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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

For Thee I Weep

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as she left the courtroom. I
weep with her.
Interesting statistics; Our
prison population now stands
at 400,000. Vanna White
draws a larger audience than
Dan Rather, David Brinkley
and Peter Jennings combined.
The government of Australia is
allowing hunters to kill three
million kangaroos this season.
I wonder how many young ones
they will find in the pouches. In
Wayne County, Michigan, 104
people are dead this year due to
drunk drivers. And that's just
one county. In Los Angeles,
close to 200 young people are
dead this year as a result of
street-gang warfare. Detroit
Police have charged 36 chil-
dren with homicide this year.
The youngest is 12. Since 1979,
there are seven million more
poor Americans.
A boxer dies of a hemorrhage
from a beating he took in the
ring, and newly-born babies
are found in trash dumpsters. I
weep.
At a Cleveland Hospital, a
six-day-old infant, his
shriveled body covered with
needles,- tape and other
paraphernalia, fights for his
life. He cries. His tormented
body twitches. He cries. His
bony legs kick endlessly at thin
air. He cries. That night, his
body movements suddenly
stop. Little Roger's agony is fi-
nally ended. Why? You ask.
Because his 19-year-old
mother was a junkie. I weep.
Yes, along with others, I weep.
You say you can't see tears in
my eyes. You are right. It's be-
cause they are in my throat,
and, they are choking me.
From our Sages: Honor a
man for whai-, he is, But honor
him more for what he does. Say
little and do much, For by your
deeds shall you be judged.
Tom Gralish, photographer
for the Philadelphia Inquirer,
spent six weeks with "street
people", and was able to shoot
over 2,000 pictures. He focuses
on one man named Walter,
who at night huddles and
sleeps on steam vents on sev-
eral downtown streets. When it
rains, he escapes into a
cardboard box. Walter is just
one of countless souls roaming
every one of our major cities.
Bearded, dirty, bound in an-
cient overcoats, they look like
they've stepped out of the past.
They treat their torment daily
by dulling their senses with all
the alcohol they can get, says
the paper. Depression-era
ghosts on modern streets. I
wept. Mr. Gralish,. I'm sure
also wept with dry tears, as he
stood proudly, accepting the
1986 Pulitzer Prize for Feature
Photography.
A 12-year-old girl turns her
parents in to the police, for
using drugs. And a couple of
months later, a ten-year-old
boy does the same.
At an auditorium in Oslo,
Elie Wiesel receives the Nobel
Peace Prize. But peace is
nowhere to be found. Pain, an-
guish, brutality, and death
continue in South Africa, the

Middle East, Ireland, Chad,
Afghanistan, South America,
Pakistan, the Philippines, and
on, and on and on.
There is no money to build
new schools, new playgrounds,
new prisons, but plenty of
money to build more and more
missile silos.
Johnny graudates high
school, and proudly shows off
his diploma. But James J. Kil-
patrick of the Universal Press
Syndicate writes, "If Johnny
can't write, how will he get a
job?"
Jamelle Williams is found
dead in the upstairs bedroom of
a crack house. Four men were
seen fleeing the house. The
police report stated that they
found a woman shot in the
head. Jamelle was 14 years old.
Must I continue to weep?
When we talk about our na-
tional debt, we no longer talk of
billions, but trillions. What is
meant by "national debt"? It
means that we are borrowing
and overspending. Because we
choose to ignore it now, you
kids will have to pay for it de-
arly at a later date. Trillion.
What kind of figure is that?
Well, let me put it to you this

Trillion. What kind
of figure is that? .. .
If all the kids in the
United States were
to empty their
piggy-banks, and
send the money to
the Pentagon, it
wouldn't even buy
one tank.

way. If all the kids in the
United States were to empty
their piggy-banks, and send
the money to the Pentagon, it
wouldn't even buy one tank.
Iran, they tell us, has thus
far squandered $300 billion in
its war with Iraq. That's
enough money to heal, clothe
and house every dying child in
famine-torn Sudan. Bruce
Springsteen raked in $117 mil-
lion on his last concert tour.
And in Ethiopia, thousands of
infants are dying daily for lack
of food. The Pizza King buys an
"old" car for $8 million, and
some senior citizens in. Miami
go to bed hungry. Our govern-
ment pays farmers not to grow
grain, and in Mozambique the
infant mortality rate is at an
all time high. I weep.
"Children Killing Children",
runs a Washington Post head-
line. It refers to Detroit, where
340 youths under the age of 16
were shot last year.
In Sweden's Lapland, the
population is gradually becom-
ing aware that their life as
they once knew it may be end-
ing for good. Their concern is
well founded. Reindeer, which
roam freely feeding on what is
now contaminated grass, are
showing high levels of radioac-

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