All lives matter, Bible teaches us
With an undergrad degree in political science and as a pastor, I watch the events in our cities with sadness, but I am not surprised at what I see. When a culture rejects the principle of objective, absolute truth and substitutes moral relativism, the inevitable result is social chaos.
Politicians and protesters hypocritically forget that black-on-black crime is worse than anything the police have done, and they forget that abortion has hurt black families proportionally more than other families.
Demands to “defund the police” are foolish and self-serving. We should not be afraid to defend free speech and private property.
The Bible teaches that all lives matter because Jesus Christ died for everyone.
Path forward includes reenvisioning our lives
When Lincoln proclaimed the end of slavery, there were those who couldn't imagine a healthy economy without the free labor of slaves. When the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made segregation illegal, people couldn't imagine eating a meal with others who didn't have the same color skin and believed it would be society's demise.
When people are asked to imagine life as they know it differently, there has always been and always will be pushback. When those who seek for their own humanity to be acknowledged encounter deaf ears over and over again, we must continue to imagine anyway. Drastic actions must happen to change the systems that blind us to other's humanity.
The police force got its beginnings as slave patrols in the South and merchant watchman in the North. During Reconstruction, local law enforcement upheld segregation and disenfranchisement. We now see Black men and women killed mercilessly by officers of the law. We have been asked peacefully, politely, to see the humanity in our Black neighbors, friends, coworkers, family and strangers. Over and over, we've continued to ignore, justify and gaslight people of color in their requests to see them and the different lives they lead because of their skin color.
Now, we must again dare to imagine our lives as we know them to be different. We must find those trained in the situations we find ourselves – addiction, domestic abuse, mental health crises – and call on them instead of officers trained with guns. If we invest in services that help meet people's needs, we lessen their urge to commit crimes and save tax dollars.
This will not fix everything, nor will it remedy the atrocious actions of the past. But it is a step in the right direction and we must have courage to keep taking those steps forward.
Spy Run sidewalks suffering from neglect
The sidewalks on the east side of Spy Run Avenue from Wagner Avenue north to Tennessee Avenue have sidewalks that flood because they have no curbs after numerous repavings, cracked from tree growth and shifting ground.
At Fourth Street and Spy Run, there is an ADA ramp that is constantly filled with water and dirt. You have to walk in the street to avoid it.
North of Fourth Street, the sidewalk has no curbs and has many old driveway cuts. There are some depressed areas that retain water.
Apparently, our 5th District City Councilman is too concerned about future political office and standing behind Mayor Tom Henry at events to care about our working-class neighborhoods.
It is time the city fixes these problems.
W. Patrick Sefton