EDITORIAL: Who is My Neighbor?

As Hurricane and now Tropical Storm Harvey continue to batter Houston and other cities in the Gulf Coast Region, we have seen something quite amazing take place — people helping people.

The unfolding of events, with hundreds of volunteers using their own boats to go out and look for those still stranded, without regard to race, creed, color, or economic status, serves as an example of the kind of people we should all be. For the most part, we believe those who live in the Greater Washington Area have and exhibit the same level of selflessness and concern for others. We’ve seen it time and time again.

Moreover, these scenes of concern for one’s neighbors, as expressed in the Christian New Testament parable of the Good Samaritan, could not have come at a better time. Think back just a week or so to the ignorance, the hatred and the pure evil that occurred in Charlottesville. That was “humankind” at its very worst.

Now, in Texas, we are seeing humankind at its best.

Some cities are entirely under water. Some families have lost every personal possession. Some people are still stranded, hoping upon hope that someone will come to their rescue.

Two dramatically different tragedies have befallen America in a short period of time — Houston, Texas, and its environs and Charlottesville. In both cases, we have looked to our President for guidance and leadership. We have looked to him to speak the truth. We have looked to him to see that he sincerely cares. In both cases, we have witnessed little evidence of what we have long come to expect from our country’s chief executive.

Perhaps that’s why the examples of everyday citizens who have stepped up to the plate mean so much. We need more compassion in our land, more harmony, more love. We’ve had enough divisiveness and false bravado. People are suffering. Let’s do what we can to help.

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