Wednesday, December 27, 2017 1:00 am
Samaritan's kindness aided couple in need
On Dec. 16, we were driving off Interstate 69 at Dupont Road and had a problem with our car. We coasted in to Elmo's at the first stoplight. My husband went inside and asked a gentleman if he would help us get to a doctor's office, about a half mile away.
With his help, we were on time for my husband's surgery. We offered to pay him for his kindness but he refused.
This act of kindness touched our hearts. Whoever you are, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
What a good Samaritan!
HARRISON and NATALIE HARKER
Tax-bill fiasco takes happy out of holidays
The headline in the Dec. 17 Journal Gazette informs me that the GOP sees its tax cut as a fiasco averted. In truth, the bill is the fiasco. While this legislation has been rushed through Congress in a manner designed to avoid as much reasonable scrutiny as possible, every credible analysis has concluded it is a plan that will certainly continue and accelerate the already-outrageous transfer of wealth from the poor and the middle class to large corporations and the wealthy (which has been in progress for several decades). Far from paying for itself, it will blow an additional $1 trillion or $1.5 trillion hole in the federal budget. Already, House Speaker Paul Ryan has a special gleam in his eye as he contemplates the opportunity he soon may have in his grasp to realize his life's dream of shredding what social safety net we have.
At this same moment, we also learn that the United Nations has dispatched a fact-finding expert, Philip Aston, to probe the already grotesque levels of poverty being experienced by nearly 41 million of our citizens. For those with the stomach to read his preliminary report, the details can be found at www.theguardian.com/society/2017/dec/15/america-extreme-poverty-un-special-rapporteur. In this season when we are celebrating the coming of the one who said that how we treat “the least of these” is the measure by which he will judge how we have treated him, we can only conclude that he will find us entirely as ready as the ancient authorities to have him re-crucified.
But do not despair. Our GOP friends reassure us they have made it safe for us to say “Merry Christmas,” as if we had ever stopped doing so. Even Charles Dickens could just not make this stuff up.
Why no pot pill?
I'm in the Fort for the holidays and I read an opinion piece advocating the use of medical marijuana. This is certainly not the first such piece I've read, but when I see them, two points come to mind.
First, there is no other medicine we smoke since doing so introduces hundreds of harmful compounds into the body. Second, if there is an ingredient in marijuana that has a beneficial medicinal use, there is no reason why it cannot be extracted, purified and put into a pill just like other medications.
As we near the year's end, we're looking forward to our tradition of sharing headlines we would like to see in the year ahead. A reader's January wish to see President Donald Trump delete his Twitter account missed the mark, but there's always next year.
We're inviting readers to submit headlines they would like to read in 2018. We'll select our favorites to share early next month. Send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.