Forum: Sad to see pope resign
It is understandable why Pope Benedict has resigned, even though he is only the second pope in Roman Catholic Church history to have done so.
I do not know why the Holy See chooses to elect such senior individuals as pope when the position requires an enormous expenditure of energy, both mental and physical. Further, in the challenging world of today, showing such marked secularism, it is difficult to lead the Roman Catholic flock onto the right paths.
There is so much violence and overall immorality. In addition, the scandal of pedophile priests who were shielded from the law by unscrupulous bishops, bankrupting many dioceses and hearts, is very hard to bear for anyone leading the faith.
It is sad that the pope has chosen to resign, almost like one gasping his last breaths and feeling so downhearted that his symbolism in upholding faith and morals is almost too much for him to continue to do.
He has a great deal of sympathy from those who continue to believe his message through Jesus Christ amid so much controversy in a world where those believing in and acting out that message are becoming scarcer.
Marie E. Roman
Lobbying group gets it wrong
The problem with Michael Saltsman’s letter Thursday is that his organization, Employment Policies Institute, is operated by Berman & Co., a lobbyist group, meaning that its information is more than likely wrong.
They are a fiscally conservative group, so, of course, they are going to create data or slant existing information to support their agenda, even if that information turns out to be completely false.
You will not find any third-party sources that agree with EPI’s position that raising the minimum wage reduces job opportunity.
In fact, raising the minimum wage actually greatly helps create jobs because it results in people making more money, going out and buying more and therefore creating the need for more jobs.
In reading the Jan. 31 SouthtownStar story on the Fighting Sullivans, five brothers who died in a torpedo attack on a U.S. ship during World War II, I was unable to avoid a comparison with another tragic story recently — a Chicago mother whose five children were shot and killed in the city.
I was born and raised in the great city of Chicago, went to college in Texas but came back home to Chicago. I’m wondering about the climate in the city. I’m not talking about the weather.
Every day we hear about some mother’s child being killed — walking to school, sitting on their porch, playing in their neighborhood. Is this war? Should we start arming our children or ourselves because we can’t provide them with a safe environment? Should we hide them in our homes until they turn 22?
It seems as if we have a war here in Chicago. It’s not safe for our children. As a mother, I would be afraid that my child might not return home alive.