While attending the Scugog Shores Museum presents "Cuneiform, Hieroglyphs and Alphabets" Sunday Speaker Series, given by Dr. Amy Barron, I found out that the Heritage Centre & Archives is soon to be closed. Apparently, there are plans to move the Centre to the Museum site on the Island.
I find this to be very disappointing news. A lot of work has gone into making the Centre very functional for different events, plus, many items are stored there, in a climate controlled environment. Not to mention the fact, there is proper security at the Centre, which will not be available if the items are moved to the Museum location.
The event I attended yesterday was well attended, as have been other events I have gone to in the past, at this location.
Please make your voice heard and ask Council and the Township to reconsider this move.
Regarding March 29th, 2018 'Thank GOD, it's Friday' and April 12th, 2018 'Wiser Than Wise' Editorials, my husband and I would simply like to say, Praise God for the boldly spoken words concerning Good Friday and Easter Sunday in Canada, where Family Values and Christianity are under attack.
We worship the Risen Lord, through Whom our sins are now forgiven through repentance, and we now have the Holy Spirit as our guide and helper – both in our hearts, interceding with the Lord for us every day; we claim Jesus as our Saviour.
Thank you for The Standard bringing the sanctity of this wondrous season into all of our homes, whether we worship or not!
God loves all of us and is not willing that any should perish! Hallelujah.
Judith E.Connell, Ms., B.A.and Dennis E. Lunow, B.A.
“Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The YAHWEH ADONAI is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills.” Hab. 3:18,19
Early Monday afternoon tragedy struck in downtown Toronto when a suicidal man intentionally ran over numerous pedestrians killing 10 and injuring 15. He told police that he had a gun in an obvious attempt to goad the police into shooting him. Fortunately the police realized it was only a cell phone and where able to apprehend the man without harming him.
The suspected driver, Alek Minassian, of Richmond Hill is in custody. According to Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders, the police arrested Minassian within half an hour of receiving the 911 call.
Toronto Mayor John Tory praised first responders and added "This is a time when the community should come together."
Indeed the community has. Several witnesses to the event jumped right in to lend assistance where ever possible. One man administered CPR, a woman gave her scarf to cover one of the victims.
Condolences are pouring in from all over such as the following from Marcus Stroman, a Toronto Blue Jays pitcher, who tweeted, "World is becoming scarier by the second. Should never have to question whether going outside for a walk is a bad idea or not. Prayers to Toronto for real!"
Although this event is tragic it gives me pause to look at the positive that it has been exposed. One man committed a horrifying act but many stepped in as good Samaritans and many more have expressed their concern for the victims.
I think we should not miss the heroic efforts of the emergency personal as well as passersby who jumped into a traumatic situation and chose to help up despite the risks involved.
You could choose to look at this situation and say our society is spiraling out of control. Or you could see the over whelming outpouring of compassion and be encouraged that heros live among the average citizens in bold and random acts of kindness and courage.
Our prayers are with all involved in this tragedy.
To be clear, even though the Liberal loose manner approach to issues of serious needs in our society was not the tirade of focus in my article, in the Standard on April 5th, 2018. I can understand someone making the mistake, as it's difficult to separate perpetrators from issues. This may have been my own difficulty in the writing of the article. As far as tirades go, it was over the issues of substance abuse. But does anybody really believe a problem can be solved by just cleaning up the effects without eliminating at least one of the causes of it.
When ever a premise for a comment is being established, history is notorious for intertwining issues with the rationales of those who promoted them. This is probably profiling, but isn't this the way we all navigate life, and I mean this in the broadest sense of the word; don't want to touch another sensitivity of a 'I want what I want when I want it, damn the torpedoes full speed ahead liberal'. We all see repeated patterns and build a conclusion based on burden of evidence. It's not enough to look up some internet biased article, that comes up based on our search words, and feel we have done our due diligence. There are many self declared knowledgeable people out there.
As long as the evidence is collected in real life experience, like my own many years of drinking, of drug addiction, as a client in rehab, then counseling training, and eventually working in rehab facilities, plus over 30 years of counseling practice. Then I would, “only assume” that position would be well thought out, and it's effects on taxation and the impact on the problem in society, addiction wise, could possibly be better understood than most in denial. This is not to mention the accumulated and diagnostic knowledge of, associates and friends, throughout the years, in related fields of psychology, psychiatry and other crisis counseling facilities, who I am often in contact with.
So I guess it's not nonsense after all, and yes I do firmly believe it, but I have looked into it for at least 42 years through the lenses of both sides of the issue. For the record, my family on both sides, including my birth family, is riddled with alcoholics and other drug addicts, some struggling still, some in and some through recovery, so I came by it honestly.
I would “speculate” that if anyone was to take up the challenge and make the honest effort to really examine this issue in the sobering way those who have lived through the addictions, faced their denial, entered recovery and come out the other side have, they would come to understand it better. But many don't care enough to risk their lives in such a foolish manner just to help victims of this epidemic in our society.
In the recovery field the position is very much universal, it is abstinence (Oops! Stepped on those 'I want' toes again), anti drug, anti any possibly addicting substance, including alcohol, as they all can lead to a next step of something harder.
To the writer responding to my original article, I never said addiction was a given, just that these attitudes can increase the possibility of greater addictions. Beer was used as an example because I know it is viewed as a less likely scenario, yet I know people who drank beer for years and felt they were becoming addicted. But some; see the word some, just don't low ball the word, the percentages are higher than you may want to admit, some have moved to harder alcohol and become alcoholics, others have become alcoholics with just beer drinking.
So “perhaps”, my drink of choice is the informed cool clear full cup of water, or I'll give you this, maybe sometimes a decaf coffee or a tea, and hears something you should appreciate, now, it's sometimes Green.
Sincerely, as well,
I feel I have to push back against the “Just turn off the tap” blustery political tirade column in the Standard April 5, 2018 which was complete nonsense.
According to Todd Green (no relation), the government is “promoting the use of entry drugs”, and “legalizing recreational marijuana for children”, “are preparing to mop up the evidence”. He also believes pot is “one step closer to harder drugs”, and “will cost us in major tax increases”.
I can only assume he believes what he’s saying but he would be advised to do a few minutes of research into what the actual results are in places that have implemented similar laws & funding regarding cannabis.
Perhaps the most offensive of all: The assertion that beer is a gateway drink to harder alcohol. I speculate that Todd doesn’t drink alcohol on principle so he can’t fathom the enjoyment of a good drink but I also suspect he doesn’t understand alcohol as a drug that can lead to abuse & addiction.
Perhaps in his favorite echo chamber watering hole the libation of choice is a conservative fear cocktail which I would imagine has an effervescent start and a bitter finish but at least the glass is always half full.
Sincerely, Tim Green
We would like to thank the community, for once again supporting our scrap metal fundraiser and bottle drive. We appreciate people saving up their scrap and bringing it to us.
Thanks to Port Perry Salvage for delivering and picking up the bins. Thanks to the youth, leaders, and parent volunteers that made it a successful day.
If you missed us and have scrap, please take it to Port Perry Salvage and ask them to put it on our account. All proceeds go to the up keep of the Scout Hall. Look for us again next year, on the first Saturday after Easter.
1st Port Perry Scout Group
The Wallace, Samells, and Wescott families would like to thank the friends and family members who helped honour the life and legacy of George Samells, on Thursday, March 29th.
Our family wishes to convey our sincerest appreciation for your prayers and support during this time. We are blessed to have friends like you, and are thankful for all you’ve done.
A few weeks ago we celebrated Easter; it's interesting, this year Resurrection Sunday fell on April 1st, April Fools day. The irony of this did not pass me by, but rather struck a profound chord.
Here's why; those who don't have a personal revelation of Christ's purposes on the cross, struggle with the whole contrast of it all. It appears, to them, to be a fools errand that ended in the tragedy of a very compassionate man dying, with no more result than a footnote in history, commemorated by many who revel in the past. To get Sci-Fi-ish, it was timeless, in a moment of time-past, changing our futures. It was an act of insight and love that passes all knowledge.
You see, those who don't get this actually cannot see it, because the power of this revelation isn't residing in them. This is not their fault. It only comes from the entrance of Christ into the human heart. Once there, He imparts personal revelation of the meanings which reside in scripture, this is known as the illumination of God's word. It is not an intellectual capacity through digging things out; although there is still some limited benefit to doing this, but it is an appeal made to the heart of a human being by God's own Spirit due to reading scripture, and winds up occupying the thoughts as a result, but it resides deeper, where we pray from.
For those who don't believe 'God Is', it's no wonder they don't get proof. How many have heard, you have to be open to something before you can begin to see it. Like soil receiving a seed, a birth happens out of the interaction.
So, being open to something allows the life of the thing within a person. The next step is to work with that thing so it connects up with our deeper faculties, becoming an inner tangible experience, changing our ongoing thinking. It demonstrates itself by changed existence as an outflow to life around and is why a Christian's life is different, it's just mechanics, but operating on Spiritual fuel, God's word.
In Hebrews 11:6b it says, 'for whoever comes to God must [first of all] believe that He exists and that he rewards those who make an honest serious search for Him.' Paraphrase
So, “the 'proof' is in the pudding,” not just in the reading of the recipe, or the idea there is one.
Like most free thinkers, their ideas, concepts or beliefs are frequently berated by others. Because they are based on different ways of viewing things than the world is taught to think in, most often these people are treated as foolish, embarrassing or amounting to nothing. It's really a fear response to what is not known, but the burden of history shows, time and again, the alternate thinker is simply thinking alternately.
Further to this, when we are just dealing with life’s temporary conditions and the bigger picture is part of the here and now, alternate thinking is the only thing for it; we are now on the line of answers. It's dumbfounding when an answer shows up, like Jesus' sacrifice, while the problem isn't even known to exist.
I will risk appearing arrogant here and suggest, this is the way God responds to the needs of man. The way we view ourselves needs to be re-evaluated. We 'intelligent' people often choose to avoid confrontation with reality. Trying to dismiss a truth that doesn't line up with our assumption of life, we say things like, “That's ridiculous, or don't be foolish.”.
Some parts of life, intended for Spiritual experience, can only be understood by accepting them first, proof is interacted with internally, this can be real, tangible 'pudding', yet not provable to the one sitting beside you. Not based on 'outer' empirical evidence, God's ways are still true, even if they operate differently. The sad thing is, if a person chooses not to be open minded, they can never see how a thing would play out in their life.
So, to the reader who is struggling, thinking that Christians are out of the loop, just reflect on this, ideally, they have experienced the same world we all live in, with the same information, education, scientific 'progress', waning values and political flip flops. But think on this, because someone follows the Bible, it doesn't erase all that, if anything it changes the question. It illustrates the need in the heart personally. This can only happen when each person is willing to ask, “How can I find peace with my maker?” Jesus came as the answer to that question.
Scriptures says “God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise;” 1 Cor. 1:27a
Just a little before, it says “Even the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom,” 1 Cor. 1:25a
Recently my son came across a site that had a series of pictures of signs. One stood out to him, very succinct, the sign had two statements. The first, Satan said, “Jesus is Dead!”, the second, Jesus said, “April Fools!” That brings it all to the point.
There is a saying that goes like this, “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.”
Jesus's sacrifice offers us eternal life, which is to be received while living now; there is still time. Just say, “Thank you Jesus for dying in place of my sinful life” where ever you are, and ask Him for His gift of eternal life. He will enter your spirit and give you His, you cannot lose!
Let's change April Fools and end up wiser than the wise.