As for Mr. Crooks’s other objections, it would take volumes to explain that Romans 6 does not teach that unregenerate persons have the ability to practice righteous obedience, that Romans 6 does not command water baptism as a prerequisite for eternal salvation, that Hebrews 5 and Matthew 7 do not teach salvation by works, and that Revelation 20 does not assert that believers will be judged at the final judgment.

It is true that God has given many commandments to those who already possess irrevocable eternal life. It is also true that He has given only one commandment to the unbelievers of this age: believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.

This is the difference between eternal condemnation and eternal life. The one believing in Jesus is not condemned. The one believing in Jesus has eternal life. Jesus paid the penalty for your sins while He was hanging on the cross. Jesus is alive eternally and will never forsake those that have put their trust in Him. Trust that the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ are sufficient to save you, and eternal life is yours.

John Pertle
Santee

Spanish Tummy And Pollyanna Creep

Don Bauder is a rare voice of reason and common sense in the world of financial commentary, but his latest column (“Get Used to Unemployment,” “City Lights,” August 19) once again wins the “Close but No Cigar!” award.

While he correctly points out that there is only one private-sector employer out of the 14 biggest employers in San Diego, he still doesn’t (or can’t) understand that public-sector employment represents a net loss (and a rather large one) to the economy, resulting in the disaster that is now coyly referred to as the Great Recession. (This would be like referring to the Black Death as a case of “Spanish Tummy.”)

Any and all public-sector salaries, benefits, and pensions are funded by private-sector paychecks; the result is skyrocketing taxation, economic decay, and the concentration of wealth (Econ 101, for heaven’s sake!).

One more thing — he states that in July, unemployment remained at 9.5 percent. The actual unemployment rate is about double that; the figure of 9.5 percent is the “U-3 Unemployment Rate,” which includes only those who have been unemployed for 30 days or less.

Multiple measures of unemployment (now known as the “U Rates”) were created in the early 1960s to deceive voters into thinking that the number of the unemployed is smaller than it really is (referred to as “Pollyanna Creep”). Every president since Kennedy has continued this process of deception; Ronald Reagan, for example, artificially reduced unemployment numbers simply by including military personnel as “employed.” Bill Clinton cooked the unemployment books by reducing the numbers of unemployed black Americans. Every president for the past 50 years has also falsified the consumer price index (the rate of inflation) and the gross domestic product (the “size” of the economy).

Name Withheld
via fax

Don Bauder replies: U-3 includes all unemployed persons, but they have to have made efforts to look for work in the last four weeks.

Poop On Your Page Count

In reference to the August 19 issue, page 30, “Thought You Should Know…” box, “Top 20 papers by page count.” By page count? I mean, for one thing, that’s just a really silly way to rank papers, and it’s like, okay, what are the two things that this tells me for which the Reader makes the top of the list? It tells me that (a) you’ve got more crappy ads that I’ve got to, like, dig through to get to, like, what I want to actually read, and (b) you’re killing more trees in the process and making more junk for me to have to responsibly recycle. So, I don’t see why you’re bragging about that, I guess is what I’m getting at. That actually seems like something you should be ashamed of, and thank you for letting me know.

Keep up the good work; waste less trees.

Scott Perry
North Park

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Jay Allen Sanford Sept. 1, 2010 @ 3 p.m.

Ward, the Reader posted a notice about Thomas getting hit by the train within 24 hours of the incident, including info about online efforts to raise money to help with his hospital bills --- the notice was posted in the daily Blurt breaking news section "This Just In," which appears on the Reader mainpage every day, as well as on the music homepage. As far as I know, only one other local website reported the news sooner (www.sddialedin.com).

Aside from reporting it on the Reader mainpage, you'll also see a full length Blurt article about the incident in this very issue --- being a weekly paper, it's hard for Blurt to always carry the most timely reports. Hence the "This Just In" daily website reports!

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David Dodd Sept. 1, 2010 @ 5:17 p.m.

I don't know whether to be sentimentally delighted or digitally frightened that someone actually sent a letter to the Reader via facsimile machine. I reckon the Morse telegraph was in a state of disrepair...

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SurfPuppy619 Sept. 3, 2010 @ 7:17 p.m.

Racoons are MEAN....don't mess with them, espeically during mating season!

I had a pack of about 5 of them in my yard one night-2AM- getting busy and they were so loud, and BIG, my cocker spaniel wanted to go after them, and I said no way!!! They will eat you for lunch little girl!

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gcubed Sept. 4, 2010 @ 1:31 p.m.

Ugh. That's right. Trap it. I live in a very suburban area in Middletown, NY. Deer walk down our streets. Rabbits, ground hogs, squirrels, moles, and most four footed animals are in an incredible abundance. Twenty miles to the East and about 60 miles from NYC, bears walk through similar neighborhoods. Basically, I leave them alone. It is nice to see them. I used to live in Yosemite, and there was lots of bears and raccoons. Somehow they were "allowed to live there." Is that the only place they are supposed to be, in National Parks? Most people want to control or kill (bees and similar) anything that doesn't have to do with their idea of their perfect home. If moves, kill it. If it grows, chop it down. If that is the case, than maybe people should not be allowed in national parks. One more time, I let them live. People try to control their environment. Sometimes we are the intruders. Sometimes we are the problem. By the way, the streets I drive are littered with the carcasses of deer, wild turkeys, and every other animal. Really, who is the problem? Of course it could not be us. For your information, birds seem to able to calculate cars driving at 60 mph. If you drive faster, you will hit them. Squirrels are clueless to cars. So pay attention. Really, trap it and drive it far away; Afghanistan or National City? Sometimes, embracing the question/problem is the lunacy. Kill the mosquitos , kill the flies, kill the bees, wasps, and hornets. Kill the ants. Kill everything that isn't us until we live in a sterile dying world. Oh yeah, we also have bald eagles in our area. Man, what a nuisance they are.

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