Letters to the Editor for Feb. 11, 2013
Published: Monday, February 11, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 9:21 p.m.
Thomas Umlauf asks why the bishops are silent on the killing of children at Sandy Hook and about assault weapons (Sun, Feb. 6). Bishops, priests and Catholic parishes have not stopped offering prayers and sympathy for the victims of this violence.
As for the gun control issue, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops gave its views in 2000 and again Jan. 18 on its website. Among the goals, the bishops “call for sensible regulations of handguns and support legislative efforts that seek to protect society from violence associated with easy access to deadly weapons including assault rifles.”
This information is also in the process of being sent to every parish in the diocese. Catholics are urged to make their views known to their local and national legislators. All this is hardly silence in the face of unspeakable violence and a need for a reasonable debate of the issue.
Fr. John M. Phillips,
Holy Faith Catholic Church,
Mental health options
In response to the editorial “An ailing system,” (Sun, Feb. 1), I agree that the mental health system needs more public funding. In the meantime, there are several charity-based mental health programs available to the public that are doing great jobs.
Gainesville Opportunity Center is a place that helps adults with mental illness voluntarily recover and transition back into the workforce, and be among other people with mental illnesses to help understand what they are going through.
The local chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness offers three programs: “Peer to Peer” is a course that involves people with mental illnesses teaching peers with information and exercises to guide them through recovery; “Family to Family” is a course for family members of people with mental illness; and “NAMI Connection” is a support group for adults with mental illness.These nonprofits need public donations to do their jobs to benefit our community.
Thanks for the benefit
I was among the more than 650 fortunate attendees of “Moonlight & Martinis,” the spectacular sold-out gala and silent auction to benefit Alz Place, a day center for citizens with Alzheimer's in Gainesville.
Thank you Anthony Clarizio, Shands HomeCare executive director, for your excellent service and commitment to our community. Thank you also to the ElderCare Fundraising Committee, the restaurants, supporters and sponsors, and the countless volunteers who helped make this event a success.
Alachua County is a great place to live because people like Anthony Clarizio and his team make it so.
All killing of human beings is immoral. Some killing may be justified but killing by drones from thousands of miles away is the most immoral form of killing yet invented.
It cannot be justified without indictment and trial by jury under any humane theory of law. Our government has degraded the promise of our constitution.
The ghosts of Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin must be laughing.