In response to: 'Tired of beggars'

The writer of that article begins by quoting the Bible that says if you don't work, you don't eat; and the writer thinks that's a good idea.

The writer ends by saying he/she wants to exterminate those who are lazy. As a mental health counselor, I have worked with many losers who ended up winners. The story of one's life is not over until it is over.

The Bible I read says that God asks us to love Him and our neighbors, and He sure doesn't add except those who are losers or lazy. I wonder who the real loser is here.

In response to: 'Tired of beggars'

Jesus said feed the poor.

“If a man will not work, he shall not eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10.) However this quote needs to be taken in context. Paul said it to the Thessalonians because they were using too much of their time gossiping.

In the previous chapter of his epistle, Paul warned about those who were teaching that the second coming was imminent (2 Thes. 2:2), and this had apparently misled some in Thessalonica into ceasing from earning a living, since they expected the Lord to return at any moment. Paul made it quite clear in chapter 2 that such teaching was in error, and he details events that must first take place before Christ could return (2 Thes. 2:3-12).

In both the Old and New Testaments, we see God’s desire for His children to show compassion to the poor and needy. Jesus said the poor would always be with us (Matthew 26:11; Mark 14:7). He also said those who show mercy to the poor, the sick and the needy are, in effect, ministering to Him personally (Matthew 25:35–40) and will be rewarded accordingly.

Moses instructed his people how to treat the poor and needy: “Give generously to (them) and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to” (Deuteronomy 15:10).This sentiment is perfectly captured in Proverbs 14:31: “Whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”

Build away

Attention all builders and developers: come to Edgewater and build as many projects on land any size near water, roads, neighbors as possible.

The people in charge of our government make it possible to build anything you want. It is not by the people, for the people anymore. Please come and build, it's OK.

Now, too much traffic noise

Be careful what you wish for.

We use to complain about the small planes, but now we hardly hear them over all the traffic on Pioneer Trail.

Shame on us for trying to enjoy life here in New Smyrna Beach.

Come on down

To all our friends up north come on down.

We have wonderful weather, wonderful people, low cost of living, no state taxes and local income taxes. But, one request please, leave your politics up north. It's because of your politics you have high taxes.

Rave to restaurant inspectors

Many thanks to Volusia County Restaurant Inspectors for working to keep restaurants cleaner and keeping the public safer.

Lots of restaurants that had excellent quality food just a couple of years ago, have noticeably declined. A real shame. Hopefully, the current attention to cleanliness details will be motivation to also improve product standards.

Too difficult to get license

Since May I have been trying to get my driver's license renewed.

I am going to soon embark on my fourth trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles to get this done.

Part of the problem has been that every time I go, a different person tells me I need a different document.

Only women have to go through this nightmare if they have been divorced. Since I have been divorced twice and in different states, this little folly has now cost me more than $500 to get all the documents to get my driver's license.

Now, if I was new to the area, had a criminal background or a lot of tickets I could understand this mess. I know every state is doing this, but as I was coming home frustrated again after finding out the documents the last person at the DMV told me to get were not right, I thought, not that I would but I could have purchased legally several guns by now.

What does it say when the government makes it harder to get a driver's license than it is to get a legally purchased gun.

Fix the park

As a taxpayer and concerned resident of Edgewater, I have observed certain conditions at Whistle Stop Park.

Cracks and chipped pavement in the skate park, which is very dangerous. The basketball court benches are facing the wrong direction. The water faucet in the dog park has a constant leak. The flashing light/siren should be relocated to the restroom building so all individuals in the park can see/hear it. There is no shade and not enough pavilions. This park is barely three months old and at a cost of approximately $3 million.

Who approved this design and is monitoring issues at the park?

Offended hitchhiker

I take offense at Dan's Smith's column on the 1960s in the July 19 edition.

I was one of the people on the highways, mostly as a traveler with a vehicle and gave rides to countless strangers and was an occasional hitchhiker myself. As a young woman traveling extensively, often alone, I was never assaulted hitchhiking or giving rides to strangers.

However, I was assaulted, come to think of it, but that was in a bar in Louisiana.

So, I guess that offensive behavior was acceptable where you came from. I am glad I never encountered you as I must assume you are one of those fellows with a car that would take advantage of a woman traveler.

You gave yourself away on this one, Dan. You have made it clear to the world you are a male chauvinist pig.

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