Taxpayers should be concerned
To the Editor:
With regard to the article in the Sentinel on Aug. 22, I crunched the numbers on what the city of Fairmont has to pay or has paid, and this is what I came up with:
o Former city administrator Mike Humpal is collecting $17,764 per month since he was let go from his position. Is this the price we had to pay for ruining a man’s reputation and that of his family’s embarrassment?
o The same for former City Attorney Elizabeth Bloomquist, who has been collecting $12,907 per month. Again, easy to blame her and find fault. Where were her superiors or the people who check in on her?
o Former interim city administrator Mark Sievert received for five months temporary service $10,648 per month plus $7,775 per month for housing and essentials. What? Total $61,115.
And there’s much more.
Now, if you, the tax-paying Fairmont citizen is not concerned with this, you certainly should be. The amount of dollars spent here is unreal. Most seniors, and there are several in this retirement town, live on less than what these people are getting monthly. We need to wise up.
Cathi Rose St. John Jones
It’s time to change our ways
To the Editor:
The little economic setback that you and I have experienced from COVID-19 is nothing compared to the 1929 economic depression that came when the materialistic, money-hungry, godless Roaring Twenties was going strong and God was just an afterthought, not thought of at all, or only thought of once or twice a week at church. So God in his wrath cleaned house and wiped out everyone’s bank accounts, and people found themselves in soup lines.
But no lesson learned there, at least with the highest court in the land, the Supreme Court, because in the 1960s it declared school-sponsored prayer and Bible reading to be, believe it or not, unconstitutional. Since the Roe v. Wade 1973 Supreme Court decision, millions of unborn babies have been painfully aborted/killed.
Now the godless American Civil Liberties Union, better known as the ACLU, is trying its level best to remove from government properties the Ten Commandments that God established that says thou shalt not kill. Exodus 20:13.
These godless people think they have the highest court in the land on their side, but even higher above every living being is God almighty, whom we all will have to answer to someday, maybe sooner than we think.
You don’t think a very angry God is not seeing the slow spiritual death that is happening in a heart and soul of people seeing nothing wrong with killing a baby in its mother’s womb, or murdering a human being of any age.
Well, how about the spiritual death that happens in the heart and soul of people who see nothing wrong with watching so-called entertainment/garbage on a black box sitting in their living room or in a movie or on a DVD or their cell phone or computer or Facebook.
Let’s face it: now I can see why most folks don’t read their Bible on a daily basis. Because they just might be convicted as they read certain verses such as Psalms 101:3: I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.
All I can say is if we don’t want the economic depression of 1929 to repeat itself, our only hope is to turn from and repent from our own behind-closed-doors wicked sinful pleasures and mean it this time, and look to the Lord Jesus Christ alone and not some manmade rules and rituals to save us. 2nd Chronicles 7:14: If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and forgive their sin, and will heal their land.