To the editor:
I find it interesting that as the world welcomes a new pope, he is heralded as a modest man who has spent much of his life caring for the poor and downtrodden (which to me is what a Christian leader is meant to do).
My question is, will leaders in this country who have made it their business to prevent our president from succeeding, continue to use the poor and downtrodden as one of their weapons (welfare, medical assistance, Social Security, etc.)? I am almost certain House Speaker John Boehner (a Catholic and Republican) will be impervious to such an idea, although he expressed the opinion that the selection of the Argentinian was a step in the right direction for the church.
But possibly the most telling comment comes from U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) also a practicing Catholic, who posted on his Facebook page (according to the Associated Press): “My family and I offer our prayers for Pope Francis. Like his namesake St. Francis, Pope Francis has lived a life of humility and commitment to the poor. For his spiritual leadership, we are grateful. And for his message of renewal, we will heed his call.”
Does this mean we might see a bit more compassion and a little less vitriol from the right?
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Health services kudos
I am writing this letter of appreciation because two weeks ago I had my second knee replacement surgery within six months.
Kill the YMCA project
In addressing the city council on July 8th, YMCA board president Andy Bench made a bold and highly questionable claim that raised a red flag in my mind. He referenced the alleged financial commitment made by The Greenville Independent School District to help pay for his proposed $15 million taxpayer funded YMCA.
Applaud Court’s return to interpretive sanity
I applaud the Supreme Court’s return to Constitutional interpretive sanity in its recent finding in favor of Hobby Lobby and other closely held companies, to decline to pay for certain medications that they believe violate their religious beliefs.
Take care of children crossing over border
The beautiful little Hispanic children coming across the border from Mexico and South America…
Not too late to stop proposed YMCA center
n your Wednesday edition, reporter Brad Kellar briefly touched on the comments of Dr. Jerry Ransom at Tuesday’s city council meeting.
Perkins should abstain from YMCA vote
What if you were a judge? What if you were also Board President of a non profit organization?
Say no to YMCA on Tuesday
An April 28, 2013 ad in the Herald Banner stated that the YMCA/Event Center bond would only add an additional 2.5 cents to the Greenville property tax rate.
When I moved back to Greenville after living 17 years in South Texas, I took the advice of my friend, Dr. Bill Thorn, who advised me to become an expert in some field. It didn’t matter what.
Freedom of religion
Texas Constitution and the YMCA
Thanks to Park & Rec
Thank you Kimber Patterson, Brett Quarles and the staff of Greenville Parks and Recreation for the outstanding job you do for our community.
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