Is it really winter? Not that I’m complaining about it. I’m a big baby in the winter, I admit it. I love that I can get out there and do stuff outside, but…gee, a little winter would be good. It makes us appreciated spring more.
Our cover story is fun stuff this week.
The elementary school children in Fairhaven have been having fun all week with crazy clothes and crazy hair, all in an effort to be kind to each other.
It’s a great program. See page 12 for some photos of the future generation just having a good time.
The big Women’s March was this weekend (see page 19). People from all over the world rallied and marched in response to the promises made by our new president, mostly about civil rights. Some local people went to Boston (that would be me), and to DC. Not a single arrest in Boston, DC, Los Angeles, Chicago. All told, there were only a handful of arrests related to the march, including a counter-protester who sprayed marchers with pepperspray in St. Paul, Minn.
Think about that: About 2.9 million marched in this country and only about five arrests.
I was very happy I went to the march in Boston, although it wasn’t really a “march” for those of us in the middle or the back. It was more like “The Great Boston Shuffle of 2017.” We didn’t continue along the march, I admit it. It took an hour just to get through the Common and half a block, so we gave up and found some food.
But we were counted. And I have a great bunch of pictures I’ll be posting on Facebook soon.
This generation gives me great hope. Their signs were so creative, the mood was upbeat, and the concept was all-inclusive. This younger generation has no problem with diversity. To them, it is the norm.
This is what we must preserve.
We cannot let any politician, no matter how powerful, try to turn our country into a homogeneous zone. The demonization of immigrants and certain religions is not something we can just walk away from anymore. This is no longer barroom talk, or back yard talk that is harmless, and we just walk away and not hang out with those people anymore. This talk is in the White House now, and it is time for all people of good conscious to speak up and act up. Our new president’s promises of economic prosperity and political upheaval are fine, that’s what people voted for. But it should not come on the backs of certain groups of people: Whichever group he decides to pick on at any given time.
Until next week then…see ya,
First They Came…
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Trade Unionist
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me —and there was no one left to speak for me.
Pastor Martin Niemöller
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