Tell it to SunStar: Lenten reflections on equality, equity

THAT all men are created equal is a matter of faith. What is a matter of scientific fact is that all men are not procreated equal.

As Christians, however, we believe that all men are created equal because when God created the first man and woman, He created them in His image and likeness and breathed His spirit into their souls, thereby endowing man and woman intellect and free will. But we are not the same as God; we are only similar to Him.

Genetics and environment make a substantial difference between and among men and women. Indeed, we are not equal between and among ourselves. Not even identical twins can claim to be the same or equal between and among themselves. We are just similar to each other.

That is why it is futile for a citizen of a body politic to claim and fight for equality, much less for equal distribution of wealth. As a matter of right, we can claim only for equity, meaning to say, each one gets what he deserves.

This is the essential meaning of justice- to give what you deserve or to receive what is due you.--Amay P. Ong Vaño, Cebu City

Lenten traffic situation

Isn’t it time for local government units (LGUs) to stop the practice of closing national highways for purely religious reasons, like when there are church activities? Why won’t LGUs find ways to hold those religious activities away from the national highway?

I traveled to the south on Good Friday and got stuck up in traffic in parts of the national highway where religious processions were held. It’s frustrating especially if you are in a hurry.

The usual rationalization for this is that the closure or the disruption does not happen often but that is unfair for travelers during those days when religious activities are held.

Why would LGUs allow the use of the national highway for religious activities when most of them have barangay roads that can be used for it?--Dario Santises, Cebu City
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