wants drama over
Rumors, gossip, false accusations, over-exaggeration, playing the blame game, etc. Enough is enough. Let it go. Make amends. There are two sides to every story.
Mary Ellen Duris
Resist Tea Party
before harm done
What happened to the good ole USA’s integrity as a nation of trustworthy people who worked hard every day to feed and clothe their families and loved and respected their country despite its many faults?
Sadly, it is gone. Dismantled by a small group of Republicans, homegrown obstructionists known better as the Tea Party. Recently they were commandeered by a freshman senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, who although only being elected in January, has lured these right-wing, un-American zealots to not only disrupt our Congress, but now attempt to ruin our credit worthiness as a nation while also destroying our struggling economy by holding the nation “hostage” to their fanatical demands.
It hasn’t helped that the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, has cowered under their threats solely because he doesn’t want to lose his Speaker title.
Reason and common sense were never a part of this group in the House. They feel that anything “government” is wrong and they are willing to hold Congress hostage until they get their way. If we give in to them even a little, their next demands will be even more damaging, such as dismantling Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid.
So what is the answer to this predicament? Can ordinary Americans vote out these radical people who are taking over our democracy? It’s doubtful because big money has taken over our political system.
The answer is for decent, law abiding citizens to encourage their representatives to get back to the basics of speaking “of and for the people” who elected them to office — not the Washington lobbyists who are highly paid by their corporations or firms that want laws written to favor their wishes (ie: the Koch brothers who want to dissolve the EPA and anything else that allows their factories to contribute to global climate change that they consistently deny as ridiculous).
We must create laws that 1) Stop funding of candidates by outside groups that pour millions into the coffers of those representatives they can buy, 2) remove the word “filibuster” from the congressional offices so laws proposed can be brought up for a vote within two days of their viable time of discussion, 3) set term limits for congressional members (ie: four years for senators and two years for House members), 4) when congressional terms expire, the congressional pay and benefits stop on the date of exit, 5) Congress, both the House and Senate, must be in session five days a week, 6) laws proposed must be submitted singly, that is no rider may be attached to them at a later time, and 7) congressional members will be paid monthly and a bipartisan group of American people will determine whether they deserve a pay raise; members cannot vote themselves a pay raise.
Alone it is difficult to cause change. But together Americans can and will take back our country from these zealots funded by the 1 percent of wealthy backers who want laws and government abolished to suit their needs.
Call, fax, write, email or text your representatives that we Americans have had enough of these dysfunctional government obstructionists. It’s time to rid our Congress of their likes.
Remember, these same people also are trying to prevent many Americans from exercising their right to vote! Look at what is happening in states such as North Carolina and Texas.
Do your part and vote to restore our nation as the truly United States of America. If you don’t vote, those pirates who are holding our country hostage will take your place and add to their numbers.
May God truly bless our country during these trying times.
for school pact
I thank the Greater Nanticoke Area School Board and Superintendent Anthony Perrone for the finalization of our 2012-2016 contract.
During our negotiations we sometimes agree to disagree but always come to an agreeable solution.
Our support professionals, in a unanimous vote, supported this contract after almost two years, and we believe it was a fair offer to both the union and the school district.
Our support staff always have given back to our school district. More than eight years ago our staff agreed to help pay for our health care, and we were one of the first that did it. This contract for the 2012-2016 school year, we agreed to go one year without back pay.
Once again, I want to thank the GNA School Board, Mr. Perrone, our negotiating team and all of the members of the Greater Nanticoke Area Support Professionals for a job well done.
GNA Support Professionals
Recently we celebrated Christopher Columbus Day as a public holiday. A reading of Columbus’ writings, along with the testimony of his contemporaries, reveals evidence that Columbus was a man of deep devotion who took his Catholic faith seriously, says author Benjamin Broussard.
In Broussard’s article “The Catholic Spirit of Christopher Columbus,” he points out:
At sunset 90 men stood on the decks of three boats, led in prayer by Christopher Columbus, singing the Salve Regina hymn which rang out across the Atlantic.
Columbus had promised his crew that he would turn back had they not spotted land by the Spanish feast day of the Virgin Mary, “Our Lady of the Pillar.” He had faith that Our Lady would not abandon the enterprise he had worked so hard to bring about. As Columbus later knelt on the beach, he gave thanks to God, offering prayers such as the Credo, and the Te Deum in Latin. He proceeded to claim the new land for his sovereigns, but not before first claiming it for his divine master, giving it the name San Salvador (Holy Savior).
One of Columbus’ contemporaries, Bartolome de las Casas, described him as a man of righteousness and deep piety. “He observed the fasts of the church most faithfully, confessed and made communion often, read the Divine Office like a churchman, hated blasphemy and profane swearing, and was most devoted to Our Lady and … Saint Francis.”
Upon his death in 1506, on the Vigil, feast of Christ’s Ascension, surrounded by his fellow Franciscans and his sons, Columbus’ departing words were “O, Lord, I commend my spirit.”
American Jesuit Father John Hardon would remark: “It is one thing to say that Columbus discovered America. It is something else to realize that he opened the door to the most phenomenal spread of Christianity since the time of St. Paul.”