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Wed
20
Feb

Now Showing: Alita, Battle Angel

Alita: Battle Angel is the long awaited film from Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) and it stars Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), Dr. Dyson Ido and Rosa Salazar (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials) as Alita.

The movie follows Alita who is found by Dr. Ido. She is brought back into his doctor’s office and restored into a functional cyborg.

Dr. Ido actually works on people who need cybernetic enhancements, and can give repairs to people. In this world there is a city above where most of the poor live. From the junk that has been dropped off of the towering city, Alita is found.

Wed
20
Feb

Letter - A far worse offense

Dear Editor,

This is in reply to Congressman Smith’s letter in last week’s Mountain Echo. I get that Jason Smith adores President Trump. I get that he has equal fondness for Ivanka Trump (as evidenced by the frequency with which Rep. Smith mentions the President’s daughter’s visits to the Congressman’s DC office). And I get that Jason Smith was thrilled to have a personal chat with Donald Trump just before the State of the Union speech. But PLEASE spare me the phony complaints Mr. Smith makes about Democrat legislators present at the speech.

Most glaring was Smith’s “I was disappointed by Members of Congress [Democrats] sitting on their hands” (which I imagine is a figurative description) in contrast to Republicans: They were definitely up and down, jostling one another, in their unabated enthusiasm throughout the speech. What is Smith expecting Democrats should have done? Wear MAGA hats?

Wed
20
Feb

Letter to the Editor - No one will escape

Dear Editor,

Under the new Republican tax plan put into effect last year, everyone’s taxes are going up.

No one will escape except the rich. Trump told all of them at Mar-A-Lago right after his plan was put into law, that he had just made them all a lot richer.  The Republicans said nothing.

So, if you are a Republican and you find your taxes have just gone up, I feel certain that you will feel elated. Success at last.  What you don’t understand is that tax laws are made by the rich for the rich.  They don’t include you.

When these laws are written, the only consideration given to the poor is how much can we “get away with” by taking from the poor to give to the rich.

This is Republican ideology.  Always has been, always will be.

Bob Roney

Middlebrook

Mon
21
Jan

Letter to the Editor - "Love Thy Neighbor" is action

Dear Editor,

The concept of Love Thy Neighbor is not a new one but putting those words into action is rarely done. A conversation about mission work in other states caused local Christians in the greater Viburnum community to look a little closer to home for missions work.

The scope and concept of Love Thy Neighbor is to love neighbors through working on their home, making repairs, replacing roofs, painting and anything else they may need but are unable to do themselves or afford to pay someone to do.

Pastor Justin Perry of the Viburnum First Baptist Church said, “The second greatest commandment by God is to Love Thy Neighbor, Matthew 22:39. This is not a catch phrase in Viburnum, we do this.”

Mon
21
Jan

Letter to the Editor - Words Matter

Dear Editor,

Words shape our thoughts and guide our actions.  Words are a reflection of what’s in our minds, and an echo of what’s in our hearts.  Words can unleash a fountain of life or a pool of poison.

What a sad state of affairs we find ourselves in today.  Vulgar expressions and obscene comments seem to be the order of the day.  Public discussion and debate is defiled by disgusting and disgraceful dialog.

Shame on the public figures who should be setting an example by maintaining a higher standard of public discourse.

Shame on the so called  entertainers, who pollute their music, movies, humor, and shows with trash talk, indecent gestures, and off-color skits.

Shame on the media that panders to such coarse rhetoric and put a spotlight on illicit graphics.

Shame on all those who tolerate this corruption and find secret satisfaction in reviewing or repeating it.

Fri
04
Jan

Now Showing: Aquaman

by David Gifford

 

Aquaman is the latest film in the “DC Extended Universe,” which has had such films as Wonder Woman and Justice League. It isn’t a controversial statement to say that the film universe has had a lot of problems getting off of the ground. Many people didn’t like Batman vs Superman (I did), and has always felt one step behind Marvel. The series ever since has had some decent movies, but still feels like it is at a full-on sprint trying to catch up and often misses a lot of things on the way.

James Wan, director of The Conjuring movie series, tries to create a superhero origin story that people will care about. The movie stars Jason Momoa (Justice League) as Arthur or Aquaman, Amber Heard (The Rum Diary) as Mera, and Willem Dafoe (Streets of Fire) as Vulko.

Fri
04
Jan

Church tour a joy

Dear Editor,

Thanks to the Arcadia Valley Ministerial Alliance for organizing the Rural Church Tour last week. It was a joy to visit each of the churches (all beautifully decorated for Christmas), to meet many of the church members and to tour their facilities. The refreshments were a highlight as well.

Hopefully, many who missed the organized open house will find time to visit and/or worship with one of the churches in the area.

God is using his church to bless and show love to others, and there is strength in unity as we work together to meet needs in this area.

 

Ruth Ann Short

Arcadia

Fri
04
Jan

Did you get yours yet?

Dear Editor,

Apparently Trump’s father paid the doctor very well so that “Cadet Bonespurs” would not have to serve a single day in the Army. That’s only for the poor kids.

The doctor that he bought to submit bogus reports has now come forth and admitted to it: another lie exposed. But then, he’s told so many that it doesn’t really shock anyone anymore. That’s like the one he told about money from his father - that he borrowed his first million and then made it on his own after that. But the facts are that he was drawing $200,000 in interest from the money his father had already given to him when he was eight years old.

Yet this spoiled little rich brat and his children continue to have the complete liberty to turn the White House into their own private ATM machine. And these grifters are collecting big.

Fri
04
Jan

A foolish boondoggle

 

Dear Editor,

The wall Trump wants to build will not be paid for by Mexico: American taxpayers will foot the bill.

Further, the $5 billion Trump is demanding is just the first downpayment: the final cost is expected to be at least five times that amount, not including future maintenance costs.

Two-thirds of the land along the Mexican border is privately owned. Trump’s wall will not be built in Mexico: it will be built on private property in the United States and it will be built through the federal government exercising eminent domain (which is why many Texans on the border are extremely upset about the wall). Over 26 environmental laws will be ignored to complete construction. It will cut US citizens off from the fourth largest river in our country, the Rio Grande.

Fri
04
Jan

The Don can see the impending doom

by Chuck Banks

 

“Build the wall or shut it down!”

“Terrorists are coming across the border and we can’t stop them without a wall.”

Outrageous claims made by our treasonous President all for the purpose of keeping his supporters focused on the wall and not on his dastardly deeds.

While Trump’s GOP supporters rail over $5 billion in wasted funding, Trump is doing his best to satisfy his future investors by pulling our troops out of Syria. There has been a flurry of Trump activity as the end of this congress approaches and Mueller closes in on the Trump campaign. The Don can see the impending doom and wants to ensure that after he is out of office, his company will reap the benefits. The health of his company is more important than the health of our country.

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