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Letters to the Editor: February 15, 2012

The Cath­ol­ic Church should ac­cept the facts of real life

The Earth is not flat. This fact was not ac­cep­ted by the Cath­ol­ic Church for hun­dreds of years. Today, the church is strug­gling to ac­cept the fact that some priests sexu­ally ab­use young boys. This fact came to light in the early 1990s when a priest liv­ing in a par­ish in Louisi­ana was found to be sexu­ally ab­us­ing poor, young boys.

The story was the fo­cus of an art­icle in Van­ity Fair magazine. Some­time later, a movie was made de­scrib­ing these events and the law­suits filed by par­ents of some of these chil­dren. The oc­ca­sions of sexu­al ab­use of chil­dren by priests ex­pan­ded to in­clude dio­ceses throughout the U.S. and sub­sequently, oth­er coun­tries. Here is an­oth­er fact the church is in ex­treme deni­al about: Most Cath­ol­ics of child-bear­ing age, mar­ried and un­mar­ried, prac­tice some sort of birth con­trol. Cath­ol­ic wo­men who be­come preg­nant seek abor­tions for a vari­ety of per­son­al reas­ons. The church’s stance on birth con­trol is un­en­force­able.

In today’s so­ci­ety, both fath­er and moth­er must work just to sup­port their fam­ily. It is un­for­tu­nate that the Cath­ol­ic Church does not ac­cept the struggles that ex­ist in the homes of most Cath­ol­ic fam­il­ies. Un­til the church ac­cepts the real­it­ies of fam­ily life today, it will con­tin­ue to lose pa­rish­ion­ers.

Faith is a be­lief in the love of God, and a Chris­ti­an is a fol­low­er of Christ. These are the two main con­cepts that the Cath­ol­ic Church should fo­cus on today.

Cath­ol­ics need a place where love and com­pas­sion en­com­pass them on Sunday morn­ings, not a place where they are con­stantly re­minded that they are sin­ners.

Rita Smith

Pennypack

For an­im­als, it can be a cruel, cruel world

In re­sponse to Gina De­N­ofa’s let­ter in the Feb. 1 edi­tion about a home­less cat (Are people that heart­less?), un­for­tu­nately the an­swer is yes.

My hus­band and I have found ourselves in sim­il­ar situ­ations as Gina’s sis­ter An­gela. For­tu­nately, there are people like us who do not turn an eye or a heart from an an­im­al in dis­tress and in need of help. We have as­sisted and giv­en a warm and lov­ing home to lost or aban­doned cats who have lived in har­mony with our dogs. They in re­turn gave us their warmth and love.

We need to re­mem­ber there are kind and sens­it­ive people just as there are cal­lous and in­sens­it­ive ones.

Teresa Meredith

Rhawn­hurst

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Thank God for people like Gina’s sis­ter. God bless her. People who would chas­tise a poor starving an­im­al are more of an an­im­al than the an­im­al it­self. But yet, their bel­lies are full and they have a warm bed to sleep in. It makes me sick.

The world is full of heart­less, in­hu­mane people. These poor creatures of God who are less for­tu­nate with no home have to find shel­ter from the rain, cold and snow, and sur­vive by find­ing their meal in a Dump­ster or wherever.

Many don’t, and starve to death. I’m 72 with many med­ic­al is­sues, but I still do res­cue work with my friend Sheila. It gives us the greatest peace of mind know­ing that the less for­tu­nate have food, med­ic­al at­ten­tion and out­door shel­ters we sup­ply, that they have a place to lay their heads on a cold night.

To all you heart­less people with a home and food, wake up! One day you may be home­less, and without food, also!

Bob Zuick

Ben­s­alem

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People have cre­ated this over­pop­u­la­tion of home­less do­mest­ic an­im­als. What makes mat­ters worse is that some of us ig­nore and ri­dicule a help­less an­im­al reach­ing out for help. For the people who saw the cat Pepe and did noth­ing, how heart­less can you be? Where is your com­pas­sion?

The next time you go home to a warm house with food on your table, think about Pepe, who was cold and starving to death. This could have been one of your pets that got lost. It took one very spe­cial per­son to help this an­im­al in need.

I my­self feed stray cats at work and out­side my back yard. I even paid to have some fixed. I do this be­cause they need my help.

I be­lieve that a good per­son takes care of people; a great per­son takes care of people and an­im­als.

Bonny Sut­ton

Mor­rell Park

Ho­mo­sexu­al­ity is not a felony

In re­gards to Mr. Garber’s let­ter to the ed­it­or, Stop the mad­ness!, in the Feb. 1 North­east Times, to lump same-sex mar­riage in with mur­der­ers, child mo­lesters and the like is really ab­surd. Maybe he thinks, like all these oth­er crim­in­als, it is something that is a choice and pre­med­it­ated to be ho­mo­sexu­al. And it’s that kind of think­ing that keeps this coun­try in the Dark Ages with re­spect to who we choose to spend our lives with.

We don’t have to agree with or em­brace every­one’s choice of part­ner, but at the end of the day, why would you even care? Do you feel that it will un­der­mine het­ero­sexu­al mar­riages (of which I’ve been in for 34 years)? Are they do­ing so well at an over-50-per­cent di­vorce rate?

Ho­mo­sexu­al­ity has been around as long as hu­mans have ex­is­ted, and maybe if people opened their minds up a little more, it wouldn’t be men­tioned along with ma­jor felon­ies.

Gary Di­etz

Fox Chase

Polit­ics as usu­al? Not with John Mc­Cann

For those of you that don’t know me, I am run­ning for state rep­res­ent­at­ive in the 169th Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict, as a Re­pub­lic­an. I grew up loc­ally, at­ten­ded St. Domin­ic grade school, Fath­er Judge High School, Prin­ceton Uni­versity and Temple Law School.

I’ve been teach­ing the youth of our so­ci­ety for 11 years and have been a staunch sup­port­er of middle-class val­ues and an act­ive uni­on mem­ber my en­tire ca­reer. I take pride in these facts be­cause all of them will help me be the best pos­sible rep­res­ent­a­tion of our neigh­bor­hoods.

Over the years, in­ef­fi­cient tax struc­tures and a scat­ter­shot ap­proach to fix­ing pub­lic edu­ca­tion have led to the slow and steady ex­odus of our neigh­bors to com­munit­ies in Bucks County, New Jer­sey and bey­ond.

They didn’t leave be­cause they wished to pay far more prop­erty taxes, or burn more gas­ol­ine in their com­mutes. They left be­cause the neigh­bor­hoods stopped provid­ing close prox­im­ity to good jobs. They left be­cause schools dis­in­teg­rated be­fore their eyes. They left be­cause loc­al gov­ern­ment stopped pri­or­it­iz­ing growth and in­stead pri­or­it­ized their own re-elec­tion cam­paigns.

I’m run­ning for state rep­res­ent­at­ive be­cause I rep­res­ent the fu­ture. I rep­res­ent the young fam­ily that chooses to make their home here, as I did in East Tor­res­dale.

I rep­res­ent the hard-work­ing adults who choose to live here des­pite a long com­mute to work. I rep­res­ent the uni­on men and wo­men who de­mand more, de­serve more and ex­pect more from their em­ploy­ers. I am you.

We can cre­ate a bold, new fu­ture. It won’t be easy, but rest as­sured, it will be my top pri­or­ity.

To­geth­er, we will in­centiv­ize the re­turn of qual­ity jobs and busi­nesses to our dis­trict. To­geth­er, we will keep the col­lege gradu­ates in our area. To­geth­er, we will in­sist upon qual­ity edu­ca­tion for our chil­dren and get it. To­geth­er, any­thing is pos­sible. I am not a politi­cian. I am a man who is tired of see­ing his neigh­bor­hood slowly de­cline and I am a man com­mit­ted to us­ing my ex­per­i­ences, edu­ca­tion and will­power to see us suc­ceed, to­geth­er.

Don’t hope for change and fol­low the same path­way to­ward gradu­al loss. DE­MAND change and trust in me to take the 169th dis­trict to new heights.

John Mc­Cann

Mr. Mc­Cann is an eighth-grade civics teach­er in Prin­ceton, N.J. and act­ive mem­ber of the New Jer­sey Edu­ca­tion As­so­ci­ation.

How to make ju­ven­ile of­fend­ers thank us

The two youths who beat a Vi­et­nam vet­er­an nearly to death in Janu­ary were re­cently sen­tenced to four years de­ten­tion. In four years, this vet­er­an will still have the ef­fects of his in­jur­ies, and these guys will be back out on the street — no scars, no pain. Ap­par­ently un­der a plea agree­ment, this was the max­im­um the judge could im­pose.

And what will the four years be like? Watch­ing TV, lift­ing weights and play­ing as­ket­ball? And learn­ing more crime skills from oth­er in­mates that they’ll brag about when they get out.

We need to re­think vi­ol­ent-crime ldquo;de­ten­tion.” In­mates should be re­quired to work every week at real jobs, clean­ing graf­fiti, board­ing up houses, plant­ing gar­dens, earn­ing resti­tu­tion for their vic­tims. Put them in leg chains if ne­ces­sary, and make sure all the street thugs see their own fu­ture.

The rest of their time will be in pris­on school, earn­ing a high school dip­loma or trade skill. No tele­vi­sion, no bas­ket­ball, noth­ing — un­less you ex­cel in school.

On Sundays, all in­mates must at­tend a re­li­gious ser­vice of their choice, and atone. Oh, the lib­er­als will hate that one.

You know what? If this strict  routine were fol­lowed, I bet these  kids would come out of jail four years later — and thank us.

Richard Iac­on­elli

Rhawn­hurst

Help the vic­tim — Pro­ceed with justice

Re­gard­ing last week’s story, Hear­ing post­poned in scam-artist case: What is wrong with the DA’s of­fice? So Sandra An­der­son has chipped in all of an­oth­er $1,000 resti­tu­tion and now has re­im­bursed her vic­tim the grand total of $9,000 out of the $57,000 she al­legedly stole, and she gets yet an­oth­er post­pone­ment of her pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing (which is not even a tri­al)?

Where’s she get­ting the money from, any­way? My guess is that she’s scam­ming Peter to pay Paul. If As­sist­ant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Tracie Gay­dos is so con­cerned with her of­fice’s top pri­or­ity of get­ting the vic­tim’s money back, her of­fice should give the vic­tim the rest of his money and have An­der­son re­im­burse them. Mean­while, give re­peat-of­fend­er An­der­son her hear­ing and put her on tri­al, which ought to have noth­ing to do with any resti­tu­tion she makes.

Howard J. Wilk

Bustleton

Gas­ol­ine games have this read­er fum­ing

A month ago or so some pipsqueak in Ir­an made a cal­cu­lated, saber-rat­tling idle threat about clos­ing the Strait of Hor­muz, and with­in a month or so the price of gas­ol­ine has shot up about 40 cents a gal­lon in this coun­try.

Yet when the massive BP crude oil leak dis­aster happened and las­ted throughout the height of the sum­mer driv­ing sea­son two and a half years ago, gas prices didn’t budge an inch.

What’s wrong with this pic­ture?

How long do you think it would take for the Sun­oco oil re­finery in South Philly and the oth­er ones in Mar­cus Hook, Train­er and else­where to be snapped up by Big Oil if Pres­id­ent Obama an­nounced that the U.S. gov­ern­ment was tak­ing them over, sav­ing hun­dreds of em­ploy­ees from the un­em­ploy­ment be­ne­fits rolls (ana­thema to the far right) and re­fin­ing oil partly from the U.S. Stra­tegic Pet­ro­leum Re­serve in­to gas­ol­ine to be ra­tioned out at the scores of now-shuttered gas sta­tions throughout the North­east at 60 to 70 cents less per gal­lon than the go­ing price fixed by the crafty, col­lud­ing mono­pol­ist­ic moguls of the Big Oil car­tel? My guess would be about three hours.

Of course, we could count on the staunchly anti-gov­ern­ment, rad­ic­al right-wing cranks and ya­hoos of talk ra­dio im­me­di­ately scream­ing bloody murder about un­fair com­pet­i­tion, so­cial­ism, com­mun­ism, Marx­ism, stat­ism, Satan­ism, etc., etc. — any old “ism” will do — just as they did when the U.S. gov­ern­ment bailed out the na­tion’s auto in­dustry and aver­ted an eco­nom­ic cata­strophe not so long ago.

I hear Gen­er­al Mo­tors is back to be­ing No. 1 among the world’s auto man­u­fac­tur­ers. I won­der why.

Ray­mond Ca­pon­etti

Tor­res­dale

Po­cono race­way  memor­ies

Read­ing the art­icle in the Feb. 1 edi­tion about Dr. Joseph Mat­ti­oli, the man who built the Po­cono race­way, brought back memor­ies of years ago.

I had a house in In­di­an Moun­tain Lake that was not far from the racetrack. The day after the first race was over, we went to see what the track was like. When we got there, nobody was around and the gates were open.

We had our chil­dren and my broth­er-in-law’s chil­dren. When they went in, they looked un­der the stands, and by the phones they found about $20 in dropped coins.

Our wives went to the top of the stands to the broad­cast booth and found a fridge with a cold bar­rel of beer. We sat down and en­joyed a glass of beer and watched our chil­dren run around the track. It was a very ad­ven­tur­ous day.

John F. Rauchut

May­fair

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