- Obama shortens sentence of inmate from Cape (1/19/17)9
- Two subjects of interest in 1992 homicide to take polygraph tests (1/15/17)8
- Business notebook: Jackson salon owner also opens a clothing store (1/16/17)
- Area hospitals hope a box helps prevent infant deaths (1/19/17)6
- Cape SportsPlex contractor offers a look at the project (1/15/17)14
- Meat-processing plant faces $70K penalty for Clean Water Act violations (1/17/17)4
- Southeast to lose $3.5 million from state in budget cuts (1/18/17)21
- Local students to perform with choir at inauguration (1/19/17)3
- Subjects of interest in 1992 killing take polygraph tests; results not revealed (1/18/17)2
- Governor cuts $146 million, colleges take hit (1/17/17)
'Love thy neighbor' is moral value
To the editor:
Congratulations to Gestle Green for the March 9 letter. We sometimes need to be reminded of the basic values of the liberals.
The billboard stating "That 'love thy neighbor' thing -- I meant it. -- God" means just that: Love our neighbors as ourselves. Doesn't that mean helping those who have less and those who are sick and cannot afford health care?
It also means standing up for the rights of others in fair-labor issues and overtime situations. What organization was responsible for eradicating and closing the sweatshops and instrumental in developing child labor laws?
To me, these are basic moral issues. Self-serving conservatives think only of lower taxes for big business and catering to the wealthy.
In Jim Wallis' new book, "God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It," the issue is further addressed:
"In Matthew's 25th chapter, Jesus speaks of the hungry, the homeless, the stranger, prisoners and the sick and promises he will challenge all his followers on the judgment day with these words, 'As you have done to the least of these, you have done to me.' James Forbes, the pastor of Riverside Church in New York City, concludes from that text that 'Nobody gets to heaven without a letter of reference from the poor.' How many of America's most famous television preachers could produce the letter?"
KAYE BAKER, Jackson