This year, 2017, is coming to a close with the Christmas and New Year’s rush taking our attention away from the status of our nation. “Things” are looking up in our economy, but again, the news is not going to please everyone. When Obama took office, granted, there were many statements made by the party that lost (twice), but the nation still continued to operate no matter which side of the fence you stood.

Many were left scratching their heads when President Trump took office in January and the head scratching has turned into ugly dissent by the party that lost. The media has helped fan the fires of dissension by printing articles not fully investigated. I compared the presidential election to the Super Bowl; someone had to win. The Patriots won and the Falcons went home after losing to a better team. The Falcons’ coach never once accused the Patriots team of collusion with the Russians for losing the game.

When The Holcomb Longhorns came out on top in the sub-state championship game against our Beavers, I’m not aware of the Beavers’ coach crying foul or making a huge scene after the game blaming climate change or global warming for losing the game.

Losing should humble political parties as well as anyone that has lost in a head-to-head contest.

Let’s work together as Americans. The color of your skin should not deter you in succeeding if you work hard and apply yourself.

Let’s make our nation the best place to live in the world. In doing so we have to protect her from elements bent on hurting us and destroying The American Way. If you don’t like America, go home where you came from. Don’t try to change our country like the one you left behind.

Stand up for the flag and when our national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner,” is played, stand tall and place a hand over your heart and salute those that have died to keep us free.

We close with a prayer sent by a dear friend: “Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, ‘Woe to those who call evil good,’ but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition.

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen!” ― Billy Graham

ART and STEPHANIE GOMEZ

Scott City