TO THE EDITOR: There has been much attention in the media over the reported statement by Pope Frances concerning atheists and heaven.
It was reported that he said atheists did not have to believe in God in order to get into heaven. The actual statement was: “The mercy of God has no limits if one turns to him with a sincere and contrite heart.”
I would have hoped, though, that Pope Francis would have further explained what the Bible says about how one can know with certainty how to be sure of attaining salvation and heaven, such as “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). So we all need to admit that we are sinners. “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:32).
Romans 10:9 says “If you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
These scriptures tell me that we must repent of sin and personally accept the gift Jesus offers to us by his death and resurrection.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves. It is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9).
TO THE EDITOR: With the 2013 season closing on Oct. 12, the Lyon Mountain Mining and Railroad Museum would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support and donations.
We had an increase in visitors viewing the mining, railroad and sports exhibits, and we received many favorable comments.
We would also like to thank our dedicated volunteers who contributed to a successful season.
Lastly, thank you to the media for their advertising support.
If you missed us this year, we look forward to seeing you in 2014.
Board of Directors secretary
Friends of Lyon Mountain Inc.
Lyon Mountain Mining & Railroad Museum
TO THE EDITOR: There is a perverse pathology at the core of a political party that abdicates its responsibility as elected officials, ignores the common good, inflicts harm on the innocent and betrays the American people.
Much is made of Tea-publican hatred of government, but it’s largely rhetorical. Believing that majority rule is a loathsome form of government, their true target is democracy. They’ve used decades of scorn, abuse of power, casino capitalism, manufactured crises, legislative log jams and perpetual brinksmanship to create an atmosphere of fear, frustration and insecurity, thus marginalizing people and eroding their confidence in the democratic process.
Fewer voters is the goal. As dysfunction increases, voter participation decreases and the bedrock of our national identity is weakened. Callous undermining of democracy using its very instruments. So much for their professed love of the Constitution.
The god, guns and oil party, for all the flag lapel pins and hypocritical blather about family values and tax cuts, is merely a cabal of authoritarians, neo-Confederates, budgetary sadists, cowards and megalomaniacal charlatans, resolute in their jihadist fervor and drunk on haterade.
It’s a safe haven for those who love power for power’s sake, are afraid of the future, believe Jesus walked with dinosauers, think education is elitist and blithely emphasize the minimum in minimum wage.
Failure of local Tea-plubican politicians to address such reprehensible behavior is tacit approval. It becomes your brand; you’re campaigning under a banner of hate. Remember, all politics is local and fish rots from the head down.
Don’t just vote for someone who shook your hand at the fair or because dad liked Ike, or you think your vote won’t matter. It’s what they want. It’s not Ford or Chevy. It matters. Stop voting against your best interests.
TO THE EDITOR: JCEO wants to thank everyone who supported our seventh-annual Golf Tournament and eighth-annual Golf Ball Drop.
All proceeds will benefit JCEO’s projects focusing on the healthy development of children: Safe Sleep Project (a SIDS-prevention project made possible with the backing of CVPH), Early Childhood Learning Social/Emotional Curriculum and Prevention of Childhood Hunger.
A special thank you to sponsors: Gold Level, United Healthcare Community Plan; Silver Level, Buck Supply & Distribution; and Bronze Level, Casella Waste Systems, PrimeLink, CAP Systems and Wilson Appliance Centers; prize sponsors, Raymond James Financial Services, Adirondack Energy Products, All About Heating and Air Conditioning, Illuminating Concepts, Jay Kerley-State Farm Agent, Crowne Plaza Resort & Golf Club, Bluff Point Golf Resort and Ausable Chasm; $10,000 Hole In One Sponsorship, CFA Insurance; and $500 Hole In One Sponsorship, Price Chopper.
Team sponsors: John Prondecki, CFA Insurance, UniFirst, Mark Montour, Adirondack Molding & Millworks, NBT Bank, David Dumas, Martindale Keysor & Co., Double D Vending, Signs Now, Aqua Systems, Eye Care for the Adirondacks, Lake Placid Sports Medicine, Martineau Law Office, K & M Properties, P.J. Beattie, Architectural & Engineering Design Associates, Citizen Advocates, Industrial Medical Testing, Dick LaVigne, YMCA/Cornell Cooperative Extension Franklin County and Michael Lynch.
Supporting sponsors: Penn Air, Perrywinkle’s Fine Jewelry, TOPS Markets, Nine Platt Hospitality Group, Kneucraft Fine Jewelry, Momot Trailer Sales, Loreman’s Embroidery Engraving, Tri- County Milk Movers, Maicus Building Supplies, World Warehouse & Distribution, Abbott, Frenyea and Russell CPA’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Tina Calkins Covey.
South Plattsburgh Fire Department receives special recognition for assisting with our Golf Ball Drop.
View tee/green sign sponsors at www.jceo.org.
Congratulations to tournament winners: First place, John Prondecki; second, Dick LaVigne/Brian Monette; third, Signs Now/Aqua Systems; fourth, Paul Beatie; and fifth, UniFirst.
JCEO development specialist
TO THE EDITOR: On Nov. 12, I experienced one of the most gratifying days of my life. I participated in the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., for World War II vets.
The experience was priceless. From leaving the Oval until we returned, we were treated with great respect everywhere we went.
I would like to thank all the people who sent cards for mail call. To name a few, the grade-school children from Saranac Central, Moriah and Momot School; the people from PBS, who made beautiful handmade cards for all the vets; CV-TEC; and my family and friends, who sent cards to me, over 70 in all.
I would be remiss if I didn’t thank flight Director Danny Kaifetn and his wonderful staff. I would also like to thank Colby Siskavich, my granddaughter, for escorting me to Washington, D.C., on her birthday.
To all the people who shook our hands and thanked us for our service, I cannot thank them enough. We live in the greatest country in the world. God bless us all, and God bless America.
RICHARD M. JONES