Friday, December 6, 2013
In response to Bill Nemitz's column ("Catholics see hope amid challenges," June 3): Not too long ago, I made the decision to scrap my scapular medal that many Catholics wear around their necks. They read: "In the event of an emergency, please call a priest."
Sister Simone Campbell speaks during a stop on the Nuns on the Bus tour last week, during which nuns stood up for programs to help the poor and needy.
The Associated Press
My decision was prompted by a reported "self-study" conducted (at that time) by the Catholic Church. It concluded that if a victim was over 10 years of age, the Vatican did not consider it pedophilia. Wow.
At the time, I'd just made the difficult decision to put my dog down. I note that I now wear a pewter replica of a dog with angel wings -- a gift from the afterlife facility. In the event of an emergency, I'd hope that someone would simply call a golden retriever and fetch me a beer believing that "God will surely find us."
Now Bill Nemitz catches us up on the Catholic Church and its change in Portland diocesan leadership. Nemitz reports that the pope apparently favors a return to Latin (versus the prevailing vernacular) and has, incredibly, denounced American nuns for their "promotion of feminism."
Selfless and tireless nuns, in my view and from my experience, have been the backbone of this pious good ol' boys club -- for centuries.
With utmost respect and gratitude to tens of thousands of religious and lay (male and female) -- teachers, nurses, counselors and so many others working within the difficult confines of this archaic institution, oblivious to the trajectory of its suicidal decline -- I say a heartfelt prayer.
To those wearing sturdy shoes versus satin slippers, who actually break a sweat doing God's work: Bless you and thank you!
I believe God surely knows exactly who they are -- and needn't look too far to find them.
Supporters of R&D veto bow to governor's pressure
What changed in two weeks?
On May 15, the research and development bond passed by the House just a few weeks earlier came back with a veto from the governor.
The R&D bond, which would have provided grants to businesses and industry through a competitive process, would have led to development and innovation in a wide range of areas, including biotech, product development and energy amongst many others -- all of which create jobs and grow the Maine economy.
The measure, backed by business, education, industry and yes -- Republicans and Democrats -- passed overwhelmingly.
On consideration of the veto, 13 legislators who previously supported the bond flipped their vote from a "yes" to a "no" to prevent the R&D bond from going to voters this fall.
After intense lobbying from the governor, state Rep. Jane Knapp of Gorham and 12 other legislators changed their vote and prevented $20 million in R&D grants from going to Maine businesses.
Gorham businesses have benefited to the tune of over $800,000 from these grants over the last 10 years, not to mention the millions of dollars that have been invested in other R&D projects around Maine. R&D is a vital component to economic growth and job creation.
This wasn't a changed vote after hearing from concerned constituents or those who had a vested interest in the outcome of this vote. Under pressure from the governor, Rep. Knapp and a few others changed their votes to take away the possibility of millions of dollars in R&D grants for Maine businesses and industry.
This is another disappointing example of the frustration people have with Augusta. Voters deserve to know where someone stands on an issue and trust their leaders will be decisive when it is time to vote on issues that matter!
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