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Second Thoughts
CountyPressOnline.com ^ | Dec. 17, 2002 | William W. Lawrence

Posted on 12/17/2002 9:24:33 PM PST by Tribune7

Second Thoughts

By William W. Lawrence 12/17/2002

Kudos to the parents in Garnet Valley who are striving to start a charter school. It is estimated that it would serve 2 percent of the student population at only 1 percent of the cost. It looks like a win-win

for everybody if the school board gives the OK. I implore the Garnet Valley administration and teachers' union not to look at this as a threat. Support this! Think of the children!

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The Democrats, trying hard to boot Trent Lott out of the majority leader's seat, have gleefully jumped all over his recent dimwitted "racist" remarks.

My advice to the Democrats is:

"Be careful what you wish for, it might come true. Lott has been-- in the opinion of many of his conservative colleagues-- overly accommodating to the Democrats. The next guy may not be as compliant. My favorite candidate to replace him is Rick Santorum."

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Notice how the left-wing liberal daily newspapers will give a pass to Jesse Jackson when he utters an anti-Semitic slur like "Hymietown" or when he admits spitting in food served to whites?

How about when Senator Robert Byrd, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan and the only senator of either party to vote against both African-American nominees to the Supreme Court, is easily forgiven for using the "N" word?

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The New York Times has, over the years, acquired the reputation of being America's "newspaper of record."

The paper, under the guidance of Editor Howell Raines has deteriorated into being a house organ for left-wing liberal causes.

At last count, "The Old Gray Lady" has published nearly 40 articles shrilly shrieking for the Augusta National Golf Club, which hosts the Masters Tournament, to admit women as members.

Raines even urged Tiger Woods to boycott the tournament.

Clearer heads prevailed over in Toyland AKA the Times's ports department where a couple of columnists wrote mild disagreements. Those articles were spiked until a story about it appeared in Newsweek and a hue and cry erupted. It was only then that Raines allowed them to run.

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Are you all set for Christmas? There are only six shopping days left.

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Off The Internet

"The Tablecloth"

The brand-new pastor and his wife, newly assigned to their first ministry, tore open a church in suburban Brooklyn, arrived in early October excited about their opportunities. When they saw their church, it was very rundown and needed much work. They set a goal to have everything done in time to have their first service on Christmas Eve.

They worked hard, repairing pews, plastering walls, painting, etc. and on Dec. 18 were ahead of schedule and just about finished. On Dec. 19 a terrible tempest -- a driving rainstorm-- it the area and lasted for two days. On the 21st, the pastor went over to the church. His heart sank when he saw that the roof had leaked, causing a large area of plaster about 20 feet by 8 feet to fall off the front wall of the sanctuary just behind the pulpit, beginning about head high. The pastor cleaned up the mess on the floor, and not knowing what else to do but postpone the Christmas Eve service, headed home. On the way he noticed that a local business was having a flea market-type sale for charity so he stopped in. One of the items was a beautiful, handmade, ivory colored, crocheted tablecloth with exquisite work, fine colors and a Cross embroidered right in the center. It was just the right size to cover up the hole in the front wall. He bought it and headed back to the church. By this time it had started to snow.

An older woman running from the opposite direction was trying to catch the bus. She missed it. The pastor invited her to wait in the warm church for the next bus 45 minutes later. She sat in a pew and paid no attention to the pastor while he got a ladder, hangers, etc., to put up the tablecloth as a wall tapestry. The pastor could hardly believe how beautiful it looked and it covered up the entire problem area. Then he noticed the woman walking down the center aisle. Her face was like a sheet. "Pastor," she asked, "where did you get that tablecloth?"

The pastor explained. The woman asked him to check the lower right corner to see if the initials EBG were crocheted into it there. They were. These were the initials of the woman, and she had made this tablecloth 35 years before in Austria.

The woman could hardly believe it as the pastor told how he had just gotten the tablecloth.

The woman explained that before the war she and her husband were well-to-do people in Austria. When the Nazis came, she was forced to leave. Her husband was going to follow her the next week. She was captured, sent to prison and never saw her husband or her home again. The pastor wanted to give her the tablecloth; but she made the pastor keep it for the church.

The pastor insisted on driving her home, that was the least he could do. She lived on the other side of Staten Island and was only in Brooklyn for the day for a housecleaning job.

What a wonderful service they had on Christmas Eve! The church was almost full. The music and the spirit were great. At the end of the service, the pastor and his wife greeted everyone at the door and many said that they would return.

One older man, whom the pastor recognized from the neighborhood, continued to sit in one of the pews and stare, and the pastor wondered why he wasn't leaving. The man asked him where he got the tablecloth on the front wall because it was identical to one that his wife had made years ago when they lived in Austria before the war, and how could there be two tablecloths so much alike? He told the pastor how the Nazis came, how he forced his wife to flee for her safety, and he was supposed to follow her, but he was arrested and put in a prison. He never saw his wife or his home again all the 35 years in between.

The pastor asked him if he would allow him to take him for a little ride. They drove to Staten Island and to the same house where the pastor had taken the woman three days earlier. He helped the man climb the three flights of stairs to the woman's apartment, knocked on the door and he saw the greatest Christmas reunion he could ever imagine.

True Story -- submitted by Pastor Rob Reid.

Who says God does not work in mysterious ways? I asked the Lord to bless you as I prayed for you today. To guide you and protect you as you go along your way. His love is always with you, His promises are true, and when we give Him all our cares you know He will see us through.

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Please remember that I do not check the "Off the Internet" items for authenticity. Some are accurate and true; others are just good stories.

©CountyPressOnline.com 2002


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: pennsylvania; secondthoughts

1 posted on 12/17/2002 9:24:33 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: Temple Owl
ping
2 posted on 12/17/2002 9:25:29 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: Owl_Eagle; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
ping
3 posted on 12/18/2002 6:21:58 AM PST by Tribune7
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To: Tribune7
Thank you for the ping........ great story.............
4 posted on 12/18/2002 6:32:25 AM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
I hope it's true.
5 posted on 12/18/2002 7:17:25 AM PST by Tribune7
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To: Tribune7
I had read it before, and hoped the same thing...lol
6 posted on 12/18/2002 7:21:58 AM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: Tribune7; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; All
Thanks for the ping and the great story Trib!  I too hope it's true.
 
However, I also hope this part is true:
"Be careful what you wish for, it might come true. Lott has been-- in the opinion of many of his conservative colleagues-- overly accommodating to the Democrats. The next guy may not be as compliant. My favorite candidate to replace him is Rick Santorum."
 
A Merry Christmas to all PA Freepers!
 
 

O_E

7 posted on 12/18/2002 7:52:22 AM PST by South Hawthorne
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To: Owl_Eagle
Ditto on Santorum, and and the Merry Christmas!
8 posted on 12/18/2002 8:01:31 AM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: Tribune7
How about when Senator Robert Byrd, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan and the only senator of either party to vote against both African-American nominees to the Supreme Court, is easily forgiven for using the "N" word?

He also not only voted against the 1964 Civil Rights Bill, he filibustered it for 12 hours. Byrd is an authenic racist.

9 posted on 12/18/2002 8:14:54 AM PST by Temple Owl
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To: Temple Owl
Al Gore Sr. & William "I Gave You Clinton" Fulbright also voted against it.
10 posted on 12/18/2002 10:21:31 AM PST by Tribune7
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To: Tribune7
Did Gore sr. ever dress Little Al in sheets and take him to a cross-burning? Did he invent the KKK? I know some guy from Tennessee was a real big klan bigwig.
How about Fulbright? Was he a card carrying member. Did he ever use the 'N" word?
11 posted on 12/18/2002 12:22:41 PM PST by Temple Owl
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To: mentor-ave
The writer can't read

Actually, being as how the word was in quotes . . .

13 posted on 12/18/2002 12:34:05 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: mentor-ave
I don't see anything in what Lott said, at Strom's party, that is racially offensive.

I can see where saying that we would be better off if someone running on an avowed pro-segregation platform had become president can be taken as racially offensive.

On the other hand, I agree with you that Lott is not a racist and his statement is not racist since the context in which it was stated makes it obvious that it was not a call to any kind of action, and was in fact, what Lott has said it was -- an ill-conceived attempt at graciousness.

I was just pointing out in my earlier post that racist was not the writer's word. He had it in quotation marks which means it was someone else's word. And that he put it in quotes is a strong indication that the writer does not believe Lott's statement to be racist. Note that dimwitted is not in quotes.

15 posted on 12/18/2002 1:00:27 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: mhking
ping for the black conservatives
16 posted on 12/18/2002 1:02:25 PM PST by Tribune7
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