The American way

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Kathy Magoto



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God helps those who help themselves. Stewardship helps those who cannot help themselves. Government helps those who will not help themselves.


God has given each of us certain gifts which are not always meant to be capitalized upon. An artistic individual may be able to earn a living with their talent, but they are expected to use their gifts to benefit others, as well as themselves. Perhaps 10 percent of their income is tithed to the church and/or given to feed, clothe and educate. Possibly they volunteer their ability as needed by others, for example a musician might agree to sing in the church choir.


Some people have been given the gift of accumulating wealth or persuasive speech, those individuals can use their talents for good or ill, for service or self, for the needy or the greedy. There’s no doubt many of the spoils of this world can be achieved by the industrious goal oriented, driven worker. But perhaps we need to draw our wisdom from our super heroes, for example Superman didn’t use his extraordinary powers for personal gain, instead he used them for truth, justice and the American way.


Webster’s dictionary can readily define “truth and “justice”, but what is “the American way”? Personally I believe the American way of life has been an expression referring to the lifestyle, principles and ethics of people living in the United States of America, propagated in the Declaration of Independence; “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”


America became a melting pot of different cultures, but fundamentally Judeo-Christian. Perhaps arguably the phrase “The American Way” meant the culmination of supreme values, dignity of human life, high morale character, the quest for knowledge, a strong work ethic, compassion, generosity and optimism as man progressed for the common good of society—not self.


In 1938 when America need a hero to refocus their dreams away from the realities of crime and economic collapse Superman was introduced by two Cleveland men; Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegal. The legend of Superman renewed hope and pride in the American people.


Now over 75 years after the creation of Superman we again need to right our path by emulating Superman. Each of us is called to loftier goals than those of self. We are called to the ideal of working as a community. The American way should be a small government filled with faith driven able bodied men and women.


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Well of Hope Foundation is collecting shoes which will be shipped to Kenya, Africa to benefit the widows and orphans. Shoes can vary from being old to new. Shoe drop-off locations include; Bread of Life in Greenville, Greenville National Bank in Arcanum, Grace Christian Bookstore in Piqua and Covington Savings & Loan in both Bradford and Covington. Shoes are collected year round. If you have any questions or desire more information you may call Dean at (937) 308-9171.


Please consider attending the 2014 Relay For Life Kick off Monday from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. Anyone wanting to get more involved with the Relay is encouraged to attend.


The Versailles Firefighter’s Dance will be held Sat., Jan. 18 at the Versailles K of C Hall. Music by Grove Hill, cash bar, doors open at 9 p.m. with a $5 donation at the door. Raffle tickets are also being sold, for more information contact Chad Monnin at 526-3893.


Congratulations to this year’s Citizen of the Year: Adela Hoke.


Happy birthday to Emily Franz, Judy Strobel, Damon Miller, Carly Litten, Bev Brown, Deb Karn, Paula Bergman, Jill Mann, Todd Magoto, Nikki Nealeigh, Bonnie Bey, David Plessinger, Cindy Lewis, Larry Henry, Michael Miller, Megan Barton, Deanna York, Michael Bayman, Tom Billenstein, Joy Roseberry, Susan Clack, Kara Subler-Cebulko, Nihla Davis, Dwayne Poteet, Dan Schafer, Emily Turner, Jerry Goubeaux, and Susan McEldowney. Happy anniversary to Magdalena and Greg Richard (6) and Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Bayman (53).


Hello to Alma Bruns, Adam Borchers, Mary Lacy, Jean Grieshop, Ted Finnarn, Kim Borchers, Tonda Riley, Jenny Paulus, Barb Monnin, Rita Brandon, Theresa Grilliot, Eric Wood, Carol and Roger Frey, Denny Monnin, Lucy and Tom Hole, Kathy Wood, Cyndi Bey, Laura Paulus, Therese Pohlman, Andrea Meyer and her family.


Healing prayers and get well wishes to Lynn Gerling, Linda Meyer, Alex Cordonnier, Jennifer Platfoot, Vaughn Wakefield, Betty Pothast, Dan Hart, Kyle Ahrens, Freda Banks, Betty Kremer, Rosemary Paulus, Terry Walters, Ron Kramer, Louis Ahrns, John Kissinger, Smoke Smith, Karen Lawrence, Rob Quinter, Tina Lyme, Janice Schellhase, Marlene Schulze, Carol Larger, Rusty Whittaker, Brain Voisard, Dick Francis, Samantha Smith, Dan Varvel, Lauren Harman, Claire Thomas and all those in need of our prayers but not mentioned by name.


My heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Craig Canan also remembering the lives of Earl Fox, Jim Cohee, Mary Catherine Loxley, Rita Evers, Mark Pax, Johanna Brown, Jean Ward, Carolyn Gaines, Charles Morris, Leo Schieltz and Eunice Platt as the anniversary of their passing approaches.


“If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” ~Ronald Reagan


“I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.” ~Thomas Jefferson


“It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” ~George Washington


Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at magmon1@embarqmail.com or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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