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December 17, 2013

Remember the reason for Christmas

Remember the reason for Christmas

Dear Editor,

As we approach Christmas it seems we should remember the reason we have Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ as recorded in the Bible in Luke 2. But the secular world has replaced the real meaning of Christmas with activities and business of the season. Christmas vacation has been replaced with holiday vacation by many schools and businesses. Many schools no longer have Christmas programs but holiday programs.

And some like atheist Mickey Weinstein not only want to eliminate Christmas but also all reference to the Bible and Christianity in our society including crosses at National Monuments and chapels. There seems to be a concerted effort by some in the Obama Administration to make America a Godless nation and silence Biblical Christianity. We should not allow the anti-God philosophy to take control as some who are trying to eliminate Christmas.

We who are Christians want to remember the reason for the season. America’s Founding Fathers were mostly men of God and they anchored our nation on Bible teachings including the Ten Commandments. So let’s remember Jesus’ birth on Christmas, Dec. 25, 2013.

Yours truly,

Lawrence Powell

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Street project’s impact on property taxes

Dear Editor,

I am writing this letter to the editor because I think an excellent way to carry out your stated business purpose “The newspaper that cares about Appanoose County” would be to obtain and publish the costs in the real estate tax increase for all of the real estate taxpayers of Centerville to pay three-fourths of the $4,371.562 estimated cost for street improvements on North 10th and East and West State Streets.

It is obvious that $3,000,000 worth of general obligation bonds which must be paid by all Centerville taxpayers will cause a significant increase in property tax in order to service this bonded indebtedness.

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