Remembering George Mason
It is important that we recognize George Mason, a man whose Virginia Declaration of Rights would have a profound impact on the world. Drafted in 1776, the Virginia Declaration of Rights proclaimed that “all men are born free and independent and have certain inherent rights.” During the Federal Convention on September 12, 1787 George Mason proposed that a bill of rights similar to the one he had written for Virginia be included. His proposal was rejected and he refused to sign the final draft of the constitution. After a few years it became obvious that Mason was correct and the first ten amendments, known as the Bill of Rights, were ratified by the states on December 15, 1791. The words of George Mason inspired generations of Americans and others throughout the world. As citizens, we must continue to honor and remember the legacy of George Mason, one of our nation’s Founding Fathers.
Gunston Hall, the home of George Mason is located twenty miles south of Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River in Mason Neck, Virginia, It is now an educational agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The site educates the public about the international significance of the contributions that George Mason made to the universal cause of human rights.
Jane M. Myers and Wilma G. Kinslow
Gunston Hall Representatives
USCDA, Americus Town Committee
Reward offered for information
Vandals have recently damaged several headstones at Oakgrove Cemetery. Two of the headstones damaged are that of Confederate veterans who are buried in the Confederate plot at Oakgrove. A third grave is that of a local citizen buried near the same location. The 129 veterans buried in this plot were for the most part guards who died at Andersonville and others who died in hospitals located in Americus during the War Between The States.
The vandalism was discovered Saturday (Dec. 1) by John Carroll, Commander of the local Sons of Confederate Veterans camp. Carroll stated, “we consider the desecration of any grave a very serious matter and have filed a report with the Americus Police Department. The desecration of an American veteran’s grave is an especially vile and repugnant act which we do not take lightly.”
The local SCV is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those person(s) guilty of this crime.
Commander, SCV Camp No. 78
We need to have God in our lives
I listened to the news this morning and I heard about a Football player shooting his girl friend and then killing himself. I think, what a tragedy. I read about crimes all over Americus and Sumter, County and I ask why? We think we can change things with gun control, hate crime laws and hiring more law officers. I’ll be the first to say law officers sure are important people. I remind myself of the old adage, it could be worse, sure enough it is getting worse.
The problem is not the laws we don’t have, it is man’s heart Jesus Christ said in Mark 7: 21-23 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetoudness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
You know nothing is sacred when it comes to evil. Even our churches are being broken into. Our church has been broken into 3 times over the pass few weeks. So what do we do? Fence around our property, get bigger dogs, hire guards, get bigger guns. I don’ blame you if you have these things. What if there is something else that will work? God said in 2 Chronicles If my people, which are called by My name shall humble themselves, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. God is talking to His children not to the world. We need to bend our knees every day, not just on Sunday, and humble ourselves and live Christian lives pleasing to Jesus. Because it is going to take the power of God to return us to cicility.
Let Christ speak to you heart today because He is not just God you think obout when people die. He wants to be your God in life.
If you don’t know Jesus as your savior you need to call on Him today. Rom. 10: 9 says “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shalt be saved. Lets make a change in our world thruough Christ Jesus. Thank you for reading this.
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