Complaining about Ephraim’s

franchise fees and other matters

 

Dec. 14, 2017

 

A few years ago, while paying my utility bill I asked the clerk what the franchise tax showing on the bill was for.

She didn’t know, but the city manager at the time,  Richard Anderson, came by and said it was fee Ephraim City charged the city electric utility for the right to be the city’s exclusive electric utility.

I asked why, since they were both city functions. His answer was that other cities were doing the same thing.

If the city and the electric utility really are separate entities, it makes sense why it is illegal for the city to take funds from the utilities for the general fund without informing citizens and having a public hearing. I think it is too bad Ephraim City took money out of the utility fund for the general fund this year.

Also, I don’t understand why the Utah Legislature passed a bill outlawing the city from  profiting from business licensing. Probably because the Legislature is limiting the power of the municipality.

Ephraim needs to work on the water system. It would be a wonderful Christmas present to the citizens of Ephraim to have clean pure water purified with healthy oxygen instead of the poison chlorine. Some cities have this blessing.

 

Frank Crowther

Ephraim Utah

Medical Marijuana to

appear on 2018 ballot?

 

Dec. 7, 2017

 

Local volunteers with the Utah Patients Coalition have been collecting signatures in Sanpete County for several weeks.

The petitions that are now circulating in our county are designed to put the medical cannabis initiative on the Utah ballot for 2018 so Utah voters can vote on the legalization of medical cannabis. Over 113,000 signatures from registered Utah voters must be collected by April 2018.

The initiative, which limits use of cannabis to medical need only, can be read in its entirety at www.utahpatients.org

Volunteering for this project has been a journey that has opened my eyes to the vast number of people who are suffering here in our county because of the laws that have limited patient access to the cannabis herb that brings relief from pain, minimizes and may even eliminate seizures in children and adults, aids with cancer and chemotherapy, can help many suffering from autoimmune diseases and more.

More than 2,400 of the more fortunate families who suffer from these and other conditions have moved from Utah to Colorado in order to get the relief they or their loved ones need.

The less fortunate wish for that opportunity and look forward to a time when medical cannabis will be legal in Utah. This is a humanitarian effort for residents and voters in Utah.

The basic points (taken from the Utah Patients website) are that the initiative is designed to protect terminally and seriously ill patients with specific debilitating medical conditions from arrest and prosecution if they are using medical cannabis pursuant to their doctor’s recommendation.

Further it prohibits public use of cannabis, prohibits driving under the influence of cannabis,  prohibits smoking cannabis and will allow monitoring through an established electronic verification system administered by the Utah Department of Health.

It will establish restrictions on the locations of medical cannabis businesses, require thorough testing of medical cannabis for potency and contaminants and require that medical cannabis be appropriately labeled and securely packaged.

It also allows local governments to require cannabis businesses to obtain a local license and to impose restrictions on cannabis dispensary operations.

As I visit with people who have signed these petitions, I’ve been moved by the passion and the heartfelt stories of pain and suffering among those who are afflicted and by people who suffer along with those they love.

Cannabis is a natural herb that was used from ancient times up to our recent past. Its healing properties have been described in ancient texts and are being studied in universities. Peer-reviewed scientific research studies are online at Google Scholar.

I will be collecting signatures this week from 3-6 p.m., weather permitting, in Fountain Green today, in Chester (2:30 p.m.) and Moroni tomorrow and in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday. I will have a booth set up on the Main Street in each location. Call me at 851-9045 to arrange to meet, or for alternate meeting locations.

Kathy’s Herb Shop in Mt. Pleasant is also taking signatures during business hours.

Joanne Taylor

Ephraim

Whistle blowers should be celebrated

 

In the fictitious movie trilogy, “The Matrix”, we find a very real life parallel.  Neo (portrayed by Keanu Reeves) starts to realize that the world he is accustomed to is not quite what it appears to be.

The Greek philosopher Epictetus explains appearances like this, “Appearances to the mind are of four kinds. Things either are what they appear to be; or they neither are, nor appear to be; or they are, and do not appear to be; or they are not, and yet appear to be.”

As Neo continues to become aware of the real world around him, those who would desire to keep him asleep and blinded rally forces to hedge his way and keep him from knowing the truth.  In his search for truth, Neo is introduced to Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) who offers Neo to take either a blue-colored pill or a red-colored pill, the former of which would allow him to remain in the simulated universe within “The Matrix” and enjoy the comforts of life in ignorance, while the latter would lead him to escape from the fabricated reality into the physical realm that is harsher and more challenging in nature.

Morpheus explains that “you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else, you were born into bondage, born inside a prison that you cannot smell, taste, or touch—A prison for your mind, (long pause, sighs). Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself. This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. In his left hand, Morpheus shows a blue pill.”

Morpheus continues, “You take the blue pill and the story ends. You wake in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. (A red pill is shown in his other hand) You take the red pill and you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. (Long pause, Neo begins to reach for the red pill) Remember — all I am offering is the truth, nothing more.”

Although we are not literally offered either a red pill or a blue pill, we are figuratively offered a blue pill every day as we watch the main stream media, politicians and extremely wealthy power brokers who have an agenda to keep the masses of the people dumbed down and in darkness. We are offered a red pill when whistle blowers or others try to expose the truth about a particular subject.

Whistle blowers are generally ignored or are ridiculed as a crazy conspiracy theorist nutcase.  While many whistle blowers have risked their lives trying to expose corrupt or illegal activities, many others, along with eye witnesses, have been killed because of their knowledge. “Dead men tell no tales,” Some have been able to escape to other countries to protect their lives.

Are you a blue pill type or a red pill type person?  I for one am a red pill type person.

 

Newell Hales 

Salina

Correct directions to ghost

town Scout ‘campout’

 

By Barry Baker

Nov. 9, 2017

 

Thank you so much for your most interesting article in this week’s Messenger, entitled Boys Scouts camp out in ghost town near Beaver. I think you have all details correct except the title of your article should have read: Boy Scouts camp out in ghost town near Milford, in Central Beaver County.

You should contact Lawrence Durtschi and ask to be his assistant next year when he takes his troop to Frisco. You will also be as excited as are his Boy Scout Troop 900 young men. I anticipate reading your follow-up article next year, after you have experienced what these Boy Scouts get so excited about every year.

My basic reason for this slight correction in your article title is that some folks may have an interest in driving to Beaver (by the way I am a graduate of Beaver High School) and may start asking local residents where you can find Frisco. Some of them may know, but probably only a small percentage. However, those who do know will tell you to take Utah State Highway 21, from Beaver west, passing the sign that reads Greenville, about three miles west and about one and a half miles south of Beaver on your left. You stay on Hwy 21 and will soon see another sign that reads Adamsville, on your right as you are now heading more in a southwest direction—Adamsville is about a mile and a half off Hwy 21 on your right. Adamsville has about six or seven homes, as I remember.

As you continue on Hwy 21, driving south for about three miles, you will notice on your right is a state park by the name of Minersville Lake State Park, which is actually a reservoir, the lifeblood of the farmers of my hometown of Minersville as a youngster. Yes, after you pass the reservoir the highway rounds the reservoir dam and heads straight west again. In about six miles you will pass Minersville on your left, population as I distinctly remember in 1961 was 592 residents, but now have probably close to 800 folks who call it home.

By the way, Minersville’s elevation is 5,280 feet above sea level, same as Denver—the mile high city.

Now you will drive in a Northwest direction for 13 miles to the city of Milford, Utah, population of probably 1500. Milford is a Union Pacific Railroad town. As you are driving through town make sure that you don’t miss the Highway 21 sign that takes a direct left turn west off Main Street.

Drive west for about two blocks as the street takes you up a hill where you will see Milford High School on your right. Keep on Hwy 21 for about 10 miles until you see a historic monument marker on your right, telling you about the ghost town of Frisco, at the foot of the San Francisco Mountain Range.

As you are reading the information on the monument, you will notice on your left, across Hwy 21 in the sage brush about 100 yards is where the Boy Scouts camped by the cemetery.

 

Barry Baker

Ephraim

 

Dismayed by lack of respect

for American flags in Manti

 

Oct. 26, 2017

 

I am dismayed when I look at some of the American flags flying from flag poles in front of business and government buildings on Main Street in Manti. Some flags are dirty, faded, tattered and torn.

These flags are not being flown with the respect and care they deserve. Flying the flag, a symbol of freedom and national pride, is a privilege. The colors of the red, white and blue should be clear and crisp and the fabric should be in excellent, clean condition, with no tears, rips or flapping scraps of cloth.

Notice the flag proudly raised to the top of the flag pole each morning at Manti Elementary by the school children. They have learned how to take care of the flag and treat it with respect. The Boy Scouts also know how to properly treat a flag.

Please take note, Manti businesses. I hope to see some new flags flying from your flag poles soon.

 

Karla Campbell

Manti

If we are a nation of law,

why is there no consistency?

Oct. 26, 2017

 

From the to-do about Russia influencing our internal affairs it is understandable why we have made enemies with the multi billion dollars we spent in foreign aid interfering in their internal affairs.  We support one despot and their opposition is our enemy.
If it’s against the law to interfere in foreign nations internal affairs why are we doing it? If it isn’t against the law, why is there an investigation?
Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Trump/Russia connection through a grand jury to establish crime. That’s what the grand jury was established for, but there was no criminal charge. Is it law a convenience of politics or bought politicians?
If we are a nation of law, why is there no consistency? We have interfered in eight elections recently, overthrown Iraq, destroyed Sadam Hussain, our greatest ally against Islamic terrorism, and maintain a military presence in many countries. The hypocrisy is mind blowing.
A recent study of 9/11 building destruction financed by the architects and engineers for the truth of 9/11 detailed the structural bulwarks not considered in the official conclusion. The study concluded fire did not destroy the building as claimed.
Why isn’t Robert Mueller investigating this, the greatest crime of the century? The destruction on 9/11 which caused loss of freedom (patriot act) the loss of millions of lives and trillions of dollars by war and the lies and cover ups of a republican administration? It’s like picking at a pimple while the body politic is hemorrhaging.

Frank Crowther

Ephraim

Wants to know Ephraim

candidates plans for voting

Before submitting my ballot for Ephraim mayor and city council, I would like to know the candidates’ plans for mosquito abatement and curbing the urban deer population.

 

Larry Smith

Ephraim

 

Lecture will discuss importance

of U.S. Constitution

 

Thirty years ago, Sanpete County commemorated the 200th anniversary of the U. S. Constitution. Now it is urgent that this inspired document take center stage here again.

Don Fotheringham will detail the “Silent Crisis at the Utah State Capitol” in a public meeting held in the Manti City building at 50 South Main St., next Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.

Don, a marine in World War II, including the Iwo Jima campaign, has devoted his life to the defense of the U.S. Constitution and to the promulgation of its principles in the tradition of the Founding Fathers.

The importance of protecting the U. S. Constitution cannot be overstated. First and foremost, it was “suffered to be established” by God and He has charged that it “should be maintained for the rights and protection of all flesh.” He holds us, the people, responsible to keep it safe.

Surely, we who are heirs of the early patriots who pledged their “lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor” and those through ensuing decades, in war and peace, who have paid the price of liberty, can find time in our busy lives to become informed and take appropriate action at this crucial time.

 

Jane A. Braithwaite

Manti

Believes Messenger ‘got it all wrong’

Late last year the Gunnison and Centerfield police departments combined to create the Gunnison Valley Police Department (GVPD).

Citizens were led to believe the savings through shared cooperation and resources would save enough money to add an extra officer to the then existing staff.

Less than a year later, imagine our surprise as we read an article in the Sept 7, 2017 issue of the Messenger in which the GVPD feels the need “to be in a position to hire an additional officer in the near future, or we could run the risk of something happening similarly  to Ephraim’s situation.”  We were livid!  We felt like we had been lied to from the get go.

With the Messenger article in hand we attended a Sept 13 public hearing on the matter wherein we learned that the Messenger had gotten it all wrong. According to the Gunnison City Council, the problem was an oversight in which the school resource officer’s contract is up next year and the city was only asking for a small cost-of-living fee for the officer’s new contract. We were embarrassed and felt betrayed by the Messenger’s misinformation.

Come on Messenger . To quote that GVPD could end up like Ephraim considering all the press the Ephraim story generated seems like sensationalism.

In a time where the citizens are becoming more distrustful of elected/appointed officials, honest and accurate journalism is more Important than ever.

In the past, we have relied on your commitment to ethical journalism practices, so please get your facts straight in the future.  We as citizens and loyal readers are counting on you to get  it correct!

Jay Clayton

 

Editor’s Note: The Messenger stands by our reporting. We did have our facts straight—the problem was that we didn’t have all the facts.

            We based the story we ran prior to the hearing on a discussion in a city council meeting and on an email exchange with the chief of the GVPD.

            Unfortunately, the fact that the proposed fee, the focus of the public hearing, was solely to cover a modest increase in the resource officer contract was not mentioned in either exchange. We were glad the hearing clarified the purpose of the fee for citizens as well as for our newspaper.

            We stand by the advance quote from GVPD Chief Brett McCall, which read, “The department’s budget health is stable; however, we run very thin right now, and there isn’t much breathing room. I feel we need to be in a position to hire and additional officer in the near future or we could run the risk of something happening similar to Ephraim’s situation.” 

            That quote came verbatim from an email from McCall to managing editor Robert Stevens. We felt such a statement was significant and certainly merited inclusion in the hearing preview story. 

Appreciates legislative updates, upset with Owens

 

 

                Thank you and our legislators for the session updates. There is a lot packed into a few weeks. We want to comment on an article a few weeks ago by Rep. Owens. We were disappointed to see him, a member of the House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee, refer to the Bears Ears National Monument designation as a “Federal Land Grab.” Federal management over the years is the main reason that our state still has so much natural beauty and hasn’t been stripped and exploited.

                The Utah state government, including Rep. Owens, repeatedly focuses on state control of federal lands. This is irresponsible thinking. Even a cursory look at state-managed lands shows a real difference in the management focus. Our National Parks demonstrate the care the Federal government gives to these beautiful lands. Our state parks are degraded by comparison. The state government wants these lands to make a profit, which includes selling the pollution rights. Coupled with the efforts to gut the EPA, residents will be the ones to pay the price.

                Remember the recent environmental disaster at Durango, CO? Private mining company makes money, residents and wildlife have their water supply poisoned, taxpayers get stuck with the cleanup.

                As long as lands are public, they are available to us—the public. As long as places like Bears Ears are protected, they are preserved. A place can be preserved as long as people demand it, but a place can only be destroyed once.

 

 

Deborah Woodbury, Manti

Lianne Hirst, Manti

Eighth-grade Letters to the Editor

 

 

Allie Bridges

Allie Bridges

 

Dear Editor,

                The EMS (Emergency Medical Service) is a work force made up of volunteers from around the area they serve. These men and women have studied from six months to two years to be able to fill this position. They have to be on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As soon as a call comes in, no matter what the time, the EMS responds as quickly as possible.

                They have saved thousands of lives over the years. So, with all the EMS does for us, how come the people who work for it do not get paid? It is true that in larger places, such as Salt Lake City, the medics get paid for their work. However, in areas that are more rural, such as Sanpete County, the EMS is made up purely of volunteers.

                Everyone says that there is not enough money pay them, but according to www.moneynation.com. the average NBA player makes about $5 million a year. My solution to this problem is, if there is a business or sports team in an area where the EMS serves, the business should be required to donate a part of their annual profit to the Emergency Medical Service.

 

 

Allie Bridges

Parents: Nathan and Shannon Bridges

Ephraim

 

 

 

Alexis Naylor

Alexis Naylor

 

Dear Editor,

                We need to give some appreciation to our special education teachers. They make so many major contributions to our school than most people ever could in their lifetime. I think that these teachers need more appreciation for their service and hard work.

                There are even some people who don’t get paid to take care of these sweet children. It is strictly voluntary for them. I feel like these people should be rewarded for their service. Some autistic children learn so much from these teachers. Our teachers at our school have to be kind and loving, just like Mrs. Chidester from Manti High School.

                These adults, whoever they may be, need to be thanked for all of their hard work and service. There are so many examples of the love that these children feel from these people. They don’t even have to be adults. My sister is 16 years old and she worked with the special education program. She loved the children there so much. She worked with all of the children. She told me about how all of the children can feel accepted. There are no favorites, they just help whoever is in need. I believe that these people do so much for our community. They are great with children and deserve a thank you.

 

 

Alexis Naylor

Parents: Andrew Naylor and Alisha Traina

Manti

 

 

 

 

 

Hope Marsing

Hope Marsing

Dear Editor,

                Have you ever had that worry about you, your friends or your child being bullied? Bullying is a real problem in our schools. I personally know some people in my school that feel like they have been bullied. Seeing your friends or even other people run into the bathroom or get on the bus and start crying because of bullying is hard.

                Bullying isn’t just physical harm, as most people think. Bullying is saying rude or inappropriate comments to another person to harm them in any way. Bullying is also calling someone crude names that are not needed and very unwanted just to hurt a person’s feelings.

                We can solve this problem by talking and interacting with people and the world around us. We can also solve this with many other things if we try. No one wants to see anyone get bullied, If bullying stops our world will be a better place.

 

 

Hope Marsing

Parents: Nick and Christina Marsing

Manti

 

 

 

 

Karra Hacking

Karra Hacking

Dear Editor,

                Have you ever been walking along and a dog comes out and follows you or even attacks you or even (attacks) your dog? Once when I was walking home from school, a dog came out on the street and started to bark at me and even tried to bite me. This has happened more than once.

                Lots of dogs are not chained up. There is a law that says that all dogs need to be on a leash or fenced up. When a dog leaves your property without a leash on, that is illegal. What can we do to keep dogs leashed up? We could make sure all dogs have leashes on or stay on your property.

                I know lots of people that don’t keep their dog on a leash. Those are the dogs that end up at the pound or even dead from chasing cars or biting people or other animals and having to be put down.

                Lots of these dogs are really nice, but if they think someone is trying to hurt their owner, they will attack you. We need to keep our dogs on leashes for our safety and theirs.

 

 

Karra Hacking

Parents: Steven and Kristen Hacking

Ephraim

 

 

 

 

Tyson Meade

Tyson Meade

Dear Editor,

                I would like to say a very needed thanks to the EMTs for all they do and how much they help others. I am very glad to have them around because one night my grandpa wasn’t feeling so good. He was sitting in his chair breathing weird and just wasn’t acting right.

                After my brothers left from their house, my grandpa suddenly fell out of the chair and his blood pressure was not right and was bleeding out! My grandma called my dad and then the EMTs and he was rushed to the hospital. Turns out the medicine he was taking made him feel the way he was.

                I don’t exactly remember what it was like but I know for sure that he had a blood clot in his lung. This was a very serious condition and the EMTs helped him out, and to me, saved my grandpa’s life.

                Now my grandpa is alive today thanks to the EMTs and the hospital. I wanted to thank them for all they do and how much they have impacted my grandpa’s and my life in a good way.

 

 

Tyson Meade

Parents: Brian and Valerie Meade

Ephraim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sienna Thompson

Sienna Thompson

Dear Editor,

                I would like thank the bus drivers for taking us from place to place. I feel like the bus drivers don’t get the proper thanks. In this world, we get off, of the bus and say thank you, but I don’t think that is that meaningful. We need to sincerely thank the bus drivers. The bus drivers have to deal with so many things.

                We have some amazing bus drivers in Manti like Joe Dow, Ken Parry, Garry Bringhurst, Doug Birk. We never have to worry about getting to school on time because they always pick us up around the same time. I think that we all need to respect our elders, including the bus drivers.

                If we didn’t have a bus driver, then our parent would have to take us to school. What about the kids that their parent has to go to work really early, how are they going to get to school? When we want to go on a field trip how would we get there? Once again thanks to all of the bus drivers, including the substitute bus drivers. It means a lot.

 

 

Sienna Thompson

Parents: Loren and MaryAnn Thompson

Manti

 

 

 

 

 

McCoy Thomson

McCoy Thomson

Dear Editor,

                I want to thank our linemen for getting up and working in the cold, wet snow this winter. At times like it’s hard to get up early and go to work so we can have power. The reason I know all this is because my dad is a lineman.

                I just really want to say thank you to all the linemen, and next time the power is out, don’t worry. They are out there trying to get the power back on.

 

 

McCoy Thomson

Parents: Brian and Melissa Thomson

Ephraim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Austin Hunter

Austin Hunter

Dear Editor,

                I’d like to bring up an issue about not having a public roping arena in Ephraim. There are tons of people who would really appreciate it including me. We could pay for it with fund raisers, sponsors and having rodeo events. Also, we could put in for grants from the state.

                I think a good spot for an arena would be west of Ephraim City. Having a roping arena would be a great place to have for after-school programs and extra activities. 4-H can use it for their classes also. People can come and learn about animals and enjoy the outdoors.

                An arena could also be used for sporting events such as a motor cross, drag racing and having tractor pulling races, which can bring large crowds. If there was a top-of-the-line arena, then there is a chance that they could move the fair to Ephraim, which can also bring in income to our city to help pay off the debt.

 

 

Austin Hunter

Parents: Tyler and Ruby Hunter

Ephraim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rawlee Mickelson

Rawlee Mickelson

Dear Editor,

                I would like to express my thanks to Manti City Council members for their attempts to sell the street on 1st East to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I feel that this could benefit the youth of our city in so many ways.

                The LDS church has offered the city double the value of the street. Manti City has said this money is earmarked for the new sport complex. This will give the youth a safe place to play sports.  Currently the LDS church owns all the surrounding property. UDOT has closed the road, making it a dead end.

                The only thing stopping this sale from happening is a small group who are concerned about their freedom of speech. They feel that if the city sells the property their freedom of speech is being trampled on. They want to sue the city if the sale goes through. I feel that they only want to protest the pageant. I think there are plenty of other streets in Manti they can protest on.

 

 

Rawlee Mickelson

Parents: Ryan and Jennie Mickelson

Manti

 

 

 

 

 

Jacob Norris

Jacob Norris

Dear Editor,

                I love the community of Sanpete. Everyone works together, are so kind and I believe Sanpete has some of the nicest people on earth. I want to thank the people of Sanpete.

                When the trailer park caught fire in Ephraim, I remember the families who lost their homes were immediately offered a living space. Someone set up an address you could go donate clothes to. When I went to bring clothes, I was astonished at how many people were there and the amount of things that had already been donated. When there is a need in Sanpete County, the need will be met.

                I am grateful we have a fire department willing to check on a house and risk their lives everyday. Overall, the people I want to thank the most are the police officers. They keep our cities and streets safe. They risk their lives just for our safety, Without them there would be chaos and things would be totally different.

 

 

Jacob Norris

Parents: Ryan and Jennie Mickelson

Ephraim

Pray for our leaders

 

When we were out of the area last year we attended an evangelical church meeting. In that meeting the pastor led requests for prayer. At the end he added a prayer of his own. In that he prayed for the president, Obama, his administration and Congress. I was shocked, and then thought “why not!” The Bible tells us to pray for those that oppose us, even our enemies. We can do this. We need to.

Now we have a new administration, and the thought remains, “Pray? Why not!” We cannot ring up President Donald Trump. We cannot call the oval office to thank him or voice our concerns, but we do have a direct line to heaven. We have a connection to the God of all creation, to express the concerns of our heart. We can call upon the real ‘powers that be.’ More than that, we need to exercise that right.

Whether we like and approve of all that President Trump is doing or think he is the worst thing that could happen to this country, it doesn’t matter. He needs help. He needs wise counsel. He needs guidance. He needs a calm response in the face of opposition and he needs our help and prayers to do this. He needs to know the voice of the people, but more than that, he needs the word of God and to walk daily in that power.

So, let us not forget our president and all those in authority. Let our thoughts turn to the need we all share for our country, and pray. Whether we are standing alone in mountain splendor, or kneeling in our closets, let us pray. Let us remember them in our meditations, in our family prayers, even in church meetings.

Why not? In our hearts there is no separation of church and state. Are we not one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. May we pray that it may be and remain so is my prayer.

 

Terrel R. Davis

Ephraim, Utah

 

The Mystery Gods

 

 

Jews reject the godhood of Jesus, while his chosen apostles and eye witnesses unequivocally asserted his immaculate conception and incarnation in the flesh (mortality). Meanwhile the evolutionary Christian church adopted/co-opted an extremely convoluted, complex and mystical monotheistic orthodoxy to explain how Jesus, the “sinless” Son of Man performed miracles and taught “the way, the truth and the life;” then after being betrayed, condemned and crucified, rose the third day from the tomb, the resurrected Lord God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

To Islamists, Jesus is revered as only a great prophet in a long line of righteous men called by Allah (“God be praised”) in which Mohammad is the last and therefore, most important prophet, and the final authority/arbitrator of God’s holy word/ultimatum to mankind before “the great and terrible” Judgment Day!

Noteworthy, pure ethnic Arabs (Sunnis) are, in fact, of the same ancestral lineage of Abraham, albeit a different branch of descent, claiming in the Quran that the Biblical “birthright” son, Jacob, was a cunning usurper/deceiver who changed his name to Israel (God’s Warrior), but whose way ward posterity via his conspiratorial/murderous sons from the beginning (selling their younger brother, Joseph, into slavery), continued to prove themselves habitually unfaithful to God as evidenced in their own recorded Old Testament history, demonstrating up to the present day beyond doubt to devout Islamists, that their ancient progenitor Ishmael, was and still is the venerated Patriarch Abraham’s “rightful” and literal first born son of “the Covenant” through his first wife, Hagar.

Be as it may appear or gets construed, fact is, the Quran is primarily based on a Biblical/historical context, although its adherents proclaim it to be a true reformation of God’s Holy Word revealed to their prophet by the angel Gabriel whom the Gospel writers were first to claim, visited the Holy Mother of Jesus and her cousin, Elizabeth, who bare John, known as the Baptist in their New Testament accounts. Anyway to Muslims (one who submits), Muhammad’s revelations were given by this same angel from God to help convert ‘all’ faithful people in the world regardless of their race, religion or beliefs and customs in order to become one brotherhood united in true worship of Allah, defending this pure religion restored at all costs against God’s enemies or infidels (unbelievers) through Jihad or Holy War until the end of the world when Islam, meaning “submission/surrender to God,” will ultimately prevail among men.

Even though the followers of the ‘prophet’ Jesus, testified/wrote that he proclaimed himself Jehovah-God, the Quran explicitly denies Christ’s divinity and atoning sacrifice for the salvation and redemption of mankind, even though he is still highly regarded as a great prophet. Nevertheless, the Muslim’s holy book contradicts, reinterprets, reconstructs and virtually supplants the scriptural authenticity/historicity, genealogy, prophecy and revelation, moral authority and spiritual/social laws of God as contained in the Bible.
 

Folks, if Jesus proves to be Jehovah, who is “Allah Be Praised?”
 

Leland “Utah Rowdy” Yates
Brigham City/Harper Ward

 

 

Urges Manti citizens to attend meeting about road closure

 

 

Dear Editor,

 

An old local debate has recently resurfaced. The Manti City Council has once again offered to sell the portion of 100 East between its intersection with Highway 89 and 400 North to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The city council held a public hearing discussing this topic in October. A hearing that I attended.

It is important for the readers of the Sanpete Messenger to understand the issue. The road in question is bordered only by land owned by the LDS Church. As such, the only function of the road is to shuttle people to and from three bordering properties owned by the church (the Manti Temple, the Family History Center and the Distribution Center). This road essentially acts as a driveway to private property. Yet Manti City continues to pay for the maintenance of this road. Taxpayer dollars are spent to maintain this road.

Manti City has pledged that if this road is sold, the revenue generated from the sale will go towards construction of a new sports complex north of the Manti Cemetery. This much-needed sports complex will bring revenue to the city, unlike the road, which continuously depletes city resources and taxpayer dollars.

Those who oppose the sale of the road feel the sale will restrict religious freedom. Eight days every year religious activists from around the world come to proselyte in conjunction with performances of the Mormon Miracle Pageant. They often engage in religious conversation on the road in question. If the road is sold, they have good reason to assume that their religious activities will be pushed off this street. Yet it is clear that there are more than enough streets in Manti to proselyte on. Many choose to preach on other roads already. We should not be paying to maintain a road that is only used by people who come from outside of Manti and only use the road eight days in a year.

Still, as much as I hope to convince you to support the sale of the road, there is something more important. On Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Manti City Building there will be yet another public hearing. Hopefully, this hearing can close the issue once and for all. I urge those within reach of my words, and with any opinion on the issue, to attend this meeting. There you can express your opinions.

Thank you.

 

Elias G. Malone

Manti

Life is like a ladder in many ways.

You start at the bottom the day you are born.

When you open your eyes for the first time, the first thing you see is a ladder that reaches to the sky, and you decide then and thereafter whether to climb that ladder or stay on the ground.

If you decided to climb that ladder, there will be many levels that you can step off and live your life the way that level has to offer, but you can’t always step back onto the ladder and continue to climb.

There will be times when you will miss a step and fall back down—sometimes only partway, sometimes all the way down.

But you get back up, determined to climb that ladder all the way to the top.

When you get to the top, you stop and look back down to see where you have been, but you cannot go beyond the top because you are weighed down with money and material things.

So you must descend back down to that last level and leave all of it there for posterity, then step back up the ladder to go beyond the top.

There to greet you at the top will not be money or material things, but the Lord and family and friends with outreached hands to help you take that last step beyond the top.

There you will realize they have always been by your side as you climbed that ladder of life.

 

Keith Keisel

Ephraim

Appreciate efforts to preserve pioneer age houses

 

After many years of no dramatic improvement to Main Street, I want to express my appreciation for the efforts made by our city and Cache Valley Bank to beautify the central part of it and efforts by other businesses elsewhere on Main Street. I think it’s a big step in the right direction. Likewise, the city’s commitment to ridding Main Street of blights is, I think, commendable.

Individual citizens are also to be commended, in my opinion, for their personal contributions to the “restoration” of our community. I am encouraged when I see an old neglected, often dilapidated, house being sensitively restored to a strikingly beautiful appearance. Whenever this is done, the entire block benefits, as well as our city as a whole.

I am concerned, however, about the two Victorian houses immediately north of the Sinclair station. I seem to remember Brant Hansen being reported in the newspaper as saying something about an option the city has where they could purchase the houses and offer them for sale (my own words follow) under a covenant whereby the buyer must restore or preserve the exterior’s original appearance. The buyer would not be compelled but encouraged to retain original architectural features on the interior. I think it would be a sad thing to lose these two houses that reflect the architectural history of Ephraim. In my mind, they could be real assets to our Main Street which, after all, is the Heritage Highway.

All over town we can still see examples of pioneer-built homes (1860-1890) and some that were built somewhere later, all of which serve to inform us of life and ideals of a very different time and how things change over times. This enriches our lives, broadens our perceptions and perspective, and can actually inspire some people to take positive action toward preserving and enhancing what we are privileged to have.

I am a committed preservationist and an unabashed lover of old houses, as most people know and sometimes seem to resent. I try always to encourage people to research, appreciate, and preserve or restore their historical houses, stores, etc. Sometimes I’ve been critical, and I apologize. With all my faults, I do practice what I preach about honoring our architectural heritage. If I have inspired only one individual—and I think I have done at least that—then it is worth the effort and any criticism it might generate.

 

Does preservation matter? I would say, absolutely!

 

Sharron Andreasen

Ephraim, Utah