Written by Christopher J Hale
Hale is executive director at Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and the co-founder of Millennial.
Friday’s Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage across the country presents an interesting moment for Catholics in the U.S. The church opposes gay marriage, and this likely won’t change even under Pope Francis the Troublemaker. But we also must acknowledge that this moment is a great joy for many Catholics—gay and straight. In recent history, many upstanding and faithful Catholics have said that they have heard the voice of Jesus say to them that the love between two persons of the same-sex isn’t sinful, but holy, sanctified, and blessed.
By: Ben Feldman
Alexis de Tocqueville, the 26 year old Frenchman who visited America in its embryonic years remarked, “I must say I have seen American’s make a great deal of real sacrifices to the public welfare; and have noticed a hundred instances in which they hardly ever failed to lend faithful support to one another.”
There are some people of means that help those with little means. They do so without celebrity, political persuasion, or government prodding. Their stories are remarkable. Here is a sampling.
This year marks the 75th Anniversary of LCEC. Throughout history, employees and leaders of the electric cooperative have risen to the occasion and worked hard to meet the needs of members. Their commitment, and the support of customers, is a testament to the vision of the LCEC founders in 1940. That vision remains clear today – to deliver the power that energizes the community.
It is the not-for-profit’s mission to provide efficient, reliable, cost-competitive electric and emerging energy solutions and quality service to customers. This mission was inspired by George Judd, 75 years ago. Judd, a local orange-grove owner, recognized the increasing need for electricity in North Fort Myers. He owned a small generator and distribution system, Mariana Grove Light & Power, which provided electricity to his home, his citrus packing house and the homes of his employees.
Written by Sabrina McGonigal
It happened on June 5th, around 6:30 I saw on the Pay it forward Lehigh Acres group on Facebook that there was a kitten stuck in a vending machine at the Lehigh Acres Wal-Mart, it had been there for a few hours and management wasn’t doing anything about it. I was about to be on my way up to north Florida with my girlfriend Nicole and she refused to leave before we knew that the kitten was out and safe, so my two sisters Brandy, Willow, Nicole and I got into the car and headed up to Wal-Mart, when we got there two other girls had been there for an hour trying to lure the kitten out with cat food and she wasn’t coming out. We tried moving the machine, finding where she was and such and we could hear her meow but she wasn’t in sight. Employees and management had all passed us several times and said nothing to us, they knew the cat was stuck and we’re offering no assistance. I had actually even gone into Wal-Mart and bought a screw driver to try to take the backing off of the machine to get in to find her and it wasn’t coming off. Nicole then called the fire department and they then came out, once the fire department came, and more people crowded around the machine Wal-Mart’s management team finally came out to talk to us, the fire department wasn’t able to locate where she was, and they told the manager that she needed to contact Pepsi because they were hesitant but if they didn’t get someone out with a key they would have no choice but to have ripped the machine open. After about two hours of back and forth with management and Pepsi, a man from Pepsi finally showed up to open the machine and when the machine opened Nicole was right there and reached down and the kitten was actually right in the front of the machine at the very bottom in the door. She was about 6 weeks old when we got her; she was really dirty and very hungry! We brought her home, gave her a bath and gave her some milk and kitten food! While we were bathing her and feeding her we thought of names and we thought that we needed a name that was fitting for her rescue and where she was found, and after going through a variety of different names we decided her name should be Pepper! She’s very playful and fits in really well with the other kittens and the two momma cats in her new home!
My name is Sabrina Katz. I was born in Fort Myers and have spent my whole life living in Lehigh Acres. Physically a small town girl, but mentally a citizen of the world. It has always been instilled in me since I was young that helping others brings more joy than helping yourself. I could never really grasp that as a young girl. How could helping someone else make me happy?
January of this year really changed the game, and gave me an answer to my question on a whole different level. I’ve experienced happiness in helping others, but not to the extent that I do now. I have moved to Bucharest, Romania. I am a full time missionary, and can honestly say never in a million years did I pin myself living in Romania. It’s a city with a population of approximately 2 million people. Quite the change from Lehigh. I joined a mission organization called Stepping Forward Ministries, but I also work with other organizations as well helping out in any way that I can.
What drew me here was the major population of abandoned children. Some are abandoned because their parents won’t take care of them or they’re disabled so they’re shun from society. Either way they end up in orphanages which don’t provide a high quality of care. It is all too common for them to be abandoned as new born babies. I work with the newborns quite frequently, and have to say it’s such a treat for me. I basically play the mommy role. I bathe them, change their diapers, feed them, hold and kiss them, and rock them to sleep. When they reach 3 years old they are sent off to an orphanage. They usually are provided with government paid workers who don’t really want to be there any way but do it for a job.
I am excited to have been chosen to run The New York City Marathon for TEAM PAWS.
Thank you for supporting me as I race to save homeless pets this year! The funds that I am raising as a member of TEAM PAWS will directly support the Midwest’s largest No Kill shelter, PAWS Chicago. These funds are used to help save thousands of homeless pets each year, treating and rehabilitating sick and injured animals and uniting them with loving families. Funds are also used to support PAWS’ focus on prevention, providing nearly 18,000 low cost/free spay or neuter surgeries in low-income communities where most stray and unwanted animals originate. Without funding from the government, these homeless pets are dependent on the animal loving community and generous donors like you.
As a bonus, the Animal Medical Center of Lehigh Acres will pledge to match any donation made to Team PAWS on behalf of Charles Whitford for the treatment of homeless, injured animals in Lehigh Acres, Florida.
Here are some examples of how the funds you donate will be used to save lives at PAWS Chicago:
Lehigh Acres Gazette Editorial Board is calling for a comprehensive audit of the Lee County Supervisor of Elections office based on what is essentially a $1.6 million mistake over the recent purchase of an electronic voter registration system that is incompatible with existing poll pads.
Supervisor of Elections Sharon Harrington showed negligence in her job by not thoroughly investigating and testing the computer equipment, which was supposed to make it easier to access voter registration and party affiliation data and to transmit early voting and absentee data. The “Voter Focus” software also allows for integration of records between county precincts and with the state database.
Written by Former Florida Governor Bob Graham
On Dec. 6, 1947, President Harry S Truman was in Florida to celebrate the end of a 30-year struggle — and to warn us about the future. “Today we marked the achievement of another great conservation victory,” said Truman in a speech dedicating Everglades National Park.
“The battle for conservation cannot be limited to the winning of new conquests,” he warned. “Like liberty itself, conservation must be fought for unceasingly to protect earlier victories.”
Never have a president’s words of caution — the need to protect earlier victories — been more appropriate than today. Unfortunately, in the decades since that 1947 victory, America’s Everglades is reeling from abuse, neglect and a failure of policy leaders to fully understand the economic and environmental consequences of not restoring and protecting this critical ecosystem.
Written by AMAC
A ‘silent majority’ still believes in morality; we need to make noise. A recent Gallup poll revealed that Americans are more tolerant of liberal moral values than ever before. A separate survey by Gallup, conducted in the past several weeks, showed that a great majority of us – 72% of the population – believe the country is in moral decline
“The seemingly contradictory research indicates that while the nation’s attitudes have changed toward what was once viewed as bad behavior regarding sex, marriage and other social issues, we still have a moral compass. Explicit movies, pop culture and even some of the political rhetoric we hear almost daily may tell us to let it all hang out, as some might put it, but deep down we know that smoking marijuana is not the best way to go through life,” according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.
It’s not your father’s bowling alley, HeadPinz Fort Myers, under construction on the west side of Treeline Avenue near the airport, is expected to open June 17th.
The 50,000-square-foot center is much more of a multi-use entertainment attraction.
That’s because this location will feature a two-story laser tag arena, a suspended aerial ropes course and an area featuring more than 40 top arcade games.
“There’s nothing like it in Florida,” said Mike Cannington, director of operations for Bowland Centers. “You have to go to Atlanta or Dallas to find a building that has all these pieces.”
Oh, and there’s bowling too. The center will have 28 lanes — 16 in a traditional setting, eight in a boutique area with its own bar and four “old time” lanes with pin setting by hand and a vintage look.