Letters: America has not lived up to its ideals

Dear Editor:
E Pluribus Unum -- Out of the many, one -- is the ideal upon which America was founded. It is inscribed on the nation’s Great Seal and all its coinage. Our history has shown, however, that we have failed to live up to that ideal. In order to at long last form that “more perfect union,” we must face our most challenging issue: racism.
 In the writings of the Baha’i faith, God addresses humanity with these words:  
“Know ye not why We created you all from the same dust? That no one should exalt himself over the other. Ponder at all times in your hearts how ye were created.”
 In a recent message from the Baha’is of the United States to the nation, it states:
“To create a just society begins with recognition of the fundamental truth that humanity is one. But it is not enough simply to believe this in our hearts. It creates the moral imperative to act, and to view all aspects of our personal, social, and institutional lives through the lens of justice. It implies a reordering of our society more profound than anything we have yet achieved. And it requires the participation of Americans of every race and background, for it is only through such inclusive participation that new moral and social directions can emerge.”
 In the midst of these extremely troubled times, tragic events have heightened public awareness and rejection of injustice.  Let us not miss this opportunity to finally, decisively, confront what is preventing our nation from fulfilling its noble destiny.  Please read the entire message, “Forging a Path to Racial Justice” at bahai.us/path-to-racial-justice.
 Mardell Jasnowski,
on behalf of The Baha’is of Central Nebraska

US could learn from South Korea
Dear Editor:
The article written by Merete Lutz, “What I Saw While in South Korea,” and published in the July 15 issue of the News-Register, is a well-written commentary on our present pandemic problems. It was a thoughtful comparison of the South Korean pandemic response to that of the United States.
While our countries are very different, we could have learned much from them. For example, we should all have heeded the advice of scientists and epidemiologists, rather than that of those who politicized a pandemic.
Dick Schanou,
Aurora

Truck driver in need says thanks
Dear Editor:
I’m a semi truck driver. I was driving east on I-80 coming into Aurora.
I have a tumor in my throat. I began choking swallowed wrong tube. I felt myself passing out and began hard braking and pulling onto shoulder. I lost consciousness and passed out. When I woke I was racing downhill off the road in the tall grass. I stopped the truck off road in steep grass hill embankment. A woman and man stopped to help me.
 I want to thank them, as well as the Aurora Fire Department and the tall state trooper who helped me, both with concern and encouragement, and a ride back to my truck at repair shop.
May God bless you and I thank you again for your help and concern.
Kevin Baird

 

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