ROUTE AND DAD TAUGHT HIM LIFE SKILLS
I would like to comment on an opportunity that sometimes appears in the Findlay Courier involving the newspaper’s need for delivery people.
As a kid I had a paper route that got me out of bed at 5 a.m. to deliver the Bloomington/Normal Pantograph newspaper to about 100 customers on the west side of Clinton, Illinois. My route had to be completed by 7 each morning before I headed off to school.
The thing that made that paper route so special and memorable to me as I look back on those days is that my dad would always help me fold the papers and then stuff them in a big, thick bag that slipped over the front wheel handle bars of my bike.
It then took me about an hour and 15 minutes each morning to complete delivering!
If the weather was rainy, snowy or the temperature was below zero, my father would always take me in the car, which was a treat and much quicker!
It was that paper route that bonded me to my dad, who was then the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Clinton, in such a way that caused me to follow his footsteps into the ministry!
So, if there are dads today looking “to better connect” with their sons in this special way, you might consider contacting the Courier to see if there are any paper routes opening up. It is definitely an opportunity to spend more “quality time” with your son or daughter!
Delivering papers not only taught me some things about responsibility, dependability, and discipline, but some vital social skills that have proved helpful to me through my life!
I truly value those years that I had a paper route because it helped pay for my first year of college at Southern Illinois University as a radio-TV major.
The only regret I might have is that I “roofed” too many papers when I attempted to throw the papers from my bike.
Oh the memories I have as a paper boy, which I cherish to this day.
DOG MUST HAVE ATE HIS PAPER
I reckon Jeff McGlade (letter, Nov. 6) must have missed his Oct. 31 Courier.
Or maybe his dog ate it.
I saw the Republican version of the Three Stooges on page A4 that day. There were columns by Cal “Jesus loves me” Thomas, his kid brother Marc A. Thiessen, and that Babe Ruth wannabe, George Will, blowing in the wind, so to speak.
How is that for an undisputable fact that is undebatable, or is it nondebatable?
A LITTLE RELIEF
Thursday’s letters to the editor were the first I’ve read since the editorial page has been “monopolized” by a small group of political and religious “experts” who seem to think the community gives a damn about their opinion.
Thank you, Ron Ammons and Janet Quarrie for providing some much needed relief from all the rhetoric.
NOT HOW IT’S SUPPOSED TO WORK
Well, at least someone in Findlay has the backbone to speak out about the local political situation.
Carroll Lanning’s letter (Viewpoint, Nov. 8) was spot on.
I also voted for Democrats this time and I have voted Republican for the last 40 years.
We need to clean house at City Hall. I am sick and tired of not being listened to. I am sick and tired of being told what is best for me.
This is not the way it is supposed to work. We tell them what we want.
Thanks, Carroll. I really appreciate your honesty and common sense.
Donald Trump has approximately one year remaining as president of the United States.
Isn’t it time the Democrats started doing the job for which they were elected — and for which they’re being paid — rather than spending practically all their time and energy (and our tax dollars) trying to impeach him?
JUST WHAT THE DEVIL ORDERED
The devil is hard at work. Whether you tell yourself there is no God, or that there is God and the devil, “not believing” is just what the devil loves to hear.
Where do you think the devil gets his strength? For every person who believes, it takes strength away from the devil.
With all that is going on in the church today, the devil is loving it, and unfortunately too many people are afraid to stay strong in their faith. This is just what the devil wants.
There are many times when we don’t understand why God allows things to take place. Is he testing our faith? God has his plan.
You, and only you, can decide whether your faith will be strong enough to withstand the trials of today. We always ask our church to pray for us. Now, more than ever, we should be praying for our church.