Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

April 21, 2012

Letters to the Editor 4/22/12


Corsicana Daily Sun

— The United Way Social Service Committee along with Corsicana Ministerial Alliance sponsored a presentation at Northside Baptist Church Monday night.  A crowd of 80 individuals from churches and agencies all over Navarro County were in attendance.  Dr. Gaynor Yancey, Professor at Baylor University School of Social Work, formerly served 30 years in urban missions in Philadelphia, Penn.  Dr. Yancey presented “Legacies of Care,” which included concepts of how societies have helped through the ages and how these have shaped our traditions and attitudes of helping today.

Dr. Yancey shared the traditions and concepts of “helping” crafted from the cultures of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Jewish societies as well as those from the early Christian church. The richness of this history influences many of our traditions and attitudes of how we think about or help those in poverty or need. Our behaviors sometimes are reminiscent of the age old story of the woman who cut the roast in half before cooking it because that is what her mother always did.  She never thought to ask her mother why she did this and it turned out the reason was because the mother’s pan was too small. This historical view of helping the poor and those in need hopefully will stimulate discussion and motivate us to ask significant questions such as:

On what do we base our foundation of helping? Are we aware of our attitudes regarding the worthy vs. unworthy poor? Do we choose to love those in need and help with no requirement or possibly judge them because their current situation must be the result of their own bad choices?  Do we help those who we deem worthy because they are “willing to work” and subsequently worthy of our help?  

This presentation stirred much discussion and possibly will motivate many to rethink “why” we help the way we do or possibly do not help at all.  If you or your church is interested in a Legacies of Care presentation please contact Bro. Floyd Petersen, Ministerial Alliance President or email pam.crawford@pchas.org.

— Pam Crawford, United Way Social Service Committee Chair

Happy Homecoming

To the Editor: Now that we have survived 45 days of both Esu and I being treated like ... common criminals, I would like to let all know that we did live.

I will never forget the kind words, and all the other ways Esu and I were helped during this time. I will help you all at any time, all you have to do is call.

Special thanks to Julie Maupin, Tom Wilson, Clyde Smith, Lynn Gatlin, and of course, Dr. John Beck and his great staff.

Esu received wonderful care from the Corsicana Animal Shelter, Katie Watkins and her staff. Esu became very spoiled!

I pray that the Corsicana Police Department and Navarro County Sheriff’s Department have learned from this bad experience that people who try to save the life of a precious dog are neither dumb or insane. We are not criminals, and do not deserve to be treated as such.

We are also not trash trying to break the law by saving our animals.

I hope the whole bad experience never happens to anyone else.

Best,

Rene Brown and Esu



Justice for Justice

To the Editor: I saw on the Dallas news that The Dallas Police Department has an arrest warrant out for the guy, who burned the dog, Justice, the other day.

I hope, by the time they publish this letter, they would have caught him quickly, and bring him to justice.

They said, it was a state jail felony. This is good, but I wished it was higher up on the chain for punishment. If you agree, or have any other thoughts about him or any other innocent animal, please, post a comment somewhere it can be read. I would appreciate it, and I know, Justice would appreciate it.

He is now with God, now, and no one can hurt him anymore. God takes care of all of his creatures that he created, and is, surely taking great care of Justice.

May God bless you, and take great care of you, Justice.

We love you Buddy.

Jonathan Batton

Corsicana