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December 13, 2013

Sound Off

Obama’s Katrina

In a speech last week, President Obama lauded Kathleen Sebelius for doing “an outstanding job as HHS secretary” Given the disastrous healthcare.gov website, where is the media condemnation that accompanied President Bush’s “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job” comment to FEMA head Michael Brown after Hurricane Katrina?

Kuster’s stumble

I used to think that Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, was the dumbest person in Congress after she asked NASA if the Mars rover could drive over to where Neil Armstrong made his giant leap for mankind. But after hearing Anne Kuster, D-New Hampshire, make a bumbling, stumbling, incoherent response to a question about Benghazi, I think Annie moves into the top spot. New Hampshire, what have you done?

Teachable moment

Although I do feel bad for what has happened to Mr. Houlihan and Ms. Ferland of the Lawrence Catholic Academy, I think they could really teach their former students a valuable lesson here. That is, when you make an agreement you’re expected to stick to it, and when you don’t, there are consequences. If they violated their contracts, and I say “if” because I never read them, then that’s grounds for termination. Also, to Ms. Lavallee, I have been divorced for several years and have never been told I cannot receive communion. I was told by three different priests that divorced Catholics can still receive communion unless they remarry. Then they are not allowed to receive it.

Pay the piper

Well now, we have a couple of teachers who signed a contract to abide by the Doctrines of the Catholic Church as part of their employment as teachers at Lawrence Catholic Academy and who were discharge when they acknowledged that they lived together without benefit of marriage, conceived a child and planned to wed in 2015. They are both well educated and were able to understand the contract they signed. Now when it’s time to pay the piper, they want sympathy. An attorney (why am I not surprised?) steps forward to represent them for free. In the words of a TV character, “If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.”

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