Friday's Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: The Vatican's stinging reprimand of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious is dishonest and uncalled for. As columnist Nicholas D. Kristof stated, “they are among the bravest, toughest and most admirable people in the world who continually redeem the church with their humble work on behalf of the neediest” (“Message to church leaders: We are all nuns,” Tuesday).

Sister Dorothy Stang was shot at point blank range as she stood steadfast, Bible in hand, with the indigenous people of the Amazon River basin in Brazil. Sister Madeleine Dorsey chose to stay with the poor in El Salvador after the 1980 murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero only to later discover the bodies of her murdered sisters in a shallow grave. These stories hold special spots in the hearts of the laity. Even the Benedictine nuns showed solidarity for Sister Joan Chittister when the Vatican tried to silence her.

Too many of us in the laity hold these sisters in such high regard that we might incorporate a whole new slant on “Dead Man Walking.” The mind-set that turns a blind eye to sexual misconduct and cover-ups by bishops is sorely mistaken in believing it can club these noble women into submission.



Early intervention

EDITOR: As a local health care provider, I appreciate The Press Democrat's endorsement of Shirlee Zane for another four years as a county supervisor (“For Zane: A solid first term as supervisor,” Saturday). Her funding of early intervention programs could save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in the long run, not to mention positively affecting young lives when there is the greatest chance to help — especially in the area of drug addiction.



Preserve teen venue

EDITOR: As a parent raising teenagers in Sebastopol, I thought “yikes” when reading about the sale of the Sebastopol Cinema (“Rialto to reappear in Sebastopol,” Sunday). A Rialto-style venue would eliminate a safe place for teens and pre-teens, the cinema's main demographic.

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