Women priestsSo the Church of England has voted...

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November 18, 1992

Women priests

So the Church of England has voted overwhelmingly for the ordination of women.

Surely the good archbishop of Canterbury shares equal time with us in knowing that we Episcopalians in America have a number of women priests and one lady bishop.

Hopefully the Queen of England, equally informed, will soon bless that vote with her approval -- otherwise the church's vote will simply lie in limbo.

Christianity, with its numerous denominational persuasions including those of Catholicism, has too long been plagued by what might be fairly described as spiritual blindness in some matters -- the inability to "see" what one might have written or spoken.

Presently, if the Vatican is duly disturbed by what is really transpiring within the Church of England (and elsewhere), it is about time.

Hopefully, the Vatican will be moving swiftly beyond the significance of its recent papal apology to Galileo, to its current responsibilities in terms of a woman's inherent right to serve God from the "business side" of her chosen pulpit.

We wish these matters God-speed!

Will Brown

Grace Brown


Officials need to tighten own belts, too

Like millions of Americans, I have cast my vote, watched the returns and hope I made the right choice.

Our country is in debt -- government officials want us to work together and tighten our belts. In a time with high unemployment and benefits running out for others, government officials are voting themselves raises, bouncing checks and getting new cars -- all on the taxpayers.

Tax dollars should be going for the benefit of our country, not for elected public servant's cars, expense accounts, lunches, dinners, haircuts and health spas.

If the average worker can take his weekly paycheck, pay his rent/mortgage, car loan, utilities and other expenses he has, why can't elected public servants be expected to do the same? They are supposed to be working for the people.

Since when has the employee been able to keep taking while the employer wonders if he is going to be able to make his next payroll? Get rid of the dead weight or go out of business.

This election year drew voters in large numbers, letting government know they want a change. Keep the momentum going, write to your congressmen and state legislators. If we are entering a period of change, let them know what you want and expect. Do not wait for somebody else to do it -- be that somebody.

Start petitions in your community if you feel elected officials are misusing their position and your money. It is your right as an American citizen to let your voice be heard. Use it.

Talk to your government. If you sit back and do nothing, you have no right to complain. As for me, I'd like to start at the top.

President-elect Clinton: I supported and voted for you and desperately want and need to believe in you.

Taxes are necessary but be careful whom you overtax and whom you undertax. Make it a fair burden on all of us, we are all in this together.

Don't forget the small businesses that employ most Americans and the little guy who works there wondering if he is going to have a job tomorrow.

The majority is not looking for a free ride -- just a fair shake.

Finally, Mr. Clinton, I support and wish you the best, but please don't desert the hard working majority for another four years.

inda Armstrong

York, Pa.

Poor taste

Your article (Oct. 21) about Madonna's new book should not have been printed. I feel it was in poor taste.

What do you think went through young minds when they read the article?

I also feel that the wording in the article was inappropriate. You do not have to publicize the fact that there is nudity in the book, nor help advertise her obscene life and what she does in her spare time.

I feel sex is too strong a subject for certain people to read about.

Erin E. Walker


Election elation

A good day to vote. Nov. 3, 1992 in Baltimore was, quite simply, a good day to vote. It dripped of the subtle, sweet smell of newness and change. The sun rose in the morning after days of dreary, damp brooding, and came out to smile on the little, scurrying, busy world below.

There was really no excuse at all not to vote, to expedite that most precious of all rights in this great country, the United States of America.

And as I drove through the magnificent clarity of the perfect Indian summer morning to my designated polling place, I could not help but swell with that delicious magic of children on Christmas Eve, or two lovers at that moment before they say "I do."

Maybe it's melodramatic and simple, but that's how I felt on that day.

It made an even bigger impact when the clouds came back together the next morning and returned to the hum-drum grayness of a regular November in Baltimore.

But, oh, that wonderful, glorious day. That cloudless, high blueness with its smile so bright was a hopeful harbinger to me. It whispered and screamed and sang all at once, "Yes! It's time for a change!"

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