Politics is a never ending game of intrigue, power struggles, deceit, lies, rumors and the temptation to undermine your opponent.
Even George Washington, the first president of our country came under fire at the end of his second term. Back then some problems were solved by duels either with pistols or swords. Today, computers are used and it only takes a click to start a rumor or a lie which spins around the world in seconds but it seems to take days before the truth is told and by then who does one believe?
I certainly am not in full agreement with some of President Bushs policies, but this hatred agenda has become so vicious and unrelenting that it scares me. Whatever happened to logic and common sense? The arrogance of people in Congress such as Harry Reid who for months has proclaimed that the war in Iraq is lost. He refuses to accept any reports that the surge is working and violence is down. Of course with national TV stations constantly reporting only negative news along with a number of nationwide newspapers they have a large number of the people in this country convinced the war is lost. Isnt it ironic, that members of Congress who have the freedom to say what they want because men and women have fought and died to give them that freedom, now want to pull the rug out from under the troops by cutting funding unless they can put a billion dollars of pork in the military funding bill. With the disdain a number of Congress members have for our military leaders in the event of a terrorist attack they shouldnt be surprised when calling for help to find the phones off the hook! Unbelievable!
Merry Christmas to all
Kudos to Yibby Knudsen! I am one of those people that have sat back and complained about what has happened to the real meaning of Christmas. I am now retired but during my working days, I worked with many people of different religions, and always respected their holy days. What I am concerned about now is, someone is trying to take Christ out of Christmas. The real meaning of Christmas is the birth of a son, a new beginning, and we rejoice and be merry because of it. Merry Christmas to all.
Jo Ann Lewis
Being a Kinship mentor is easy
I had known about the Kinship Partners program for about 20 years and always admired the good work it was doing. Like a lot of people though, I didnt feel I had the time to devote to being a Kinship mentor with my busy schedule. About a year and a half ago, I decided becoming a mentor could happen if I just made time for it. I called Kinship, got my partner about a month later, and have never regretted the decision.
What is amazing about being a Kinship mentor is how easy and how much fun it is. My buddy and I do a variety of things together. For those partners who like group activities, Kinship is always sponsoring fun get-togethers. We have participated in ice fishing, mini-golf, shooting archery and BB guns with the Boy Scouts, FRED events, and float building. Although the group activities are always fun, most of what we do is go out to my home and do guy stuff. We work in the garden, build deer stands, change oil in the car, hike in the woods with the dogs, cross-country ski, prepare and eat meals, read books, and play games.
I have been truly blessed by my time with my partner, and I hope more Brainerd area citizens will consider becoming a Kinship Partner. Your efforts will return to you many times over.
My daughter found a friend
I signed my daughter up for Kinship Partners last spring, after a separation from my husband at the time. This was a difficult and confusing time for her. She was put on a waiting list, and to my surprise, not long after signing her up, we got a call from Kinship Partners. They told me that a woman had read an article about my daughter, who was waiting for the perfect partner.
This woman (Charlotte) said that when she read about this little girl, something told her that this was the one. We met right away and the two of them clicked immediately. Charlotte and her family have brought so much joy and happiness into my daughters life. She is doing 100 percent better than where she was almost a year ago. Charlotte and her entire family were an answer to our prayers. They treat my daughter and myself like we are part of the family, and they have enriched my daughters life to fill that void.
Thanks to Kinship Partners, my daughter has found a new life long friend. I would encourage Kinship Partners to others for their children. It is a wonderful thing they do, and I encourage folks out there to be a mentor and make a difference in a childs life. It did for my child. Thank you and God bless!
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