Pick your passion; Looking for 'green' partners; A Memorial Day memory; Split in the church
Pick your passion
Do you think that many of the 74 million viewers who voted for Jordin on "American Idol" have bothered to contact just one of their government leaders to voice their opinion about our war in Iraq, outrageous gasoline prices, global warming, increased research funds to cure all types of cancer, the number of children and elderly living in poverty...
Pick your conviction/passion. ONLY in America... it speaks volumes about our collective priorities.
Looking for 'green' partners
As the sponsors of the motion to create the "Greener Framingham Committee," we're writing to thank our neighbors on Town Meeting and in the community for supporting such an important initiative.
The Greener Framingham Committee will review our municipal energy consumption to make recommendations on how the Town can integrate renewable technology throughout all of our municipal departments, all while reducing our long-term energy costs.
If helping Framingham become a leader in adopting environmentally friendly and fiscally prudent energy practices is something you could help with, we urge you to apply to be a part of this committee through the Town Moderator, Board of Selectmen or School Committee application processes.
Only through working together and acting locally can we begin to integrate renewable energy and green technology into Framingham's infrastructure so we can all look forward to a greener future.
WEST RITCHIE and
A Memorial Day memory
Two white-haired, quite elderly gentlemen wearing veterans' caps were sitting at a local supermarket with collection cans and handing out red poppies when they received a donation.
I remembered vets doing that so many years ago when I was a child. These gentlemen were so sweet as they thanked and blessed me when I dropped a miniscule four quarters in their collector. I thought it a poor recompense for what they had endured. I thanked them for what they and others have given to the country and then I cried.
I was crying not only for the vets' sacrifice but also because the War in Iraq is a horrific mess and lost. I was crying for the waste of young life and because we are now considered by many to be the pariah of the world instead of its savior. When I was a child the vets with the poppies were usually World War II vets.
I thought what a far cry Iraq II is from World War II. The two wars are light years apart, not only in decades, but are light years apart in the rationale for going to war.
Iraq II has been one of the most divisive and, in my opinion, worst foreign policy blunder in U.S. history. It has been based on catastrophic lies, incompetent mismanagement, inability to understand regional history and an absence of prescient planning. We attacked a nation which did not attack us.
This war may have ultimately the most dire far-reaching consequences for the U.S. and, indeed, the world as nearly any we have waged. The argument now should be not whether we leave Iraq, but how fast we should leave.
The mistake of Vietnam, I thought, was bad enough but the Iraq II venture really takes the blunder prize.
In the brilliant film "Judgment at Nuremberg" one of the Germans, a former Nazi judge played by Burt Lancaster, accused of war crimes, finally admits to his complicity in the horrific Nazi atrocities. He ashamedly and ever-so-passionately asks the question, "Where were we? Were we deaf, dumb, blind?"
I might ask the same thing of the people who not only conducted this war but the ones who were complicit in giving the permission slip. In the final analysis, someone put this president in office and someone voted yes giving him financial carte blanche to conduct a war under false pretenses which not many questioned.
Perhaps, William Shakespeare said it best in Act I Scene II of Julius Caesar, "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves."
Split in the church
The split that occurred between Catholics and Orthodox in 1054 is a tragic fact of history, in which both sides need to take responsibility for the various misunderstandings that took place.
However, if G. C. Burns would take a careful look at the writings of the early Church, it would be clear that the Church that existed believed in papal authority, and on this issue, it is the Eastern Orthodox who are out of touch with tradition and Christ's will.
Anyone who took the time to thoroughly investigate the early Church would find that John, Patriarch of Jerusalem, in a letter to archbishop of the Georgian monks in his diocese wrote that the pope was "infallible."
Similarly, St. John Chrysostom wrote that Christ gave to the papacy headship over the entire Church (Hom. 5, de Poen 2.). These are just two of the numerous texts that show that the early Church believed in papal primacy, which the Eastern Orthodox Church, to which G.C. Burns belongs, denies.
DONATO INFANTE III,