From our readersIssue Date: August 29, 2018
Are morality and greatness related?
Are people giving lip service to morality when convenient or when it doesn't cost much socially or financially? I have heard the reasoning to ignore, minimize, or rationalize the lack of true commitment to holding up true brotherly love which I believe is the foundation of morality. The reasons I have heard are: we cannot afford to it, they are undeserving or too risky, they should be more like us first( this is said in a lot of indirect ways often out of ignorance of other racial groups life experiences), and fear based generally out of unrecognized racial or social class prejudice.
I feel that people believe going to church and following clerical rituals and doctrine makes them a moral and Christian person without daily actions to support moral behavior and actions of brotherly love in their life, and causes, and calling out of immorality, of human and animal abuse, of denying those in need and of common decency. How can a nation that claims to be a great moral predominately Christian nation reject people at our borders fleeing from death squads, and extreme poverty? How can we regress on health care causing people to fight illness with inadequate care? How can we not hear the poor children in this country by no fault of their own being trapped in a cycle of poverty? This seems to be the political agenda of this President with a Republican Party that allows without a strong reprimand their President to be silent in John McCain's final days.
We are so excited! Our dumb waiter is finally installed and working perfectly! Thank you to BPM for letting us make this addition to the building, thanks to Mark Immel for being an excellent project manager, to Dan Seymour of Enterprise Engineering for developing the plan and to Jerry Kalafut of Footworks for doing the construction portion, as well as to Wisconsin Building Supply for donating the lumber.
Also thank you Andy Marquardt from BPM for your electrical expertise, and to the folks from Aero Lift for installing an excellent product. And many, many thanks to the Packer Foundation, the Peshtigo Fund held by the M&M Foundation, Todd Elias of Precision Iceblast and Tom and Joann Ries from the River Pub who hosted the Rumble for the Hungry.
Also thanks to those who donated money for this project. This dumb waiter addresses and eliminates a major safety issue at the food pantry and we are most grateful for all of your help!
Susan Rudolph, Pantry Manager,
Peshtigo Food Pantry
A Road Trip to California
Traveling down a lonesome Wisconsin highway
Without a care in the world,
Left my little town in the mirror
Thought I might give the road a whirl.
Stopped in Cascade, Iowa along the way
The whole town smelled like pigs and corn.
Filled up next to a truck load of boars and sows
The scent just lingered in a slow rainstorm,
Crossed over the Nebraska line
What we call bushes they call trees,
Hundreds of miles of field and flatland
Not alot of imagination or mysteries,
When I got into Colorado
I could see the mountains from afar,
They rose up from the ground like magic
And almost touched the moon and the stars.
Took a southward turn to New Mexico
A land of plateaus and enchanted drums,
Indians selling trinkets and beads
Saw a dead steer lying in the sun.
Arizona was next in line
Stayed a night at the Grand Canyon's south rim,
Drove on to the Painted Desert
And met a burro whose name was Jim,
Headed for Las Vegas and glimmering lights
A city full of hope and greed,
People thinking they're going to beat one armed bandits
And angels of the night walking the street.
Finally crossed over into California
The ocean was calling me,
Laid on the beach and danced in the water
And watched the sunset set my heart free,
And there I sat and thought awhile
Of all that I had seen,
Mountains, deserts, cornfields, canyons, and ocean
But what did it all mean?
We all live in one place or another
And sometimes you feel all alone,
But in the end you go back again
Because it's the only place you call home.
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