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Friday, December 7, 2018

In this season of hope, love and renewal, someone representing us, America The Beautiful, tear-gassed a pregnant woman and her children at our border. Others were gassed too.

From the perspective of the agent, there might have been a provocation for the gassing. Perhaps he perceived a threat, observed an act of disobedience, or just thought the time had come. President Trump assured our nation that the gas was not harmful. To a fleeing pregnant woman that might be questioned.

We’re a nation of laws and must be a country with borders. We’re also a compassionate people. And for those of us who answer the call of Jesus, who know about a refuge family trying to find a place to give birth to a child, this could be as unnerving as the gas itself.

Before putting politics aside we do know, and it is well documented, that Sen. Chuck Shumer offered the president funding for his wall in exchange for DACA protection. The president initially accepted and then reneged. Now the president is threatening a government shutdown if he doesn’t receive his $5 billion dollar wall funding. More than a conundrum, it’s a wrecking ball.

If we are not the son or daughter of a Native American, then our family has stood at the border with fear, trepidation and desperation. We know their reasons for coming. They probably didn’t make that treacherous journey to harm Americans.

It’s for us to consider why and how we became part of that great American tapestry. It’s for us to bask in the holiness of Joseph walking beside Mary looking for a home and to ponder anew that Jesus was born in a stable because there was no room in the inn.

It is time for us to face the harsh reality that we too are the innkeepers.

Alison Lord Stuart

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Letters

December 08, 2018

Donald Bryson, Civitas Institute president, has it all wrong in his “Stop the government takeover of health care,” piece in The Daily Reflector on Nov. 29. Most of the world’s industrial countries whose health care systems are government run have healthier populations than the U.S.…

December 07, 2018

In this season of hope, love and renewal, someone representing us, America The Beautiful, tear-gassed a pregnant woman and her children at our border. Others were gassed too.

From the perspective of the agent, there might have been a provocation for the gassing. Perhaps he perceived a threat,…

December 06, 2018

Pipelines are far and away the safest way to move energy, far safer than alternative means. And the state could receive more than $2.5 billion in tax revenues from offshore leasing, per a recent analysis, in turn helping families.

Yet those who decry energy or cheer when a pipeline permit is…

December 05, 2018

Reasonable people differ. I learned the truth of this back in the day when I was a student at the finest law school in all of Washtenaw County. The late renowned Whitmore Gray taught it to us in our Contracts course. He also taught us to never indulge in ad hominem commentary pertaining to folks…

December 04, 2018

America has 23,648 military personnel in the proximity of the demilitarized zone in Korea. Why?

North Korea has not crashed our southern border. North Koreans are not throwing rocks and bottles at our border agents, many who are hispanic. They are not overwhelming our schools, hospitals and social…

December 03, 2018

I have been wanting to write this letter for some time. Just about every doctor in rural America that I have known practices psychiatry to some extent with their patients every day.

Unfortunately the only way to determine with any certainty that a patient is truly psychotic and therefore a danger…

November 30, 2018

In a recent letter, James H. Dautremont (Public Forum, Nov. 21) makes two outrageous claims: Israel is the reason the U.S. chooses to ignore Saudi government complicity in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, and the current wave of antisemitism in our country is a response to a misalignment of…

November 29, 2018

Op-ed columnist Georgie Ann Geyer asks a very important question: How can we be a grateful nation when civic voices are dominated by recrimination and retribution, with accusations of evil and denial of evidence? And what can we, the exhausted and demoralized majority in the much-maligned center,…

November 27, 2018

President Trump is very good at criticizing people and institutions: the free press, Hillary Clinton, the FBI, the Justice Department, immigrants, former Cabinet officials, Muslims, the Mueller investigation, judges. The list goes on and on. It would be so nice to see him use his personal energy…

November 25, 2018

Do you remember Andy Griffith’s “What It Was, Was Football”? Griffith’s description of his first football game was hilarious. And so was the Durham Performing Arts Center’s performance of the Broadway play “Hamilton.” Especially if you could overlook the…

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