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View Room Comments for Saturday, Jan. 18 2014

Saturday, January 18, 2014   by: The Soap BoxWelcome to the View Room. This editorial feature is for you to post comments. To comment on a specific news story please post your comment directly under the news story.
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David Poluck 1/18/2014 7:52:06 AM Report


Dear Heavenly Father,

I thank You for this day.

I thank You for my being able to awake once again, to see, and to hear this morning.

I'm blessed because You are a forgiving God and an understanding God.

You have done so much for me and You continue to bless me.

Please forgive me every day for anything I have done, said or thought that was not pleasing to You, and I ask now for Your forgiveness.

Please keep me safe from all danger and harm.

Help me to start this day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude.

Let me make the best of each and every day to clear my mind so that I can hear from You.

Please broaden my mind that I can accept all things.

Let me not whine and whimper over things I have no control over.

Let me continue to see sin through Your eyes and acknowledge it as evil.

And when I sin, let me repent, and confess with my mouth my wrongdoing, and receive Your forgiveness.

And when this world closes in on me, let me remember the example of Jesus -- to slip away and find a quiet place to pray.

It is the best response when I'm pushed beyond my limits.

Continue to use me to do Your will.

Continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others.

Keep me strong that I may help the weak.

Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others.

I pray for those who are lost and can't find their way.

I pray for those who are misjudged and misunderstood.

I pray for those who don't know You intimately.

I pray for those who don't believe, and I thank you that You are in my heart and that I do believe and have true faith in You.

I believe that You change people and You can change all things.

I pray for all my sisters and brothers, and for each and every family member in their households.

I pray for peace, love, and joy in their homes that they are out of debt and all their needs are met.

I pray that every eye that reads this knows there is no problem, circumstance, or situation greater than You.

Every battle is in Your hands for You to fight.

I pray that these words be received into the hearts of every eye that sees them and every mouth that confesses them willingly.

This is my prayer... and I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, Amen

Just Curious 1/18/2014 8:03:59 AM Report

Oh Sh*t, here we go again !!;)
Grump 1/18/2014 8:06:33 AM Report

Good morning everyone, daylight in the swamp, the sun is burning a hole in the roof. Spelly an interesting read from last evening. I didn't take notes or verbatim but I think you stated that you had no agenda and later stated that you did. You have to keep those arrows straight to be effective. lol. I went for gas and dinner last evening while all of you were having so much fun here. My truck took 34 US gallons for at a total of 114. something, rounded off to 115.00. Plus say 15% exchange makes it 132.25. 136 litres here at 1.38 is 187.68. The boss and I had a nice dinner at Applebees and came home with a bit of change in my pocket. I miss the tax receipt so probably come up a bit short at the end of the deal. That said, what the hell it was an evening out and at our age I think the number of them is getting a lot shorter. Have a great day all.
Grump 1/18/2014 8:10:15 AM Report

David ,A nice prayer but a tad long for my old memory bank. Have a great day, you started off right.
Jimssm 1/18/2014 8:12:22 AM Report

Another 200+ comment day coming I see.

Have a good day everyone. I'm off to the gym.
Spellchecker 1/18/2014 8:40:55 AM Report

David Poluck, very well said.

After that lovely prayer I suppose I shouldn't do this but I will anyway. It now appears that an agenda and a purpose is to be considered the same for the antics in the blue room. No wonder there is so much misunderstanding around here. I'd be best to stay away but I just can't seem to help myself. I'm always drawn back somehow.

And lookaround, the past tense of the verb 'to lead' is LED, not 'lead'.

Now I'll try to behave for awhile. Carry on folks.
nanag 1/18/2014 8:43:28 AM Report

Have a great day everyone despite .... well lets just say .. to each his/her own.. liking the scroll button
sportsman 1/18/2014 8:52:56 AM Report

May God bless you david, I enjoyed it.
Wild Turkey 1/18/2014 9:20:08 AM Report

@J.C.---"Prove that you love Me, and buy the next round"
DutchTouch 1/18/2014 9:43:40 AM Report

JC you have a great way with words. LOL

Spelly...don't get your knickers in a knot.
I understand where you're coming from but after many years (just as many as you) of observing life (from my point of view), I've come to the conclusion that the "truth is relative".
It all depends on which angle you see it from.
Every religion thinks it has "the truth" and every person part of that religion has their own version of it (even though they won't admit it outright).
In the end the "golden rule" covers a lot of ground and mankind would be in much better shape if we all adhered to that.
right wing 1/18/2014 10:05:13 AM Report

IMO the overall conversation yesterday was all in good spirit.
There were various view points shared with just the usual one that gets angry and picks a fight.
So you see...religion can be discussed without cutting the throat of those that disagree with you.
Just Curious 1/18/2014 10:09:56 AM Report

@ Wild Turkey, That sounds like a line from a country song...LOL..

And Dutch, my Dad always told me "be brief, nobody's listening anyway".. And that golden rule thing is what I have always tried to live by.. Didn't always work,but I tried...:)
soowat 1/18/2014 10:10:34 AM Report


Yes Truth is relative. Undoubtedly, there are many that found Bin Laden to be a speaker of the truth when he railed against the west,while those of us in the west found him to be a mass murderer and a liar Obviously there are many more examples but you get my drift
Wild Turkey 1/18/2014 10:21:34 AM Report

@J.C.--Actually it is a line from a Janis Joplin Song/Prayer---"Oh Lord Won't You Buy Me"
Many bad ass country stars 'straightened out" later in their long careers.Maybe Janis left this world too soon.
BIG BROTHER 1/18/2014 10:22:35 AM Report

Gee, Ottawa is getting impatient with the US over the Keystone Pipeline Project. Doesn't Obama know that Stephen is getting downright anxious. And John Baird....well, he's just beside himself.

These guys can't wait to rip the ground up, tear out the sludge, known as Tar Sands, pack it into a pipe and pump the sludge to Texas. There, it will be converted into gold and us suckers in Canada can pay the premium price to the oil companies for this transformed sludge, when it's shipped back to Canada. It's been a couple hundred thousand years sitting there, but the urgency is imminent. Oh, and the hell with the Treaties with First Nations.
flyhawk25 1/18/2014 10:46:04 AM Report

BB...the deal we made with FN years back is not unlike the ones we're making now with China and other countries.
In the end we'll get screwed and the irony is that our grandkids will scream that we got screwed because we were ignorant.
The truth of course is that not all of us were ignorant. Just the pickle head who is in charge of things today.
Of course he won't put the decision in the hands of the electorate who are the real 'court of sober second thought'.
So when you drive by Tim's today and see the SUVs idling to buy overpriced coffee don't be too upset.Sometimes you do get what you wish for.
soowat 1/18/2014 11:05:04 AM Report


I kinda of disagree with your comment that the voter is the "real court of sober second thought."

I suspect that if you went to the street and asked people who they would vote for if a federal election were held today, you would find some that would tell you Debbie Amorosa,some that would tell you Barack Obama, and some would go for David Orazietti.

Of those that could identify the Major leaders as Harper Mulcair and Trudeau, the reasons for their choice would probably amaze you. For example,some would vote for Mulcair because they liked his beard,while others would not vote for him because he had a beard. The number of voters that would vote for a candidate based upon a study of qualifications is,I suspect miniscule.

Some may think I'm a cynic,however I think I am a realist
Zing 1/18/2014 11:36:56 AM Report

I just knew there was something about marijuana....

"34 Medical Studies Proving Cannabis Cures Cancer"
Big Bad Bob 1/18/2014 11:40:28 AM Report

I won’t go into naming specific political parties on this occasion because my point here in non-partisan. Like most Canadians that I know, the favourite party of my late lamented mother was that of the family in which she grew up, as was her religion. (NB that I wrote most Canadians, not all Canadians!) Then during one election, a strange miracle happened. She voted for a different party, indeed one of which she had been wary all of her life until then because, she said, when its leader spoke on television, he looked and sounded like the first genuinely honest politician she had ever encountered. I’ll leave it to the psychologists and sociologists to figure that one out.
Wisenheimer 1/18/2014 12:19:44 PM Report

BBB .. Buy yourself some TransCanada (TRP-T) .. they are big in wind and solar, as well as the black gold you refer to. Decent dividend.
Get paid while you rant.
irishfey 1/18/2014 12:58:02 PM Report

David Poluck..That was beautiful, well said me boy, proud of you!!! A prayer in the morning and one at night makes the middle of the day go well. no more to say, you covered it all!.. God bless!
irishfey 1/18/2014 1:04:00 PM Report

Rightwing,, Yes it"s nice when we can agree to disagree in an adult manner. I am sorry to all for my little "" fe** off"" joke, should not have said it...
flyhawk25 1/18/2014 2:14:31 PM Report is the calm after yesterday's storm.
Plus it is a dandy northern day - the kind I remember from years ago.
The world is still turning.
BIG BROTHER 1/18/2014 2:16:34 PM Report

There is a huge difference between the deal we made with the Natives and the deals we are currently making with China. Actually, they aren't even similar on any level, but If we renege on China, like we have with the Natives, we'll be at war with a superpower.
flyhawk25 1/18/2014 3:18:25 PM Report

BB...of course I stretched the analogy to make a point.But you make a valid point.
The reason we won't screw the Chinese unlike FN is that they'll run us into the stone age.
The natives can't.
As Chief Big Bear supposedly said 'Who can own the land? The land just is.'
The Chinese understand the difference and are using our own laws and need for money to screw us in turn.
Lovely irony but expensive.
bounder 1/18/2014 3:35:02 PM Report

The future looks very bright as the Sun expands and consumes every planet in our little neck of the woods.
The fabric of time doing its work , a beginning and an end.Have fun while your here and quit trying to shove garbage down everyone's throat.
Wild Turkey 1/18/2014 4:01:10 PM Report

B.B.--I like to think that the Chinese are not really a threat militarily.They can't seem to build a decent rocket,and they are deathly afraid of an invasion by sea after what happened to their navy when they tried to invade Japan in the 15th century.
They have internal problems with Muslims in Sinkiang, and Buddhists
in Tibet.
Economically, could be a different story, but the Americans are indebted to them on a far grander scale, then little old Canada.
I think we have more to fear from the Americans, than the Chinese.We have allthe stuff they will want in the future-----water,arable land, and sooner or later---OIL.
bounder 1/18/2014 4:29:19 PM Report

anyone with the capability of taking out approximately 50 us spy satellites is capable of taking on the USA,with the satellites gone they would be helpless.
mallet 1/18/2014 5:17:07 PM Report

Wild Turkey..

Oh, don't bet the farm on that, remember they have the largest standing army in the world, have just completed sea trials on their aircraft carrier and TO/landings on it, and have a fairly healthy airforce. Remember also that they came to the aid of one of their satelite countries in the 50's. I think that would be liken poking a wasps nest just to find out what the "hum" was...Or of course they could also ask their debtors to do the honours for a price... like forgive 10 trillion bucks...
irishfey 1/18/2014 7:25:51 PM Report

Just a reminder..Tomorrow is World Religion Day :) :) ....
nanag 1/18/2014 8:33:15 PM Report

Good grief :(
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