Pete Abler, Columnist
It's early Monday morning and life returns to normal. The two to four weeks of hype over what to get and what to do for Mother's Day is now over and it's time to move on to the next reason to have a sale - Memorial Day. The issue for me is - Easter and Christmas are probably more important than Mother's Day, but Memorial Day and Independence Day and all the other "days" we celebrate fall far behind.
The accounts of Jesus Christ's Passion in the Bible sure seem to resemble what is going on in the national political arena today. The High Priest tore his garments and asked the crowd, "What further proof do we need, he has blasphemed!" The crowd was moved by activists to ask for blood and to cry out, "Crucify Him; Crucify Him!"
Thinking back to when I was a young boy growing up in Milwaukee, the Easter season was just as special as Christmas. Even better, it was spring and the grass was greening up and there was lots of evidence of new life. Schools and most stores closed at noon on Good Friday, and nearly all the city reflected the somber tone of the day. It was a kinder, gentler society back then. Today, April 18, 2019, is the first day of the Easter Triduum - Holy Thursday. It was the first day of Passover in Jesus' time and He was sharing the Passover meal with his apostles.
Our English language is really taking a self-inflicted beating lately. On my way into a local grocery store I noticed a sign that said the store welcomed service animals. The intriguing part of the sign was printed below the welcome message. It stated, "Impersonating a Service Animal is Illegal."
Events and revelations of the past few months are quite disturbing and may lead one to think the federal government is really not doing its job at protecting the American people. On the international side we seem to be relatively secure. But on the domestic front things aren't quite so rosy. Example No. 1 is our opioid crisis. Opioids are powerful drugs developed to treat pain over the short term; they were not recommended for long-term use. That warning was prominent in the instructions for using the drug.
I get a lot of inspiration from letters written by people who just seem to miss the mark when they are trying to make a point. Last week, several papers carried a letter in which the writer stated, "The job of our hired politicians is to follow the will of the people." Nice thought; basically wrong.
The actual cost of illegal immigration is really hard to determine. Just search for this question on the internet and then be prepared to spend the rest of the day trying to choose between the sources, figures and methodology to arrive at something close to the truth. Some sources place it as high as $130 billion per year. The Government Accounting Office estimates the net cost range as $2 billion to $19 billion. And the true figure lies somewhere in the twilight zone.
This has been a very disturbing few weeks for those who believe in the sanctity of human life. So many predictions of the future negative results of Roe v. Wade have come true that there really doesn't seem to be a light at the end of this tunnel of lunacy. In their decision, the majority of the Supreme Court wrote that they didn't see the need to consider the legal, moral and philosophical questions about when human life begins. With that Pontius Pilate move behind them, they were able to justify anything they wished.
"Good fences make good neighbors," is an old proverb in many cultures and languages that is quoted twice in a poem by Robert Frost. A modern person would slap himself on the forehead and say, "Well, duh," isn't this common sense? Since humans started roaming the earth they have likely erected some sort of fence, wall, barrier, hedge, fortification, divider, partition, border, pen, enclosure, roadblock or barricade to delineate a piece of land or a division between "what's mine" and "what's yours."
Some of us are old enough to remember the television game show with that name - I've got a secret. In Minnesota, today our state government - specifically the secretary of state - is playing his own version of that show with information that has been deemed as public information. That means it is supposed to be available to the public. But it isn't.