Local motorcycle club members, Demare Gill, Sr., Mike Wells, and Troy Tinsley of Roanoke joined other Masonic Riders Motorcycle Club Chapters from Woodbridge, and Norfolk, VA; Maryland, North Carolina; Augusta, GA and Star Lite Riders in a charity parade to raise money and awareness for the Masonic orphan children in Oxford, NC. All are pictured standing around North Carolina’s Grandmaster, Toby Fence (pictured seated centered in white shirt).
A realistic look at man’s prejudices throughout the centuries should be sufficient to convince us that the thoughts, theories and practices of past ages are certainly insufficient for today’s drastically fast changing, multi-cultural American nation in particular. But there are so many prejudices often undetected, especially within ourselves–the first and most realistic place to come to grips with and start making change—as this is the primary one over whom one has control. Continue reading Racism, America’s most challenging issue. . .
Whether by force or by choice, the movement of people is as old as human history. The effort to control and restrict such movement is just as old. The powerful have always sought to determine who may enter, and who may not. We have built walls to protect and defend, including the Great Wall in China against northern invaders; the Berlin Wall, the most visible symbol of the Cold War; the Separation Barrier Israel continues to build to wall off Palestinians; and the wall along the US-Mexico border, to prevent immigration from Latin America. Physical walls create and reinforce psychological barriers, stereotypes and fears. Continue reading The Movement of People: Human and Humane
Throughout the nation this weekend, fathers will take their rightful place in the seat of honor although not yet as highly celebrated as the Mother’s Day that preceded it a few weeks earlier. Neither does Father’s Day equal in sentiment the flair or even commercialization that Mother’s Day receives and the contributions of fathers to the stability of the family is often subordinated. Yet, since the latter celebration was started in 1910 by Mrs. John Bruce Dodd of Spokane, WA, the third Sunday of each June has been observed as Father’s Day throughout the United States and Canada and in 1936 a National Father’s Day Committee was formed headquartered in New York. Continue reading Father’s Day reflections revisited
by Tim Kaine, US Senator for Virginia
Once someone has paid his or her debt for a crime, that person deserves the opportunity to become a full, productive member of society again. This deeply held principle led me to restore the voting rights of 4,400 Virginians when I was Governor, and I’m proud that Governors Warner, McDonnell and McAuliffe have made voting rights restoration a priority as well. Continue reading Don’t box people in