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Alaskans should welcome fleeing Syrian refugees

I don’t see much disagreement in Saint Matthew’s Gospel account of Judgment Day when Jesus considers how we treat the least of his people. Seems to me the people risking their lives in open boats to escape President Assad, the thug who runs Syria and the ISIS terrorists qualify as the least of Jesus’ people.

That’s why I thank God Gov. Bill Walker did the right thing in choosing not to ban refugees from Syria. And I pray that other Alaskans and other politicians trust Jesus as much as they trust today’s fashionable political posturing.

— By Geoff Kennedy, Anchorage


Late Father Tobin was ‘always a phone call away’

I am just now finding out about the death of Father David Tobin last year. I am saddened to hear that he has passed.

I met Father Tobin when I was 19 years old. I needed someone to talk to about an issue I was having. Not only did he help me at that moment but he was there for me throughout my life when ever I needed him. He was always a phone call away. At my request, he married my wife and me in 1998.

The last I spoke to him was about my finally finding Christ in my life. I called him to share my joy. He was so proud of me. I will miss you, Father. I admired you greatly and will always treasure our moments together. I am blessed to have had you on my life’s path. You gave me grace and mercy that only a Father’s love can show.

— By Matthew Torres, Palmdale, Calif.

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