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Eyes & Ears of Moreno Valley

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By Juanita Barnes

In my devotional time, Overseer Christopher J. Harris wrote: “JESUS CAN’T LIVE THERE!” There are a host of factors that people use in selecting a home. If there is no pre-existing home built already, the potential homeowners will more than likely choose their new plot of land based on the land value and the neighborhood that they will be living. If there is an existing home already built, an entire litany of factors affect whether the home becomes a realistic option for purchase. The foundation and structure, size, layout, amenities, bonus features, landscaping, any pre-existing conditions, potential for growth, closet space, current wall painting, appliances, garage, neighborhood factors, and so on. All of these comprise what we call the living conditions. Most of us, if not all of us, have a standard that we expect regarding our living conditions. We just wouldn’t accept anything nor would we be comfortable inviting others over into living conditions that appear subpar. Thank God for the scripture, read Matthew 28:6. HELLO MORENO VALLEY

“Where Dreams Soar” Moreno Valley and The Inland Empire: The Moreno Valley Black Chamber of Commerce and Community Foundation will host the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Black History – Juneteenth 2012 Celebration and Gospel Explosion at the Riverside Convention Center, 3443 Orange Street Riverside, Ca. 92501-2821. There will be cultural displays, performing arts and culture Entertainment with awards given to performers. For information, call the Chamber office at (951) 443–0226 or e-mail HYPERLINK "mailto:mvblkchamber@gmail.com"mvblkchamber@gmail.com. I attended a rally in support of Dr. Denice Fleming as she is preparing to run for office here in the City of Moreno Valley. Dr. Fleming is running for the Moreno Valley Unified School Board. Dr. Fleming has such a heart for our youth here in the city. I pray that you took the time on “Memorial Day and remembered the servicemen and women who died while serving this country and those that died because of their service of this country.

HISTORY OF TAPS: Until the Civil War, there was a bugle call known as Lights Out or Extinguish Lights. The melody was a variation of common military tune called a “tattoo, and was written by Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott and first published in 1835. Union Gen. Daniel Butterfield, who could not read music, adapted the tune 1862 with the help of his brigade bugler, Oliver Norton. This adaptation became known as “TAPS.” Later that year, Capt. John C. Tidball started the custom of playing Taps at a military funeral. A corporal in his unit died and Tidball wanted him bury with full honors, which included a three- gun salute, but his request was denied due to the closeness of the enemy positions. Instead, he decided to play Butterfield’s version of “Taps.” The new bugle call quickly spread to other units, and it became a standard component of U. S. military funerals in 1891. Butterfield died in 1901, and “Taps” was played at his funeral. No one knows who wrote the words, here are the words to the “Taps.” Day is done, gone the sun. From the hills, from the lake, from the skies, all is well, safely rest, God is nigh. Go to sleep, peaceful sleep, May the soldier or sailor, our God keep. On the land or the deep, safe in sleep. Love, good night must thou go. When the day, and the night need thee so. All is well. Speedeth all to their rest. Fades the light, and afat. Goeth day, and the stars shineth bright. Fare thee well; Day has gone. Night is on. Thanks and praise, for our days, Neareth the sun, neareth the stars, neareth the sky. As we go, this we know, God is night. What powerful words back in the day they really wrote from their heart. I pray that like be you pray for the loved ones left behind. God bless and “DO NOT FORGET TO VOTE.”

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