Don’t let the past divide the country
The proponents of “Critical Race Theory” and “1619 curriculum” are grossly abusing history.
History shows that slavery, for example, is not unique to the Black race nor were slave owners only White. Slavery has been around for thousands of years and continues today.
For centuries people of all races, color, and creeds were defined as slaves or “…as someone forbidden to quit the service to another person while being treated as property … to perform some form of work while having their location dictated by the slaver.”
White people are no more racist than Black people. African slavery existed in northern Africa predominantly long before America was discovered, where it was and still is considered an institution, a way of life.
Modern slavery, which exists today, is a multi-billion-dollar industry grossing approximately $150 billion a year. It does not discriminate. It involves people of all colors, race, and creeds.
If you want to modify history, please note that according to the June 1, 1860, census, more slaves in the United States were owned by free African Americans in proportion to their total U.S. population than White Americans.
Also note that during World War II more people were “enslaved” and killed than at any time in the United States. Even today people immigrate to the United States to escape slavery.
Let’s learn from our past and not let it divide us.
Science stepped up where church didn’t
Thank you, science, for doing what the Christian church did not — take a bite out of covid.
Science did that by giving us vaccines. They work. People started getting vaccinated in mid-Dec. 2020.
By the time the seven-day average of their doses given reached a million, in late Jan. 2021, the vaccines had succeeded in sending the seven-day average of new cases rapidly plunging down from its high of a quarter million to its current value of 13,000, the lowest it has been since late March 2020.
During the time of the Gospels and the Acts, Jesus and His Jesus believers did what science and its vaccines do now to covid, to their version of covid, leprosy.
They laid hands on lepers and healed them in the name of Jesus through faith in that name, Jesus. Back then, Jesus and His Jesus believers took a bite out of leprosy.
The Christian church refused to do likewise, most of them by denying that Jesus is alive and well and heals today. So science had to step up to the plate, and they did.
Thanks again, science!
Aid in dying law must be priority next year
At this time, 10 states and the District of Columbia have Medical Aid in Dying laws which permit those who are diagnosed with a terminal illness and have a life expectancy of six months or less to initiate a process which can give them access to medication to end their suffering.
That means that 22% of Americans have the comfort of knowing that they do not have to suffer a prolonged and painful death; they have a humane option.
This Legislative session has come to an end, and although hundreds of supporters wrote and spoke with their representatives in Albany, New Yorkers have to wait another year. How many people will suffer because of this inaction?
If you support the right of New Yorkers to have the comfort of a Medical Aid in Dying law, contact your state assembly person and your state senator.
Go to www.ny.gov and send a message to your Assembly person and senator in favor of Medical Aid in Dying.
In fact, send it to the entire Health Committee, too! If you lived in New Jersey or Vermont or Maine, you would have this right.
If you lived in D.C. or seven other states, you would have this right.
It is time for New Yorkers to have this right.
Medical Aid in Dying MUST be a priority when the Assembly and Senate return in January.
Vaccine is the key in the return to normal
As COVID-19 slowly slithers out of New York state, we have to ask ourselves, What is the new “normal” now? Should we just go on our merry way and act/pretend like it never happened? How could we?
We had 18 months of absolute terror, anxiety, isolation, grief and loss. Pure Hell! I still pinch myself, wondering whether it was all just a dream/nightmare or a scene from a sci-fi movie or pages from a Stephen King novel.
It was the Great Equalizer, as every single person in the entire world was affected. We here in New York were especially hard hit: in April 2020, we became the global epicenter; and have now lost over 50,000 New Yorkers.
Over 610,000 Americans have lost their lives. Looking back now, we masked, social-distanced, sanitized, quarantined, isolated and tested. And what was our saving grace? The VACCINE! We must all get it for a complete recovery. Then we can really contemplate our new normal.
Carole Anne Frank
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