Category: News and Views

Thought for Today

Do not constantly ask what others can do for you. Sometimes you have to ask yourself…what can I do to help someone else. Acts of kindness go a far way.

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Women’s Rights

There is a debate going on about abortion and many have mixed views about it. I do believe that each child that is conceived should be given the chance to experience life. However in certain circumstances such as rape and incest I believe women should have the right to choose what to do. We don’t know the mental and emotional well being of women caught up in these situations. Therefore no one should have the right to make that decision for them. What are your thoughts on this issue?

The Boulder in the Road

In ancient times, a king had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it.

Many loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the big stone out of the way. Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. On approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.

As the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many others never understand.

Too often people complain about situations and yet make no effort to do anything about it

Domestic Violence…When will it end?

Domestic violence is a global issue. It affects women all over the world and despite efforts many women lose their lives to domestic violence each year. According to a UN report over 50,000 women lost their lives to intimate partners or family members in 2018. This tells us that a solution is nowhere in sight. A part of the problem is that the approach to domestic violence is somewhat like trying to put a bandaid on a wound that need stitches. Many people wait until their situation becomes unbearable before they seek help.

We must begin to take a more proactive approach to the fight against domestic violence. We must take domestic violence awareness into the classrooms. We have to start educating our young people of the ills of domestic violence before they engage in relationships. We have to teach our girls as well as boys that abuse is not an acceptable behavior in a relationship.

Women alone cannot bring about change. The police alone are not going to bring about change. The government alone cannot bring about change. Everyone has to get involved. We have to get more men on board. Many are against domestic violence. We need them to speak to other men about this issue. We also need to talk about in church and in the workplace. Let us rewrite the script. Abuse in a relationship is not okay. Let us with a collective voice say NO to domestic abuse.

Parrot Arrested

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This may sound hilarious but it is true. A parrot was taken into custody in Brazil after it warned it drug dealers owners of a police raid. It is reported that as he police depended on the drug den the bird cried “Mama the police,” in Portuguese. A couple were arrested in the raid. However cops were unable to get another word out of the parrot. It is obviously a loyal bird!

Tragedy in the Sky

Last Sunday an Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed near Addis Ababa killing all of the 157 people on board. They were only six minutes into the flight when the pilot reported problem with the plane and requested to return to the airport. Unfortunately they never made it back.

Since the accident some countries have joined a ban of the Boeing Max 8, among them Britain and Australia. My prayers go out to the families of the victims. May their souls Rest In Peace.