Friday, September 12, 2008

A Helping Hand

You can help stop Perkiomen Township supervisors from unethically taking away alderly residents property!

Perkiomen Township supervisors are bringing to a vote whether or not they will force two of our beloved neighbors to sell their homes against their will under “eminent domain.”

Lifelong Perkiomen residents Jim and Sue Umstead (14 Wartman, Collegeville) are being forced to sell their family’s farmhouse on 9.8 acres. Another 1.1 acre property near it sold for $130,000! Conservative estimates place their home and property value over $700,000! They are being unethically FORCED to accept a tiny fraction of that! Residents are up in arms and trying to call the community to action.

To make matters worse in this David vs. Goliath story, Mr. Umstead is fighting brain cancer. After the last township meeting he was so distraught he had a seizure and had to postpone his chemo treatment the following day.

When asked what they want to see happen in this situation, Mr. Umstead replied, “The Township has been badgering us for years to sell this property, and now it looks like they finally found their loophole. All I want to do is keep this property natural open space for my children and grandchildren to enjoy, along with our horses. I just wish there was some way this could all go away.”

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Word of the Day
edification (ed·i·fi·ca·tion): The act of edifying, or the state of being edified; a building up, especially in a moral or spiritual sense; moral, intellectual, or spiritual improvement; instruction. The assured edification of his church.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Do You Smile?

Smiling seems like such a simple thing, but we don't smile at everyone we see. Why not? If someone smiles at me, it makes me feel better and I smile back without thinking about it. Smiling is contagious. When you see someone you care about, you almost always smile at them. That is because smiling is an outward projection of how we feel about that person.

Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
- Matthew 22:37-40

If we truely love our neighbor, shouldn't we smile at them? :-)

Word of the Day
loquacious (lo·qua·cious): talking or tending to talk much or freely; talkative; chattering; babbling; garrulous: a loquacious dinner guest.