Learn to forgive and pray for peace

first_imgWe have heard grieving families cry out, “The killing must stop.” Yet, nothing much changes except to get worse.Others demonstrated their forgiving attitude for us. Within hours of the shooting deaths of five Amish schoolgirls in Lancaster, Pa., the Amish community forgave Charles Roberts, the killer; they also comforted his grieving family, set up a charitable fund for his children and grieved at his funeral.Despite the Amish example and cries of grieving families, our society spirals ever deeper into trouble. Since we can’t change “our bad situation,” I believe that our hope is in prayer for divine intervention. We need forgiving acts and prayers for peace. Prayers from your heart, in your own words, or mine. This peace prayer is a composite of the tenets and prayers of many faiths.Peace pray for all faiths: O God, fill me with thy peace that I may be an instrument of your love. May all humanity recognize their brotherhood and vanquish injustice, violence and war. Oh, Master, may peace and justice fill the earth, as the waters fill the sea, while your glory shines from all nations.Donna LagasseScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWalter “Neal” Brazelle [Dec. 9 letter] recently blamed Americans for “putting ourselves in a bad situation.” I agree with him. But I believe that we can heal our society with a different attitude. Namely, the same one shown by the Scheidt and Martuscello families of Schenectady as they faced the young men found guilty of the deaths of their family members. They faced the men, without ugly, revengeful comments, and hoped they would be better people.last_img read more

School shootings must stop

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionOn Feb. 14, there was another school shooting in 2018, and I’m sick of us choosing inaction as a solution. I sent my two kids to the bus today with “I love you” and hope after we spent yesterday — again — talking about their contemporaries dying in a school.But hope is not a plan. I can’t spend today with my children thinking that I chose to do nothing to better their safety.My children are now statistically more likely to die at the hands of a shooter than they are likely to be abducted and killed by a serial predator. We’re selling our kids’ lives for gun manufacturers’ profit margin, and it’s time it stops.I know the pressure gun control brings elected officials. But I’m asking Sens. Gillibrand and Schumer: Can we remove legislative barriers to civil action against gun manufacturers? Can we make it illegal for gun manufacturers to lobby? Are there any other solutions that hit the the gun lobby finances?Please help. Some day it will be my kids, or yours. We owe them a solution for their safety. It’s #TimeToTalk.Paul SonnleitnerHopewell JunctionMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Respond to hatred with love, not hate

first_imgYou were right to speak out against the KKK in your Feb. 18 editorial.You were right to support the Feb. 14 vigil in Saratoga Springs that publicly denounced the hateful messages of the KKK.But you seem to have missed the point of holding that vigil on Valentine’s Day, which celebrates the spirit of love.Instead, you recommend responding to KKK hatred with more hatred: “Stomp them into the dirt.”KKK bigots are already in the dirt, having dug themselves in with irrational fear and hatred. A loving response would be to help lift them out of the dirt, to show them there is no reason to fear and no one who deserves their hate.Acknowledging the essential humanity even of our enemies is the first step toward building the “beloved community” to which Martin Luther King Jr. and other prophets of social justice have pointed.No human being belongs in the dirt.Terry DiggorySaratoga SpringsThe writer is one of the coordinators of the Saratoga Immigration Coalition.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Union fees legal case raises new questions

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionGeorge Will’s Feb. 25 column, “On Coerced union fees, Supreme Court can correct itself,” in regards to Janus vs AFSCME: I must say I agree in part with Mr. Will in regards to not having to contribute to funding any political lobbying if it is against one’s beliefs to do so. We must keep in mind that “lobbying” government can be to the benefit of all government workers.But what Mr. Will failed to mention is that some unions return a person’s portion of their “agency fee” that would have gone for that lobbying. He also failed to mention that portions of the “agency fee” are used to negotiate that person’s fair wage, health insurance and other benefits.Let’s go under the assumption that Janus wins. With this win, should those that are no longer fee payers negotiate their own contracts with the government entities? Should they negotiate the cost of their health insurance?If Janus wins, I feel it only fair to consider these people as non-union and not entitled to the benefits the union negotiate. Why should someone who doesn’t participate, even if it is a monetary contribution, benefit?Deborah BenderSchoharieMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Leeds offices Not making the grade

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Is it grim up north?

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Aloha from the Grosvenor

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Bracknell retail plan delayed by feud

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Barclays to sell £900m loan book

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An imperfect 10

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