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Versailles News

By Kathy Monnin

Over the past two years, so many social issues have been raised. We hear a lot about the slavery that officially ended in the United States on December 6, 1865, with the passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. No matter which side of the slavery issue people were on before 1865, it was not illegal or a crime. Immoral yes, but not illegal before the Civil War. We should regard the long, hard struggle for freedom as a victory. Yes, slaves suffered injustices but just as a parent wants better for their children, these pre-1865 slaves would be happy, and even proud to know that today their ancestors enjoy the same freedom as any other legal citizen. of the United States of America.

Living in the past does not allow living in the present or looking to the future. As Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “As long as the mind is enslaved, the body can never be free. Psychological freedom, a strong sense of self-worth, is the most powerful weapon against the long night of physical slavery. Perhaps we can come to terms with our nation’s history realizing that it is as flawed as the people who form the government. Imperfect but hopefully still improving. So maybe we can focus on our current issues of slavery.

Yes, slavery continues today, illegal as well as immoral and it should be dealt with. However, today’s slavery is not exclusively skin color or nationality, and slaves are not used to work the plantations. Slavery today is that of human trafficking. It’s the sex slavery trade, and it’s getting worse with immigrants entering the United States. Migrants are particularly vulnerable.

It is estimated that millions of national and international victims are enslaved in the sex industry for little or no money. These victims are mostly women and children who are sold to traffickers, locked in rooms for weeks or months. They are drugged, terrorized and raped repeatedly, making it easy for traffickers to control them. The victims are afraid to escape or to denounce the attackers. Human sex trafficking and sex slavery occurs all over the United States, in all states, in big cities as well as in small towns, sometimes in someone’s backyard. It is the fastest growing company in the organized crime world, ranking third.

How can this happen today? Are we not more civilized in the 21st century? Educated, refined, sophisticated, human, enlightened. Where is the public outcry?

Maybe we are not as cultured as we think we are. Throughout the history of the United States, there has always been a fundamental relationship between marriage and family. Over the past 50 years, there has been a steady increase in the number of children growing up in broken homes, which has had a tremendous impact on the well-being of children and on the well-being of states and communities. the nation. Most American mothers and fathers no longer value marriage or their parenting responsibilities enough to raise the children they have given birth together. Among specific racial and ethnic groups, the highest rates of intact families are found among Asians (65.8%), while the lowest rates are found among blacks (16.7%).

Many child victims of sexual slavery come from broken homes, either as runaways, kidnappings, or attracted by offers of a better life. It seems we are not doing enough to protect our vulnerable youth. So again, I ask, where is the public outcry? Would the battle be too hard? Should we become morally responsible people to protect our children from the evils of immorality? Should we speak up and stand up for the defenseless?

Slavery is what slavery has always been: about one person controlling another person by using violence and then exploiting them economically, without paying them anything. This is slavery. ~ Kevin Bales

“Human trafficking is modern day slavery. There are more slaves today than there were at the height of the slave trade. ~ Ross Kemp

“Fighting for social justice is the most precious thing in life.” ~ Albert Einstein

“Because we are free, we can never be indifferent to the fate of freedom elsewhere.” ~ Jimmy Carter

EVENTS TO COME

Friday, October 22, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Ansonia American Legion serves Jen’s burritos. Eat in or take away.

Friday, October 22, Versailles plays at home against Minster. After the game there will be the 15th Annual Friends of Hole Field Ball Drop with a cash prize of $ 10,000. Balls can be purchased for $ 20 during play and the ball landing in or closest to the target wins. It is possible that the pot will be shared with more than one winner.

Saturday, October 22, from 8 p.m. to midnight, the Ansonia American Legion is organizing a Halloween party with the group “Counting Skeletons”.

On Sunday, October 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the K of C in Saint-Denis offers a pork loin dinner to go with au gratin potatoes, green beans, a bun and a crispy apple dessert for $ 8. Tickets are required. Order yours by calling Paul Borchers at 937-417-0779 or Nick Borchers at 937-726-6762. Profits go to Darke County’s Right to Life.

On Monday, October 25, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., a Memory Lane dance will be held at Greenville VFW. Open to the public, with music by Tom Everhart. Admission is $ 5 at the door.

On Thursday, October 28, starting at 5 p.m., the Ansonia Volunteer Fire Department will be holding its 48th annual Chili Supper. Eat in or take away. There will also be a Halloween parade from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Prizes for the best costumes.

Saturday October 30, from 8 p.m., the Versailles Vets Club is organizing a Halloween Costume / Dance Party in the Bunker (downstairs).

Sunday October 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the Auxiliaries of the Eagles of Versailles are organizing its buffet breakfast. This is open to the public and first responders will eat for free. In addition, children in Halloween costumes under the age of ten accompanied by a paying adult will eat for free.

Sunday October 31, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Versailles will observe Halloween Trick or Treat. Also starting at 1:00 p.m., the C of St. Denis will be hosting a Halloween party for young people with prizes awarded for costumes in various age groups and categories. The categories are religious; Original; The most frightening ; The prettiest. Everyone is invited and gift bags will be provided to all participants.

Tuesday November 2, Versailles organizes an election to fill four village council positions with five men in the running. All have knowledge and / or experience of the village. The nominees are Ralph Gigandet, Jr., Cory Griesdorn, Randy Gump, Kent Paulus and Lance Steinbrunner.

Wednesday, November 10, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., a Veterans Supper will be served in the VHS cafetorium. RSVP 937-526-4427 as soon as possible.

Happy Birthday to Jeanine Davidson, Joan Gehret, Catherine Grow, Diana Subler, Shelly Flory, Scott Toller, Connie McEldowney, Glenn Monnin, Ginger Brubaker, Tom Donnelly, Rod Boring, Jacquelin Macias, Jenny Monnin Shields, Deb Ward, Cindy Scott, Russell Case, Cheryl Fine, Kaylin Richard, Eric Behlke, Nicci Keizer, Carolyn Smith, Kathy Hoelscher, Mariah Poeppelman, Shyann McKenna, Kay Dapore, Megan Subler, Pat Crowell, Karen Burt, Sharon Monnin, Hillary Holzapfel, Jordan Lewis, Ericka Berman, Eli Cornett, Carley Holzapfel, Max Holzapple and Dan Lawrence as they approach their birthdays as well as birthday wishes to Kevin and Michele Henninger (12), Susan and Mark Voisard (16), Emily and Rick Clark (17), Ashlee & John Rogers (18), Penny & Chad Treon (19), Tara & Dan George (20), Carly & Josh Bolin (26), Lori & Doug Davidson (28), Sol & Joe Bulcher ( 29 years old), Vicki and Ed Ruhe (32), Angie and Matt Arnold (36), Reyna and Jerry Shardo (39), Karen and John Shardo (41), Joann and Larry Wagner (43), and all those couples celebrating birthdays but no name.

Please extend your sincere condolences to the family and friends of Jared Grillot (25), Angela Grieshop (79), Leon Ruhenkamp (79), Howard Rehmert (84), and all who are deceased and those in our hearts but not mentioned by name as the anniversary of their death approaches. Please give your prayers for support and healing for the sick, caregivers, all who have lost loved ones and all who are struggling.

As a sign of kindness, forgive. Carrying out resentment hurts us. Forgiveness is not easy, but it gives people a second chance while benefiting us and giving us the power to transform ourselves.

Kathy Monnin is a volunteer citizen columnist. She can be reached at [email protected] or at 423-0914. Do not hesitate to contact her for news and information from Versailles. The views expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these views or the independent activities of the author.