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Puerto Rico Petition

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

I just signed a petition to aid the people caught in the Puerto Rican disaster of Hurricane Maria. Here it is (direct quote) in case you haven’t responded yet. I usually don’t post political topics, but I feel this is a humanitarian issue important enough to post. (Photo from mashable.com)

Will you join me in urging Congress to pass a disaster relief package that relieves Puerto Rico of their debt obligations and provides for lasting recovery and prosperity?

Puerto Rico needs our help right now, but we cannot stop there. The United States has spent decades neglecting its obligation to the American citizens living in Puerto Rico — resulting in the exponentially catastrophic impact of Hurricane Maria.

Residents of Puerto Rico are American citizens. Yet, our President and our government refuse to treat them as such.

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, the Department of Homeland Security immediately lifted the restrictions imposed by the Jones Act regulations, but failed to do so in Puerto Rico for over a week — causing huge delays in food, water, and other necessary supplies from reaching the island.

But the disaster isn’t just from a hurricane. Last year, Congress took away Puerto Rico’s control over its own spending, and handed it to a “control board” made up of Wall Street cronies. Our government weakened Puerto Rico in order to keep Wall Street creditors happy.

Now is the time for all of us to demand that our government act to a repay a centuries-old debt to the residents of Puerto Rico.

Please sign Democracy for America’s petition and tell Congress: Pass a disaster relief package that relieves Puerto Rico of their debt obligations and provides for lasting recovery and prosperity.

Thank you for joining me today.

 

9/11 and the 10 Days of Awe

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

Tomorrow is the anniversary of 9/11*, so perhaps you can take a few moments of your time to honor those who died. Below is a photo of the memorial wall which I have not yet seen and hope to do so.

Just as 9/11 gives us pause to remember loved ones who perished on 9/11, I want to use the 10 Days of Awe from Rosh Hoshana (Jewish New Year) to Yom Kippor (Day of Atonement) to reflect and go inward and think about Life. On my brithday in December I will enter a new decade and want to use this time of the Days of Awe* to reflect on the meaning of Life, my life, and other issues such as forgiveness, reflection, repentance, and renewal. (I suspect many people who go to the wall may do the same thing.)

Therefore, I am writing postings that will be post-dated to appear on the dates I will be “reflecting” and may not read your comments until the end of the month.

*It is also my grandson’s birthday. He was born 9/11/91, so I always have mixed feelings about this day of sorrow and happiness about his birth.

I look forward to this time of reflection and will check my comments at the end of the 10 days. Thank you for reading me!

*Note:  If you go to www.jewfaq.org, you can read more about the Days of Awe and how we are written in The Book of Life or The Book of Death. Quite interesting.

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