Lament, for a Small Town

“…I’m gonna die in this small town,
or that’s probably where they’ll bury me…”

Viability. The ability to survive on one’s own. That is, to be self-sustaining.

When I think about my local community, it is this that most strikes me.

For this town is not self-sustaining. Not at all.

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Contradictions Within/Without Abortion

“My case was wrongfully decided, and has caused great harm to the women and children of our nation.”

Norma McCorvey, plaintiff in Roe v. Wade

Today marks the 38th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision in the United States Supreme Court, arguably the most controversial and politically significant case in the history of our country’s highest court.

In effect, this precedent repudiated state and federal restrictions on abortion that were in place at the time, prompting a national debate that continues even to this very day.

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Still dreaming the dream…

Over the weekend I enjoyed a long-overdue conversation with a former colleague of mine, who works with underprivileged inner-city youth back on the East Coast.

Referring to the many problems he faces in the course of his work in troubled neighborhoods, he wondered aloud if the blights on these communities are what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed about so many years ago.

“Millions of single-mothers, the majority of prisons occupied by black males, rampant drug use,” he mused. “What would Dr. King say to these people if he was still alive?”

I responded that I couldn’t even imagine, but that I doubted the message would be radically different than what he preached all along.

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