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Try to put a ho-ho-ho into someone that

might be so-so-so

by John Suhr

For a number of people the holidays, especially Christmas, are a tough time of the year. It is not that they have lost the meaning of Christmas. For some they may not even know why they struggle.

Is the weather? Is the worry about what to get someone? Is it that busy lives or maybe their not so busy lives have come to a point of reflection this time of the year?

Some people who may not have a Ho Ho Ho attitude this time of the year may not even be able to give a reason why. They may be just thinking, let’s get Christmas over with.

For some it may not be the holidays at all, but the end of another year and the coming of another. If they are like me, they may even wonder what happened to 2016 and what did I even do.

But as we get closer to Christmas, maybe if everyone made a little extra effort and tried to bring a smile or a little joy into the lives of someone who may not be in the spirit they would be a little happier as well.

For many it may be as simple as calling that person up and talking with them. Inviting them out for a lunch or a cup of coffee. Seeing if they would like to do something together from shopping to hunting or some other activity that both of you enjoy. Sending them some Christmas treats...

Even if you are one of those who maybe a So So person this time of the year, making that effort for someone else could help change and give you a little more spark this Christmas season.

If you do not feel you are a socialite and person to call or see, there are many other things that you can do.

While this is a great time to start and finish off the year with something you feel good about, it can also carry over into next year and be something you can feel good about doing each day, week, month or quarter. This may not only help you feel better, but also the one you are spreading the joy to.



Givers by design: it’s what we’re here for

by Amanda Fanger

When I was a kid, I used to have a Christmas wish list seemingly a mile long. Didn’t we all?

After all, the image we were given of the ideal Christmas was waking up on Dec. 25 and rushing to the tree with anticipation of ripping into the colorful paper to reveal the gifts waiting there.

Now, I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. But have you ever wondered if there isn’t more to it than that?

Last week I gave a lesson to my high school Sunday School class regarding the concept of flipping a Christmas wish list around. As part of the lesson, I asked the students to think of the feeling you get when you are finally able to sneeze after the sensation has been building or when you go to the bathroom after holding it in for a long time. The kids laughed at the illustration but the point is that the body rewards itself with a sensation of relief because we were designed to function that way.

In the same way our bodies react to those two things, as we learned through the Sunday School lesson, we also get a good feeling when we give because God designed us that way.

See, God created us to do for others and live bigger than ourselves. At Christmas time, we have an opportunity to do that more than any other time of the year.

Right off hand, you might be thinking of big organizations like Make a Wish, Toys for Tots or the Red Cross. If you read this publication thoroughly, you’ll even be aware of local opportunities to give – like through the Spirit of Christmas tree, Dollar General’s toy drive or even the Day County Food Pantry, PACH program and others.

But if you check out Matthew 25:35-40, you’ll see Jesus said anytime we feed the hungry, give drink to those who thirst, show hospitality to a stranger, clothe someone in need, care for the sick and visit those in prison, that we’re doing those things to the king.

This Christmas, won’t you consider turning your “wish list” into a “give list” and see just how good it feels?

That’s what we were designed for.




Obtaining federal grants

by Emre K. Erku

Folks at the Northeast Council of Governments are diligent in their attempts at gaining federal grants.

Their efforts are top-notch.

Their services are so great in fact, sometimes the federal government doesn’t feel they even need to grant the municipalities NECOG’s working for with any funds. The exhausted NECOG reps can simply sell the blood, sweat and tears they shed while slaving away to finance things like new firehalls, affordable housing and homeless shelters.

Even after all the hoops NECOG needed the Webster Fire Department to jump through in order to obtain a Community Development Block Grant provided by HUD, some touchy official in Pierre opted not to send hundreds of thousands of dollars to help defray the cost for much needed firehall renovations.

To think, located with the Obama Administration’s official HUD strategic plan it states that one of its goals is to “make the grants management process more efficient and more effective” by “improving timeliness.”

Nevertheless, despite all the surveys and all the dog and pony shows, in-lieu on a nice hefty check, officials instead had to apply for a low interest loan from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Of course, the feds can’t just fork out monies to anyone – even to the rich and prosperous community of Webster, whose median household income doesn’t even peak past $38,000, which is $16,000 less than the national average, requests a financial package. That would be just too easy.

What’s even more frustrating is the fact that current HUD secretary, Julian Castro, an Ivy League educated past mayor of San Antonio, will be succeeded by none other than Dr. Ben Carson, who was appointed by president-elect Donald Trump last week.

Regarded as a surgical genius, this limp-wristed, slow-muttering mutation of a lobotomized cartoon character has never experienced one minute of the anatomy of the organs of any singular political institution.

Nor has Trump for that matter, but he’s too easy a target for yours truly. Plus, it was because of him, he claims, he was able to broker a $50 billion deal with a Japanese operated, Saudi Arabian financed bank, which is already indebted by $100 billion. So congrats.

I also heard he orchestrated an investment deal between Haiti’s space program and NASA.

Satire aside, it is with great cynicism that the American public should anticipate the onslaught of Carson’s arrival. How can somebody, who has publicly aligned subsidies with Communism, head something so oriented with social programs?

Do you really think he’ll prove to be a sound catalyst in speeding up the grant process?

Do you think other towns in Day County have a greater chance of not being left out in the rain?

The people at NECOG certainly have their work cut out for them.


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