Notes from all over

by GDA


Thanksgiving is over and now we head into the Christmas season. Many will be kept busy shopping for presents, baking Christmas cookies and sending out Christmas cards. Hopefully, most of you will also keep in mind what Christmas is all about. That was the day when Jesus Christ was born in the town of Bethlehem. His birth started a growth in Christianity that has never slowed. He never traveled far from his birth home, but his birth has affected the lives of billions around this planet of ours. He has changed the lives for good of the masses. No other person has ever done so much with so little. He didn't have armies or castles or warships. He just had the Word of God and his small group of disciples to make a mark on this earth that would never go away.
Think of that from now until Dec. 25, his birthday.
In the meantime, enjoy Christmas time. It is definitely a great time of the year. Yes, I know the shopping can get crazy, but have fun.
The Internet has made life quite different for all of us, especially at this time of the year. There are reports that more purchases will be made over the Internet than in brick-and-mortar stores. The trouble is, there are some bad people out there. There are reports that these scum of the earth have already struck. There have been over 200,000 scams reported using the Internet. These scams try to get your personal data and also try to get you to send them your money. They can make your Christmas a time you will always remember, badly.
There is a good reason to shop at your local stores for those hard-to-find presents. You know the owners of these local stores, know that they usually stand behind their products, know you can trust them when using credit cards, and know they know you and will help you with your purchases. These local stores have your friends and neighbors working in them, contributing to the local economy. They also pay a large part of the local taxes that you and I would have to pay if they weren't there. Also, while shopping locally, you are bound to meet friends from your community.
I know it is easier to shop the Internet, but a lot of those purchases have to be sent back as they aren't what you want.
Of course, a great Christmas present is a year's subscription to this, your local newspaper, and that gift keeps giving year long. We also will send a card to those for whom you buy a subscription.
Just a thought. Have a Merry Christmas.
The bad news for the upcoming year is that Adam "Pencil Neck" Schiff, along with Nancy Pelosi and their cohorts won't come to the realization that their bogus witch hunt of Donald Trump, the man we elected president, should end. They lost the Mueller fiasco that was based on a fake report that Hillary Clinton and the DNC paid for and was proven false. Their charge against Trump on his building a hotel in Moscow fell flat. Charging him with having an affair years ago with Stormy Daniels died. Their fight against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was a fiasco. They tried to stop the wall on our southern border and it is going up and the number of illegals is way down. Then Nancy and company's claim that Trump was separating the illegal children from their parents died when it came out this started under Obama and he did many more. They can't fault the economy since more minorities are working than ever, while there are more jobs than people looking for them. Obama said our manufacturing was history, but Trump is bringing them back. The list goes on and on.
The trouble for Nancy, Adam and Chuckie is they want a fight and Trump just ignores them. That has to be tough.
In the meantime, Trump's fight to make trade equal with our country and others is working. Pelosi, who doesn't seem comfortable with the impeachment fiasco, seems to be caving in. She is scheduling a vote on Trump's Mexico and Canada trade agreement which will be another plus for him. China seems to be moving in the right direction. But, in the meantime, we have to read and listen about the latest fiasco by these people we elect to Congress. That can all be changed next year, by the way.
Actually, the big news up here is the early snowstorms. They will make for some great snowmobiling, which will help the local economy. The lakes are frozen over and, for the most part, are safe for ice fishermen and women. This snow actually helps with those darn heating bills since many believe they help insulate a home. Whether that is true or not, I like to believe it and our home seems warmer with snow on top of it. There is good from nearly everything.
Have a good time shopping and remember what this season is all about. Have a good week.