Our society today seems to find protection for whatever they say, think or do by simply claiming they have rights or that their rights are being violated. People’s uniqueness, individuality, and sometimes ignorance are becoming more important than their personal responsibility or society’s moral and ethical values.
Forgive me, but the problem of today has the appearance of self-centeredness, in which a person cares not for the good of society or their fellow citizens but only for what they think or how their life will be impacted. An individualistic behavior begets the isolation and a deterioration of brotherhood. I mean to say my rights cannot supersede the rights of yours and others. We all need to abide by the same rules and we all should feel that we belong to one collective. Are we not all Americans, therefore how can a person let little things come between us except for our sense of self-esteem or self-importance?
Perhaps this epidemic stems to self labelling. We have now divided ourselves into ultra-tiny factions. No longer are we simply Americans, for that matter no longer are we either male or female; red, yellow, black or white; Democrat or Republican. The classifications I chose were acceptable when I was a youth, however today someone may take offense. But should they be offended if it was not my intent to offend? Does the problem of being offended fall on me or the person feeling offended? Wouldn’t I know my intent better than anyone? When one group lashes out against another it’s a simple case of “He said, she said” and there cannot be a winner. It makes me think of the adage “If a house is divided against itself, it cannot stand.”
We have the opportunity to come together for the good of our fellow man and the good of our nation during the upcoming mid-term election. When we put the good of neighbors first we in turn help ourselves, it is, or at least once upon a time it was our human nature to show kindness, benevolence, compassion, etc.
The Casey’s General Store controversy is an example of division within our community. Although I’m thoroughly tired of hearing about it, and feel Versailles should be pleased to have business wanting to build in our community, it’s not going to impact our world like the political issues of the mid-term election. I can only hope the Casey controversy will encouraged more voters to exercise their civic responsibility and duty this election.
No one can tell a person how to vote, but it is my hope that everyone will vote with a moral conscience. Moral conscience does not have a political party. To vote with a moral conscience is to vote for the candidate with traditional American family values, those that do not go against the Ten Commandments. In other words candidates that do not seek personal gain, cast false allegations, support abortion, etc. The liberalistic mentality we have been experiencing has caused tremendous decay in our families today, perhaps a conservative approach of committing to traditional values is the change we need. It is our civic responsibility to make the right decisions for the future of our society, especially the children who depend upon us for the country they will inherit.
Don’t forget the time changes this weekend so set your clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night for an extra hour of sleep. Then Sunday the Versailles American Legion Auxiliary holds their Chicken Fry starting at 4 p.m. until gone.
Thursday is an “Open to the Public” weekly Bid Euchre Tournament held in the Bunker (below the Vets Club, 106 S. Center St.) at 7 p.m. with weekly prizes.
Friday and Saturday is Halloween Karaoke in the Bunker at the Vets Club, beginning at 7 p.m. each night. Saturday morning from 9-11 a.m. you might consider joining in on the mat making at Trinity Lutheran Church
Mark your calendar for “The Best Drama Club Show Ever”, performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Nov. 8-10), the Hometown Christmas Celebration held Friday, Nov. 9 from 6-9 p.m. and the Veterans Day Bean Soup Dinner held Sunday, Nov. 11 from 4-7 p.m. at the Vets Club Hall.
Happy birthday to Carolyn Kremer (80), Fr. Ron Haft, Elaine Winner, Rose Lucas, Marilyn Bensman, Carey Whittington, Rob Noggle, Dan Buxton, Kay Camacho, Tom Magoto, Raquel Bulcher, Lori Cordonnier, Kim Constantinides, Tim Magoto, Renee Dirksen, Donna Subler, Marlene Schmitmeyer, Mary Miller, Sundra Bey, Amy Schoen, Debbie Richard, and Bob Nixon as their special day approaches as well as, anniversary wishes to Angel and Shane Borchers (18), Traci and Jeremy Cordonnier (22), Dawn and Tom Petitjean (25), Janet and Donald Pothast (26), Stephanie and Ken Swallow, Diane and Bob Magoto (43), Carol and Phil Borchers (46), Diane and Jim Grillot (47), and Katherine and Laverne Brunswick (58).
Happy 40th anniversary to House of Flowers, Tuxedos and Gifts, which was established in the fall of 1978 and continued under new owners in January 1996. They have been offering 40 percent discount on silk arrangements for the past 40 days. The sale will end Nov. 5.
Please give your supportive and healing prayers for the many who are dealing with any of life’s countless challenges, and especially for Marge Paulus, Bernie Frantz, Paul Shimp, Beverly Burt, Fr. Ron Haft, Jackson Winner, Jerilyn Monnin, Fr. John White, Kellie Gehret, Shirley Tapp, Becca Pohl Liette, Jane Meier, Dean Kreitzer, Jim Kelch, Scarlet Unrast, Jenni Meyer, John Brandt, Donna Apple, Alice Luthman, Michelle Sherman, Miriam Harman, Patricia Borchers, Bob Miller, Iona Gariety, Loretta Bey, Steve Bey, Aiden Myers, Angie Keiser, Paul Dapore, Rose Mary and Jerry Paulus, Cyril Frantz, Carol Laub, Peggy and Jack Borgerding, Earl Gigandet, Ruth Wirrig, Marge Prakel, Mary Batty, Dave Magoto, Norma Magoto, Betty Kremer, Virginia Smith, Mary Huelskamp, Anabelle Subler, Lois Youngker, Barb Goubeaux, Eileen Rahm, Samantha Smith and those not mentioned by name who are recuperating, hospitalized, homebound and/or in need of our prayers.
Heartfelt sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Terry McEldowney (65), Joseph Ernst (65), Doug McDermott (69), and Helen Witt (94), also remembering and keeping in our hearts the lives Dorothy Redmond Mike Geise, Richard Broerman, Jerome Schmitmeyer, Patricia Pax, Elvia Lewis, Daryl Plessinger, Luther “Squeek” Strobel, Catherine Studabaker, Luke Jutte, Marjorie Lyme, Adaline Knapke, Margery Browder, Thelma Clark, Bud Treon, Lucy Monnier, Red Kremer, Ernie Monnin, Helen Frantz, Don Canan Bill Graves, Janet Helsel, Flora Neargarder, Merv Schulze, Leo Schieltz, Evelyn Gump, Marilyn Bulcher and all those not mentioned by name as the anniversary of their recent passing nears.
“Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
“The idea that religion and politics don’t mix was invented by the Devil to keep Christians from running their own country.” ~Unknown
“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” ~Philippians 2:4
“If you have selfish ignorant citizens you’re gonna get selfish ignorant leaders.” ~George Carlton
Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her Friday Versailles community column. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.