Letter to the Editor: A need for better stewards

Published 5:39 pm Tuesday, April 16, 2024

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Did you know that here in this country we produce and sell 48 million tons of plastic and only 5-6% is recycled? Did you know that eight million tons go into the ocean and by 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish? Which brings me to the point of preachers and preaching.

Somewhere in the “Good Book” we are asked to be stewards of the land and to not “foul our nest” and yet every Sunday in churches far and wide we continue to hear the same story of what happened over 2,000 years ago. I’m sorry, but how about that story being told just twice a year, like Christmas and Easter and the rest of the Sundays? These men/women of God need to preach how important it is for us to take care of the one and only home we have and will ever have.

I’ve mentioned how much litter I pick up while out walking every day I’m able to (and at my age, that’s not as often as I would like) and yet still I find enough garbage to fill a large bucket and another bag. When was it decided that this planet was one giant garbage pail? When did we stop respecting not only one another but our home? I don’t get it!! Do you really think God is looking at our actions and saying how wonderful it is that we are trashing his creation that was lovingly given to us? I don’t think so!

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We can go to church every Sunday and feel all so pious and then spend the rest of the week destroying what was once a heaven on earth? And all too many of those who think they will go to heaven are also Trump lovers. He hates the EPA!  He doesn’t care about the planet, the home you children will inherit. He doesn’t care about you, as a matter of fact, only about the one percent and unless you are in that rarified group, I would think twice about putting him back in a position of power where our rights as humans will easily be taken from us.   

Please stop getting what you think to be facts from social media and start reading and investigating on your own. Knowledge is so freeing.

To quote Arthur C. Clark: “Religion is a by-product of fear. For much of human history it may have been a necessary evil, but why was it more evil than necessary? Isn’t killing people in the name of God a pretty good definition of insanity?”

Roberta Mistretta

Austin, MN