Living Columns & Blogs

Living Columns & Blogs

Lessons from an ancient tale

In our Jewish cycle of Bible readings, we recently read a curious story in Second Kings. The city of Samaria is under siege, and inside, the people are starving. Outside the city gates sit four lepers — people isolated because of their contagion and forced to rely on charity. The lepers’ conversation is akin to what we would call “gallows humor.” They say to one another, “Why should we sit here until we die? If we enter the city, there’s a famine there, and we’ll die there. If we sit here, we’ll die of starvation. Let us, therefore, go to the camp of the Arameans. If they feed us, we shall live. If they kill us, we will not be any deader than if we stay here.” (Second Kings 7:3-4)

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How one family in rural Pa. is fighting Sunoco pipeline construction

The Gerhart family lives on 27 acres in the rural town of Huntingdon in central Pennsylvania. When they were told Sunoco Logistics was constructing a pipeline on their land and they had no choice in the matter, they responded with a tree sit as three acres of 80-year-old forest was razed in March of 2016. This spring, as Sunoco continues construction on the Mariner East 2 pipeline, the oil company will be met with a banner hanging high above the cleared trees that reads “You shall not pass.”
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