To the editor:

As I write, I’m sure that the next issue is already percolating to the top of the news cycle.

I have reflected on the last two or three generations I have had the privilege to talk with.

Some of those people are now deceased but their words and actions remain ingrained in my life.

My mom, paternal grandmother, childhood pastor; uncles, friends and acquaintances who lived through the great depression and World War II.

They had an anchor, not patriotism (through there was that) but more so there was a fear and respect of God.

They lived out Matthew 22:37-39 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Today as too many Americans stand shouting, screaming, looting, and burning down fellow Americans lives and livelihoods, let’s do a time of introspection:

1. Do I realize that every human being around me is a creation of God?

2. Not simply do I not acknowledge God, but do I love Him?

3. Do I love my neighbor (co-worker, fellow citizens of my community …) as myself?

4. Do I really want this country to continue to spiral into anarchy, chaos and destruction?

To myself, my family, friends, co-workers and fellow Riponites, let us do our part by drawing a circle around us and let the necessary change start with me.

— Rev. Doug Hanback

333 E. Jackson St.

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