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My youth!

September 12, 2013

Another letter comparing today's youth with the youth of time gone by. As we turn back the hands of time we put on rose colored glasses as we describe what it was like as a chil....

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USABorn

Sep-12-13 3:50 AM

Another one of those "I knew who wrote it in first couple of lines" comment!

What a bunch of nonsense! I'm sorry Reeder had such a miserable childhood, but does he have to lie and attempt to spoil the memories of others?

Just more Reeder rant, worth nothing.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Sep-12-13 4:45 AM

Yeah some would have us believe life s u c k s and then we die.

There are good times, there are bad times and there are mediocre times. Life is many times what you want to make of it. Some want to build up others joys, hopes and dreams and others want to tear them down.

God the great creator and sustainer of life is there to have a relationship with you, to love you, and care for you. There are times of turmoil and strife but there are times of love, rejoicing, goodness, hope, assurance, peace, gentleness, kindness, laughter, etc. Don't chase after the things of this world that are temporary and will disappear. Search for the eternal things, the spiritual things, the things that will endure the disappearance from this earthly realm. The wicked will get their justice. The righteous in Christ will receive God's glory. I leave you with the following:

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ToTEXASfromPA

Sep-12-13 4:46 AM

I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.--Psalm 34:2

I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.--Isaiah 61:10

Be glad, people of Zion,rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before. The threshing floors will be filled with grain; the vats will overflow with new wine and oil.--Joel 2:23-24

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines,though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.--Habakkuk 3:17-18

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ToTEXASfromPA

Sep-12-13 4:47 AM

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. --Philippians 4:4-9

Then Hannah prayed and said: “My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance. “There is no one holy like the Lord;there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. “Do not keep

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ToTEXASfromPA

Sep-12-13 4:48 AM

talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance,for the Lord is a God who knows,and by him deeds are weighed. “The bows of the warriors are broken, but those who stumbled are armed with strength. Those who were full hire themselves out for food,but those who were hungry are hungry no more. She who was barren has borne seven children, but she who has had many sons pines away. “The Lord brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up. The Lord sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. “For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s; on them he has set the world. He will guard the feet of his faithful servants, but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness. “It is not by strength that one prevails; those who oppose the Lord will be broken. The Most High will thunder from heaven; the Lord will jud

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ToTEXASfromPA

Sep-12-13 4:50 AM

judge the ends of the earth. “He will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed.”--1 Samuel 2:1-10

I hope that all have a blessed and joyful day. :-)

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gavinf56

Sep-12-13 5:05 AM

All this from an individual who,.....has no kids.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Sep-12-13 5:10 AM

Do you want to cling to the life that s u c k s or do you want to turn to God and rejoice in Him and enjoy the eternal life that He offers, a life that can begin here and now.

Acknowledge your sin against God and ask Him to forgive you. Trust in the death of Jesus Christ as the sacrifice/the payment of your sin, turn away from the past life styles and seek and follow God for the rest of your life.

God gives peace, God comforts, God provides, God gives eternal life. Blessed be God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

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Tgrammiex4

Sep-12-13 5:18 AM

Mr. Reeder, I'm sorry if you had a crappy childhood and have no good memories but you don't speak for the majority of people.Many of us have great memories of a much different time.Many of us have kids, grands that enjoy hearing about those times that were so different from today.Maybe a good therapist would help resolve some of your bitterness.

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DavidBross

Sep-12-13 6:13 AM

Excellent letter, Chuck! I especially liked the second and third paragraphs.

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Garben78

Sep-12-13 6:44 AM

Trust me read some of this guys lte and you'll see not only a troubled youth but a very lonely sick adulthood. His poor wife or partner must be the loneliest woman or man and probably regrets everyday marrying a gazette blogger who rants of nothing intelligent just his one sided open for nothing sorry mind. Almost proof his mellon is deteriorating beyond being palatable.

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spike2

Sep-12-13 7:45 AM

Is anyone here cognizant of the fact that many kids in every generation do not have a great childhood? Today we talk about the lives of kids from single-parent families. We talk about kids who are underfed, under-educated, etc. Think of all the LTE's and comments. Summers and spare time was different, activity and entertainment wise when most of us were kids. We also lived in a time when divorce was a terrible thing. Parents fought non-stop but stayed together for the kids. Sorry, but we are saying the same thing as our parents and ultimately these kids will say the same about the next generation. Are any of us dead because of Rock n' Roll? Did bell bottoms really end our future. Are we blind from sitting too close to the TV? My point is all lives are different and we do look back through rose-colored glasses.

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SteelerFan

Sep-12-13 8:12 AM

Thanks Chuck for clearing all that up.

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leaningright

Sep-12-13 8:18 AM

Regardless of your childhood, great or crappy, you reach an age where you pick yourself up, become an adult and do for yourself.Make your life what you want it to be and realize what is right and wrong for you.Dont waste your time being a whiner your whole life because you had a less than happy childhood or so you think you did. Life is short and will only ever be what you make of it. Not what the government or someone else makes of it for you. Pick yourself up and rise above, you only limit yourself.

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CitizenQ

Sep-12-13 8:31 AM

What bothers me most about this letter is the author appearing to write for all of us. “WE put on rose colored glasses. WE forget the mediocre and mundane days of youth. WE pull up to the nearest drive up window and place our order. WE don't share an activity or technology”. I’m sorry for you Mr. Reeder that you feel the need to wear rose colored glasses to mask your regrettable youth. I for one had great parents, feel I was a good parent and see my children following the same path as they are turning out youth that make us proud. WE have wonderful memories and remember the good and the bad, for both are what shaped us into the adults we needed to be to raise the next generation. WE plan ahead to feed our children healthy meals (less expensive than fast foods). And WE do our best to share in all activities, giving our children and grandchildren choices in what they want to explore and giving them support in their endeavors.

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CitizenQ

Sep-12-13 8:32 AM

The world is what we make it. And if you chose to sit around and complain about how bad you had it or choose to color it brighter than it was, then I doubt you’ll ever be happy in life. If you had a rough childhood then learn from it and make it better for the next generation. Stop dwelling on what could or should have been. Live for today and plan for tomorrow.

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rick424

Sep-12-13 9:09 AM

Great day! A wonderful letter for a change and I had my Sunday school lesson. Now back to the I walked barefoot 10 miles to school up hill both ways, in snow up to my armpits in minus 20 degree temperatures crowd comments. Such a beautiful day.

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SteelerFan

Sep-12-13 9:31 AM

'Now back to the I walked barefoot 10 miles to school up hill both ways, in snow up to my armpits in minus 20 degree temperatures'

I had boots. And you forgot the howling winds. I went to High School in the Northern Tier and some of the walks to school were not very pleasant.

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pinecr

Sep-12-13 9:37 AM

rick424, you mock a childhood that my father had...shame on you! I would guess you never had to do anything hard in your entire life!

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KrazyK

Sep-12-13 9:49 AM

Good letter Mr. Reeder. Great insight! I wonder how your nay-sayers would respond if they didn't know the author of the letter.

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rick424

Sep-12-13 10:13 AM

Ahhh the day is complete, my insults from the ever famous right winged representative Bobbie. And yet another reason why I am proud to be a Liberal.

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MrShaman

Sep-12-13 10:49 AM

"Children today have their time schedule with sports clinics or summer programs to improve their skills. They are overly scheduled and programmed..." - Charles Reeder

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...BUT, think about how GRATEFUL the pharmaceutical-indu$try must be!!! A whole-NEW generation of customers, who've ONLY KNOWN stress as a normal state-o'-being!!!!!

Is it any WONDER the pharmaceutical-indu$try DREADS the legalization of marijuana?

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See:

The Overbooked Child | Psychology Today

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MrShaman

Sep-12-13 10:56 AM

"I'm sorry Reeder had such a miserable childhood, but does he have to lie and attempt to spoil the memories of others?" - USABorn

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I hope you had a good cry, due to Mr. Reeder's unthinking/"tyrannical"-behavior. You definitely were entitled.

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MrShaman

Sep-12-13 11:04 AM

"Yeah some would have us believe life s u c k s and then we die." - ToTEXASfromPA

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Not to worry. Eventually (if EVER), when maturity kicks-in, most T-Baggers will recognize all o' their "troubles" were (primarily) of their own creation. Ask any mature-female, who came to that realization, when she's referencing her Jr. High days....back, when....if EVERY DAY wasn't a soap-opera existence, they felt they weren't living a full-life.

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leaningright

Sep-12-13 11:08 AM

"...BUT, think about how GRATEFUL the pharmaceutical-indu$try must be!!! A whole-NEW generation of customers, who've ONLY KNOWN stress as a normal state-o'-being!!!!! - Shaman"

I think your right on that, in my childhood days you did not get ritalin for ADD,(just one example)what you got was a "cuff" upside your head and told to pay attention or behave or you got paddled in school. It didnt seem to hurt me, i think it made me a better person in the long run. God forbid you discipline a child today though. I bet this gets some responses!

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