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Take the high road

In this world where “spin” permeates everything, Cal Thomas’ willingness to speak his mind on global warming (3/16) is refreshing. His wish to focus on the eternal, to be “in the world but not of it” (my quotes, not his) is laudable – I agree that many of our concerns become insignificant when one looks at the big picture.

Still, we must scrutinize how we behave in this world: Are we compassionate? Are we respectful of the gifts we’ve been given, including this planet? Our existence on Earth, while not the whole story, is an important chance to choose the high road. Surely this road does not include poisoning the Earth.

Mr. Thomas refers to the “limited success” of religious activists, but recall Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Jesus Christ – all brought far-reaching social changes driven by their faith in God. We should all strive to do the right thing – for some evangelicals, this means outlawing gay marriage. For me, it’s more important to alleviate suffering, and to treat this planet with the reverence it deserves.

Above all, we must seek humility. We’re all doing the best we can with the understanding we’ve been given.

Diane Miessler

Grass Valley

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