Letters to the editor for Aug. 9
Vigils can bring salvation to all Catholics
I’d like to thank The Patriot Ledger for their updates on the situation regarding parishes still in vigil (“Vigil Enters 1,000 Day – Keeping the faith at St. Frances”).
As a member of St. Albert the Great Parish in Weymouth, I speak from experience.
Prior to reconfiguration, my parish was my church, my church was my religious outlet and my main concern was my salvation and that of loved ones.
Pain, anxiety and resulting depression brought about by clergy sex abuse directed at innocent children from Catholic homes required much thought, and my thoughts soon turned from my own salvation to the future of my church.
As a result of time spent in vigil, I now have a clearer understanding of what it is to be Catholic.
Those in vigil will be rewarded. They act locally, but their actions affect our church globally. Their concerns are not for their personal salvation, but for the future of our church, and they fight the right fight.
If the leaders of our Archdiocesan church do not respond to, and work alongside, those working to save their church, then who is it they are listening and responding to?
Bilingual ballots latest trend of broken system
I cannot understand the need, nor the desire, to have voting ballots in any language but English. You have to be a citizen and learn to read, write and speak English. So why not have all ballots in English?
Another complaint I have with the Massachusetts voting system; why aren’t voters required to show some form of identification? Anyone can name a street, a valid house number and a name. Just look in the phone book or the town Web site.
We are not losing the battle to save our culture, we are giving it away – piece by piece. Sanctuary cities for illegals, refusal of local police to detain and arrest illegals when they break the law (no vehicle registration, no insurance, no legal drivers license). Then we give then welfare payments, free health care and free college tuition. What else are we missing?
Oh, I forgot about the amnesty question to reward them for breaking our laws just by being on our soil. We can’t even arrest them for trespassing. Some sheriffs have tried it only to be told by the judge that they can’t arrest illegals for trespassing. Only citizens can be arrested for this infraction of our laws.
Is this system broken, or am I missing some recent changes in our Constitution?
Extra effort needed to stomp out gang violence
The strategy that the town of Randolph wants to undertake to stem its surge in gang related crimes has its merits, but possesses many weaknesses.
First of all, it would appear that gang-related crimes occur late at night, so a sergeant is needed to work 6 p.m. to 3 a.m., rather than 4 p.m. to midnight.
Secondly, involve the police departments from surrounding towns, such as Milton and Stoughton, and work on a joint policy of zero-tolerance for any sort of gang activity. Put more police on bikes or motorcycles working the streets. Police from all surrounding towns need to be visible and vigilant.
Gangs are like vermin; if left unchecked, they spread and infect. Go for the grants, especially the ones that bring funding to work with youth who may be at risk. Don’t ask for advice from academics from Harvard and Northeastern, save your money and seek advice from those who are out in the streets working to keep violence at bay. In this day of increased street violence and decreased budgets, practicality that brings results is needed.