Kids in the United States, we have to admit, are entertained. Some folks think the computer/ technology age isolates kids and restricts kids from building meaningful relationships.
But, maybe all is not lost. Kids can talk with their family any time of the day and at any place with a cellphone. Conversation can happen with friends while they watch streaming video on a computer.
This is like watching a movie and chatting as it is viewed. Grandparents can ask their grandkids about a video game they are playing and even join the playing fun. It is easy.
High technology and kinship today is a lot like immigrating parents and their kids. I remember wonderful afternoons spent visiting my Slovak Baba (grandma). Even though we spoke different languages, there was common ground.
Speaking to the infant Jesus is a lot like talking to a person by way of electronics.
Christmas prayer is like dialing on a cell phone, booting-up a computer, or viewing streams. There is effort on our part to connect, to praise our little baby Lord; to thank Him for our many blessings even though we didn't get anything we wanted for Christmas; to ask Him for a bit of something special like a kiss and some mistletoe when we ask Him for a favor.
And finally we may simply love this mini-spirit-Jesus in our prayers.
We would like to take the opportunity to say thanks to the public servants of Exeter. To the police department, the volunteer fire and ambulance personnel, and especially the street department.
Exeter residents are very fortunate to have such a hardworking and dedicated staff of men and women who provide our residents with front line, important and most vital services.
During a time when dysfunctional government is the norm, Exeter residents pay a small price for the first-rate, quality service they provide us. The first responders are always there in emergencies. The police are ever vigilant. The emergency people are timely and ever present. If you have ever had an emergency, you know what we mean.
The four-man street department led by Vince Ninassi is available around the clock in all weather to make Exeter clean and safe. Our recycling program is second to none and a model for the state.
Street maintenance, as the recent snowfall can attest, is ever present, timely and most times taken for granted. Not many communities can compare.
From our family and the residents of Exeter Borough, we say thanks and God bless you and what you do. The next time you see them doing their job in your area, say thanks, they deserve more
What is happening to our heroes?
First, Joe Paterno gave his life to Penn State and money for all those years. He reported the abuse to his superiors only to be fired, and a few months later died from a broken heart.
Second, John Kennedy. I was a young girl in high school but will always remember his statement, to ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. He was brave and fearless in the Cuban missile crisis only to get shot in front of his wife.
Finally, Lance Armstrong. No matter how many times he denied it about doping they would not believe him. After winning seven Tour de France events -- that is not a ride around Kirby Park, it ia a very grueling race -- he put a lot of money toward the kids and he was stripped of everything. So, I say, what happens to our heroes? They will always be heroes in my book.
And I pray for the country because according to the news we have no heroes. The ones we have they pick, pick, until they bring them down. A turkey will peck at another turkey if it sees a cut or scratch on another bird until it kills the other bird.
What are we, a bunch of turkeys?
The lack of money will teach you to be humble.
The abundance of money will teach you to be arrogant.
The mayor and council voted to raise taxes on the humble citizens of Wilkes Barre by 26 percent - that's arrogance.
The elected leaders did not vote to cut their salaries, instead voted to lay off 11 firemen – that's arrogance.
One council members receives three public salaries and voted to lay off firemen -- that's arrogance.
We keep electing arrogant leaders who will never learn to be humble.
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