On FL’s Day of Prayer and flying the friendly skies

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History Repeating?

Was Abraham Lincoln prophetic or is history repeating itself?

The following is a quote that could very well be describing the United States today but was actually delivered by Abraham Lincoln when he called for a National Day of Fasting on March 30, 1863:

“It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God; to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow…and to recognize the sublime truth…that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord…We have grown in number, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown; but we have forgotten God…and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own…It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”

Please join with area Christians as we pray for our country on the National Day of Prayer which is on Thursday, May 3rd from noon to 1 p.m. at the Lakeside Memorial Park Gazebo in Forest Lake.

Holly Payer, co-chair
Forest Lake
National Day of Prayer
Forest Lake

Call it Volunteerism

One of the things that 9/11 has given us is the awareness that the security of airplane travel has become the responsibility of all of us, or at least, large bulky men.

Some where on some flights an air marshal may be available, but the immediate response of the passengers has become the norm.

Now that cockpits are locked, and there are only two crewmembers available, (Remember, the flight engineer was deemed superfluous) we have come to the situation where the large bulky men will have to make a decision as to which of the members really is nuts when the other locks him out. To add to the difficulty, the person on the inside of the cockpit is able to change the combination on the door lock.

As I write this on April 1, April Fools Day, I wonder at the many hilarious scenes that could be played out at the cockpit door by someone with a sense of humor.

Since the last incident we have also discovered that the plastic restraints provided by the airline are inadequate. That should give a crewmember who might be the object of a little joke gone wrong some consolation.

This vigilantism that has become acceptable on the airlines creates awareness in Americans that we are responsible for things that the state cannot provide, but I would prefer that we call it volunteerism.

Tom Obst