The Rapidian

Opinion

Bridge Street Market, the new market for everyone

Submitted 09-04-2018 under OPINION

It's with great excitement to announce that the Bridge Street Market held its grand opening on Wednesday, August 29 in the Westside. The wait has been long for residents who witnessed the land remain abandoned after the Moctezuma store closed its doors.

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​Bridge Street Market, nuevo mercado para todos en la calle Bridge

Submitted 09-04-2018 under OPINION

Es con mucha emoción anunciar que el Bridge Street Market celebró su gran apertura el pasado miércoles 29 de agosto en el Oeste de Grand Rapids. Fue larga la espera para residentes quienes fueron testigos del terreno que se mantuvo abandonado después de que la tienda Moctezuma cerrara sus puertas.

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What to do about those who don't give enough?

Submitted 09-04-2018 under OPINION

... in order to survive and serve their mission [religious institutions] need to balance their income and expenses. ... [M]embers must help support the congregation .... What of members who say they can’t afford more than a nominal level of dues, yet they large houses or drive nice cars?

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COAST program brings together community members, students to increase understanding, advocacy for disability rights

Submitted 08-28-2018 under OPINION

I participated in the most recent of these workshops, referred to as COAST (Community Organizing and Advocacy Strategies Training), in July 2018. This program brought people of different backgrounds together to learn the ways to find and solve disability-related community issues.

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is the serpent in the Garden of Eden real?

Submitted 08-27-2018 under OPINION

Elisa asks, Did the supposed serpent in the supposed Garden of Eden have fangs? If so, why? If not, why not?

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Neighborhood schools are being gentrified, but they don't have to be

Submitted 08-20-2018 under OPINION

Individuals moving into rapidly-gentrifying neighborhoods should take a step back to determine how to leverage their social capital for the benefit of the entire community and not just their children and the families in their networks.

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Ethics and Religion Talk: When should clergy criticize policies of the government?

Submitted 08-20-2018 under OPINION

The previous and the current presidential administrations have drawn sharp criticism from the pulpit for positions the president has taken. When is it appropriate for clergy to take a stand on government policies?

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How important is accessibility to a house of worship?

Submitted 08-13-2018 under OPINION

Jim E. asks, Most church buildings are older with lots of stairs. What ethical obligation does a church or house of worship have to be accessible to all visitors? At what cost?

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Ethics and Religion Talk: When should clergy take a stand for or against the policy of family separation?

Submitted 08-06-2018 under OPINION

Bob F. asks, I see some clergy publicly criticizing the government's separating families at the border. Other clergy have remained silent on this issue. On this issue, how do you as a member of the clergy decide whether to take a public stand or remain silent?

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How to show respect to elders

Submitted 07-30-2018 under OPINION

What is the proper way to show respect for elders? Of course, things like giving up a seat on a bus and holding a door are respectful, but what else?

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