04-18-2019 Columns

Easter This Sunday, Christians from throughout Southwest Michigan and the world, including my family, will gather to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ at Easter. Easter is the most important event in the Christian faith, and for good reason. Though He lived a guiltless life, Jesus willingly and obediently sacrificed himself to atone for the world’s sin, so that all who believe in Him may live in eternity. This is a great time for all who believe to consider the immensity of that moment in our history, and to reflect on our own lives and the standard Jesus set for how we should live them. We are reminded to love our neighbors as ourselves and that there is no greater love than to sacrifice for others. As a wife, mother, daughter, sister — and as your state senator — I strive to live a life that is pleasing to those I love, to those I serve, and above all to God. It is my hope that each of you has a wonderful Easter with your families and that we all are able to honor this important holiday by striving to improve ourselves and our communities. As always, residents can contact my office with their thoughts on any important state or local issues facing Southwest Michigan by calling (517) 373-6960 or emailing SenKLaSata @Senate.Michigan.gov.

Alcohol awareness Drinking too much alcohol increases people’s risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer. This April, during Alcohol Awareness Month, the Berrien County Health Department encourages all residents to prevent alcohol abuse in Berrien County by spreading awareness about the dangers of drinking too much. It is especially important for parents of teenagers to be aware of the dangers of teen alcohol use. This time highlights the important role that parents can play in giving kids a better understanding of the impact that alcohol can have on their lives. No other substance is more widely used and abused by America’s youth than alcohol, making alcoholism, and related problems, a major public health problem in the United States. Alcohol use by young people is extremely dangerous — both to themselves and to society, and is directly associated with traffic fatalities, violence, suicide, educational failure, alcohol