I too, have made the decision to leave the Catholic Church. Just yesterday I delivered letters to Fr. Robert Fuller, Sr. Barbara and Sr. Karen explaining my decision. I will sorely miss the parish of St. Francis Cabrini. It is the most open and progressive parish I've ever had the pleasure to attend, however I can not be a hypocrite. The prayer/meditation shrine I built in my home garden will have to be my "church" for the time being.
Our Diocese Bishop Gerald Kicannis should be commended for his attempts to create a more inviting, "open" church in the effort (and belief) of welcoming a more youthful congregation. Alas, the recent actions of the Vatican were the "straw that broke the camel's back" for me, as it were. I've a feeling I am not alone in my decision. All my best, Pamela Culhane-Turner.
A couple corrections to Mr. Hill's corrections. "First of all, it is not a lawsuit, but a notice of claim; we are mediating it with the city." He's sort of correct. Its two lawsuits, not one. The complaint numbers are C20117440 and C20117439. They've been filed but not served on the City. The reporter actually correctly reported this fact: "When the Rio Nuevo board voted to file the lawsuit, it also decided to allow a 120-day period before serving the claim against the city to give time for mediation." "Secondly, it is not these folks' sales tax; it is the state's sales tax, and it funds general state government, including education." Actually, its Rio Nuevo's tax (ARS sec. 42-5031) but the point made by CM Romero is that its collected within the City by City taxpayers. Finally, I find this statement amazing: "I might close with the fact the proposed claim would not change our goal as it was originally designed, to bring back Tucson's birthplace." When the City was proposing to enter into an agreement with the County and Friends of Tucson's Birthplace, Rio Nuevo's attorney threatened to sue the County if the agreement went forward. (http://tinyurl.com/7a83gbp). When will the press start calling out these people for these falsehoods?
My concern is how do I get a problem regarding hoarders and the problems that are created outside of their homes or apartments and how their neighbors are affected. I don't know who to contact. I moved to an apt complex that promised I would "Love where I live" that has turned into a fallacy. I now have roaches and they have been sending their babies out trying to woo me. I have called the council ward, the health department every agency I could think of to help and they did show up, but no one seems to have an answer. The management of the large and highly advertised complesx is dragging their feet and I was told they are the ones that need to contact code enforcement. Finally a TPD officer showed up at my door and code enforcement came this morning. She has been served eviction papers and she is still moving out. Pest control arrived about 3 weeks ago and they upon opening her door, said their were 2000 plus roaches and couldn't do anything because of the filth and clutter. Well they are in all the surrounding apts, we keep utilizing pest control but the pests are still around. HELP ANY SUGGESTIONS????? 339-3543 I will answer or reswpond to all calls..
I had the same concern when I sent in my ballot. I kept re-reading the instructions and from what I understood, I had to sent it in in an envelope required by the government that had my name and address on it. Did I do that wrong and my vote wasn't counted?
If you want a letter to be considered for Mailbag, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, as it says above. Thanks!
I'd like to know: How can I post to the Mailbag online instead of having my comments show up only in a rinky-dink online comment forum? Why are there no online links to provide comments directly to Mailbag or to the Editor's Notes?
Forgive people if they don't accept your reassurances, Ouito. Some of us are aware of the corruption already inherent in the ballot-counting process, secret or not, and the vote-by-mail method only increases the stench.
When you have an elections director who takes home the databases prior to election night and possesses a program on his computer that exists only to alter balloting results (proven in court), this does not engender confidence in the system. When the system is investigated for fraud and the local political parties actively obstruct investigators obtaining said databases, people should indeed be concerned about the accuracy of the count. Finally, when the state's attorney general swoops in in the dead of night and confiscates the ballots, refuses to count the problem precincts identified by investigators and then calls a press conference to announce that nobody should be worried as he only found 68 extra votes, NOBODY should believe their votes are safe until these practices are eliminated and the guilty parties prosecuted. If you are truly a "Party Representative", you are part of the problem as nobody in your position could (or should) be oblivious to these facts. Either you lie through omission or your ignorance is such that you should never be allowed within a hundred miles of a legitimate election.
Your concern is misplaced. Once the signatures have been verified, the ballots are removed from the sealed envelope and placed in a large stack and the envelopes placed elsewhere and are discarded or recycled. The ballots are then transported to another location where they are fed through the machine. This all happens at a rapid speed. I have spent hours as a Party Representative watching the procedure to make sure all is above-board. You should be concerned that your ballot is accurately counted, but it is secret. The only reason for the signature is to protect you from someone else casting your ballot, a greater danger since it is not difficult for someone to get hold of your mailed ballot - perhaps you moved and it went to your old address or perhaps someone else requested a ballot in your name - all they need to know is your name and birthday. The signature is a protection for you, not an invasion of privacy.
Capitalism is a system where if you make money you keep it, and if you lose money, you are stuck with that debt for life. You, yourself; nobody obligated to help you with it.
Socialism, or communism (take notes, there will be a quiz next class) is where if you make money, it is taxed away from you to serve society and if you lose money, society is taxed to cover the losses.
Fascism is a system where if you make money you keep it, but if you lose money, the losses are transferred to the society as a whole.
Which system best describes America?
And you have no intellectual understanding of the world as it currently is, maryalice-you are stuck in a mindset from 50 years ago. Citing the Soviet Union and its horrors is pointless since you are comparing apples to oranges-when did the USSR ever bail out its bankers and businessmen? Never, since it had no similar economic system. Any comparison of the current situation to communism is willful ignorance; communists want to smash the capitalist state, not make it enforce its laws.
You are correct L. Wainwood, however, you will never be able to reach the leftists with reason. Leftism is their religion substitute. They have no intellectual understanding of what was wrong with the Soviet Union and they never will. It's like talking to the air.
No, Ms. Wainwood, the Occupy protesters do not "want bureaucrats to manage the economic shots". Rather, they want the laws of this nation regarding fraud and theft enforced against the economic terrorists who ran the economy into a wall while enriching themselves in the process.
This is not a "handout", nor does it demand the system be burnt down. Rather, it demands the system do its job and perform as advertised through equal application of the law. If you find this moronic, there's no need to wonder why the system is self-destructing: you provide the perfect example.
my mother died because of her daughter and son and son in law was good at stealing her money every month and fooled so many people as long as they stayed away and didn't look into strange things that were happening such as why did she need help with dental when she should have had 500 amonth going into her account and it would be enough to pay for anything she would need.I found out what extent they were abusing her when looking at her check book and asked questions of the person who was writting the amount of money out and just have mom sign the checks,yes very good,mom had terrible eye sight and was hard of hearing. What did her own Dr. say when I took her in to see her dr for the first time in over 3 years?My mother suffered at the hands of the very ones who knew better but the money was their first love and my mother was in the way. Now that she is gone,I wonder who they are stealing from now?
Even the few intellectual conservatives remaining among us tend to agree with the 99 percenters that the vast inequities in the country cannot continue or our democracy will collapse. I'm sure there are a few miscreants among the Occupiers, but the great majority are average Americans, finally exhausted with desperation at the state of an economy that has been slowly strangled over the past thirty years by the messianic followers of a hack novelist, Ayn Rand.
"Maybe if their brains were occupied with some perspective, we could get somewhere.
Lorin, their brains ARE occupied with some perspective - the perspective of folks who, after busting their butts at work (if they have a job), come home from work and realize they aren't getting anywhere, or the perspective of students who can't find work when they graduate, and yet are faced with tens of thousands of dollars in debt that they are struggling to pay without jobs. All this, while the upper 1% party on. Do you see no disparity in all this?
Peter Van Keuren
Thumbs up for Paul Cragle's comments concerning more votes for Obama. He is right on. So what if states are adding additional laws to help with curbing the influx of undocumented individuals. Don't the states have other laws that mirror the Federal Government? We as Americans turned our backs to influx of visitors when the economy was fat and happy. Now we are paying the price for allowing the illegals to storm across our Borders.
Mr Hicks...If you think that a person drinking a martini makes that person "highbrow" then you are kidding yourself. A drink does no such thing in and of itself.
Malone Ducklo is right about the 9/11 inside job and the danger of chemtrails. i didn't know there was even continuing debate.
So, Radmax, do you engage in any creative endeavor yourself? Or would someone have to write of you, "(no, this dude doesn't do anything fun)." While I am mystified as to the relevance of Jordan's band, I am just as curious how you conflate his concern with the rights of immigrants in Alabama with the infamous abuses visited upon African Americans in Alabama.
I guess I'll never know what James's band has to do with this issue, I'll venture a guess as to your strange equation of standing up for Latinos in Alabama with "burying civil rights workers in levees": You are an intellectually dishonest boob. No other explanation really makes sense...
Dear caliche meat Alabama guy; (yes, this dude is in a band) Sorry to hear someone stepped upon the sensitive toes of Alabama tradition. So rich and diverse. Why, it seems only yesterday they were burying civil rights workers in levees. You've come a long way Alabama. Let no judicial rulings encumber the new slavery of the south. Send us your teeming masses...
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