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Letter: God is constant, not mutable

As revealed in the Bible, God is consistent from cover to cover. Recently, several letters to the editor portray God as someone he is not or that Christians should ignore who God is. Jesus broke down the Ten Commandments into two commandments – love the Lord thy God with all your heart, soul, and mind and love your neighbor as yourself. In order to love God one must respect what he revealed about his nature, and with regard to same-sex marriage he never condoned that union. He said in the beginning and as it is written throughout the Bible marriage is between one man and one woman. The Bible reveals God is the destroyer of Sodom and Gomorrah and that a man laying with another man is an abomination. The Apostle Paul wrote several times reaffirming what was written. Jesus said he came to fulfill God's word – not destroy it. Some people claim man was not inspired by the spirit of God to write books over several centuries where God reveals his nature and that man is fallible so therefore man got certain parts wrong. It must be difficult for those people to decide who God is. It probably goes something like this, "I believe God said this but I can't believe God would say that" or they just choose to ignore certain parts altogether. In essence each person who does that is creating their own God in their own image. With respect to Jesus' second command he said to love your neighbor as yourself. That does not mean to condone the actions of your neighbor. Unfortunately, some Christians act un-biblically in this regard. If you love someone you want your neighbor to love them also but you cannot force them to. Some same-sex marriage advocates say it is not a religious issue. That is also incorrect. We are to love our neighbor as a person but cannot condone those choices contrary to what God has revealed. One letter writer suggested to use the term "marriage" as a religious ceremony sanctioned by God and to use "civil union" or something similar as a state sanctioned ceremony that legalizes the union. Again, like abortion, the writer is asking Christians to accept that which is contrary to God's revealed word. Plus, those who believe in God but disagree with what "man" wrote in the Bible with respect to marriage probably won't like this arrangement either because they want God's blessing in that marriage. I'm sure there are some who will respond with narrow-minded, ignorant, intolerant, and probably worse. But the reality is this conflict was created by people wanting to change the world contrary to why God created us forcing us to take a stand for God's created plan. It is written God created us in his image but we are free to make our own choices and some would rather create a God that reflects the way they want God to be. But as it is written God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow and that's the choice most Christians will make. Ken Anderson Hot Sulphur Springs

Letter: God is constant, not mutable

As revealed in the Bible, God is consistent from cover to cover. Recently, several letters to the editor portray God as someone he is not or that Christians should ignore who God is. Jesus broke down the Ten Commandments into two commandments – love the Lord thy God with all your heart, soul, and mind and love your neighbor as yourself. In order to love God one must respect what he revealed about his nature, and with regard to same-sex marriage he never condoned that union. He said in the beginning and as it is written throughout the Bible marriage is between one man and one woman. The Bible reveals God is the destroyer of Sodom and Gomorrah and that a man laying with another man is an abomination. The Apostle Paul wrote several times reaffirming what was written. Jesus said he came to fulfill God's word – not destroy it. Some people claim man was not inspired by the spirit of God to write books over several centuries where God reveals his nature and that man is fallible so therefore man got certain parts wrong. It must be difficult for those people to decide who God is. It probably goes something like this, "I believe God said this but I can't believe God would say that" or they just choose to ignore certain parts altogether. In essence each person who does that is creating their own God in their own image. With respect to Jesus' second command he said to love your neighbor as yourself. That does not mean to condone the actions of your neighbor. Unfortunately, some Christians act un-biblically in this regard. If you love someone you want your neighbor to love them also but you cannot force them to. Some same-sex marriage advocates say it is not a religious issue. That is also incorrect. We are to love our neighbor as a person but cannot condone those choices contrary to what God has revealed. One letter writer suggested to use the term "marriage" as a religious ceremony sanctioned by God and to use "civil union" or something similar as a state sanctioned ceremony that legalizes the union. Again, like abortion, the writer is asking Christians to accept that which is contrary to God's revealed word. Plus, those who believe in God but disagree with what "man" wrote in the Bible with respect to marriage probably won't like this arrangement either because they want God's blessing in that marriage. I'm sure there are some who will respond with narrow-minded, ignorant, intolerant, and probably worse. But the reality is this conflict was created by people wanting to change the world contrary to why God created us forcing us to take a stand for God's created plan. It is written God created us in his image but we are free to make our own choices and some would rather create a God that reflects the way they want God to be. But as it is written God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow and that's the choice most Christians will make. Ken Anderson Hot Sulphur Springs

William Hamilton: Gay marriage, an embrace too soon?

Last week was rough on President Obama. In the West Virginia Democratic primary, President Obama’s only opponent was prison inmate Keith Judd, who got 41 percent of the vote. President Obama’s war-on-demon-coal went over so badly in coal-rich West Virginia that the White House announced the president’s thinking about coal is now “evolving.” In Wisconsin’s GOP primary, incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker, whom the teachers’ union is trying to recall, got 97 percent of the GOP vote. On the Democrats’‚ side, two pro-recall candidates split the vote. In Indiana, the Tea Party defeated Republican Sen. Dick Lugar for being too liberal. On the eve of a Hollywood fundraiser, polling data showed President Obama losing his grip on the “youth” vote. Miraculously, President Obama’s position on gay marriage “revolved” to support of gay marriage. In 1996, in an Illinois Senate race, President Obama favored gay marriage. But in his U.S. Senate race in 2004 and in his 2008 presidential race, President Obama opposed gay marriage. Because the “young” rarely bother to vote, switching to gay marriage might not help President Obama at the polls. Moreover, he has now made gay marriage a hot-button social issue sure to bring out traditional-marriage independents and conservatives who, previously, were luke-warm toward the pro-traditional-marriage Mitt Romney. Moreover, many blacks do not favor gay marriage and might stay home on Nov. 6, 2012. Seven of the nine major “swing” states – Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Nevada, and Wisconsin – all prohibit same-sex marriage. Only two “swing states” allow gay marriage: Iowa by a judge’s court order, New Hampshire by legislation. In all, 42 states reject gay marriage: 12 states by legislative action and 30 states by state constitution. In 1996, President Clinton (D) signed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), meaning the federal government does not recognize gay marriage as legal. In Colorado, because the Democrat leadership waited until after the Democratic Party caucuses to introduce a gay-marriage bill (wonder why?), the Democrats’ bill ran out of time; however, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) immediately called a special session to try to force through gay marriage. While gays claim this is a “civil-rights” issue, traditional-marriage advocates point out that a simple, written contract – legal in all states – can already provide gays with the same “rights” as a marriage license. As of this writing, Colorado’s special session outcome is unknown. Bear in mind, Colorado adopted DOMA in 2000 and, in 2006, a state-wide vote rejected gay marriage 53 percent to 47 percent. For sure, Hickenlooper makes gay marriage a major election issue which, on the one hand, may ensure the defeat of any pro-gay-marriage Republican legislators and, on the other hand, could return the entire Colorado General Assembly to GOP control. Last week in South Carolina, gay marriage went down to flaming defeat. In neighboring North Carolina, where the 2012 Democratic National Convention is slated to be held, gay marriage is illegal both by statute and by state constitution. Some gay activists want the Democratic National Convention moved someplace where same-sex marriage is legal, leaving only Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, or Washington, D.C. as possible locations. President Obama’s embrace of gay marriage at the $40,000-per-plate Hollywood fundraiser raised $15 million; however, Mr. Romney shot to a seven-point lead in national polls. Moreover, traditional-values voters started pouring money into Mr. Romney’s campaign coffers. Maybe President Obama’s latest “revolution” should have waited until after Nov. 6?

Good Neighbor

Morgan and Stan Thomas of Granby would like to express their most heartfelt gratitude for the people of Grand County. The support we have received from the community, given the recent changes in our lives, has been overwhelming. We are extremely grateful for our friends who gave us toys, clothing and food, my coworkers who came together to help with daycare, and the teachers and agencies that have supported our family. We would also like to thank the generous soul who anonymously left the gifts on our doorstep while we were away for Thanksgiving. You all are the reason we love living in Grand County and we wish you a joyful and blessed holiday season!

Parshall couple celebrates platinum anniversary

Young couples looking toward marriage can take a page or two out of George and Barbara Mitchell's book. The two longtime Grand County residents celebrated their 70th anniversary on May 11. Only about 6 percent of American couples make it to their 50th anniversary, according to a 2008 U.S. Census Bureau survey that only goes to 50 years, the most recent of such a survey found. Barbara said the secret to the longevity of their relationship is love and respect. "It's a funny thing, you know," George said. "We never had really fought, but today she was mad enough at me." The two laughed as Barbara recounted how George had tried to make his own breakfast, which ended with nothing but a mess in the kitchen. "Afterwards, I laughed and smiled, and he said that was better," Barbara said. Mutual interests George and Barbara first met in 1939, when Barbara, originally from Baxter Springs, Kan., moved with her family to Parshall. George, 16 at the time, was working in his parent's grocery store, the Mitchell Store, as a clerk. It was there that George and 13-year-old Barbara met. "He taught me how to drive, he taught me how to hunt, he taught me how to handle a gun, and we roamed the hills and gathered antlers," Barbara said. "I don't know if you'd call it a first date." The two had lots of mutual interests, which Barbara said was important to their relationship. "We loved the same things," she said. "We hiked. We camped. We did some traveling." Barbara said the two never really dated. "Every time that we went someplace, it was either with his folks or my brother and his brother or my folks," she said. The two were able to spend more time together when George got a job with the theater in Kremmling, working as a projectionist. "I would go with him when he went to Breckenridge and Walden and so forth to show movies," she said. Unfortunately for the young couple, they were living in a tumultuous world. The United States was drawn into World War II following the attack on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941. George enlisted and the two were married while he was on leave on May 11, 1944, in Longmont, Colo. George would eventually serve 33 months in the European "theater," seeing action in France, Austria and Germany. It would seem that being separated for so long could be detrimental to a young married couple, but not so, said Barbara. "It was the sign of the times," Barbara said. "There were lots of young marriages. I had faith that he'd be home and that we were going to go on with our lives. Faith carried us through I guess." A shared life in Parshall After George received an honorable discharge from the army, the couple operated his family's store in Parshall until it was sold. George then went to work for Grand County Road and Bridge for 39 years. Barbara said she was a stay-at-home mom until the couple's four children were in high school. She then went to work for the Middle Park Bank in Granby for 21 years. After retiring, the two volunteered for the Grand County Historical Association for 26 years. The couple lives in a beige house off of Grand Avenue in Parshall, where they've been since 1952. They have seven grand children and 14 great-grand children, the oldest of whom is 16. George is hard of hearing, so Barbara writes down questions for him to answer on a small notepad. When asked whether they have an advice on marriage, Barbara said she wasn't really sure. "I don't know that I've ever thought much about it," she said. "I've been married longer than I've lived, almost." She instead deferred to George. A wide grin broke across his face as he read the notepad. "Stay single," he said, laughing. They both chuckled for a moment. "He has a sense of humor," Barbara added. Hank Shell can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610.

Letter: Samaritan Ministries dissolves its nonprofit

To the Editor: Samaritan Ministries would like to inform our community that we have dissolved our nonprofit organization and are no longer providing services. Over the last 30 years, Samaritan Ministries has made an indelible mark on thousands of individuals and families in Grand County. The love and encouragement offered, as well as emergency financial assistance, changed their lives and attitudes. Some life changes were permanent and some were "seeds," planted to grow at a later time in their lives. It was a privilege to plant those seeds knowing God's timing is the best. God instructed us to love our neighbors, not judge our neighbors. Samaritan Ministries strived mightily to do so for three decades. The steadfast support of many Grand County churches has been essential to this ministry. On behalf of countless clients who received shelter, heat, water, food, gas, medical and dental care, we sincerely thank our churches and Changes Thrift Store for your financial and emotional support. Samaritan Ministries has now dissolved. We thank God for the privilege of helping our neighbors. Our volunteers are committed to the needs of our community and will move on to other endeavors. We want to thank you for your support over the years, and hope that you will support other local nonprofits that will step up to fill the gap that Samaritan leaves behind. Cathy Childress Granby Editor's Note: Asked why the nonprofit is no longer, Childress said: "We struggled for years with obtaining adequate volunteers. The ones we had were on call 24 hours a day for weeks at a time. It was taking an emotional and physical toll on them. We took a six month leave of absence and upon return, decided that there were other nonprofit organizations that could pick up where we left off. It was not an easy decision."

Good Neighbors

The preschool staff at Fraser Valley Elementary wants to send out a huge thanks to the awesome parent and community volunteers who helped complete a large sandbox on our playground. Thanks for all your help in providing supplies, labor and design: Chad Bailey, Beau Burnham, Jon and Rochelle Gould, Ed Hill, Tim Jenkins, Shawn Rayburn, Scott and Nikki Sandoval, Jim Simons, and Michael Strickland.

Jessica Rose: I support same sex marriage

To the Editor: Yes I do stand up with President Obama and Joe Biden and I do support same sex marriage as well myself, and because this is a matter of civil rights, and it is, plus this is America we live in and civil rights violations have been going on way too long, it is time for America to wake up and realize that same-sex couples should be given the same rights to a legal marriage as heterosexual couples. This about two people who love each other and this is about same-sex families who have been denied their constitutional basic legal civil rights. It is time to open doors and allow for same sex marriage to become law in Colorado. I am so sick and tired of all this bigotry and hate toward those who are different than they are, plus we have Republicans getting into shouting matches with Democrats and just constantly arguing and fighting all the time over same-sex marriage and civil unions. I am glad to see Gov. Hickenlooper step in and call a special session at the Capitol in Denver. Jessica Rose Kremmling

Grand County Real Estate Transactions

Scanloch Subdivision Lot 1, Block 2 – Gerald and Jo Ann Shumaker to Dylan and Gabrielle Taylor, $79,000 Winter Park Ranch 3rd Filing, Lot 62, Block 1 – Luanne Kay to Adam Gould and Veronica Callinan, $250,000 Winter Park Highlands Greenridge Lot 16 – Paul and Karen True Trust to Justin and Deborah Bridge, $207,000 Rio Rancho Small Tracts Sub Exempt Lot 1 – Larry and Judith Ware to Hadley and Joan Bradbury, $898,000 Columbine Lake Block 3, Lots 14,15 – Gerald and Kathryne Vanner to Benny and Susan Law, $285,000 Aspen Meadows Condominiums Unit 207, Block C – Aspen Meadows Condominiums LLC to Gordon McGlinchey and Brenda Kraft, $116,900 Winter Park Lodge II Bldg F, Unit 201 – Raymond and Judith Hall to Kenneth Richardson and Kelly Fraser, $137,500 Grand Country Estates TRT 77 – Richard Timothy Parry Living Trust to Cozens Pointe LLC, $65,000 Cozens Pointe at Grand Park Unit 201, Bldg B, Garage Unit B – Cozens Pointe LLC to Richard Parry and Abby Bleistein, $324,000 Villa Harbor Subdivision Lot 18 – Bell Crest Enterprises LLLP to William Henry Peltier III, $365,000 River Run Condominiums Unit 203, Bldg B – PennyMac Loan Services LLC to John and Barbara Rankin, $89,120 Copper Creek Lot 46 – John and Nancy Rice to Bruce Campbell, $299,999 Meadow Ridge Lodges Court 27, Unit 8 – Smith Family Trust to James Reasor and Margaret Copeland, $160,600 Mountainside at SilverCreek C U 111, Timeshare No 111504 – Tom and Louise Massoni to Mountainside SilverCreek Timeshare Owners Association, $500 Mountainside at SilverCreek C U 99, Timeshare No 099649 – Leo and Ann Lussier to Mountainside SilverCreek Timeshare Owners Association, $500 Mountainside at SilverCreek C U 91, Timeshare No. 091535 – Mountainside SilverCreek Timeshare Owners Association to Michael B Ensley Revocable Trust, $500 E.J. Vulgamotts 1st Block 5, Lots 1,2, Tabernash – Steven and Charlene Hayward to Chuck and Marie Huston, $52,000 Yacht Club Estates Lot 5 – FDIC, Firstier Bank to Gary and Linda Knippa, $1,250,000 Lakota Flg 3, Tract C, Lot 33 – SNAD II LP to M6 Capital LLC, $975,000 Longview Addn/Hot Sulphur Springs Block 15, Lots 10,11,12 – John and Taura Perdue to Roger and Michelle Gable, $213,000 Exhibit “A” Not Attached for Legal Description – Liberty Savings Bank FSB to Allen Schrieber and Suzette Kynor, $13,000 Lakeview Subdivision Unit 2, Lot 1, Bldg B – Fannie Mae Federal National Mortgage Association to Kenneth and Paulette Nolan, $106,000 Hamilton Hills Subdivision Exempt TRT 2 – Patricia Jacques to John and Florice Lietzke, $285,471 Mountainside at SilverCreek B U 064, Timeshare No. 064128 – David and Sharon Anderson to Mountainside SilverCreek Timeshare Owners Association, $500 Mountainside at SilverCreek B U 035, Timeshare No. 035126 – Thomas Farrel and Joann Debruin-Farrell to Mountainside SilverCreek Timeshare Owners Association, $500 Cozens Meadow at Grand Park Lot 3 – Grand Park Homes LLC to Robert and Debra Gnuse, $523,000 Pines at Meadow Ridge Court B U 6, Week 38 – Stephen and Susan Clemens to Naomi Yahn, $1,500 Slopeside Village Unit 113A, Bldg E – Stephen and Cary Paul to James Byerrum, $382,500 Fraser Crossing-Founders Pointe Condominium Unit 3611 – Smith Living Trust to Hyo and Jina Kim, $360,000

Deb M. Gahan: Thanks to all ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’

To the Editor: The need is great. We asked Grand County to participate and you did. Thank you seems such a small word to express the appreciation that the entire team feels for the way residents answered the call to help. I am humbled and in awe of the outpouring of generosity and giving of time, talent and treasures to help hungry neighbors around us. I grew up in a small town in Mississippi. We didn’t have a lot of things but we had a lot of good neighbors and we shared a love and common bond of the five F’s – friendships, family, football, faith and food. I never wanted to leave the South and all that Southern hospitality. And then I moved to Colorado and fell in love with the people and the beauty all around. It’s no wonder we live in a county called GRAND. The people are grand and genuine and caring. Where else does it take twice as long to grocery shop or pick up your mail at the post office because of so many neighbors to catch up with? People who remember your name. People who ask how your day is and really stop to listen. What a breath of fresh air in this fast-paced, crazy, me, me, me world. People who choose to unite on those things that really matter and leave the rest behind. Things like neighbors helping neighbors. This is evidenced all the time but especially during the preparations and execution of the 2nd annual “fun raiser” for TCP Food Bank and Angels Outreach NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS. It would take this entire newspaper to name each and everyone who contributed to the success of this event. You know who you are – pat yourselves on the back. Well done. Our target was $30,000. But 4,000 hits to the website, 62 online bids, 150 plus in attendance, and 500 silent and live auction items bid on later – all donated by Grand County neighbors – $50,000 was raised. Now we can feed/help another 1,000 during the tough shoulder season and long winter. THANK YOU and God bless you all. Deb M. Gahan Grand Lake