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Sometimes, you need some faith

How can you keep an atheist from practicing his non-religion? Send him to an Islamic country.

They've got a whole lot of religion and you'd better be practicing it every half hour and facing Mecca by living in a free country and believing what you want you then get to practice being an atheist or agnostic or whatever.

If those who believe there is no God or an afterlife, just keep on harassing those who do believe there is a God. Otherwise, this nation could become like the Mideast countries and atheists would soon become believers.

In which case, your charade in trying to disrupt the world's right of privilege to acknowledge a supreme being will be your defeat.

The more Christians there are in the world the more freedoms you have, no matter who you are. The Mideast is full of non-Christians and they are full of war, hate, and are killing each other; they even kill their own offspring for the smallest of infractions; and those with no religion at all.

Sincere ‘thanks' amid time of need

I would like to thank many people for their fine care and concern for giving my wife, Shirley Reisser, the best of everything during her time of need. From Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, to Manor Care, and then to Hospice Community Care, the care was excellent.

I also would like to thank all the doctors and nurses for their fine care. My friends at Dan Flood Towers where we live, they are here for me now, and they were here when my wife needed them.

I would also like to thank Kniffen Funeral Home for helping us in our time of need.

And then there were the many, many people who showed up for the services. And, of course, we would like to thank the minister, Chester Dudick, for officiating the services. The sermon was unbelievable. Since there are so many people to thank I cannot send out so many cards, so I figured this would be the best way. This way I know I won't neglect anyone, and all of you will get the thank-you you deserve.

Sounding alarm over child abuse

The sentences Carol Hann and Robert Caravella received on charges of sexual assault and neglect of a young boy, to me, were a walk in the park.

I feel the laws need to change drastically when it comes to children.

When it happens to you, you look and feel differently about the world and people around you. But to have your own parents do this? Just thinking about it makes me sick.

I, too, was violated as a child from the age of around 3 until almost 18. I had two relatives who fondled me, but at the age of 12 is when the first horrific nightmare happened. The second at 16, and my last was two days before my 18th birthday. Why am I putting this out there? Because I want these children to understand it's not their fault.

It's going to be a hard long, rocky road back to what is called the norm. I promise you it does get better and a little easier as time goes on. In reality, we all have to make sure these little angels are safe.

So, if you see something wrong or suspect something, call your local law enforcement agency. Intervene until help arrives.

Parents, this is for alot of you. Don't leave your children in other aisles of the store because they are crying or pleading for you to buy them something, even jokingly. Never tell a stranger they can have your child because they are on your last nerve. A sick mind knows no boundaries and may feel they have your permission to abduct, or even kill, your child.

Don't leave your children with strangers or newly dating partners to watch, babysit, etc. I know you're proud of them, but never post family photos on your profile, be it Internet, Facebook, etc. because to a pedophile this is a smorgasbord. Never give personal info, such as your address, verbal, or in profiles.

Don't be silent in face of challenge

Sarah Waheed wrote in the Nov. 19 issue of The Nation, If there is any doubt about the morality of drone strikes, imagine a reverse scenario. If Pakistan's intelligence agencies were launching drone strikes into the rural Midwest with the purpose of targeting extremist militias, and in the process were killing American children , it is doubtful that most Americans would stand for it.

Scott Mayerowitz, an Associated Press writer, noted that shoppers rarely consider the conditions for the workers making the shirt. He was talking about sweatshops.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that really matter. It behooves me to protest our country's reprehensible use of drones. Also, abominable to human kind are sweatshops, wherever they exist.

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Vincent Calaman Monroeton Charles Reisser Sr. Kingston Aggie Barberio Wilkes-Barre Bob Singer Wilkes-Barre

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