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Florida Department of Transportation Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Survey

The Florida DOT is conducting a safety survey related to Pedestrian and Bicycle activity.  We are assisting FDOT by sharing this information as widely as possible.  Please take a few minutes, if possible, to participate in the survey.  The survey is 25 questions long and parts of it will test you about your knowledge of traffic laws, it will not reveal to you if you answered correctly or not though.  The purpose is to determine how well the public knows the traffic safety laws.  The survey is anonymous.

Here is a link to the survey: 

Respectfully,

Sergio Gomez

Secretary

MC Squared, Inc.

5808-A Breckenridge Parkway

Tampa, Florida 33610

Let them in. My opinion on other’s opinions on social media. A disappointed Christian’s perspective on the online American immigration debate.

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After seeing a lot of social media posts from Christian friends and family members, which support the current administration’s stance on immigration control, I feel compelled to voice my opinion and concern as a Christian. I also feel its important to share with non-Christians that this Christian does not agree with what is happening along our borders, and finds its unethical and immoral.

Christians are called to seek and find the weary, sick, poor in spirit, under served, etc. Not allow or tolerate, but seek and find (notice I didn’t say stop, ban or persecute either).Why? So we can help, support, care, heal and provide refuge. But why are Christians called to do this? As a demonstration of our faith? Sure. But more importantly as a demonstration of love and grace. The same that is bestowed on us unconditionally by God.

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So let me ask my fellow believers this… is your political meme, quote or image a good demonstration of your faith? Are you speaking your truth from a place of love? Are you loving your neighbor (even if they are across a border)?

Remember that borders and states are artificial, political constructs. Physical walls are made my Man. There are many Christians that have been practicing love and demonstrating Christ’s love and grace for decades along the American/ Mexican border https://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-texas-border-wall-church-20190130-htmlstory.html. Why? Because they see human suffering and want to help alleviate it. 

Remember our shared American history and the foundation of our country. 

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she

With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Emma Lazarus

November 2, 1883

Think critically about driving factors that have created systematic murder of millions of people worldwide. At one time they were small ideas and acts that grew into unprecedented evil. 

Lessons from Hitler’s Rise to Power – An Interview with Dr. Robert Ericksen

https://www.ravenfoundation.org/lessons-hitlers-rise-power-interview-dr-robert-ericksen/

Do you want a young person to ask you one day, “did you support this?”, “did you see it happening”, “did you do anything about it when it was happening?”? 

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What stories about our country do you want to share or read on social media now? In this present moment. This one?

Daughters of Farm Workers Becomes Class Valedictorian At Polk County School. 

http://www.fox35orlando.com/fast-five/daughter-of-farmworkers-becomes-class-valedictorian-at-polk-county-school?fbclid=IwAR3lUVVDp5RNZ1IdU6BpyYVwLTu7xtRatlduqfbw35kliuxuyx_F7oR_5Ec

Or this one?

A quarter of a Mississippi school district’s Hispanic students were absent the day after an immigration raid

https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/09/us/mississippi-immigration-raids-friday/index.html

We can choose to perpetuate this climate or help defuse it. Is your social media post a light upon a hill?

We are so blessed to be born in this county and unfortunately, others are not. I can tell you right now that if I was living in Syria and had a child, I would do everything in my power to get them out. We are all human beings. We all want the same things- love, safety, homes, food security, good health. Why should we as Christian’s care? Because not only is it the right thing to do, but because God call us to care. He calls us to actively seek and find and care for ALL people. Respective of their religion, nationality and color. 

If we can’t provide a home or a meal, or even our vote, to help the most needy in this world, we can at least refuse to participate in perpetuating the ugly and un-Christian social media posts. If you are a Christian and finding it hard to feel compassion for others, than I challenge you to focus on this scripture, 

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Thank you for reading my opinion.