Normally I shy away from promoting political views through this venue, but I must make an exception.

Do you remember a time when there wasn’t a war somewhere on the globe? Many cannot and as we watch what unfolded this week at the hands of a man who apparently believes he can act with impunity no matter what the cost in human lives, my heart is breaking.

Although I have lived through the times of Vietnam and the Gulf War and the seemingly never ending Afghanistan, I simply cannot fathom why in this day and age a country can, without provocation, declare war on their neighbor! Yes, I’ve heard all of Russia’s explanations as to why they have taken this action and not only does none of it ring true, but even if it was by any stretch of the imagination, it is not enough to justify the actions Russia took this week.

As the world watches and the West does what it can to put an end to it, we all need to be very careful on social media. The last time war raged in Europe, social media didn’t exist. This week, as Russia invaded a sovereign country, it is a given that social media will be used as a tool of war to amp up rhetoric and spread lies as to what exactly is happening on the ground. I urge everyone to get their news from reliable sources. Don’t spread click bait social media. Tune into real news sources that have verified the information they are sharing so that we don’t get sucked into a situation that turns out to be a con. Putin has denied, denied, denied for weeks now and guess what? He lied. Don’t believe the continual lies coming from the man who just waged war for no good reason. Verify before you act or pass on something that may be false. Lives are at stake.

With prayers for the people of Ukraine and the good people of Russia who are risking their freedom by protesting Putin’s actions, I wish you all well. May we each work in our own way to promote a world filled with peace and love.

Be well my friends,


Published by walkbal1372

Barbara A. Luker is the author of "Remembering You" (publication 2020) - a story of love, loss and finding the way back. She is a life-long resident of Saint Peter, Minnesota where she hones her writing craft working for the City of Saint Peter. Luker is a Certified Municipal Clerk, a devoted fan of the Minnesota Wild, and a supporter of numerous animal rescue organizations.

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