by Sam Hieb
In his regular Wednesday column, News & Record editorial writer Doug Clark says he’s “skipping the anger and outrage today” in the interest of turning to the “better things” going on in and around our city. Such as:
The Rev. Julie Peeples and the members of Congregational United Church of Christ in Greensboro. In June, they provided Christian sanctuary to Minerva Cisneros Garcia, who was facing a deportation order. The church had pledged to harbor this woman, who posed no threat to anyone, indefinitely — an extraordinary act of love and generosity with no guarantee of a good outcome. Then, in what must have seemed like a miracle, they all learned Monday that the deportation order was set aside by an immigration judge, and Cisneros and her children were free to go home.
I hope we see the same happy ending at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Greensboro, which is sheltering Juana Luz Tobar Ortega.
Clark concludes “we all should live more generously toward one another. It would help soften the heartbreaking tragedies, hatred, greed and nastiness that are all too common in our world.” Agreed. But if you want to maintain that warm and fuzzy feeling, be sure to skip the N&R’s lead editorial (good chance it was written by Clark himself) that unloads big-time on state legislative Republicans, particularly Sen. Trudy Wade and her legislation that would allow Guilford County to remove legal advertising and public notices in local newspapers.