The Renewable Fuel Standard, Rep. Bob Goodlatte and guns in today’s letters to the editor.
Remembering the last who died
To worldwide Hokies:
On April 16, I remembered 33 students who died — 32 by another’s hand, and one by his own brokenness — because I do not believe that empathy with those who grieve must also command hate for those who have inflicted pain.
In the difference between two numbers, I see a policy of love and hate: love toward those who are your own and hate toward those who are against you.
I believe such a stance, though it separates our beloved from the death that takes them away, does not serve aspirations to greater community, but dehumanizes our own and objectifies the hated into contortions of our own fear.
I ask that you please reflect on the greatest thing that we are protecting when we remember the fallen.
Memories cannot revive the dead. Oblivion cannot destroy evil. But understanding and judgment, when inspired by the spirit of love, can start changes that our neighbors and children will see.
The difference of one person is the difference between compassion and greater compassion.
Virginia Tech, Class of 2007