By: Attorney Michael T. Gibson
I know, I know, I know – we are all sick and
tired of this election and of hearing our two
main Presidential candidates throw mud at each
other. Maybe it is just me, but I think this is one
of the most polarizing elections of our times,
and maybe, ever. It seems that everyone has their
candidate and there is no room for intellectual
debate or policy discussion. Like none. But I
have never been one to shy away from such debate. In fact, I believe that having those debates and discussions are critical to the election process and to our duties as citizens. So, I am going
to share with you how I feel about this election.
This election scares me. Like really scares me.
The candidates scare me, but it is the anger
and the hate oozing out of both campaigns that
scares me more. Running for President used to
be about policy debate, decorum, and values.
Candidates would approach their opponents
in a respectful and statesman-like way. Sure,
there were empty promises, but there were
never threats. Now, it is more about sound bites,
and who can be the biggest and baddest bully
on the block. It is no longer about respectful
disagreement on the issues. Instead, we have
one candidate hinting at the assignation of the
other, and the other one calling that candidate’s
followers deplorable. When did running for
the highest office in the land become such an
utter food fight? I mean, I get more intellectual
policy debate out of arguments between my
three and seven year old than I do out of our
two Presidential candidates. Everything is black
and white, with no room for gray. No one can
give an inch. Heck, we even have folks rooting
for one candidate to be diagnosed with a terminal neurologic disease. Again, does any of this
sound very Presidential to you?
I am old enough to remember that it did not used
to be this way. I watched Regan, Bush, Clinton,
Bush the second, and even Obama and McCain
have fierce policy debates. But never did you see
the type of childish, and outlandish behavior that
this campaign has given us. It makes me sad,
because as a parent, is this what is to become
of the leaders of my children’s America? I sure
hope not but fear that it is. And both parties are
to blame, and we as voters are to blame. I think
the biggest and scariest problem in this election
is a lack of discernment and debate about the major policy issues facing our great Nation. We live in a scary time. Whether you believe in climate change or not, you cannot deny
the Earth has changed. I mean, every year is a record high for heat. Something has to be done. There is the threat of Isis. Russia has
re-established aggression toward us, and North Korea is poised to have a nuclear weapon capable of reaching the U.S. These are the
issues that I want addressed and that I want each of the candidates to provide solutions towards.
However, when you ask people who they are voting for and why, do any of these even come up? To me, everyone just tells you, “I
am for Hillary,” or “I am for Trump,” and basically tells you to go screw yourself if you are for the opposite or if you press them
on their candidate’s policy stances. To me, it is sad that we cannot have an intelligent and informed debate on these issues without
someone, even loved ones, becoming offended. If you aren’t for their candidate, then you are treated like you don’t love America.
This isn’t a sports match people – It is the future of our nation and our children. The only losers in getting this wrong, is all of us, as
a nation, if we pick the wrong leader.
So, stop picking a team and a side, and let’s all start listening, with open minds and
open hearts, to what these two candidates really have to offer us on the critical issues of
our times. We cannot change who our candidates are, but we can hold them accountable
to be civil and to answer tough questions. And we all need to ask those tough questions.
Put aside what your party is, and ask yourself who in your mind is the best and most
qualified leader and example for your children. Stop attacking another’s viewpoint, and
hear them out. Fact check their information. Fact check your candidate’s information,
and in the end, vote for who in your heart is the best candidate to lead us going forward. Inform yourself, and others. We must not let the most prestigious job in the free
world become a reality TV show contest. If we all held ourselves to this standard, then
maybe our candidates would be held to it as well. They should be!
TRIP TO ECU
By: Juan Jose Rodriguez
On April 16, 2016, a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 affected a portion of Ecuador.
Regions of Manta, Pedernales and Portoviejo accounted for over 75% of the fatalities. Widespread
damages and Manta’s central commercial shopping center district was completely destroyed. Over
26,000 survivors are still living in temporary shelters.
Since then, the initial assistance provided by other countries is gone, but the devastation is still
present. In The towns of Manta and Pedernales, both beach resort towns, with a dependency on
tourism, the unemployment is higher and the country is having difficulties with the distribution of food and water to those in need,
according to locals. As a result, the association of interdenominational pastors in Clearwater (CIMA),
with their president Dr. Armando Reyes and the secretary, Rev. Moises Secundino, invited the law firm
of Michael T. Gibson to be part of a humanitarian effort to bring food to the survivors.
I went in representation of the law firm and with the additional contribution of Mr. Gibson, plus what
was collected by the congregations from Clearwater, Largo and the Tampa Bay area, we were able to
buy essential groceries to be distributed among the survivors currently living in refugees camps, some
of them living in make-shifts tents. We were able to distribute more than 500 packages of food and essentials. Each package contained rice, beans, cooking oil, toilet paper, coffee and other essential items.
We rented a passenger bus and loaded the luggage compartments with the packages for a long 4 hours
trip to the regions of Manta and Pedernales. We stopped at several camps, churches and on the side of the road to preach a short
message and for the packages to be distributed. Just seeing the faces of joy and their gratitude was sufficient for us.
We encourage everyone that is reading this article to do something for others, for the needy. You don’t have to travel to Ecuador or
other areas to do good. Look around and I am sure you will find someone. You are going to notice the peace and fulfillment feeling in you, which is the way I am feeling now, thanks first to GOD, and then to Michael T. Gibson and his wife Jennifer Martinez
Gibson, for their compassionate hearts.
El 16 de abril de 2016, un terremoto devastador con una magnitud de 7.8 se sintió en un porción
de Ecuador. La regiones de Manta, Pedernales y Portoviejo tuvieron el 75% de los nuestros. Daños
cuantiosos en el centro y distrito comercial de Manta fueron tan inmensos que fueron completamente
destruidos. Más de 26,000 sobrevivientes todavía viven en refugios temporeros.
Desde que ocurrió, la asistencia inicial provista por otros países ya no existe, pero la devastación todavía esta presente. Los pueblos de Manta y Pedernales, ambos pueblos costeros que dependen del
turismo, tienen tasas de desempleo enormes y el país tiene dificultades con la distribución de agua y comida
para aquellos en necesidad de acuerdo los locales. Como resultado, la asociación de Pastores Interdenominacionales de Clearwater
(CIMA), con su presidente Dr. Armando Reyes y el secretario, Rev. Moises Secundino, invitaron a la firma de Michael T. Gibson a
ser parte de un esfuerzo humanitario de llevar comida a los sobrevivientes.
Yo fui en representación de la firma legal y con una ayuda adicional del Lic. Gibson además de
lo que se recolecto en congregaciones del área de Clearwater, Largo y del área de la Bahía de
Tampa, pudimos comprar comestibles esenciales para ser distribuidos entre los sobrevivientes que
actualmente están viviendo en campos de refugiados, algunos de ellos en casetas improvisadas.
Pudimos distribuir más de 500 paquetes de comida y productos esenciales. Cada paquete contenía: Arroz, lentejas, aceite para cocinar, papel de inodoro, café entre otros productos. Pudimos
rentar un autobús de pasajeros y llenamos los compartimientos de equipaje con las bolsas de
comida para viajar unas 4 horas para las regiones de Manta y Pedernales. Pudimos detenernos en
varios campamentos, iglesias y al lado de la carretero para predicarles un corto mensaje y para
distribuir los paquetes. Con solamente ver los rostros de felicidad y gratitud fue suficiente para nosotros.
Le estamos alentando a todos que están leyendo este artículo a que hagan algo por el prójimo, por el necesitado. Usted no tiene que
viajar a Ecuador o a otras áreas para hacer el bien - mire a su alrededor y estoy seguro que encontrara alguien que necesite su ayuda.
Usted notara que va a tener paz y un sentido de satisfacción en su vida, que es como nos sentimos los que fuimos en este viaje, gracias primeramente a Dios, y al Lic. Michael T. Gibson y su esposa Jennifer Martinez Gibson por sus corazones compasivos.
END OF SUMMER FUN
By Attorney Michael T. Gibson
It is hard to believe that summer has come and gone, but it has. As we prepare for cooler weather and shorter days, we have been
squeezing every last ounce of summer fun in that we can. I am still playing hockey, and this summer season, my team has been pretty
good. Below is a team pic we took showing off our new jerseys. The kids are now both back in the school routine. It is hard to believe
that Jen and I have a second grader, but that is what Brady is. Below are some pics from his first day of second grade. He is doing
very well, and Jen and I are starting to figure the homework out too. Brady also turned seven this month. We included some pics of his
birthday dinner and birthday party. We also have been getting as much pool time in as we can. In the pics below, Jen and Eme defend
their raft from Brady. Lastly, Jen and I got to do the pre-match coin toss at an Orlando Pride game. We had a great time cheering on our
hometown team. We hope your family is enjoying the end of summer and the beginning of fall.
Michael T. Gibson , P. A.
2420 South Lakemont Avenue,
Orlando, FL 32814
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