Justice begins in the home and heart


The time is always right to do what is right.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said that. We just celebrated his birthday, and it got me wondering.

He was killed in 1968, almost 53 years ago, and yet, racism still exists in our society.

Please, don’t deny it. People with confederate flags, armed to the teeth white supremicists, and Nazis are racist.

Despite the best intentions of many people, people of color are treated differently than people of European descent. 

Surveys have shown disparities in wages, housing, education and even in how they are treated in our judicial system.

That’s what makes me wonder.

“How many years do a people exist, before they are allowed to be free?” Bob Dylan asked that in the 60s, and it has not been answered yet.

Justice begins in the home, and in the heart. It’s long time past for us as country to treat everybody fairly.  

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I hope you had a chance to watch the Inauguration this week. To me, it is one of the greatest days of our form of government, the transfer of power from one president to the next.

Unlike previous inaugurations, with their cheering crowds and spectator filled streets, this one was a little surreal. Seeing an army instead of civilians was a bit of a downer, but after the attempted take over of our Capitol, it was warranted.

Amanda Gorman, our national poet laureate, was amazing. So composed, so passionate, so wise for a 22-year-old. If you have not heard her poem, there are plenty of websites with either her reading it or the text for you to read. If you have not experienced it, I strongly urge you to do so.

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No names mentioned, but this past week a youngster visited the Rochelle Christian Food Pantry with a donation. 

He had broken open his piggy bank and used the money to buy a variety of canned goods and other nonperishable items for the food pantry.  

A big salute to this fine boy!

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I live near Skare Park and enjoy watching the little kids going down the gentle hill near the Skare Museum. This week I saw a couple of older kids on snowboards going down the retention pond  slope near my house.

They all looked like they were having fun and could use a bigger hill.

If I win the nearly $1 billion lottery, I’ll work on that.

Terry Dickow can be contacted at [email protected]

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