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Meredith Free Will Baptist Church in crisis; need your voice

To The Daily Sun,

The Meredith Center Free Will Baptist Church is in a very serious situation. The minister has retired with health issues. Our senior trustee, Herman Kimball, is deceased. At the present time, our deacon and moderator, Don Kimball, is conducting the administration of the church with interim pastors and music. This is causing a difficult state of  transition. Decisions must be made concerning the life of this church. The by-laws as written state the members are the decision-makers for the continuation of the life of this church.

Therefore, it is necessary for all past and present members to make their decision known to our deacons, Don and Bonnie Kimball, at 603-279-7775. It is imperative to respond as soon as possible. A formal letter could not be sent to each member due to the fact that the list was lost.

Since 1810 this church has been the heart and soul of this community. With baptisms, weddings, funerals, as well as weekly Sunday services, the Meredith Center Free Will Baptist Church has served with pride and honor. The thought of allowing this institution to slide into oblivion is untenable. In this present time of instability in the world, what better place to seek answers of truth for our faith in the future.

Please respond to this request. May the voices of past and present members be heard loud and clear for the future of this church.

They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles. Isiah 40:31

Bob Franks

Meredith

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U.S. has reached point where 'we always do what we've always done'

To The Daily Sun,

Carroll Quigley wrote in his book "Tragedy and Hope" something to the effect that, "...The argument that two parties should represent opposed ideas and policies... is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinate and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can "throw the rascals out" at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy. The policies that are vital and necessary for America are no longer subjects of significant disagreement, but are disputable only in details of procedure, priority, or method..."

We have been living a reality resembling this description for decades. It is absolutely true that the two establishment political parties are differently named fund-raising arms of the same progressive movement. It is true their policies are no longer subjects of significant disagreement. All you have to do is listen to the representatives of the establishment parties to understand this.

It is true the American people can "throw the rascals out" at any election. It is also true that doing so fails consistently to lead to any profound or extensive shifts in policy. This is why we need to return to the principles the country was founded on: life, liberty and property rights.

It is true that academic thinkers do accept and espouse the argument that the two parties should represent opposing ideas and policies. The parties don't do that ... but academic thinkers believe and talk about how they should ... and they talk as though it were established fact that the parties do represent opposing ideas and policies ... though they do not.

Academic thinkers are responsible for the intellectual dishonesty that is political correctness. Those same people foster hatreds through divisive rhetoric designed to perpetuate the system as it stands. They are on top and they mean to keep it that way.

It is true the policies vital and necessary for America are no longer subjects of significant disagreement between the establishment political parties. The problem with this is that we have arrived at a point where, as Henry Ford once said, "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got." Washington will never heal itself.

There can be no surer way to destroy America than to make it a nation of clones. We need to have differences and tolerance sufficient to allow discussion of them. We need to work toward greater understanding. Problem resolution requires it. Assimilation of immigrants is the descriptor for how America has historically done this.

What we are currently witnessing is the festering of an intellectual puss-filled boil. We know the boil is there. We know it is painful. We just lack the fortitude, the will to lance it. Unless we do so; healing will not begin. The boil will continue to grow. We don't have to have live with hatreds.
We need to have honest differences and tolerance sufficient to allow discussion of them. This requires an end to political correctness. It requires honest open dialog. It requires a minimization of name-calling and vitriol. It requires consideration of new ideas, maximizing individual freedom, respect for life and property rights.

Marc Abear

Meredith

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