A friend of mine who has had a rescue and doggie day care/board for years, said she uses Sevin Dust on her property. She says that is how she controls fleas and other pest. She told me to get some, she even gave me the money to get it. My dogs are on flea preventive 90% of the year, but the last few years, it seems to be a come and go, as far as my yard goes and my dogs. Last year, I didn't have much of a problem controlling the fleas. The year before, I could not control them at all. My dogs were infested with them, despite the preventive. Most states had a mild winter, so I figured they may be more of a problem. But it seemed to just developed over the weekend. My dogs were miserable. No one slept in my house this past Monday night, April 17th. So I called my friend. She said to being them out when I got off work and we'd bath them and she'd give them each a Capstar to help to start getting rid of them. Then she said she used the Seresta collars on her dogs, in rescue and personal dogs and she used Sevin dust on her property. She said it was safe. Over the years, several people have made the same recommendation. But I have yet to use it. My dogs are my kids and the only family I have. The three are seniors, 10 and 12 years old. I'd hate to lose either of them because of difference of opinion on the use of Sevin Dust in my yard. I lost a German Shepherd mix to cancer and bloat 3 years ago. I'm ready to lose one of mine I have. So where would be the best place to go for the truth about Sevin Dust. I remember my uncles using it on their crops, corn, tobacco when I was a kid. But that was a whole lot of years ago.
Truly the work of our Gracious God. Those poor people. I can't imagine suffering like that. So blessed for good people to help them out. Would love to be a part of that. I will be praying for everyone in that country. I don't understand hatred and never will. Praise God for sending them help. When I feel sorry for myself I need to remember how blessed I truly am to live in a country where I can praise God freely. Some people don't believe and will make their comments but I don't have to worry about being jailed for my beliefs. I need to not forget that people are killed for their beliefs . Thank you Lord Jesus for helping them.
I think that is so wonderful helping those poor people. I can't imagine the suffering they went through. Truly a work of our Gracious God.
Someone growing up in NC would almost have to make a specific to avoid a second-generation immigrant. I grew up here in the '50s and '60s and even then knew plenty of immigrants and immigrants children. Maybe your friend had on blinders, Margarets.
There's still a lot of homogeneity in NC. I'm proudly second-generation. Recently, someone (a grad student at NCSU) told me that she had never met anyone whose parents were born in another country. Sadly provincial.
"The Immigration Issue" begins with "You Are All Welcome Here", printed in 7 different languages, setting the tone for an informative, well-coordinated series of well-written essays! The next page gives us the Emma Lazarus sonnet that is engraved on the base of the Statue of Liberty, those purely patriotic American words, welcoming "your tired, your poor, your huddled masses" to the American Dream. All of us need to read and recite those quintessentially American and undeniably religious words. We need to take the extra time to reflect on the beauty, the color, the music, the culture, the ideas - all of the magical differences that we gain...this opportunity to blend our ethnic diversities into the richest culture on earth.
And I appreciated your Amanda Abrams piece "Blessed Are the Merciful", which makes it clear that Christians have a role to play in this drama. Surely they cannot ignore the New Testament words of Jesus Christ, who was very crystal clear in demanding support for the poor and strangers in our communities. There can be no doubt on what Jesus would expect of them in this contemporary immigration situation.
In subsequent pages, Jeffrey Billman layed out beautiful infographics to amaze us with numbers: 794,700 (almost a million!) foreign born residents of North Carolina, 294,500 of them undocumented. And what a wonderful diaspora of ethnic diversity, woven into our social, linguistic, cultural, and economic fabric: 426,055 Latin Americans, 210,136 Asians, 87,866 Europeans, 47,503 new Africans, and dozens more smaller groups.
Sarah Willets "The Waiting" told the story of a pregnant immigrant Raleigh mother and her encounters with ICE and other heartwrenching stories of families torn apart by the ICE agents, husband from wife, brother from sister, mother from child, scenarios that are now occurring with alarming regularity under executive orders from a hate-crazed, xenophobic Trump administration.
Thomas Goldsmith's "In the Shadows" described the low-key efforts of North Carolina cities to avoid giving help to the ICE agents as they swarm through our communities with no sense of responsibility for the trail of family and personal tragedies that they create everywhere they go. And sadly, ICE enjoys the help and support of Wake County sherriff Donny Harrison.
Thanks to Sarah Willetts for her chart on how immigrants can avoid ICE, how to react when they find themselves in ICE custody, and about the relative safety of school properties.
Ken Fine provided an uplifting interview with US Representative G.K. Butterfield, who showed a wise and warm compassion for the immigrants among us, and an appreciation for the benefits that we all gain from the ethnic diversity they bring into our communities. And he explained, for those who need to measure consequences in dollars and cents, that our state's economy is very dependent upon these immigrant workers.
I really enjoyed Erica Hellerstein's essay "The Mountain People" about the 20,000 Vietnamese Montagnards who have found a home in Raleigh. I've had the personal pleasure of meeting many of these gentle, soft-spoken people.
Ken Fine comes back for "Strangers In a Strange Land", explaining the pressures that are placed upon our new immigrants, who must work with only 3 initial months of assistance, learn as much English as possible from their ESL instructors, and then quickly find some kind of niche in the local economy.
Nijah McKinney adds "How To Help", an introduction to local non-profits that can help. This article was very useful in getting me started to toward donating and volunteering.
And finally, a special treat: a poster in the centerfold of this Indy issue: a "Raleigh Welcomes You" Poster, repeating those words in 17 different languages. I taped it carefully to the front window until I can score a larger lawn poster to let immigrants in my neighborhood know that I care so very much about them!
Indy, this was your best issue ever! The staff writers each contributed a gem to the collection, and the sum is greater than its parts. The issue was full of useful information. And I hope that we will find many follow-up stories coming, in order to keep our knowledge current, and keep close tract of friends and villians in this fluid situation, in which this unprecedented wave of hate and ignorance is being visited upon our communities right now.
And in conclusion, here are 3 thought-provoking essays from the New York Times, that illucidate some of the damage that Trump's xenophobic rage is causing in America:
by John Bertke, commenting on the Indy Week 3/22/2017 issue dedicated to a multi-article feature entitled "American Dreamers, A Special Immigration Issue".
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