Thursday, April 24, 2014
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But let's personalize this for each of us. What does Easter mean to me?
The miracle of Easter is the conquering of sin, death and hell as the empty tomb testifies to their defeat. Then Christ came forth triumphant for himself, and for us who trust him.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ was the gladdest and greatest event that has ever taken place in the spiritual kingdom. Satan was defeated.
The death, burial and resurrection of Christ are the foundation and the central fact of the whole Christian faith, as well as the most significant and incontestable fact of history.
The good news is to be communicated. The angels at the tomb told the women to go quickly and tell the others what had happened.
Moments later, Jesus told them to simply go and tell the disciples. It is still Jesus' command to us, his disciples today, to tell the good news.
Be not the communicator of hopelessness; rather, be the communicator of life -- abundant life, resurrection life, eternal life. Let's rejoice in a risen savior and be blessed with the true meaning of Easter.
Clement A. Fleurent
Sen. King's budget vote seems to belie earlier view
Apparently U.S. Sen. Angus King has a different view on the issue of raising taxes from that held by gubernatorial candidate Angus King.
Recently, Sen. King voted for a budget put forward by Senate Democrats that is purported to raise more than $1 trillion in new tax revenues over its life span ("King joins Democrats to pass federal budget," March 23).
In his 1994 book "Angus King, Independent for Governor," on page 54, King speaks to how he would resolve a budget gap.
He says there are only three options: "raise taxes, find some one-time revenue sources or cut spending."
You won't be surprised if I tell you that, for me, the first two are out.
Let's cut spending by grounding politicians
Something is awfully wrong with our government in America when we give millions of dollars to foreign countries when soup kitchens and Americans out of work are struggling.
They say they want to stop spending in Washington, and the best way is to start at the top. Every time the president flies in Air Force One around the world and country, it costs the taxpayers millions, and when he visits cities in this country, it costs these cities thousands in security.
I suggest the politicians stay in Washington and do the job they were elected to do.