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July 14, 2014

Making time for others

Dear Editor,

We live in a time where we depend on modern conveniences to save us time. We enjoy the pleasures of having vehicles, computers, dishwashers, running water, electricity, fast food, washers and dryers while expecting these conveniences to free us up and give us more time for important things. However, it seems many of us still struggle to complete all of our tasks in a day’s time. In addition, we spend less time helping others because we are always trying to keep up with our own needs. Yet, there are some people who manage to put God first, put others second, and still keep up with their own lives.

My name is Doug Golic. My sister and I grew up in a good home where our parents taught us proper morals and values. However, there was a time when I began to struggle with alcohol and meth. These things stole my time and my good upbringing did not keep me from their grasp. Chemical dependency does not care if people are rich, poor, or famous. It can destroy anyone’s life. This is where God and a man I would come to call my Pastor came into play.

My pastor, Mark Waits, knows the concept of putting God first and others second. He took time to help me find my way out of my chaotic life. For the past 10 years, he has taught me about God’s unfailing love and grace. Pastor Waits has sacrificed his time and energy to help me grow toward Jesus Christ.

He once reminded me that all people have 24 hours in a day. Each of us gets to choose how we use those hours. He explained that if we want something done, we might need to get up an hour earlier to complete it. He also shared the importance of spending time with God and His Word.

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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

A. I support the ordinance
B. I do not support the ordinance
C. Not sure
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