Roughly 69 percent of American adults celebrate Easter in some capacity. But you wouldn't know it from the syndicated material opinion page editors had to choose from last week. The Easter-related pickings were pretty slim this year.
Bloomberg News offered a column with the headline, “Survey says the real meaning of Easter is . . . candy.” But I've had my fill of debating whether this holiday comes loaded with too many treats and not enough theology. It's pretty clear the chocolate bunnies won that one.
There also was ample opportunity to offer commentary on the fact that Easter this year falls on April 20, “the pot-lover's highest holiday.”
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Chris has volunteered with Canine Companions for Independence for over 20 years, raising dozens of puppies to become service dogs for people with disabilities. (COURTESY PHOTO)
These three first responders rescued a 71-year-old woman whose truck was completely submerged in Clear Lake following a crash. (COURTESY PHOTO)
George is the second biggest volunteer at the Ukiah Senior Center, spending over 35 hours per week running the lunch program among other duties. (COURTESY PHOTO )
The three men recovered the body of diver Craig Willes two days after rescue crews had given up their search. (COURTESY PHOTO )
Riley organized numerous drives and fundraisers for children in the region and abroad. (COURTESY PHOTO )
John co-founded Schools Plus, a nonprofit program developed to save and supplement enrichment programs throughout Santa Rosa schools. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Nick and Gary co-founded CropMobster.com, an online platform that connects food producers to hungry consumers through crowd-sourcing on the internet. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Sara co-founded the Cancer Resource Center of Mendocino County the first non-facility based cancer resource center from Marin County to the California-Oregon border. (COURTESY PHOTO )
The three men airlifted several rescue volunteers, trapped on the side of a large cliff, to safety following their nighttime rescue of an injured hiker. (COURTESY PHOTO )
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Tim founded Transformational Sailing in 2002, a program that helps military veterans and others suffering from PTSD. (COURTESY PHOTO )
“No one is quite sure why April 20 — or 420 — is considered the ultimate day to smoke weed,” noted an Associated Press story, “but it's been a tradition for decades.”
This fact has been creating a buzz on social media, we're told. But I'll resist the temptation to delve into a “higher power” debate. Chances are, it would just lead to the consumption of more candy.
Instead, I refer to something Rabbi George Gittleman wrote last week in his Close to Home concerning Passover, which began Monday night. He noted how at its root, the holiday “is a lesson in hopefulness,” something that certainly rings true for Easter as well. “First lesson in hope: Don't underestimate what a few committed people can do,” he wrote.
If you're looking for that kind of story this holiday, here's a suggestion: Check out the list of 19 locals honored at last week's “Real Heroes” breakfast by the local chapter of the American Red Cross.
Given the news of late — of people stealing from nonprofits that trusted them, of state legislators being charged with corruption and of a South Korean ferry boat captain accused of abandoning his capsizing ship after telling passengers to stay in their cabins where they would be safe — these tales of “a few committed people” will restore some faith in mankind.