On Sunday January 9th seventeen people perished in a deadly apartment fire in the Bronx. A community was thrown into mourning for loved ones who have departed this earth forever. Some were young children. They died not because they had to because of their circumstances.
A space heater is presumed to be the cause of the fire. It is reported that a door was left open causing the smoke to spread through the building. Close the door they said. The open door is responsible for this tragedy. No one has so far addressed the real reason that lead to this tragedy. No one has questioned why this person or persons needed a space heater in order to keep warm during the winter months. The real reason is that fact that landlords are relinquishing their duties to provide adequate heating for their tenants. This is evident mainly in minority communities. Despite calls to 311 nothing is being done and many residents have no option but to use space heaters to keep warm.
This is not the first fire that has happened because of failure to provide heat and it will not be the last. The mayor seem to be oblivious to the heating problem in many minority communities in New York and especially in the Bronx. If he is interested in knowing I am sure 311 can furnish him with that information. On some of the coldest days there are apartment buildings in the Bronx with no heat, and no one to turn to for help. The space heater is not the problem the LACK OF HEAT that cause people to depend on space heater is the real issue. I would like to remind the Mayor and those in authority that not providing heatis illegal in the State of New York. My question is what to you plan to do about it to prevent more loss of life?
If you live in an apartment complex where their is inadequate heat, please leave a comment of where it is located. Together we must create change.
Tomorrow is not promised to any of us. All we are sure of is now, this moment that we have. Don’t waste it worrying about situations over which you have no control. Instead use it productively. Be grateful for each moment you are given and use it wisely. Some people spend years holding on to anger and resentment because of ills that was done to them. They were kept prisoners, bound by anger and ill feelings towards the ones who did them wrong. This is no way to live. It is better to forgive and move on. For a soul filled with anger will find no peace, and it’s up to you to free yourself. Your assignment today is to let go of the hurt you have being holding on to and try to forgive the person who hurt you. Do it for you!
The struggle is real for a lot of folks. Sometimes survival means just being able to keep a roof over your head and food on your table. No matter what you may be going through right now it is okay to dream of better days when life will be the way you want it to. Keep that dream within your heart and never let go of hope. One day you will see your dream come true.
Few people go through life without facing obstacles. Sometimes even the people you call friends will turn on you. Don’t put your faith in man but rather put your trust in God. He will help you to weather the storms of life and turn what was meant for you harm into something that will uplift you.
The last two years have been stresful for a lot ofpeople. Many of us are experiencing for the first time what it is like to live through a pandemic. Some have had to deal with the stress of caring for the ill while trying to stay safe. We have entered a new year but with a rising surge of COVID cases thing have not gotten easier and some individuals are beginning to feel stressed beyond their limit.
It is important during this pandemic to find some solace. While we deal with the stress, we must make an effort to intergrate stress free moments in our daily life. If only for a few minutes each day do something that relaxes you and set your mind at ease. Take a few moments to enjoy something you love. It can be listening to your favorite music, watching a movie, reading a book or going for a walk. If it calms you and put you in a happy place do it. Surving this pandemic requires you protecting not just your physical, but also your mental health.
As the year draws to a close I am most grateful that God has brought us through yet another year. With the COVID-19 pandemic, many did not survive and many familes had to deal with the sorrow of losinng their loved ones. Going into 2022 things are not looking any brighter with the current surge in new case. However we must not give up hope and continue to take whatever steps neccessary to stay safe as we adjust to a new norm. I wish for one and all a brighter and more proserrous 2022. Have a Happy Bew Year!
School shootings have become something of a norm in the USA. Nowhere else in the world do they have repeated school shooting without anything been done about it. Thoughts and prayers cannot bring back a dead child but it appears that is all whichever party is in office, has to offer. Holding the parents of Ethan Crumbley’s accountable for the shooting death of four students is the right step moving forward.
Buying a fifteen- year-old a gun as a Christmas gift was irresponsible. After being called to the school twice in response to their son’s bizarre behavior they did nothing about it. Taking the gun and locking it away safely should have been a priority. Instead they argued that he should remain in school fully knowing he had the means to carry out the acts depicted in his drawings. Their lack of responsible parenting has resulted in four families mourning the loss of their children.
I hope this serves as a deterrent to others. You have the right to your second amendment, no on can deny that. However, that right should not infringe on the rights of others to live. A gun is not a toy to gift a child. Be responsible parents and gun holders.
Can you believe it. We are in te month of December. Another year is coming to a close. It seems like just yesterday we were welcoming 2021 and soon we will be saying goodbye to it. Many of us had hoped we would be able to say goodbye to COVID-19 too but alas a new variant is upon us. The normal that we seek to return to is still out of reach. However we must give thanks we are still here and we can only pray that eventually man will win the war against this virus. For now please stay safe.