08-13-2020 Letters and Commentary

DID YOU SEE A DERECHO? We did Monday evening when a thunderstorm roared out of the Southwest corner of Lake Michigan and onward across the State.

Next door neighbor Amy texted me 15 minutes earlier to warn Anne and I of potential hazards of a giant thunderstorm on its way. As most of us do I switched over to a South Bend TV station to see if there were any bulletins. There was… a “DERECHO” was headed our way, packing a punch of high winds, thunder and lightning, and some hail. The alert for the area was in effect for the next few hours.

What the TV weatherman didn’t do was explain the unusual term. The definition in Google read: A derecho (pronounced similar to “deh-REY-cho”) is a widespread, long-lived wind storm that is associated with a band of rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms. Although a derecho can produce destruction similar to the strength of tornadoes, the damage typically is directed in one direction along a relatively straight swath.

The last time I was unaware of a weather term suddenly in use was “lake effect” back in the 1980s. Another new word in the same time frame was wind chill.

So, the question was, did you see a derecho? I did. Happily, the gusts of wind and driving rain probably lasted 15 minutes or so. Other than some small branches that fell from our trees, and a carpet blown off the deck there was no serious damage. I sincerely hope you can say the same.

Red and yellow, black and white

Remember that song, “Jesus Loves the Little Children”? “Red and yellow, black and white – they are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world.” I believed the message of that song when I was 5, and I still do.

I was an ‘Army brat’, a kid in a career Army family. My dad was a ‘lifer’ (20 years). I loved it. We got new orders, we moved, and I got to make new friends everywhere. We lived in Germany, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and finally Philadelphia. I think I learned the song in Vacation Bible School (where, I’ll admit, my primary interest was snack time graham crackers and milk). But I learned that song, and it has served me well for many years. You know why? Because it’s based on Scriptural truth, and that’s the best foundation for life. In short, it gave me no inclination towards racism; rather it kept me from that trap’s grip. Here’s how…

When the Apostle Paul visited Athens he found many shrines to many gods. The Athenians, wanting not to offend anyone, constructed one ‘To the unknown God’ (in case they missed one they didn’t know about). Paul explained to them who that one was. The account is in Acts 17. God’s message to them (and to us) is that the God Who created all things, also “made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation,” (Acts 17:24, NASB). So we’re all the same! From one original (Adam)! So there’s one race – the human race!

Observe this critical point – the basis of human dignity is our common Creator. So if you’ve dismissed creation in favor of dehumanistic Evolution’s “from-the-goo-to-the-zoo-to-me-and-you” reasoning, then the dignity of all is erased. Then we have racism. Let’s not do that anymore.

Governor’s order hurt family-owned farms

During the middle of the August Primary Election week, Governor Whitmer’s Department of Health and Human Services snuck in a terrifying new order. This order would mandate a medical procedure for all agricultural and food processing employees, migrant workers, and greenhouses with more than twenty