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Prophetic words from 1887

I’m enclosing a quotation that sounds like it was written today (Dec. 12, 2017).

Some of your readers may remember the writer who once lived in St. Helena — Ellen White.

Please share with your readers:

“Already, the restraining Spirit of God is being withdrawn from the earth. Hurricanes, storms, tempests, fire and flood, disasters by sea and land, follow each other in quick succession. Science seeks to explain all these. The signs thickening around us, telling of the near approach of the Son of God ... We are standing on the threshold of great and solemn events. Prophecy is fast fulfilling. The Lord is at the door.” — Ellen White, The Review and Herald, Jan. 11, 1887.

Robert Burgess


Most importantly, we provide love

We Care Animal Rescue is a no-kill, free-roaming refuge for cats and dogs in The Napa Valley. We are honored to be a part of this year’s annual Napa Valley Give! Guide. The Napa Valley Give! Guide has given the community a chance to donate funds to support our mission. With over 200 cats and a handful of dogs, We Care provides shelter, medical care and most importantly love.

Also as a sanctuary, we are open to the public, so they too, can contribute to our community cats. We offer volunteer opportunities, pet adoptions and open hours for those who just want to come and spend time with a furry friend.

Please keep the animals of We Care in mind as the holidays are here and so is the wrap up of the Napa Valley Give! Guide. The last day to donate is Dec. 31. Not only do We Care, but we love.

Katarina Padilla

We Care Animal Rescue

St. Helena

From John Muir to social injustice

In 1976, naturalist T. H. Watkins published “John Muir’s America.” He must have felt that he knew Muir’s soul so well that he composed three imaginary conversations with the venerable old mountain man. The first dialogue began on the veranda of Muir’s home in Martinez, Calif. The two men discussed many ecological topics as they wandered up to Muir’s “scribble den.” After discussing some of his inventions, Muir rocked back in his chair and closed his eyes until Watkins innocently wandered into the controversial role that Thomas Huxley played in popularizing Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

“The old man exploded out of his silence, thrusted forward in his chair and slapped the flat of his palm on the desk top.”

‘Huxley — that bloodless coof! That fool! He and his kind took the work of Darwin and twisted it to fit their vision of the world. And damme, what a cold and heartless world they would have had it be. They called it survival of the fittest, but no matter what they might have called it, was a damnable theory, a dark and chilly reasoning that chance and competition accounted for all things. Oh it was a useful theory — that I canna deny. It justified all manner of cruelty just as my father’s piety excused all manner of cruelty to his children. Should a man be inspired to destroy his best friend in the marketplace, why, he could shrug it off as the natural consequence of living in the great soulless machine of the cosmos.

But it was a damnable theory because it ignored the one real truth of the world, the truth that lives in every rock, flower, leaf, tree and animal —including man: it was all created by a loving God, and His love covers all the earth as the sky covers it, and fills it in every pore.’

Forty years later, Watkins’ words have become a fulfilled prophecy. On July 1, 2015, an undocumented immigrant discharged an illegally obtained handgun that resulted in the death of a young woman who was out for a walk in San Francisco. The trial was recently concluded with the jury rendering a verdict of not guilty.

Contrary to all the blather from media pundits, politicians and lawyers, the jury’s acquittal of the alleged criminal had less to do with ethnicity, immigration status or birth-origin, and more to do with socio-cultural, regressive de-evolution in an increasingly soulless society.

The positive proof of this emerged from the fact that in spite of the perpetrator admitting (on a KGO TV interview) that he pulled the trigger of the lethal weapon, the jury agreed with the twisted logic of the defense lawyers.

Tragically, events like these are going to become more common. In the name of “political correctness,” our public el-hi schools, colleges and universities are systematically sanitizing curricula, removing all references to spirituality. This will doubtlessly produce generations of morally bankrupt adults who are proponents of the Godless religion known as “situational ethics.”

Some of the fruits from this evil tree were recently borne for all to see in the San Francisco courthouse. Of all the countless millions of words generated by this tragedy, two lines stand out.

The day after the verdict was announced, the headline of a SF Chronicle editorial: “Justice was not served.”

And one of the jurors anonymously commented; “I need to spend some time collecting my thoughts.”

Indeed, don’t we all?

In his classic book, “Religions, Values and Peak Experiences,” psychologist Abraham Maslow expressed concern for an increasingly spiritless U.S. society. He suggested that the subject of “human spirituality” could be added to a suitably enlarged biology curriculum without breaching the wall that separates church and state.

Lowell H. Young

Retired biology teacher

St. Helena

McCorkle Avenue neighbor responds to McGrath

I am writing in response to Mr. McGrath’s updated letter of Dec. 12, 2017. I live directly west of his 632 McCorkle Ave. property.

I would like to address two of Mr. McGrath’s assertions:


The first tarps covering the biggest pile of toxic soil were applied in November 2017, not in May when the potentially hazardous soil was first excavated, as claimed by Mr. McGrath. I have dated pictures showing that all dirt piles on the property were uncovered, since they were first excavated, until November. The latest excavation was in May 2012. All piles of soil, including the big pile of toxic soil, sat bare for at least six months, as corroborated by several other concerned neighbors. When the big pile was finally covered with a tarp in November, parts of it were still uncovered and exposed. Two small piles of dirt remain uncovered. I do not know if the toxicity of these smaller piles has been determined.


Regarding Mr. McGrath’s claim: “This is not ‘Love Canal’ or ‘Erin Brockovich’ or ‘Flint, Michigan.’ This is nominal contamination caused from long-term storage of auto parts. The same auto parts that we all park in our driveway or garage every night.”

The previous owner of the property told me that for over 50 years he dumped used oil and other toxins into a pit on his property, about 25 feet north of his house. All kinds of motors, engines, and car batteries were part of his toxic waste dump. He was a car mechanic by trade, had several vehicles on his property, stored and changed the oil in these vehicles himself, and discarded it on site.

I do not know the extent of contamination on this property. I will leave that up to the experts, which in this case, is the Regional Water Quality Control Board.

More shall be revealed.

Bobbi Monnette

St. Helena