to the smell of rotting weeds and this beach wins the award.
Is this really how we want our beaches to look? It is time for residents and taxpayers to demand that the village either keep the beach groomed or eliminate the designation that stops the village from cleaning the beach. If the village will not take care of this beach, maybe the county should take it back over.
Bring back some common sense to our Village.
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