Morality seems to be a popular subject among the readers of this paper. I also find it interesting, because some people have a strange view of morality.
I refer in particular to a series of columns in this paper by Earl Hiatt. He writes, “The purpose of morality is to define a code of values in support of one’s own life.”
Isn’t it the other way around? History is awash with evil types of that perverted thinking.
He further states, “A harmony of interests exists among rational individuals so that one’s benefit need not come at the price of another’s suffering.”
Somebody throw him a history book! Our “irrational” forefathers sacrificed everything for this still-great country and for you, Mr. Hiatt.
Let’s not forget all the first responders who died in the 9/11 attack or their families. Let’s not forget about our veterans and our young men and woman in the military who continue to sacrifice for freedom everywhere so people like you and I can freely express our views in the public forum.
Hiatt also seems to have a very low opinion of religion. The thought of there being an omniscient creator of the universe does pose a challenge for some people. Let me share God’s all-knowing wisdom on the subject, since he lived it through his son, Jesus Christ.
When asked which is the greatest commandment, Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Morality comes from God, and it’s as simple as that.
Dan Ruiz, Patterson
Memories of a bygone time
As we celebrate Patterson’s centennial in 2009, it reminds me of an experience I had living in Patterson 62 years ago.
As a young graduate, my first job was at a local business. My only mode of transportation (there was no family vehicle) was either to walk, get a ride from a neighbor or ride my bicycle. Because I was embarrassed to ride my bike directly to work, I would park it on the Salado Street side of the Plaza Grocery, now Realty World.
Upon leaving work at the end of the day, my bicycle was always there to transport me to my home on Lilac Avenue. This routine continued until the day I purchased my first automobile.
In those days, there was only open fields, orchards and country, and it seemed like a long distance to town.
Can you imagine this happening today, on our 100th anniversary?
Rosemary Starcher, Patterson
Give us growth
Wal-Mart. Commerce. Growth. Yes! Yes! Yes!
Please listen to your constituents. We want and need any and all retailers, businesses and services you can invite to Patterson.
We so enjoy living in Patterson that we just wish we could invest more of our hard-earned money and time here in town. Give us the opportunity to live and grow here in town instead of having to go elsewhere for services, entertainment and recreation.
Carl Corso, Patterson
Good work by deputy
An elderly gentleman fell from his bicycle the other day and was unable to get up. Patterson Police Services Deputy Reitz responded promptly to a 911 call from a neighbor.
Deputy Reitz handled the situation with professionalism, humor and care, returning a longtime Patterson resident safely home, albeit a little scuffed and muddy.
David Keller, Patterson