An open letter
to Kathleen Kane
Your decision not to defend Pennsylvania’s Defense of Marriage Act because you support same-sex marriage is very troubling.
First, your position violates the natural law written by God into the hearts of all people. How can any person not recognize that the bodies and temperament of men and women complement each other and are designed to be fruitful and nurture children? A same-sex couple frustrates the nature of the human race by being sterile. While we acknowledge the existence of same-sex attractions, we cannot condone ignoring the natural law by changing the definition of marriage.
Second, you took an oath to uphold the laws of Pennsylvania when you were sworn into office. Your announcement that you will not defend against the DOMA lawsuit and uphold the Defense of Marriage Act passed in 1996 is a violation of that oath. If you find yourself, as Attorney General, unable to enforce certain laws, you should resign your office or be impeached.
Third, you set a bad example to all Pennsylvanians by thumbing your nose at a law you do not like. Many Pennsylvanians do not like the taxes paid to the commonwealth because they do not agree with some of the projects they are spent upon. Should they take your example as a commonwealth officer and refuse to pay some or all of their taxes?
Barry M. and Annette H. Corrigan
Armed guards are
not always enough
Contrary to the beliefs of the various council members quoted in the newspaper, having an armed guard at meetings will not deter someone bent on vengeance, as the Ross Township shooting suspect appeared to be, especially if he expected to be killed.The carnage there might have been cut shorter if someone had a license to carry a concealed weapon and was properly trained on using it.
Do you really think a ban on carrying weapons into a place would have stopped the shooter? In those instances they’re only letting the bad weapons in and keeping the good ones out.
Outlaws, terrorists and the mentally disturbed walk among us every day, and when they decide to act, there’s not much that can be done to stop them — not initially, anyhow.
It was a good thing that there were at least two brave men in the room who coordinated their moves and overpowered him. Otherwise, had they followed out the crawling reporter, the others there would have been doomed.
Thanks to patrons
from Tony’s Diner
I want you all to know that we are doing fine. I want to thank our wonderful customers for having the privilege of serving you over the past 65 years.
My family, my brother Chuck’s family, my son Anthony and sister Angie miss all of you dearly.We miss the conversations and the interaction we had over many years. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Jim, Julie, Chuck, Marie, Anthony and Angie
Eulogy made case
Recently there was a memorial service for the late Pennsylvania Gov. Bill Scranton. His son, Bill, gave a fitting eulogy.
He said that his father, and mother who suffers from dementia, resided at a California nursing facility. Each day after lunch, his dad, at age 95, would go to his wife’s room and sit with her until bedtime. Sometimes they would speak with one another, other times they would just be with one another.
Gov. Scranton told his son Bill that “these were the happiest days of his life”! This came from a man who was one of the most active and wealthiest in society.
Today, at a time when people speak so willingly of allowing the evil of euthanasia, the governor’s words speak volumes about the true worth and dignity of every human life. Who among us is qualified to decide the quality of life of another? May our legislators, our citizens, open their ears, their hearts, to these words of a 95-year-old former governor: “These are the happiest days of my life.”
for bazaar success
Many years ago, popular radio personality “Little Bill Phillips” acclaimed us for being “The Valley with a heart.” That is absolutely true, even today.
The Pittston Area, and most especially the city of Pittston, has become so revitalized that we are fast becoming “the heart of the Valley.” The Pittston Tomato Festival and the rejuvenated downtown are signs of this reinvigoration.
This was demonstrated by the tremendous support given to the 14th annual bazaar for the Parish Community of St. John the Evangelist. Thousands of people came to enjoy the delicious food, the marvelous entertainment, the incredible booths — and the hospitality and welcome of our parishioners.
We extend our sincere gratitude to all who so generously participated in supporting our parish’s outreach to the needy of the area and our commitment to our youth and family ministries. May God bless us all with joyful and loving hearts.
Monsignor John J. Bendik
Pastor, St. John the Evangelist