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May 16, 2013

Sound Off published May 16

Tonawanda News — As a pastor of the Christian faith, I am compelled to be moved by the teachings of my Master, who encouraged His disciples to be people of forgiveness, compassion, kindness, meekness, charity and mercy. In a culture that is so beset by the nightmare of senseless carnage decking the front-pages of our newspapers, where bullying in schools still persists under the radar screen, where violence lies just beneath the surface of otherwise pretty domestic facades in our neighborhoods, where hateful and demeaning language reverberates through the many-layered complex of the Internet and social media that has become so much a part of the daily landscape of our lives, can the Christian voices condemning such rudeness and vicious assaults on human dignity please make themselves known? A new emphasis on old teachings is in order. Here is a call for the Christians and the kind-hearted of all traditions to revisit the greatness of the Sermon on the Mount, to bring alive again the passionate plea for non-violence so splendidly spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King. Jesus did not say “Blessed are the fowl-mouthed, the bullying, the abusers, the gossipers, the trash-talking mockers and insulters.” He said, “Blessed are the meek.” And then He showed us what that meant by the forgiveness he bestowed on the world that crushed and killed Him.

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Thanks to the kind gentleman who cuts the grass at the Post Office in Tonawanda for helping a handicapped lady. It made a big difference. Also, thanks to Katrina at the Amherst DMV for going above and beyond to help my friend.

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This is a warning to North Tonawnada residents. Do not have a garage sale. This is the second year in a row there has been theft at my garage sale. I hope there is a special place in hell for someone who steals watches and other items from a garage sale. We’re not out to make big money. We’re just trying to get rid of some stuff. When you have a group of people who come you better make sure you have enough people to cover each of them because they are pilfering items. I will never have another one. This is two consecutive years someone has stolen at my garage sale.

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