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Editorial: In this season of giving, joy and peace

 

It's holiday time in a bah humbug sort of year. Reasons for distress run the gamut -- from terrorism, violence and nuclear weapons to disrespect, distrust, divisiveness and discrimination to inequality and injustice. When there is equal outrage over a football player who takes a knee and someone who takes a life with impunity, something is wrong.

We have workplace impropriety, misplaced priorities, lack of civility and accountability. The only place we don't find discrimination is in abuse; victims come in all races, creeds, colors, ages and genders.

The weight of the issues can distort the rose-colored glasses we usually don this time of year.

Here in our beautiful city in our beautiful state in the greatest country in the world, we are more or less sheltered from the very visible signs of societal despair, but it still lingers just beneath the surface.

We are not completely immune from homelessness, poverty, violence and tragedy, but most of Pleasanton's bah humbug problems are "first world" issues. For example, while some people in our community are living in their cars or are one medical bill or layoff away from homelessness, we are spending thousands of taxpayer dollars and precious time defending the development of an area that could bring jobs and sales tax revenue here.

Injustice can also rear its ugly head in our hometown, as was evident when the man who killed Pleasanton native Kate Steinle was not found guilty of even involuntary manslaughter. People escape consequences of driving while impaired on multiple occasions and end up killing innocent people. Some use funds meant for charity to promote their own self-interests and others steal and call it justified.

What we need in this season of giving, joy and peace is to bring joy to others by giving of ourselves and giving up anger, vengeance for perceived slights and bitterness. This could quash some of the divisiveness in Pleasanton, in our state, in our country and in our world. This could bring peace, if only peace of mind.

A little humility and thinking of others before rights and entitlements can go a long way. Look inward and act outward, and be kind to one another.

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