Individuality is one of nation’s strengths
I read yesterday about a man imprisoned for 10 years on charges of blasphemy. The man is a Christian in a country that has a history of supporting unsubstantiated allegations against people of faith.
I grieve for the people who live in environments where charges of blasphemy, real or perceived, can be leveled at people and destroy many lives.
I am grieved that our country is becoming dangerously like many others where charges of blasphemy can be leveled at people in order to silence, destroy and condemn them.
The blasphemy in this country; however, is not one related to matters of religion, but ideological.
According to Merriam-Webster, one of the definitions of blasphemy is, “irreverence toward something considered sacred or inviolable.” Many people feel passionate about many things.
Most of our feelings about our varied beliefs are tied to experiences we have had over the years that direct our choices to support causes and representatives that endorse our beliefs.
This is as it should be; however, the environment becomes toxic and the bonds that tie us together as a nation become strained beyond redemption when charges of blasphemy against each other lead to the loss of our livelihoods and consequently our freedoms.
It has been one of our country’s greatest strengths that “We the People” can remain united as a nation while maintaining our individuality and all that that encompasses. We are not The Homogenous States of America, and we shouldn’t welcome a society that moves in that direction.
Consider Biden’s age when you vote
Joe Biden is 77 years old and to serve his full term if he were elected president, he would be 81 years old. The danger is if he should die or have dementia, which I believe he has, and which I have encountered in my own family with my mother, two brothers, grandmother and myself, so I know when I see dementia in a person believe me. I’m 82 years old and live mostly in a senior community and many of my friends, including myself, don’t have the mental capacity you would have as a younger person, let alone run a country with 330 million people.
So, do you want Kamala Harris as president and 80-year-old Pelosi as vice president? Think about it folks.
Lippiello planted seeds of kindness
I usually write letters commenting about town politics, but I am departing from this to give tribute to Michael Lippiello who recently passed away. His obituary was recently in The Gazette.
I knew him for many years. My parents also knew him and his wife, Virginia. Michael never ran for political office nor did he win awards. He did much more.
A philosopher said that human beings are the sum total of all their actions. Michael was indeed a sum total of all his actions. He came to this country as an immigrant achieving the American dream.
His children and grandchildren are the recipients of his efforts.
He loved nature and planted flowers and seeds, taking pride in their growth. He also planted seeds of kindness, humility, love of family and love for the United States of America.
Michael realized that all our material achievements quickly fade as we exit this world. His actions that made him who is and was will never fade. I will miss not seeing him planting flowers, but will smile when I see a flower grow in splendor because I will see him.
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