Keep the trees on South Main
As the work is being done on South Main I’ve got concerns for the trees that are in the median by Park Street.
Please let’s not destroy them as they did with those on Fort Worth Highway years ago.
We have a parks department — take these trees and transplant them somewhere on the college grounds, on the square, just don’t throw them away.
We need all the trees we can get to help with our air quality. I know you replace them, but keep these, too.
Darlene Mader Woodruff,
Jesus is a conservative
As a mid-term Baby Boomer (born 1954) I can empathize with Mr. Yeary’s expressed frustration regarding the current political scene and with his confusion regarding liberalism and conservatism (“Proud to be a liberal,” Viewpoints, July 1) It seems that there are a number of Baby Boomers who have left the political party of their parents and are dismayed at their parent’s continued loyalty to a political party that has philosophically left them.
I agree with most of my Christian brothers that Jesus did not, would not, and will not align Himself with any earthly political philosophy. But Mr. Yeary desires to be at the same place as Jesus, thus I would argue that Jesus modeled for His people what it means to be a conservative. For you see both liberals and conservatives are progressive. Both desire to see improvement and progress for the health and well being of our fellow human beings. But it is at the point of application, how we make such progress, where the liberal and the conservative differ.
Broadly speaking, conservatives tend to be slow. They are gradualists, making progress by building upon the ideas and values of previous generations. They tend to, for example, interpret the Constitution literally and presuppose the framers’ intent when applying the Constitution to issues of our day.
Conversely, liberals tend to seek progress more quickly, making judgments on the issues of our day based on current popular philosophy rather than on the wisdom of previous generations. Thus Mr. Dan Kennedy, the professed atheist, writes, “I draw my convictions from empathy, experience, and the continually evolving human concept of morality...”
Jesus, on the other hand, did not come to establish a new order but, rather, to fulfill and complete the order put into place generations ago by God: “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” (Matthew 5:17,18)
I don’t know if Mr. Yeary is a pre-Baby Boomer, an early-boomer, a mid-boomer, a late-boomer or a post-boomer. But I empathize with the philosophical confusion expressed by his letter. I think the most sure path to sorting out all the differing opinions offered for bettering the human condition of the next generation is to follow the example of Jesus who looked to and built upon the work of His Father, the Ancient of Days. That is the conservative way.
Pastor Patrick Hurd,
Keep the trees on South Main
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