Moral Crisis

America is at a moral crisis crossroad. The streets of our cities are like a war zone, the abuse of high-powered weapons by individuals is rampant, and we are torn apart by moral issues like abortion, marriage rights, or gender definitions the list could continue forever. Historically when the nation is facing a crisis of any kind there is a noticeable increase in worship and church attendance. The Covid 19 pandemic has been different. Churches were forced to reconsider how best to safely serve their communities. The current moral crisis is different rather than an increase at Sunday worship reports seem to indicate that church attendance has plateaued at about 2/3s of pre Covid levels. It is little wonder that our moral focus is shifting.

Regular attendance in our houses of worship along with regular reading of scripture are strong influences of moral direction. As I grew up and raised a family regular Sunday worship was never questioned. It is difficult to understand how the current generation doesn’t seek the moral guidance freely given to those who reverently seek it out.

Being raised in the Christian faith it is easy to investigate our Bible to understand what is moral and right. There is direct guidance and comparison of moral and what is condemned. Guidance as to whom the Lord will consider righteous and those that will be cast out at the great and final judgement.

The Gospel of John along with all scripture points to the divinity of Jesus the Christ as the one sent by God the Father to save his creation. Our Savior strongly admonished his followers to live moral and righteous lives and to individually reject evil. While at the same time not to judge or condemn those who choose not to follow him. Jesus said that he came to save not to judge and condemn. That judgement will only come at the end time in the Great Final Judgement of all.

Today we have many eastern, wester, and middle eastern religions. If we ever choose to rise above the moral crisis, we are in we must all bow in submission to God. We must pray for wisdom and guidance as our hearts are led. All faiths have similar understanding as to what is accepted as moral and righteous.

As a nation let’s all return to our houses of worship and pray for America.

William Gerhard, Scipio

What’s going on at the Plain Dealer?

I just renewed my Plain Dealer subscription. I did so out of a desire to support our town and help it retain one of the essentials for a sense of community — a local newspaper. I am aware of others who are cancelling their subscriptions. This is counterproductive in that it will not result in needed improvements, but will only hasten the day when we have no paper.

Could you print an open article about the newspaper so that we all better understand the challenges you face? By this I mean, who is the editor? Who makes content decisions and what are the guidelines under which you work? What generates revenue (the TV pages?) and what are costs (crossword puzzle?)? Could you publish information on circulation rates for the past five years along with revenue? Revenue leads to staffing decisions which leads to what you can do. Subscriptions and ads may have supported a staff of fifteen just a few years ago, but the staff is now, what, four or five?

As the former owner of the radio station I understand the impact Facebook and similar new media have had on readership, accessibility to news, cash flow, and everything that made traditional media popular. People want immediacy from their phones. Still, I think it essential that we keep and support our local media.

Many people post on Facebook and draw no salary, could this energy be harnessed to support the local print media? If we could put together a team of four to voluntarily rotate responsibility for reviving editorials, would Paducah/Madison allow you to publish? If we formed a “Friends of the Plain Dealer” group to regularly generate local articles, would/could the support be accepted?

I understand why people decide not to renew their subscription, but our community has lost so much to corporations and outside decision makers. We need to make our paper strong, not pull the plug.

Respectfully,

Tom Taylor, North Vernon

Staff Note: Of the three employees at the Plain Dealer & Sun’s North Vernon office, not one of us holds the official title of Editor. Nobody has authority over another in this office; we are a team and treat each other as equals with equal say. But for all intents and purposes, we — Lead Reporter Kylan Higgs and Sports Reporter Morgan Webster — are unofficially Co-Editors; aside from ads, we pick and choose what goes in the paper every week. We retain creative control, while keeping in mind that we have supervisors in other offices within our corporation to whom we must answer. Therefore, it is not our place to disclose the dynamics of our corporate office, but if anyone would like to come in and talk to us, face-to-face, we will be happy to answer questions strictly pertaining to the Plain Dealer & Sun. Our location and contact information can be found on Page A2. Our office hours are 8 a.m. to noon.