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Building Presidential Consensus

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Twenty-four years ago I had written a few letters concerning some of the issues of the day to our new President at the time – Bill Clinton.  I actually received a letter back from him.  I guess he got tired of all of my letters.  It was kind of him to actually acknowledge my concerns.

His first few months of office were very busy after being inaugurated as the 42nd President of the United States on January 20, 1993 three months prior to the time I wrote my letter to him.

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On January 25, 1993 Bill Clinton announced that Hillary Clinton would lead the task force on National Health Care Reform.  The President hoped to reform the National Health Care system so that all Americans had health insurance. It would ensure what he called “Universal Coverage” which would hopefully control health care costs which were continuing to rise out of control.

On February 5, 1993 President Bill Clinton signed the Family Medical Leave Act that requires companies to provide workers with up to 3 months of unpaid leave for family and medical emergencies.

Then on January 26, 1993, six people were killed and more than one thousand suffered from injuries after a bomb was placed under the World Trade Center in New York City. This explosion marked the beginning of threats against the United States by both domestic and foreign terrorists.  Who could foretell the dark days ahead relating to terrorism?

April 19, 1993 the day my letter was postmarked – In Waco, Texas Federal Law officers under the orders of Attorney General – Janet Reno fought a 51 day stand-off with a religious cult led by David Koresh.  The battles resulted in terrible fires that destroyed the cults compound and killed 75 people.

Our country faces issues today, just like we did during Bill Clinton’s presidency 24 years ago. Although there are many things I did not agree with President Bill Clinton on, I can agree that we need to have a consensus to work together as a country and a people.  After all, we are all in it together and we need each other.

Peace and Destruction

This is a peaceful scene of a Japanese fisherman fishing off a bridge in the mountains.  This hand painted and signed Japanese silkscreen painting has something that is not so very peaceful associated with it though.  As a matter of fact it is the opposite of peace and relates to utter and complete evil. and destruction.  Perhaps you will be able to understand what I am referring too with a little more information to follow here.

The painting was given to my father-in law by an architect in Detroit, Michigan many years ago when he was working with him on some projects as a contractor in the Detroit area.  My father-in law, Albert Petrucci was close friends with an architect named Minoru Yamasaki who gave him this painting at the conclusion of one of the projects they worked on together.  Minoru came to Detroit in 1945 and started out working for a firm called Smith, Hinchman & Grylls, and then went on to form his own firm called Yamasaki & Associates.

Minoru Yamasaki is best known for the design of the original twin towers called the World Trade Center towers in New York City.  At one time, the towers were the tallest in the world at 1368′ and 1362′ tall.  The towers were destroyed on September 11, 2001 when al-Qaeda Islamic terrorist flew American Airlines planes into the buildings. The buildings stood for more than 30 years and were leveled within 1 hour and 42 minutes on that fateful day when almost 3000 people were murdered.

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John 10:10 KJV

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

John 14:27 KJV

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, nether let it be afraid. 

 

OKLAHOMA MEMORIES

Oklahoma City Bombing

Oklahoma City Bombing – April 19, 1995

 

The other day I came across some old photos in my picture box my step-mother had sent me that brought back a lot of memories of the that terrible day of April 19, 1995.  Dad had called me on the phone at about noon and left a message that someone had just bombed a building in downtown Oklahoma City earlier that morning.  He lived in Yukon, Oklahoma with my step-mother who was the director of the Traveler’s Aid Society of Oklahoma which was about a block or so away from the Alfred P. Murrah federal building that was bombed. Dad said that he felt the blast some twenty miles away where he lived and the windows of the house rattled it was so powerful.

My step-mother, Gloria Smith, was fortunately out of the office that day.  If she would have been in her office that day, she would have likely died since the windows were blown out from the blast and shards of glass were found impaled into her chair where she would have been sitting near the front. Part of the transmission from the Ryder truck used in the blast was found in the parking lot directly in front of the Traveler’s Aid building.

Nothing like that had ever happened in Oklahoma before.  On that day, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols killed 168 innocent people and injured some 680 others with a massive bomb made from forty 50 lb bags of ammonium nitrate (fertilizer) and diesel fuel.  Oklahoma would never be the same after that.  The bomb was the equivalent of 5000 pounds of dynamite and registered about a 3.0 on the Richter scale.  It was heard and felt some 50 miles away from the blast.  It damaged 324 buildings and shattered glass in about 260 buildings.

The day before the blast suspects connected with the bombing had stopped into the Traveler’s Aid office to ask for gasoline vouchers. My step-mom had to confront them when they refused to give their driver’s license for identification and they then left in a huff after being very loud and arguing with her.  She said they drove off in a Mercury Marquis car with no tag which was later identified as belonging to Timothy McVeigh.  Two of the suspects who stopped in the office were identified as Melvin Lattimore ( Majahid Abdulquaadir Menepata) and James Rosecrans.  She was later interviewed by the FBI some ten times and was later on a Fox News special on a five-minute segment detailing the account.

What a terrible day this was in Oklahoma.  It just doesn’t make any sense!  I am very glad though and thankful to the good LORD that my step-mom happened to be out of the office that day.

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