Only the best representatives will do
To the editor:
On occasion I have run across some issue that bothered me enough to take some action. We have all found ourselves in that position from time to time.
When the issue originates with our government, you might expect that your representatives would be responsive to your concerns. Realistically, you do not expect them to always agree with you, but they should at least attempt to understand your concerns.
If they agree with you, you should expect some positive action on their part. After all, they supposedly work for us. But that frequently isn’t the case.
I do not know if you ever wrote or called your representative or senator, but I have. If you write, you usually receive an automated response. If you get a written response, it usually is many days after the issue’s relevance has passed. Usually their response has nothing to do with your stated concerns and is just political gibberish or plain malarkey. When you call, it is basically the same thing. Unless you are a big donor, you have only a very modest say on how you are being governed. In the case of the well-entrenched incumbent, your impact is even less.
What recourse do you have when your representatives are corrupt or not fiscally responsible or endorse unfair policies? If you are dissatisfied with your incumbents, it is difficult to unseat them since they have access to so much accumulated power.
I, for one, would like our representatives to be more responsive to us. As a citizen, I expect my representatives to care about their constituents first. I expect them to be honest, law-abiding, principled, ethical, hard-working and virtuous. Frequently, newly elected representatives are almost that. Nevertheless, power and celebrity often bring out the negative traits in us all to some extent.
As our representatives use their accumulated power, it becomes easier to be re-elected, and their negative traits are magnified. It is only human nature. It is not something to fight but something to recognize and accept but minimize.
I believe many of our representatives wanted to serve our country when they first ran for office. Their desire was still there even after re-election. However, slowly but surely power and celebrity affect us all and serving our country becomes secondary.
Term limits is the only apparent way to keep this in check and maintain more responsive and moral representation. Our country deserves the best representatives possible. If you believe term limits will help, too, please insist that your party endorses them as well as your candidates. You can take back the power.
John T. Kolackovsky
A 1952 carbine restored to its former glory
To the editor:
I hope that this little gun story brings even a tiny bit of relief during these terrible days of seemingly endless deceit and division, the eternal tools of those aspiring to gain absolute power. Our founders warned us to stand together or we would surely hang separately.
One of my old hunting carbines is a Marlin Model 336 SC (Sports Carbine) lever-action, chambered in .35 Remington. My carbine was manufactured in 1952, and I believe that this was the first year that Marlin chambered its Model 336 in .35 Remington. I bought the old .35 sometime during the mid-1960s while I was visiting a gun shop looking for some reloading components.
The old gun looked as though it had spent the last decade bouncing around in the back of a pickup truck. But after many gratifying hours of sanding, scrubbing, polishing and bluing, the beat-up old carbine was finally restored to all its former glory. I suppose, at first glance, the .35 Remington cartridge seems to reek of inefficiency, with its rather small case and round nose bullet but there are still a few old hunters, such as myself, who consider the 108-year-old .35 Remington rifle cartridge a very good short range, big game round.
What happened to love and forgiveness?
To the editor:
Another black eye was inflicted on the Catholic church by Father Paul O’Brien and those in power at Lawrence Catholic Academy and St Patrick’s Church when two teachers were fired over an out-of-wedlock pregnancy without remembering the whole meaning of being a Christian.
We, as a faith community, have accepted the mandate of Jesus Christ to “love one another as I have loved you.”
Two good teachers whom the students liked were fired for sinning. If that was the case every time someone sinned, then there would be no Catholic schools in existence because we are all sinners.
If these two teachers had decided to keep it quiet and have the baby aborted, the powers that be would never have known that they had sinned, life would have gone on and the good teachers would have continued to have a livelihood. But they chose to bring a precious gift of life into this world.
So what those at St Patrick’s, in their infinite wisdom of Jesus’ love, showed everyone is it would have been better to have an abortion.
Pope Francis spoke recently of how he goes to confession every 15 days because he, too, is a sinner. He is a true and honest soul.
Despite what those who preach love and forgiveness but apparently feel as though they don’t have to practice it, I will say to these teachers, as a regretful sinner, May God bless you and your child.