God is a title
By definition, the word "God" is a title, not a name.
In the Jewish language, His name is WHWY.
The Jewish people considered that too holy, so they gave other names, for example Adonai, which is just one of the names they have called God.
As far as religion, well religion is man-made. Many of those, including myself, believe that it is a relationship and have faith in the belief that God does exist. Many of us know this by the prayers that have been answered that man cannot answer.
I myself have prayed for 30 years for three people and all of these (prayers) have been answered.
Others as well, where it was not possible for even doctors can cure, the people we prayed for were cured - all because of faith, not religion.
As far as the forefathers being Christians or not is not really known, except by what may have been written by them. I, including many other people, place our faith and belief in knowing what has happened and what will happen. Just look around the world and hear what is going on!
The Middle East crisis is a prophecy written in the Bible. The people turning away from the Bible and turning against their own families: this, too, is in the Bible.
There are many examples that I can write that has already been written in the Bible, and they are happening right now.
Thank you for the notes
I would like to commend Hometown News on adding an "Editor's source notes" to the end of many letters lately. I think this has become necessary for people to prove their sources of information when stating what they think are true facts, not personal opinions.
Personal opinions are fine unless you start outright lying about something.
So, Hometown News, please continue to check these writer's sources, and may I encourage you to not print anything that you may have doubts about or question. It's really a disservice to us readers to read something that is false or grossly exaggerated.
And I believe I have seen this before. I think we must have many "Fox News" watchers, who are also our writers. It has been shown time and time again that "Fox News" has misspoke, and have slanted their stories; and it has also been shown that "Fox News" viewers are misinformed and even uneducated.
There has got to be an accurate way to convey reality to readers and viewers.
Personally, I try to get the views of many different news and channels and draw my own conclusions.
I never watch just one news station.
Giveaway party for the homeless vets
We were one part of the Christmas giveaway party for the homeless veterans.
The National Veterans Homeless Support group had taken up two hotel rooms just for gifts and supplies.
On Dec. 24, my husband and I packed up my huge van to capacity, drove to Titusville to the hotel and dropped off 15 plarn mats, five big packages, 25 bags of toiletries and 50 bags of candy.
We then drove to Melbourne and dropped off 15 more plarn mats, 25 more packages, 25 bags of toiletries and 50 bags of candy.
It takes about 500 plastic bags and 25 hours to make one plarn mat for the homeless veterans, so they can put it under their sleeping bags to keep them dry.
There were a lot of Rotary people who gave me all kinds of things to put into the Christmas packages: sweaters, hats, scarves, gloves, under garments, flashlights, blankets, sleeping bags, stockings, pants, etc.
Thanks to Tim Brown, who supplied most of the toiletries.
In the toiletry bags there was soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, two wash cloths, shampoo, etc.
A DVD was made. If anyone is interested in the DVD please email me your address and I will burn a DVD for you. Call (321) 254-3398.
We did not have permission to take pictures at the sites, because the homeless veterans were present, but we did get hugs, and that's all it takes to keep us going until the next time.
So after the new year, ladies, get your crochet hook out and it is time to start again, so we can be ready for the next Stand Down.
Thanks to each and every one of you angels, and this hug comes from the homeless veterans.
Do you feel it?
My husband was moved to tears when he got his hug.
What a Christmas!
Donations and flattened-out plastic bags are always accepted.
Social Security now called a benefit payment
Have you noticed, your Social Security check is now referred to as a "Federal Benefit Payment" by some?
This isn't a benefit - it's earned income! Not only did we all contribute to Social Security, but our employers did, too.
It totaled 15 percent of our income, before taxes. If you averaged $30,000 per year over your working life, that's close to $180,000 invested in Social Security.
If you calculate the future value of your monthly investment in Social Security ($375/month, including both
your and your employer's contributions) at a meager 1 percent interest rate compounded monthly, after 40 years of working you'd have more than $1.3 million saved!
This is your personal investment.
Upon retirement, if you took out only 3 percent per year, you'd receive $39,318 per year, or $3,277 per month. That's almost three times more than today's average Social Security benefit of $1,230 per month, according to the Social Security Administration (Google it - it's a fact).
And your retirement fund would last more than 33 years (until you're 98, if you retire at age 65)!
I can only imagine how much better most average-income people could live in retirement if our government had just invested our money in low-risk interest-earning accounts.
Instead, the folks in Washington pulled off a bigger ponzi scheme than Bernie Madoff ever did. They took our money and used it elsewhere. They "forgot" that it was OUR money they were taking. They didn't have a referendum to ask us if we wanted to lend the money to them.
And they didn't pay interest on the debt they assumed. And recently, they've told us that the money won't support us for very much longer. But is it our fault they misused our investments?
And now, to add insult to injury, they're calling it a "benefit," as if we never worked to earn every penny of it. Just because they "borrowed" the money, doesn't mean that our investments were a charity! Let's take a stand.
We have earned our right to Social Security and Medicare. Demand that our legislators bring some sense into our government. Then call it what it is: Our Earned Retirement Income.
You are hurting Iranian citizens
It's very hard for me to think that Iran would be the enemy of the United States.
As I remember, Japan and Germany were.
What has Iran done to the world that it has to go through these sanctions?
I don't agree with Iranian policy, nor the government of Iran, but the sanction hurts the ordinary Iranian citizen, in or outside Iran. By that, I mean, if I have a personal matter with my next door neighbor, everyone has to suffer?
If Israel has problem with Iran, well, let those two solve the problem. Don't impose it on everyone else.
Iran helped the U.S. to find the terrorists locations back in 2001 and cooperates with the world, and for many centuries the gasoline you put in your cars came from Iran.
Buying guns for your kids
I can't believe what I just saw down the street from my house.
This is Christmas day, and there are five or six or seven kids down the street with automatic toy rifles shooting beans, or something.
They all have masks on to protect their eyes and are shooting each other up, and this is less than two weeks after all those babies got killed in that school.
What were their parents thinking when they bought them all these toy rifles?
Rat, tat, tat, tat, tat, tat!
Honking, yelling at bicyclists
I would just like to rant about people honking their horns and telling people to use the sidewalk.
I drive a bicycle to work and to do all my errands and everywhere. I ride for transportation and recreation.
There are always people honking at you, throwing things at you and yelling at you, "Use the sidewalk."
The drivers of those automobiles do not know the law. Actually, the Florida state law says that bicycles are not allowed on the sidewalks.
They are allowed on sidewalks, but they have to obey the law for pedestrians, who are using the sidewalks.
If a pedestrian is walking a dog or if a couple is walking on the sidewalk, the bicycle person has to stop and walk the bicycle around the people.
They are not allowed to ride on the sidewalk passing people, because it is the law.
I wish the people driving automobiles would know this law. Many of the drivers don't know the laws in the Florida driver's handbook.
People don't look which way they are turning. They don't use the turn signals. They speed.
Just let the people know. Quit yelling at the people on bicycles. It's against the law for us to ride on the sidewalks. It's not against the law, but we just have to be cautious of pedestrians, etc.
Editor's note: The Florida Bicycle Enforcement Guide, produced by the Florida Bicycle Association, states the following, in part:
"A cyclist riding on a sidewalk or crosswalk has the rights and duties of a pedestrian [§316.2065] and therefore may ride in either direction. However, equipment and passenger regulations still apply, since the cyclist is still a 'bicycle rider.'
Sidewalks are not designed for bicycle speeds, but bicycles are permitted, where not prohibited by local ordinance (use is prohibited downtown in many cities).
The local governments of counties, cities, towns and other municipalities can adopt ordinances regulating bicycle riding.
Some towns may also have registration and licensing ordinances.
Sidewalk riding may be prohibited entirely or only in certain areas, such as business districts.
Local law enforcement agencies can provide copies of local ordinances.
A bicyclist riding on sidewalks or in crosswalks must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and must give an audible signal before passing [§316.2065(11)].
At a signalized intersection, a cyclist approaching on a sidewalk must obey the instructions of any applicable pedestrian control signal. That is, he may start to cross a roadway in a crosswalk only during a steady walk phase, if one is displayed.
If no pedestrian signal is provided, the cyclist may proceed in accordance with the signal indications for the parallel roadway traffic flow [§316.084].
Vehicles may not be propelled by other than human power on sidewalks or bicycle paths."
For more information, visit www.floridabicycle.org/rules/bikelaw.html.
The [SS316.] references refer to Florida State Statutes.
Why are you silent?
We really are the enemy. Pogo was right. We have met the enemy; and the enemy is us.
We, with our interest in all sports, have allowed the politicians to cement themselves into all the positions of power and influence to where they are unassailable.
As long as they cater to the business interests, foreign or domestic, we are helpless.
In my perspective, the bottom of the pile, elections are a charade, along with the legislating. The media is a rubber stamp, and worse, a moronic distraction.
The only intelligent thought seems to come from movies, like "Wall Street" and "Broadcast News" and a few others.
Somewhere in the upper echelons of power, there must be a few people who love what this country used to stand for.
I can't understand their silence.