"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.”

                                           
President Abraham Lincoln



I find that Mountain Echo is getting an increasing number of unsigned letters.

Of course most of them are attacks on various entities including ourselves and staff..

I don’t care about the personal attacks. I have a waste can within reach.

I do not pass the other letters on nor do I run them.

We found it necessary years ago to ban unsigned letters primarily for those reasons. Yes there are the few where people don’t want to get mixed up in something but they’d love to have me do it for them.

There are those who want to attack a government agency and they have every right. However, again, if they are too afraid to take them on personally, what makes them think I should?

There are those who want to attack local businesses.

I depend on local businesses and good will for my income. I find no reason that I should lose their goodwill because someone else is afraid of losing theirs. “It ain’t gonna happen.”

I’m a prime example of having the ability to piss a lot of people off on my own - I don’t need any help.

The policy of not accepting unsigned letters and those with libel or slander is stated on the bottom of this page.

 



Are there times when you want to give up? Times you wonder if you are on the right path and doing the right thing? Times you question your situation because it is tough and not going the way you dreamed it to be? This is adversity. I believe that through adversity and challenge we become stronger and anything worth having may be a tough road to get there.

It would be great if we got what we wanted in life and faced no tough roads along the way...but that is not reality. Easy isn’t always best. We have all heard “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Think about it, when things are hard, it is time to dive in and show your true character. It is time to tackle the challenge.

It is easy to give up, change direction or make excuses...but will that get you where you TRULY want to be, or where you are just SETTLING to be.

As parents sometimes we face this with our children in school, sports and their future. It is hard to not just want to fix everything and make things easy for our kids. By doing so we are not helping, we are enabling. It is important to learn that life is not meant to be easy and just because it is not easy doesn’t mean it can’t be rewarding.

The feeling of accomplishment when you have tackled a tough situation and succeeded and you are where you want to be is an amazing feeling of accomplishment. You worked hard and you achieved. Through adversity and challenge you became stronger.

From personal experience, I would say that giving up is not the answer. There are a new set of problems and challenges down every road. If by chance you find that “perfect, easy road” is it really what you wanted and where you want to be? Or...are you just settling? Give your situation a chance. Look for positives in every situation and make the best of the situation you are in. Work hard, be strong, pray, have faith and remember that sometimes if it is really worth it...it may be tough.

If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere. ~Frank A. Clark

 


15 Years of Service

For over fifteen years it has been my privilege to serve you, whether you have been a member of the congregation, or one of many others in our community who have been blessed by the gracious generosity of the Glenburn Community Church. They have paid for a pastor to offer free counseling; to supply a chaplain for Intermountain Hospice and for the Fall River Valley Community Food Pantry; to support me as a volunteer to Fall River Junior-Senior High School, Burney Junior-Senior High School and Burney Elementary School; to fund our other benevolence ministries to families throughout the Intermountain Area; and to give me many other opportunities for service.

Over the past fifteen months, however, a series of circumstances combined to diminish the levels of communication among our church’s board, congregation, and pastor (me). Both our board chairman and I recognize the futility of “running the hamster wheel of would’ve-could’ve-should’ve.” But we also agree that we want to learn all we can from past mistakes so that they are not repeated. Still, we cannot “turn back the clock” and unmake those mistakes.

Therefore, among the consequences of these mistakes (among which was my professional photography business including subjects that some hold to be inappropriate) has been the board’s recommendation to our congregation, and our congregation’s decision to uphold that recommendation, to terminate my employment as pastor of The Glenburn Community Church. This also means, unfortunately, that we can no longer offer some aspects of my being “your servant for Jesus’ sake” that rely on being licensed as their pastor. Other aspects that rely on our household having an income from the church are, of course, jeopardized by this change in status as well.

What will not change, though, is my love for our community, my commitment to being your servant for Jesus’ sake, and my hope that the gospel of repentance, confession, forgiveness, and restoration will continue to bring healing and wholeness to us all as my household sorts through the necessities of income, the opportunities for continued service, and our persistent journey toward Christ’s holiness.

In hopes that I may remain your servant for Jesus’ sake (II Corinthians 4:5),
Rev. Dr. William Darius Myers, CT (i.e., “Pastor Bill”)

 


Fed Up

Fed up! We here at Hiway Garage know that you are absolutely fed up with how the criminals keep getting turned loose into the community.  We have been a victim of Moe’s activities, so we have been watching his multiple cases. He had a court date yesterday for eleven of thirteen of his cases. Today, we checked the In Custody listing and nearly all of his cases have been dismissed!!! We are outraged and we think the community should know how badly our justice system has failed!!!
Linda Bailey

 


Totally Disgusted
I agree with your article and just had to let you know it!! I’m totally disgusted, Monday evening I got a ticket, a cell phone ticket!! On the ticket it reads the location as Hwy 299 & Roff. I was pulled over across from Gephettos. My frustration is in the fact that the officer assumed I was on my cell phone because (his words were) “[I] was looking down too long”!! At no time from the point that I left McDonald’s until the traffic light in front of Dollar General was I on my cell phone!! I had just bought a soda, was putting the straw in, also opened a snack size bag of chips, and broke a finger nail!!! By the time I was at the light, the light was red and then I picked up my phone, but as soon as it turned green I chucked it into the passenger seat. This is when he pulled me over. Then he proceeded to tell me not to worry that it wouldn’t go to DMV and it wouldn’t affect my insurance, but “oh ya, of course there’s going to be a fine”…..

If they would put that much effort into “harassing” the thugs on the streets, in the woods, stealing from Safeway, doing drugs next to Dollar General, robbing people in JP, dealing drugs…. ya, I think Burney would be a nicer place again.

The problem with harassing those people is – there’s no money in it. They are getting the money from us by assuming we are going to do something that warrant giving tickets. Must be quota season…… Destiny Taveras

 


Thank You
We are humbled by the response of the community and all the local and district services that came in to look for Lyn, and those who provided food, so we would eat. It was amazing. We are grateful to have had you all here. Know you made a difference. Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts.
The Lyn Palmer Family.

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