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All people are special! We as a society do not always see or acknowledge that but this adverse time has opened our eyes to the fact that everybody in this world is important.
Somebody that is very special to me is my son. He attended Roswell schools all the way up to college and began his career as a nurse at ENMMC. Besides Roswell, he has worked in Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Texas, Maryland and currently is a registered nurse in the suburbs of Oakland, California.
He works in emergency care where he cares for patients with COVID-19. He is on the front line of the battle and is a witness to the devastation this virus has inflicted. He works long, stressful hours and I worry about him, but he takes the necessary precautions to prevent from spreading the virus.
Regardless of the inherent danger he faces on a daily basis he is happy and proud of the fact that he is helping the sick. He is passionate and a great nurse because it is his calling. Words cannot express how proud I am of him and his effort during this trying time.
Not only am I proud of him and his medical brethren, I am proud of the special people who go above and beyond to fight this terrible pandemic. The cleaning staff, drivers, grocery store staff, cafeteria workers, secretaries, restaurant staff, public employees, assembly line workers and postal employees have always been essential to our world.
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We would not be able to do our part without your sacrifices. Let’s not forget that. Thank you!
Lastly, I believe prayer is powerful and I encourage everybody to pray for God’s blessings and an end to this pandemic.
An illustration of God’s love
On Judgment Day, there may well be a man who, in his lifetime, committed more good deeds and fewer bad deeds than another. It is possible that this virtuous man, whom we will call Charles Goodlife, will face an eternity in Hell, while this other man, whom we will call Frank Forgiven, will live forever in the glorious presence of God.
At this time, Jesus Christ will no longer be in the business of saving souls, but He will be our Judge. Imagine the following dialogue between Charles Goodlife and Jesus Christ.
Charles: Why have I been condemned to be tormented forever, while Frank Forgiven has been promised an eternity in glory with You?
Jesus: You are condemned because of the sin in your life.
Charles: The sin in my life! Look at Frank Forgiven! In my lifetime I did more good deeds and fewer bad deeds than he did. What sort of justice is that?
Jesus: Frank Forgiven? Bad deeds? I don’t remember Frank doing any bad deeds.
Charles: You’ve got to be kidding! I distinctly remember times when Frank stole things, told lies, and treated people selfishly. And you should hear what he said about someone he didn’t like.
Jesus: You see, Frank’s sins have been forgiven. I paid the penalty for his bad deeds when I died on the cross. Those offenses are not only forgiven, I have wiped them out of my memory bank. As far as I am concerned, Frank never sinned in the first place.
Charles: You did that for Frank; why didn’t You do that for me?
Jesus: Frank confessed his sins and asked Me to forgive him. I would have gladly done the same for you if you had only asked Me. But you were trusting in your own righteousness.
1 John 1:8-9, If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Ephesians 2:8-9, For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast.
Jeremiah 31:34 and Hebrews 8:12, I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.
Russell A. Scott
Storage facility could be a big nuclear battery
When it comes to energy, density matters. The evolution of energy usage has progressed since the beginning of civilization.
First there were renewable fuels such as wind, sun, water and fire. They were the easiest to understand and leverage for the first thousands of years of controlled energy usage and provided limited growth of humanity.
Next there were chemical fuels such as coal, oil, gas and other carbons. They were developed as industrial fuel sources just a few hundred years ago. They provided an accelerated growth of humanity with a thousand times more energy density than renewable.
Now, there are nuclear fuels such as uranium and thorium. As the most recently controlled sources of energy usage, they have been utilized for only a few decades and set the stage for the next long term evolution of energy usage. Nuclear packs a million times more energy density than all other sources.
Electricity has become the base load format of most energy usage, both domestically and industrially. Electricity is no more than an electric charge that is moved around as a current. Electricity can be generated from all the common fuel sources listed above including electricity itself.
Electricity is not a stored energy source. It is always on the move and has to be constantly replaced from a generating source. Appliances and other electronic devices in your house are examples of electricity transformed into work or heat where the energy dissipates. Unused electricity gets a boost through the circuit with the local transformer to maintain it energy availability.
HI-STORE CISF (a proposed storage facility for spent nuclear fuel in southeast New Mexico) in could be considered the world’s largest man-made nuclear battery. Its stored heat energy from the spent nuclear fuel rods could be locally transferred to purify used fracking waste water in the Permian Basin. The stored spent fuel rods in this huge battery can also be recycled and completely used up as new liquid nuclear fuel for centuries with molten chloride salt fast reactor technology.
Nuclear energy is truly the only long-term clean energy source that will not destroy our environment like all other interim energy sources.