LISA MCGINLEY - RECENT COLUMNS
Published: June 19, 2022 | Lisa McGinley
Published: June 5, 2022 | Lisa McGinley
The logical response from authorities to someone who sees something and says something is to do something about it. Not acting to prevent potential deadly harm wastes the courage of the person who reported what they saw. It signals others not to bother.
Religion and government can serve as each other's moral checks and balances. They can share tasks that neither can accomplish as well on their own, but the First Amendment to the Constitution sets the ground rules for separation of church and state.
When sorrow strikes a school community, we have grown to expect that counselors will be available for any child or adult who wants to talk. That's healthy, and students now are in a parallel situation. Covid is a sorrow, the pandemic a painful episode that lingers.
Like eating breakfast, having clean, unstuffy air to breathe is a prerequisite for staying alert and concentrating on lessons. In a time of pandemic, filtering the air can be a prequisite to staying uninfected and in school.
The non-financial cost has been mounting for decades: loss of innocence, loss of trust, loss of faith, loss of credibility for the church as a moral teacher on any subject and, ultimately, loss of Catholics.
We have manipulated daylight time and our own sleep habits for generations. This encourages the idea that humans can make the same kind of stab at modifying their behavior to control temperature and dangerous emissions.
Non-profit agencies tend to be idealistic about the fact that they are trying to meet a need for the greater good. So imagine the shock and alarm when the more-or-less tacit practice of exempting their organizations from taxes is challenged. They don't budget for that.
Connecticut has made vaccination against the covid virus easy for those over 12 to get, and has stood fast on requiring childhood immunizations against other diseases, including polio. The first campers and their parents would have thought that the moral is obvious.
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