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By The Staff

Please, Mr. President,

don’t do it

Before I became a citizen of these United States and could register to vote, I would proudly declare myself a Democrat. After all were not they the party of the “New Deal,” the party of the underdog, the party of the weak, the party of the working people everywhere?

How then did this party, my party, become identified with abortion on demand, identified with turning their backs on the weakest of the weak?

Part of the story of the Democratic Party’s transformation has to do with abortion activists systematically working to neutralize Catholic opposition to abortion. At the time, the most visible and influential Catholic family in America were the Kennedy’s, and who would have ever guessed that four leading priests would prove to be the Horsemen of the Apocolypse, all bright red.

In the summer of 1964, these four priests, leading theologians – Robert Drinan, Richard McCormic, Charles Curran and Giles Milhaven, visited the Kennedy’s in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. They convinced the Kennedy’s that they could tolerate the legalization of abortion if political efforts to repress this moral evil led to greater perils to the social peace and order of America.

One thinks of Judas at the Last Supper, and Caiaphas, the High Priest at the time of Jesus, who had advised the Judeans that it would be good for one man to die for the people. These priests’ views effectively neutralized Catholic opposition to the soon to be widespread massacre of the innocents, and paved the way for Roe vs. Wade.

In the 36 years since Roe vs. Wade, 55 million have died, dead on behalf of the people, for the good of the people? However, there are signs of hope with society becoming sick of abortion.

Doctor Bernard Nathanson, a few years ago, a founder of National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), admits to performing 50,000 abortions including aborting his own child. He confesses, “When ultrasound confronted me with the sight of the embryo in the womb I simply lost my faith in abortion.”

Pro-Life groups are proliferating in towns and college campuses all over America. There are powerful forces shoring up the abortion wall but this wall, like the Berlin Wall, will come tumbling down. The American people are too good to forever tolerate this monstrous wrong and does it not rise like a prayer in us: We hold these truths to be self evident and something about unalienable rights and among these rights being the right to Life.

There is a new threat to life on the horizon; it is called FOCA, the Freedom of Choice Act. Sounds good does it not?

The Freedom of Choice Act is however, the most radical and divisive pro-abortion bill ever introduced in Congress. It would create a “fundamental right” to abortion that government could not limit but would have to support. FOCA would overturn many existing widely-supported policies, including laws protecting parental involvement and conscience rights and those preventing partial-birth abortions.

We, the taxpayers, would now pay the bill for all this blood. At a 2007 Planned Parenthood conference, (presidential candidate) Obama promised that one of his highest priorities as president would be to pass FOCA, which would render illegal all state and federal limits on abortion. The live Q amd A session at this Planned Parenthood meeting is available on YouTube by typing the following into your online search engine (Google, etc.). Barack Obama Freedom of Choice Act Planned Parenthood.

Please don’t do it, President Obama, please Mr. President.

Father Patrick J. O’Doherty

Queen of Peace

Catholic Church

Children go hungry as

leaders play politics

Oxfam reports only 137 trucks of food to feed 1.5 million people were allowed into Gaza this November. The U.N. says poverty has reached an “unprecedented level.”

Hospitals are turning away the sick because their machinery and medicine was running out. Hungry children are stumbling around the streets, scavenging for food.

It was in this context – under collective punishment designed to topple a democracy – that some forces within Gaza did something immoral: They fired Qassam rockets indiscriminately at Israeli cities.

An American Christian, Marlin Vis, wrote in his blog: “A small Palestinian Muslim child, 4 or 5 years old, burrows his face deeply into the skinny chest of his 10-year-old brother. Their furniture and clothing, all they could carry, lie in a heap outside their stone-block home.

“Big brother has explained that in a matter of minutes, the soldiers will destroy the home. The little boy’s eyes express the terror that his tongue can’t describe. An 18-year-old Israeli soldier stands guard over the seven children of this family. His eyes, too – tell the story that he would never allow his tongue to repeat.

“For the sake of that little boy, his brothers and sisters, and his 18-year old cousin standing guard, this occupation must end.”

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was left shame-faced after President George W. Bush ordered her to abstain in a key U.N. vote on the Gaza war. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Monday, “In the night between Thursday and Friday, when the secretary of state wanted to lead the vote on a ceasefire at the Security Council, we did not want her to vote in favor.

“I said ‘get me President Bush on the phone.’ I told him the United States could not vote in favor. It cannot vote in favor of such a resolution. He immediately called the secretary of state and told her not to vote in favor.”

Fourteen of the council’s 15 members voted in favor of the resolution, which was later rejected.

This is why we will never resolve the quandary which is Israel/Palestine. We are too much into the Bible and a Holocaust the Palestinians had nothing to do with.

Edmond de Bie

Ocala

Budget cuts don’t

hit state lawmakers

I have read that some of the Florida school systems are relying on the teachers to pick up the cost of school supplies for their students to do their required school work. Florida gives their teachers about $250 each year for these supplies, while the average cost to the teachers is between $500 and $1,200, according to the newspaper.

The state legislature has cut the school budget this year from $48 million dollars to $37 million, leaving the teachers to seek donations from the general public to make up the difference for these school supplies. So much for being known as the education state that ranks 47th of our 50 states.

You know where the heart of the state legislature is when you read about people like the House Speaker Ray Sansom the know-how to acquire money for schools in his district. Speaker Ray Sansom was able to secure $35 million these past two years and $122.5 million for a five-year period for the Northwest Florida State College that also happens to be in his district.

He was instrumental in obtaining $750,000 in startup money for a school project with no strings attached. The same day that he arranged for money for this college was the  day he received a no-bid job from this college that paid his $110,000 per year salary. Some people might think that accepting this position with this particular school might not pass the smell test, but after all,  this is Florida.

The double dipping issue is still alive and well in the state of Florida and it looks like its students will suffer because of the greed and selfishness of these school administrators and state employees. For those of you who are unaware of this benefit of double dipping that the Florida State Legislature gave to itself and some other state employees, the following is an example of how they treat themselves while at the money trough.

Miami Dade Community College President Edirardo Padron collected $893,286 in a lump-sum retirement benefit in 2006. After receiving this lump sum from the state of Florida, he began collecting $14,631 per month in retirement pay in addition to his annual salary of $441,538 for doing the same job he did before he retired.

Isn’t life grand for the 8,000 state employees in Florida who are able to receive a lump-sum benefit, their full retirement pay plus their regular salary, all because the state Legislature wanted to take care of its own. At the present time the State of Florida is paying these double dippers more than $300 million per year, while the state expects its grade school teachers to use their own money and donations from the taxpaying public to supply their own students with school supplies. What a wonderful state we live in where the state Legislature takes such good care of itself.

These are some of the issues that our Governor Charlie Christ has inherited from the previous administration and it looks like the problems are so deep and entrenched that the state may never see the light of day during our lifetime. As of this date, our state Legislature is cutting the budget in many areas saving a million here and a million there, but are not addressing the $300 million being spent on themselves. Life is good!

Jerry Segovis

OTOW   We must find a

way to end wars

Mankind is facing severe problems that threaten our existence without worrying about war. Our world population is exploding while we have severe food shortages throughout the world.

Our meat supply is pumped up with antibiotics, as we are being flooded with bioengineered, genetically modified, pesticide-drenched, Franken vegetables produced by big corporate industries. This is happening as our environment is slowly being polluted, and our water resources are disappearing.

As we slowly watch our glaciers melting with global warming,  we still continue to fight the same old age-old religious or clan disputes that never seem to end.

U.S. political leaders appear unable to grasp the magnitude of the dangers the country now faces. Many are caught up in the same old vengeful culture of wars and squabbling among themselves,

We seem oblivious to the fact that U.S. global leadership is fast ebbing away and unending wars have already bankrupted our nation. A new world is coming into being almost unnoticed, where the United States is only one of several great powers, facing an uncertain future it can no longer shape.

The United States alone cannot afford to police the world, never mind democratizing it. And even if carefully conserved, our relative power among nations is destined to decline. So long as jealously sovereign nations refuse to submit to a higher level of law and order, we had better learn to share the problem of living in a condition of global anarchy. There’s no point in saving America at the cost of the American way of life.

The United States, which many see as the most powerful nation in the world, has been participating in illegal wars (Iraq, for example) for years, completely unchecked by the international community. We call ourselves a moral nation. We have agreed to the U.N. charter and international law as well as the protection of all human rights. We have also agreed to limit our nuclear arms.

All the while we have violated our commitments. We have one of the largest caches of nuclear arms in the world, yet we condemn other nations for trying to create their own. We condemn international aggression, yet we are perhaps the worst offender.

We are now facing a crisis in international politics. Are we ready to permanently bankrupt our nation in order to solve our problems, or can we face up to a dialogue with those nations that differ in opinion with us?

No one is asking us to surrender our freedoms nor does anyone want a nuclear war that will wipe out mankind. For centuries we have fought wars, achieved a peace, then renewed war after war. Death and destruction has taken its toll.

Israel has long blockaded Gaza’s ports and stopped cross-border shipment of needed supplies, creating a humanitarian crisis well before the current fighting began. Blockades are widely considered an act of war and, in the case of Gaza, it is arguably a war crime, as well.

Showering missiles on one another does not alleviate the problem. Both Hamas and Israel are responsible. They are following the example of the United States commitment to war and war crimes.

The majority of citizens in all of these countries do not want war. Instead they are looking for someone to address their economic problems that allow terrorists to gain a foothold. This is a prime example of how democracy is being cheated by the warmongering politicians on both sides.

All people wish to live in peace and want the same respect from others as human beings. War will not solve the problem. A dialogue between nations is a start.

What is missing is a new terminology for peace. What I have not heard is a new creative way of thinking for a way to end all wars. We have talked the same talk and walked the same walk without any solution toward world peace.

What we need is new people and new ways to solve this tremendous problem. People have stopped caring about others and are only worried only about their own survival.

Unfortunately, I have this strange feeling that mankind has been misled for so long by their governments that we no longer seem to be making any progress toward peace. Yet it is not that we do not have any solutions. In every country of the world we can find people with opposing views, living together in peace and harmony and managing to get along.

As a start to having peace now, we need small actions – newspaper ads, distributing flyers, holding forums and rallies – to educate the public as well as our own government. All the problems have started at the top in many governments throughout the world and it has to stop at the top.

Bill Marder

Oak Run