Sherman County eNews #390


  1. Sherman County eNews – a blog!
  2. Good Intentions
  3. Letter to the Editor: One Nation, Under God, With Liberty and Justice
  4. Letter to the Editor: Within an Eyelash
  5. History Tidbits: December 1964 Flood
  6. Commentary: Property Rights & Religious Liberty
  7. Links


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2. Good intentions are useless until they are expressed in appropriate action.

Good intentions may be an appropriate starting point for achievement, but they will go nowhere unless you follow through with action. Many people confuse intentions with achievement; after all, it is the idea that is most important, they reason. In reality, the most mediocre idea acted upon is far more valuable than a flash of genius that resides only in your mind. Developing the habit of action may be difficult at first, but the more you practice it, the easier it becomes.  ~ Napoleon Hill


3. Letter to the Editor: One Nation, Under God, With Liberty and Justice

The Day after Christmas was a quiet day in our home. The presents had all been opened. With Jean’s daughter, Bridget, and her husband, Matt and  their two young sons, we celebrated the Mass of Christmas Eve, made more complete by the singing of the children’s choir to which both boys belonged. Jean’s son Steve sent us a special gift of Rosaries blest by the Holy Father, Pope Francis. Because of Steve’s special skills in Law Enforcement, he was assigned as proximate security to the Papal Nuncio’s recent visit to a large gathering of church leaders in Florida and was rewarded with the Rosaries for his work. They are beautiful and are all the more sacred because of the source of their blessing.


For most families it is time to take down the Christmas tree, store the ornaments and prepare for the return to work within the next few days. Christmas is over for another year. But for the many who seriously practice their Christian faith, there are still several days to be remembered and celebrated. And with this great Christian Feast, it is formally celebrated for eight days ending with the feast of the Octave of Christmas, the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God.


In the regular calendar it is called New Year’s Day, the beginning of 2016, the year of the election of a new president of the United States. For many who study our country’s history, it is a year of unprecedented importance. A year that will seal the decline of our culture into godless socialism and subsequent tyranny, or a year that will mark the beginning of the return of our nation to its constitutional roots as One Nation, Under God, With Liberty and Justice for All; dominated by the document that has served as the foundation of our greatness; The Constitution of the United States of America.


For it because of this document and with it The New Testament that we have become the greatest nation in the history of the world and it is with their abandonment that our decline has begun. So let us return to their wisdom and seek the Blessings of God upon our nation. Let us return to the Lord and Pray that He May Bless Us in this New Year, showering his Blessings and Wisdom upon us.

~ Bob Odell


4. Letter to the Editor: Within an Eyelash


You never know when this might be your experience….so thought I would pass along my thoughts.


We were within a eyelash of being killed on the 24th, a mile from our son’s home, so it has made me really rethink our situation, so if that would ever happen again, it would make settling our estate very easy for our children to settle, including what was desired for funeral arrangements.  I am gathering all of the information (with addresses, names, account numbers, telephone numbers, etc) so they can easily contact our lawyer, mortgage company, bank accounts, investments, etc. I had done it about 10 years ago but needed to update the information and then give this information to our kids. It was terrifying “after the fact” and “what ifs”….we were in the intersection (moving) when a small car went by the front of us at least 70 mph.  We had both looked both ways and Bill, again, looked to the right (the direction he came from).   There is a corner and then about 2-3 blocks to this intersection. He appeared to have not even tried to stop….with our moving car, it was amazing tht Bill didn’t hit him as he passed in front of us  and that he didn’t T- bone my door. I, for sure, would have been killed and Bill and the other driver seriously injured. It gives me the willies just thinking about “what if.” God was with us and must have other plans for us.

~ Carol MacKenzie, Wasco, Oregon

5. History Tidbits: December 1964 Flood



6. Commentary: Property Rights & Religious Liberty [no charge for a subscription]

Larry P. Arnn, President, Hillsdale College


Many Christians, while they cherish religious liberty, seem to believe that property rights, and the commerce that arises from the establishment of property rights, are somehow un-Christian. At the same time, a lot of free marketers seem to think that all we need are property rights and the rest will take care of itself. Neither of these views is correct, and I will explain why with reference to both James Madison and Winston Churchill.


Pope Francis is one who sometimes seems to be an example of the Christian who reads the New Testament as pointing in the direction of socialism. Commerce appears, in some of his writings and speeches, to be a grubby business purely based on self-interest—maybe even on exploitation, the opposite of charity. This reading of the New Testament—which I think flawed, by the way—is why Karl Marx, although he was famously an atheist and militantly opposed to Christianity, praised Christianity in one respect: that it declaimed against private property in the name of an otherworldly denial of self.


In writing my book on Winston Churchill, I spent a number of months reading about the founding of the Labour Party in Britain—Churchill detested the Labour Party from the beginning, so I was interested in its origin—and I found that Christians cooperated in its founding, and thus in the founding of British socialism. There were two strains of Christianity involved, one of them sounder than the other I think. The first was a strain that took its inspiration from Jesus’s insistence that we take care of the poor. The second strain—one that is much less sound in exegetical terms—held that since Jesus came down to earth, our task as Christians is to build a heaven on earth. Lots of Quakers in particular seem to have thought that. Although many socialists were atheists, many Christians took up with them for either or both of these reasons.


Today in America we can see as well that at the heart of the leftward movement in our government is a claim against property. The claim goes this way: the divisions among us are as deep as they are because of economic inequality, and if we do not address that inequality today, it will worsen tomorrow. Many well-meaning Christians think this way.


On the other side, recognizing that property is at the heart of the political argument we are having these days, are those who say that all that is needed is to protect property rights. Get money right and get property right, these people think, and leave it at that—leave morality and religion out of the political equation. But that way of thinking too is foolish.


The most formidable enemies of property rights are formidable precisely because they know better than to separate the issue of property rights from the issue of other freedoms, including freedom of conscience and religious liberty. They know better because they see that human beings are an odd integrity of soul and body. Marx is clear-sighted about this. He understands that if you like the way the human being is organized—if you like this integrity—then you are going to have to protect it all. And if you do not like it, you are going to have to uproot it all. Thus he makes clear in the Communist Manifesto that overthrowing the age-old institution of property will involve as well “the most radical rupture with traditional ideas.” If private property is going to be abolished, everything will have to be abolished. Marriage and religion are two prominent examples in Marx’s writings.


Several decades later, in the Fabian Essays in Socialism that led to the founding of the British Labour Party, George Bernard Shaw and others tried to downplay that side of Marxism. They claimed that they intended only to destroy property rights—that socialism is not about getting rid of the family or religion. But they were not entirely convincing. Shaw, for instance, wrote that “a married woman is a female slave chained to a male one; and a girl is a prisoner in the house and in the hands of her parents.” Graham Wallas, another leading Fabian and co-founder of the London School of Economics, argued that it is inefficient for families to eat their meals separately in their houses, and lamented that it would be a long time “before we cease to feel that an Englishman’s home [is] his castle, with free entrance and free egress alike forbidden.” Clearly, then, the Fabians’ ideal society involved more than the redistribution of wealth.


There are obvious parallels in our own time and country. [… … continue at


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