Readers’ Views

Saying a sad farewell

To the Editor:

We are saddened that we had to say good-bye to our wonderful and loyal customers at JCPenney. We had the opportunity to work with and serve so many special people. You all made our years so very memorable.

Thank you to Fairmont and the surrounding communities for your support. We will never forget our 30-plus years with you and JCPenney.

Val Johnson

and Darla Colby


Last time for everything

To the Editor:

There is a new song out by Brad Paisley — “Last Time for Everything” — that got me thinking how true it is that we never know when any of those things mentioned in the song are going to be our last time doing them. Also, that there are even more important “last times” in our lives that aren’t mentioned in the song, such as taking our last breath.

As humans, we differ in many ways but one blind spot we all seem to have is the one where we think there will always be a tomorrow. Even though we know that thousands of people die every day, sin keeps this blind spot in front of us.

Many professed “Christians” are acting no differently when they place their worldly priorities ahead of learning and proclaiming God’s will. This sinful act is nothing more than following the worldly thinking that they will always have tomorrow to make God more of a priority in their lives. Or they believe the effort of knowing God’s will isn’t really needed as they just want the title “Christian” just in case there really is a God.

Both these conditions lead people to destruction and not to the eternal life promised by God. (Matthew 7:21-23)

There are also many so-called “Christian denominations” actually promote these types of false behaviors with their work righteous decrees or teaching that God is only loving with no consequences or by picking and choosing which parts of God’s word “the Bible” are really important for a person to know or follow. When in reality, these are all false teachings in that you could never “work” your way to heaven. God is Love but he is also just and anyone thinking they know which parts of God’s word is more important than another or not even needed at all is playing God and leading people away from the one true God. (Ephesians 2:1-10, 2 Thessalonians 1:5-9, Revelation 22:18-19)

Jesus calls his followers “his sheep” who know him and follow his teachings. If you are blindly following false teachings for any reason, it is up to you as an individual to save yourself from such a dangerous situation. Those who stray from God’s word will always be held accountable to God whether they were the false teacher or blindly following it. (Colossians 2:6-12, 2 Peter 2:1-10)

It is your salvation at stake, so I would recommend you take ownership of it and be sure you are on the narrow path God wants you to walk. (Luke 13:22-28) Start today; don’t fall into the Devil’s blind spot of thinking you always have tomorrow to get back on the right path. None of us know when we will take our last breath, but when it happens it will be too late to change our fate. We are not guaranteed to have a tomorrow — there is always a last time for everything. (Matthew 24:36-44)

Anthony Scheff


Efforts appreciated

To the Editor:

Martin County West Booster Club board of directors wishes to express its sincere thanks and appreciation to the Fox Lake Golf Club, all the participants, all hole sponsors and other sponsors, all who helped run the event, and the local businesses that donated prizes for giveaways and the raffle, for making our MCW golf outing fundraiser on Aug. 12 another huge success.

Rod Fiala, president

MCW Booster Club