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Letters, Sept. 14

Remembering Sept. 8

Although I’ve matured and moved on from much religious fantasy and pessimism, there are a few, albeit depressing, shades of wisdom in the Old Testament.

These are striking words that seem to foretell a world as we see it today. We seem to go about our lives now under a pall of shame and dread for the future of our children, those of us who dare care and think of the obvious, while everywhere the biosphere descends on our routines in a snow of ash.

“The earth will be utterly laid waste

and thoroughly plundered.

The earth mourns and withers;

the world languishes and fades;

the exalted of the earth waste away.

The earth is defiled by its people;

they have transgressed the laws;

they have overstepped the decrees

and broken the everlasting covenant.

Therefore a curse has consumed the earth,

and its inhabitants must bear the guilt;

the earth’s dwellers have been burned,

and only a few survive.

— Isaiah 24:3-6

Jim Thompson


Compassion in short supply

When a friend and I were finishing our Wednesday morning walk, we came across a man sprawled next to the curb above the bandshell. He held a sign that read: “Call 911, I’m cramping.” He said he couldn’t stand up and had been there for two hours.

My friend called 911 and then sqatted down and talked to this man who was obviously homeless. Later in the day she went to Ashland Hospital to see if he was OK. He was better and about to leave the ER.

My friend showed the kind of compassion for another human being that is in short supply in our country today. We have money for endless wars, but not for caring for our fellow Americans.

Jeff Bezos’ 10 minute rocket trip is a major media event, whereas the fate of over a half million homeless Americans rarely gets coverage. Is this the legacy we want to pass on to future generations?

Barry Peckham