Kudos to Mrs. Lorena Saenz Gonzalez’s commentary on being proactive and informed about colon cancer (March 23). It is an insidiously devastating disease that is ignored and sometimes difficult to suspect, until it is too late to address. It robs many people of their health and lives.
We’re fortunate to be living at a time when there are great medical resources that can cure, alleviate the pain, and sometimes extend people’s lives.
Many of us have seen loved ones suffer or die from this life-destructive disease. Anything informative to stop a disease like this on its tracks should not be ignored.
A social media meme addressed those saying they’re forced to accept things — LGBTQ rights, teaching history about racism — they don’t believe in or condone, citing personal religious beliefs. Let’s examine the assertions.
What does that say about “beliefs” used to target others? This animus isn’t aligned with the professed 10 Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount’s eternal wisdom and the Constitution.
One hundred years after Abolition, 1960s civil rights legislation made Jim Crow discrimination against blacks voting, public accommodations, home sales/rentals and hiring illegal. Laws prohibit discrimination based upon national origin, religion, sex, gender identification, age and physical disabilities.
Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Crown Act prohibiting discrimination aimed at wearing black hair styles in school and workplaces. Not one Republican congressperson voted for it! State GOP legislatures are passing anti-LGBTQ measures.
The meme explains: “Nobody is being forced to do anything. You’re not being forced to accept them. You’re just not allowed to make their lives harder because of your ‘feelings.’ You’re not allowed to turn their daily lives into a battleground.”
What will convert darkened hearts? Empathy denies vitriol’s voice given one, common humanity.
Commit to “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” Advance “… in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility … promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty …”.
Rev. Barry Abraham Zavah
My liberal father told me: “Whatever you do, remember who you are.” He embodied his own advice to show respect to all people, act with integrity and always, always guard one’s honor.
I highly respected my now-retired conservative co-workers — good friends — because we shared my dad’s deep understanding of honor and integrity. They kept their own counsel, cautious to accept whatever new philosophy was being marketed. I sensed that they were in fact patriots, and took their Christian faith seriously.
The new generation of “conservatives” have traded in their parents’ honor for a new creed boasting hatred, violence and entitlement. Their disloyalty to our nation is painful to witness. They celebrate beating and killing policemen, murdering unarmed civilians, and anti-American propaganda of foreign dictators. They are definitely not patriots — they desecrate our sacred institutions and rig elections with new laws.
Where have my friends gone?