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How do we begin to heal the pain of black people being injured or dying while being taken in by the police? We start by taking a look at ourselves. Do we respect others regardless of their color, background or status? Do we look down on others feeling they are not as good as we are? Do we accept the fact that we are all different and come from different backgrounds?  Do we treat others the same way we treat ourselves and those around us? Do we think everyone is treated equally by our government, our schools, and the police?  Are we supportive and tolerant of those not as fortunate?

Each of us should take a long hard look at ourselves and if we are not already doing so, begin to practice empathy and tolerance for those less fortunate. We should also become more active in our communities to improve the relations of our police, their practices and their programs for improving relations. Policies should be developed to prevent officers from standing silent when observing wrongdoings by other officers during an incident.

We should become involved with our schools insisting for more emphasis on the history of injustice caused by racism and with bullying. Our educators should develop curricula starting as early as possible depending upon the age and maturity of our children. 

Recognizing that the job of policing our community is not always an easy one, we need to educate or reeducate everyone on what to do when they are stopped by the police for driving infractions, domestic troubles or any other reason.

We should be courteous to the officer and expect courtesy in return. We should listen to the officer and follow instructions. If we feel mistreated or not listened to, we should channel our dissatisfaction to a higher authority in the police department or the city. We should never resist an officer, even if we feel we have done nothing wrong. There are legal avenues available to us to correct a situation. This approach should be taught at home and in our schools at every level and will hopefully prevent incidents which have become all too common in our lives.


— Sam Moriana

The Purity of Love
Holds dear
Especially in harsh times
The every facet
Of humankind
Shows energy of high minds
Those who can see giving
in all aspects of life
With masks on street 
they’re plotting
New ways to make life bright
To cook and bake for shut-ins
To reach out to old friends
Through letters of nostalgia
To find a way to win
The sad hearts who’re in limbo
The stories big and small
Of nurses that respond with care
To each one they befall
Or garbage men whose
Beaming eyes 
Remove our toxic waste
While parents watch
And children blow
Kisses to their face
This not the time for sissies 
Every one has part
To be creative in their thoughts
To Win this Virus Plot


S. Scott

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— Cameron Louise Holland & family

Editor’s note: The Holland family’s donation and a few others were received after the production of our special feature on page 6. We appreciate everyone’s contributions!