My last letter

My last letter

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Over the past 15 years, I have probably had 30 letters to the editor published by the Observer-Reporter. This will be my last letter, for reasons I will not explain here. But, as I contemplate the most serious issues facing not only the people of Washington County, but also the United States and the world, I think back to another time, a little over 2,000 years ago.

Then the world faced very serious issues of famine, disease, war, poverty, slavery and harsh rule by the Roman government. People faced difficult daily decisions on how they and their families could best survive. The world has changed radically since then, but the problems are still the same. The world still faces famine, disease, war and poverty. Perhaps slavery is not as universally accepted, but it still exists in the form of human trafficking. Many believe the current U.S. government is no better than the imperial rule of the Romans, but we are a representative democracy. What has changed is the opportunity for hope. What changed the world was the first Christmas. It is remarkable to think how the life of one man, Jesus Christ, changed the world more than any king, emperor, president or dictator.

It is not up to governments to provide us with every necessity. That is up to the individual. But each of us bear a responsibility to help each other however and whenever we can. It is up to each and every one of us to change this world and make it a better place. We do not have to be chained to the problems of the past. There is hope. We cannot change the whole world, but we can have a positive impact on our little corner of it here in Washington County.

May each and every one of you find the love and peace of Jesus Christ in the coming year.

Gary Ford


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