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November 6, 2008 - Betsy Bethel
I am off until Monday, but here are a few thoughts on this week's news:

-- The election came off as expected. By Monday, it was obvious who was going to win. Some say Palin dragged McCain down. Or McCain was too stiff, or too old, or too wacky. I supported him for his economic policies, his bi-partisan leadership and his stance on the war. Now that Obama has been chosen, I hope he will surround himself with excellent advisers and will lead the country with integrity. I may not agree with all his decisions, but when has anyone ever agreed with every decision of a U.S. president? I feel strangely at peace about the outcome of this historic election. After all, last time I checked, God was still in control.

-- OK, so having just made that statement, now I have to apply the same "Serenity Prayer" theology to Wednesday's sentencing of Peter Pilger, the former Martins Ferry minister who pleaded guilty to raping a young family member over the course of six years. He received only 10 years in prison and must register as a sex offender wherever he lives for the rest of his life. Ten years on charges of rape, three charges of attempted rape, a charge of kidnapping and a charge of gross sexual imposition. It seems a disturbingly short punishment for his crimes. "God, help me to accept the things I cannot change."

My daughter and I are off to visit my mom for the weekend. Until Monday ...


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