Notes from all over
by GDA firstname.lastname@example.org
Publishing a weekly newspaper in a small town has some downs, but they are more than made up for by the pluses. The people I have met and made friends with over the past 42 years in Cook bring back memories that can't be replaced. Small towns have some fascinating people in them and this area has an overabundance of them.
I remember when I first came to Cook, I had a toothache and so made an appointment with the Cook Dental Clinic. At the time, I wasn't looking forward to this experience. My last dental visit was in England at the Chicksands Air Base. I was being sent to eastern Turkey, up in the mountains where there weren't any dentists or even doctors. Sitting in a dentist chair for 3-1/2 hours is not fun. So, when I went to the Dental Clinic, which at that time was in the basement of the Clinic, in a corner, I have to admit I was nervous. In walks the dentist, Dr. Jack Jordan. He checked my teeth and said he was going to give me a shot or two of novocaine. He asked if I wanted gas, too, and I told him that I didn't like pain and I was bigger than he was. He laughed and gave me the gas. That visit changed my thoughts about dentists. Dr. Jack and I became good friends from then on. He also would become one of the Cook area's best and most generous friends.
Dr. Jack became an entrepreneur later on out West, came back to Cook and was a big supporter of the community. Over the years he did much for the area and contributed more than anyone probably knows. The trouble is, when I would write about these new projects which might not have happened without his help, he would not let me use his name. Jack and his family have donated thousands to the area, anonymously.
The Cook airport now has a 4,000-foot runway thanks to David Dill and Jack Jordan. The fabulous Fire Brigade has a state-of-the-art fire boat, plus an airboat. They also have a great new building on the shore of Lake Vermilion and a four-wheel-drive fire truck. Jordan is to be thanked for all of them. Jack's pet project, besides the Fire Brigade, was the Cook airport. He was rightfully proud of this facility, as should the area.
We lost a great friend last week when Jack passed away after a long and courageous fight with cancer. I lost another friend. As you get older, too many friends pass away.
Jack was a very successful businessman and he loved the area and the people. It seems like I am losing too many good and special friends. I know others will hopefully take their place in the area, but I can imagine Jack looking down and wanting to tell me not to give him credit for all his generosity. He can do that later.
This hot weather is starting to be too much. We have air conditioning at the paper, which you must have if you have printing presses, but we don't have it at the lake. I would much rather have the cool, lake air come through the windows and doors, but there are times I almost thought of putting in a unit.
Oh well, it will get cooler and in a few months we will all wish we had this hot air.
Speaking of hot air, is our Minnesota Legislature ever going to get done for this year? They start in January and are supposed to get all of their business completed in May, but then they find they haven't really accomplished much except cashing their checks. If only these so-called legislators actually did their jobs for the people, not their parties. But they love to put their names on bills as co-sponsors. Great P.R., right? Not too many of them have ever had to actually run a real business, had to actually produce something tangible.
Remember, you voted for them. You aren't remembered by many of them, except at election time.
Stay cool, don't light fires outside, and be happy you live in this great state and great country.
Letters to the Editor
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To the Editor:
I read Rep. Stauber's letter to the Cook News-Herald which unfortunately was published. I have to comment on how dismayed I was that he would write such a letter when commenting on our Independence Day (and have it published).
He seems to write that the teaching of Critical Race Theory is divisive for our country. Not only is it not being taught in our elementary or high school, I believe he has a profound ignorance on the subject. His even writing about it as if he is in the know shows that he is only using the topic to divide and play off racial fears and biases to gin up votes from people who are not versed on the subject and look to others (their representatives) for guidance. Unfortunately, it is misleading potential voters and I believe it is intentional.
I also find it reprehensible that he would celebrate this great experiment in democratic rule (the 4th of July) today and yet attempt to overthrow the will of the people with his and others' failed amicus briefs and genuine turncoat and treasonous behaviors several months ago. Seems a bit like he wanted to install a King where elections don't matter. Talk about divisiveness.
I wish there was more thought in what letters were published as I fear that with only this periodical in town, it is just a Right Wing echo chamber.
Attention: Remnant believers
Jeremiah 5:31 says, "The prophets prophesy falsely and the priests rule by their own power, and my people love it so, but what will you do in the end?" The last few articles I wrote were more on the line of pointing out the dangers of trusting religious organizations over personally taking time to seek God's truth for ourselves. Recently, though, I have come to see that the problem is not the religions themselves, but the fact that the people in them like them that way. They seem to offer an easier way to reap all the benefits of salvation with little or no cost to us. As long as the people in them are content with what they are told, and feel comfortable there, no words of mine or anyone else's will change their mind. Only the Holy Spirit can bring the truth to them now.
The scriptures are pretty clear about what is necessary for salvation and these things are non-negotiable. Jesus said in John 14:6: "I am the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father but by Me." John 3:3 says, "Jesus answered and said most assuredly I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot enter the kingdom of God." In the book of Acts, chapter 2, when the disciples received the Holy Spirit there was a definite change in them. They went from men who had walked with Jesus on earth, to men who had Jesus living within them, through the Holy Spirit. All of them, except one, became martyrs for this message, that God had given His own Spirit to whosoever would come to Him for salvation and surrender to the Lordship of Christ.
Most of the people I talk to think that everyone eventually gets to heaven. This is simply not true. Only those who have received the Spirit of God through faith in Christ and repentance of their sin will enter (Acts 2:38). Matthew 7:13,14 says, "Enter by the narrow gate for wide is the gate and broad is the path that leads to destruction and there are many who go in by it, because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life and there are few who find it." (The word few here actually translates better "puny"). Only you can tell if you are on the wide and easy path or whether you are on the narrow and difficult path, but eternity depends on the answer. The last part of Jeremiah 5:31, "what will you do in the end?" speaks to this issue of loving the easy way or faithfully following God's plan for salvation. "It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the Living God." (Heb. 10:31) It is a very dangerous thing, also, to decide for yourself what you like and don't like in God's very costly plan for our redemption. Don't believe me, look this stuff up for yourself. It is for your own benefit.