Let’s take better care of our community

I consider myself a Christian, but sometimes I find it hard to do everything a Christian should do. A Christian is not supposed to do to others as they do to you. A Christian is supposed to do to others as you would have them do to you. I find myself on a number of occasions doing to others as they have done to me.

I seldom go to a banquet other than in a black community. I feel if others don’t have some of their banquets in our community, we should not have our banquet in theirs.

I feel it is wrong for many black preachers to let white politicians come to the church and make political speeches. You never see a black politician speaking in a white church like that. A white politician should not be allowed to speak in a black church until black politicians can speak in white churches.

I also feel if other ethnic groups will not support a black-owned business in their community, we should not support them. Many blacks will say we have to shop with others because we do not have enough black-owned businesses. If we do not have everything in the black community where you can buy whatever you want, who’s fault is it? It is our own fault.

Black people lose enough money on the lottery. If money was invested wisely in the black community we would own the community. Also, if more black religious leaders would teach the economic side of the bible, we would have everything we need. We would own almost all the businesses in our community.

But let us thank God we are making some changes. We have reached the top in many fields, including politics. Now, our biggest challenge is economics. We can start changing that by buying black.

Webb Evans
President, United American Progress Association

Treat drugs like prescription medication

What are the goals of the war on drugs? From what I’ve been taught through the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program, our goal is to achieve a drug-free America and keep drugs away from children. On DARE graduation day, I vowed to never do drugs and “Just Say No” to any fool that offered or even mentioned drugs around me. With heavy emphasis on how to “Just Say No,” DARE made me realize something: here is a government-funded program that willingly admits that you will be offered drugs. 

Is it realistic to set goals of a “drug-free America when government-funded programs such as DARE admit there will always be drug dealers? From comprehensive research, many illicit drugs are compatible to creating the same effect as prescription drugs. If our government legalized and regulated illicit drugs the same way we do prescription drugs via pharmacies, then we can provide people with controlled doses and eliminate the chance of people harmed over drug deals gone wrong. 

Valerie Douroux
Submitted at AustinWeeklyNews.com