Teachers, officials deserve support too
In a recent WAMC interview we were asked to be concerned about the emotional health of students after enduring over a year of the covid pandemic.
At this point I think we should worry more about the emotional health of the teachers and administrators. It must have been like riding through the tunnel of horrors without a seatbelt.
Elect politicians who will do right things
From the July 7 Gazette photo (“Bridge struck yet again”): “Despite warning signs, the bridge is struck regularly by large trucks.”
People — this is not rocket science, it’s elementary school science. Signs and fines are NOT working. And will continue not to work.
The solution demands innovative analysis, a device that seems far beyond the average elected official’s comprehension.
Get rid of the same old, same old politicos. Elect new, term-limited representatives who possess vision, integrity and a drive to ‘do the right thing.’
Then, charge them with finding actual scientists to enact real solutions. Lasers? Divert the Indian Kill? Reroute Canadian Pacific through Clifton Park? Replicate the Maple Avenue overpass? (That would slow ‘em down!) A 24/7 staffed (armed?) measuring station?
I am, obviously, not a scientist. I am a concerned citizen. I would campaign, and vote, for any person who is willing and able to put together the resources necessary to find an actual solution to this interminable trailer custom conversion joke.
Oh, and please, please, elect politicians who will put our Lady Liberty statue back.
Support the church, don’t only criticize
Abuses and scandals happen everywhere, not just in the Catholic Church. It is a fact of life that bad apples are everywhere.
Most Catholics are embittered by the scandals of the church in recent times. But those of us who love it, know that the church, like all other human institutions, is not made only of rotten apples, but also of good ones, who sacrifice themselves for her every day.
I’m talking about saints, such as Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Padre Pio and many others, including thousands of priests and missionaries everywhere, who work hard and risk their lives for the Christian faith. These are the ones we need to look up to; the faithful, the religious, the priests, and also the simple and honest people who are dedicated, love the church and their neighbor, and demonstrate it every day with good deeds.
Therefore, I believe that if we truly love the church, we must work and pray to renew it, not just to criticize it, although I realize that positive and constructive criticism is necessary (from those who have her good at heart), in order to help her grow, learn from her mistakes, and hopefully change and become better and more holy.
I will not judge, but I will criticize the wrong actions of some of her children. However, I will always defend the church, because my faith is in God, in Jesus Christ, His son, and His Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Queen of the Church.
Ottavio Lo Piccolo
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