Old habits die hard. At least, that's what City Councilor Debbie O'Malley might say, who's at the forefront of a debate over whether or not the city has violated the same ordinance that was the focus of the Sunport Observation Deck scandal of 1997.
Two books came across my desk recently, both of which argue convincingly that waging war over religious differences is not inevitable. Apparently, we have alternatives to endlessly squabbling over which tribe of His children God really loves best. Who would have known?
Don't get me wrong. I'm not against portable classrooms. They get you outdoors for some fresh air. They have that trailer-park charm. They're great places to hide under if you need to get away. But 57 on one campus? That's how many portables belong to Edward Gonzales Elementary on the southwest mesa.
Dateline: Philippines—The environmental organization Greenpeace announced last Tuesday that it would pay nearly $7,000 in damages after its flagship, the Rainbow Warrior II, smashed into a coral reef in the Tubbataha National Marine Park. Greenpeace officials said the incident at the United Nations world heritage site was “very regrettable,” but laid part of the blame on inaccurate maritime charts. Officials at the marine park assessed the area of damaged reef at 113 square yards and valued it at 384,000 pesos. The Rainbow Warrior II's visit to the reefs in the Sulu Sea was part of a four-month tour to Australia, China, the Philippines and Thailand to raise local awareness about global warming. The ship suffered no serious damage.
[RE: Ortiz y Pino, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell ... and Don't Pray] I would like to thank Ortiz y Pino for sticking up for us gay people. But I have a different take on the Catholic Church and homosexuals. I agree with the Church and the bumper stickers that say, "You can't be Catholic and pro-choice," or pro-death penalty, pro-birth control, pro-divorce, pro-gay. If you want to call yourself Catholic, you should stick to the tenets of your faith. If you have a problem with them, there are many other churches (religions) that will cater to your beliefs. Personally, I can't understand why any self-respecting gay man or woman would belong to a church that teaches that your very being is a sin. I have heard from friends that a large percentage of priests are gay. This may be a little severe, but I liken it to a black man putting on a pointy white hat and going to a KKK meeting weekly. I'm afraid that this new witch hunt by the current pope, in trying to show he is doing something about his little pedophile club (which the Church has been protecting for years) has a lot of people associating gays with the sick bastards who pray on children. I am sick to death of religion telling me I am an immoral man--when I know in my heart that I and the majority of gay, lesbian, bi and transgender people are extremely moral, God-fearing, hard-working, law-abiding, tax-paying citizens of the United States of America.