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August 30, 2013

KELLY: What do you think X?

By WILLIAM J. KELLY

Toddler’s death

Are we all perfect? Ever since the unfortunate death of the 16-month-old toddler caused by the 4-year-old who somehow got the keys to his father’s truck, started the truck and it ran over his sibling, many people have been calling into radio stations making the statement that the parents of these children should be brought up on various charges.

Having raised six children I can tell you that I made many mistakes, but fortunately, by the grace of God, I was saved from the many possible disasters that could have occurred. One time my wife happened to look out the window to see our 4-year-old daughter climbing down from the second floor on some old, thin two-wire television cable. Fortunately it did not break, but how can any parent foresee a child doing something like that? I can’t imagine the grief these parents must be suffering; and what about that 4-year-old who might suffer psychologically the rest of his life from this accident?

We Christians and Jews have been taught to have compassion, to have empathy and to love our neighbor in their time of trouble. To me, those people who, in hindsight, want to add more problems to their neighbor in their time of great grief over the loss of their child are not practicing what God taught us all. What do you think?

Immigration law

In the Nation & World section of the Aug. 23 issue of the Star-Telegram was a small subtitle, “Catholic leaders plan immigration push.” It stated in part that on Sept. 8 at Sunday masses some Bishops and priests will “urge congressional passage of a legislative overhaul that includes a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.”

This is entirely wrong thinking by these religious authorities and probably reinforces the founding father’s declaration of “separation of church and state.” I have looked at the present immigration law and in my reading of it there is nothing wrong with it. The present law has set quotas of immigrants for every foreign country with provisions for both our scientific and industrial needs, and for parents and children of legal immigrants to be reunited.

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