A time for action
Just read “She’s 10 and may be sold to a brothel,” (Tribune, June 3) by Nicholas Kristof. The personal story of a 10-year-old girl being sold into sex slavery is appalling. To multiply M’s story by 1.8 million children annually is horrific.
California’s eighth-grade history curriculum teaches about the horrors of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, when 80,000 slaves a year were transported from Africa to the New World, and how its evil permeates all of humanity.
Indeed, it is time for a “new abolitionist movement.” Plymouth Church in Paso Robles responded to the call to get involved. Kim Dickson (daughter of Gail Tannehill-Lloyd), a public health volunteer, is setting up a rescue home in India to help young girls once sold into prostitution, giving them hope through Courage House, where they learn life skills and training for a new life.
To support Dickson’s efforts, Plymouth Church partnered with Pan Jewelers in donating their gold, silver and coins, cash a total of more than $2,000 dollars was raised.
Courage Houses are located in Sacramento, California, Hawaii and Tanzania, Africa. If you would like to contribute to Dickson’s Courage House (India), contact Courage to Be You at 916-335-9043.
A walk through the small, 18-plot community garden at 920 Brighton Ave. in Grover Beach makes one appreciate the beauty and wonder of nature. There are veggies and flowers, and each plot is an individual, productive creation of the person who rents the plot from the city. It is such a treat to have a functional, fully utilized, financially self-sustaining urban open space in our neighborhood.
The bad news is that the City of Grover Beach wants to sell the garden to the redevelopment agency for a low-income housing project. This action would sell valuable city recreational land for a quick and very temporary budget fix.
I find it hard to believe that a city that claims to value beautification and quality of life issues would so casually sell off its recreational open space. Community gardens provide food production, nutrition, beauty, green space, recreation, learning opportunities, and social interaction. I believe that selling the garden is not OK.
Don’t forsake Israel
To those who will listen: It is imperative to the United States to back Israel to the fullest. Those nations that turn their backs on Israel — God will turn his back on them.
In the past, our leaders understood this and stood beside Israel. Our present elected officials have lost that mandate, and they try to force Israel into moves that are detrimental both to her well being and to that of the United States.
The only reason that the other Arab countries will not allow the Palestinians to migrate to their countries is that they want to keep the conflict going in an attempt to destroy Israel. We cannot allow that to happen. God will not allow that to happen, but he will bring down destruction on those who turn against Israel.