Category: Social Concerns
In these times of polarized, pugnacious pundits of doom and gloom, it strikes me that the finest most honorable tribute to our fallen warriors would be a month of silence. commencing today and running two weeks after Memorial Day, so as to fully memorialize the depth of the meaning of the day, beyond a 3 day vacation bash.
Naturally one would not retreat as a monk, but the silence I envision would be a nationwide fasting from all political opinion and identity politics—none of which ever exist on a battlefield. Turn off all talk radio and cable news for 30 days in respect for the men and women who sacrificed their lives for the very existence of those entities. Show the world that we are united as Americans first, not because we have an opinion that trumps our neighbors. Loud opinions in combat are a security risk. So lets for one month imagine we are in combat for the soul of America and silence ourselves, knowing that we will not shrivel up without a pronounced proclamation of our position on the state of nation. That would sound trumpets of respect for the fallen warriors.
“Homo lupus Homini.” Man is wolf to man. We must find a way to mute the mounting rude and ruthless incivility that has become acceptable and oddly laudable. It is said that, “evil thrives on resistance,” making silence the only antidote to the chaotic cacophony that is subsuming the nation. The last degenerate Emperor of Rome in 509 heard the same angry wailing on the way out.
War shows no sign of lessening. From the Peloponnesian Wars. to the Crusades through the French Revolution, two World Wars, endless Revolutions amongst nation states, to the ongoing undeclared wars of assimilation in Korea , Vietnam and now 15 years in the tribal quagmires of the return of Ottoman Empire, , there has always been a dislike of the unlikes. Whites against blacks. Christians and Jews, Muslims and Jews, Catholics and Protestants, Irish and British. Yet, in all my years, I have not witnessed such a brutal inhumanity to our own. All being aggrandized by a voyeuristic media.
The only First Amendment antidote to this calamity of voices that are not folding into anything fruitful or formative for posterity, is silence.
“Only the dead know the end of war.” Plato
In honor of Memorial Day 2016, lets imitate the deceased with our silence, they may hear such a tribute.
Dogs on the Go Pet Adoption Vehicle
The Victor Valley Animal Protective League (VVAPL) humane society introduced its first mobile adoption vehicle to the public on February 13.
Called “Dogs On the Go,” the vehicle can showcase 25 pets, it’s debut took place at PetSmart in Apple Valley during Pet Smart Charities’ National Adoption Weekend. The vehicle was donated by Southwest Gas.
A ribbon cutting ceremony kicked off the showcasing of this first of its kind vehicle in the High Desert, vehicle. Afterwards, attendees were able to get a look at some of the pets up for adoption through VVAPL.
Every month Dogs on the Go will travel to different locations throughout the area bringing adorable adoptables to a neighborhood near you!
VVAPL is a nonprofit and was the first animal shelter in the Victor Valley. Since 1958, VVAPL has rescued, sheltered and found homes for unwanted animals.
Their clinic provides vaccines, spay/neuter, dental and microchip clinics, pet therapy, and C.A.R.E.S. outreach education programs in schools, senior facilities and health and safety fairs.
VVAPL Humane Society is located at 21779 Zuni Road, Apple Valley, CA 92307. Call (760) 247-2102, or visit www.vvapl.com for more information.
Employee Giving Programs Help
Giving back and making a positive impact in local communities is part of the mission of many companies.
One way to accomplish that is through employee charitable giving programs, providing employees the opportunity to support local nonprofits through one-time gifts or ongoing payroll deductions.
VVAPL Humane Society is thankful and humbled by the generosity of employees from two giving programs – Disney VoluntEARS Community Fund (DVCF) and Southwest Gas Corporation’s Fuel For Life.
For over 30 years, Disneyland Resort cast members have focused on providing meaningful service to their communities. Cast member Rachelle Allen recently nominated the humane society to receive one of the many grants given to Southern California nonprofits through the Disney VoluntEARS Community Fund.
VVAPL was awarded $5,000 to help with Chip and Return, a low-cost microchip program launching in March.
“A microchipped pet has a greater chance of being reunited with their family if found,” said VVAPL Executive Director Kathy Williamson. “Thanks to DVCF, we’re able to provide this much needed, low-cost resource to pet parents.”
Southwest Gas encourages a culture of giving, and their employees have a long and proud history of making a meaningful difference in the communities they serve.
This year, through the Fuel For Life program, the generous SWG employees donated $11,881.71 to VVAPL, which will be used to support the humane society’s community and adoption programs, such as their Dogs on the Go
Mobile Adoption Vehicle. The humane society was also honored to be highlighted in the Fuel For Life Campaign video, which can be viewed at www.swgas.com/en/charitable-giving.
VVAPL Humane Society is a nonprofit located at 21779 Zuni Road in Apple Valley. For information call 760/247-2102, visit www.vvapl.com to view animals, and like us on Facebook.