With all of the recent discussions on abortion and the changing of the state laws concerning it, I felt I should comment. I am a person who usually goes with the flow and majority unless something contradicts the word of God. I feel that we are moving back in the right direction.
Abortion is the killing of the unborn fetus at different stages after conception. Some say that the fetus is alive when a heartbeat is detected, but I feel that the baby is alive upon conception and not just a blob of matter. This is a miracle of God. God’s Ten Commandments list murder as a sin. As many people know, the Ten Commandments are the basis for some of our laws, and without them we would live in lawlessness and chaos. "Thou shalt not murder” is a commandment. Murder is “to kill brutally,” according to Webster’s dictionary. I can not make myself watch documentaries on abortion, and I wonder how God feels each time a baby is aborted. He is the creator of life, but some feel it is OK to end life. Even if a child is not actually wanted by the mother, there are plenty of people who would love to have the opportunity to raise a child.
Another thing I have heard is that when a baby dies, that it will become an angel. The angels have already been created and are in heaven. Each one of these aborted babies is a person who will have a resurrected body when he or she enters heaven just as Jesus has. The babies will know who their parents are. It is sad to know that millions of babies have lost their earthly lives this way. As a child, I lost a brother to being stillborn. My parents were heartbroken, and I still remember that time even though I was only 6. I will see him again in heaven one day.
"God bless America" is in our politicians' speeches and in our songs, but to me, it is a wonder that we can expect His blessings with a country that can condone abortion. God is our only hope.
Altering the flag
Flag Day is coming soon. I have just a few thoughts about flag respect and etiquette.
Many people think that it is patriotic just to fly the flag without any regard to proper flag etiquette. There are certain published rules of etiquette for displaying the U.S. flag that out of respect should be followed, not only for the proper disposal of an unserviceable flag but also how to fly or display the flag.
Quite often I see flags left out 24/7 and in all kinds of weather. A flag after dark is supposed to be illuminated. It is to be allowed fly free if on a staff or suspended properly if otherwise displayed. It should not be excessively soiled or tattered. It is not to be worn as clothing (this does not include flags in their entirety affixed to clothing). Finally, the flag is not to be altered in any way.
For the most part, I believe people who don't follow proper etiquette mean well and indeed are patriotic.
However, altering the flag for any reason is totally unacceptable. Some organizations have adopted an altered flag as their symbol. While I don't like this, it is not nearly as offensive as what I have seen recently.
Lately I have seen an altered flag that I find extremely offensive. The "stars and bars" (Confederate battle flag) was designed by hostile power for the sole purpose of leading and inciting troops against U.S. military forces. As a veteran, I am in particular offended by it. Not only has someone or some group decided to disrespect the flag by altering it, they have seen fit to further disgrace it by combining it with the flag of an openly hostile enemy.
This not only disrespects our nation's flag but is totally disrespectful to every man or woman who ever proudly wore the uniform of our armed forces.
'Smelling the roses'
I would be amiss not to write about why Joplin Globe Editor Carol Stark's induction into the Missouri Press Hall of Fame is the top priority of acceptance of good work.
Congratulations are the order of the day. This is a heartfelt expressing of the meaning of "smelling the roses."
Stark has given a "voice" to me and my late sister, Susie Reaves, for many years, allowing African American history events and opinions to be expressed more than ever before in The Joplin Globe.
The articles have educated all, regardless of age or race, to know about the area where we live and raise our children. Until you have lived the moments, you have no idea what it is like to try to be involved in the community and things be accepted in a positive way to make it better each day.
Ms. Stark and I have never met face to face, but we have worked on news by telephone, letters and other means of communication. I want to thank her for her kind way of making people feel like they are "important."
Remember the meaning of "smelling the roses." I do.
Betty J. Smith