Local pressure wins religious programming
Persona Communications of Edmonton is a cable provider in the four Western provinces and it has made EWTN available in several small communities: St. Malo, Man. (station 34), Gravelbourg, Sask. (station 46) and Viscount, Sask. (station 27). The combined populations of these three places is less than 5,000. It does make a difference when individuals write to their local cable companies to request religious programming. I hope this success will motivate and inspire others. Persona cable subscribers should contact Peter Grewar, director of communications at 1-800-465-1000 or write P.O. Box 4005, Edmonton, Alta., T6E 4S8.
I have read The Interim for years and feel it is a very worthwhile paper. But I was severely disappointed by Charles Moore's article about The Sopranos. I can't say how much that program offends me. The Sopranos uses obscene language and violates every principle of decency The Interim is supposed to be upholding. What is the matter with you?
Moore wrong on Sopranos
Red Deer, Alta.
I was horrified to see Frank Horgan's judgemental letter to the editor ("Keep it to yourself," December) criticizing the editor and his wife for not getting married when they had a child in high school. His tone was nasty and arrogant and feeds the popular perception that all pro-lifers are like that. Frank Horgan feels that such personal information should not be shared with the readers. Why? Their story is inspiring and they are to be congratulated for returning to the Church, getting married, raising two boys and becoming actively involved in the pro-life movement - all information the couple has shared in their columns. God has a plan for everyone. Thankfully, Paul and Christina were open to it.
Letter writer judgemental
It's so nice to see The Interim become a family affair. Paul Tuns's columns provide a much-needed sense of humour and feistiness; I have a feeling I share his stance toward the world, a combination of annoyance and bemusement. Several of his columns have been very personal, telling us about his conversion back to Catholicism and that he began a family in his teens. I have written before about his wife Christina's wonderful column in the form of letters to their unborn child. So I was shocked at Frank Horgan's letter criticizing Mr. Tuns for "cheerfully divulging that he sired a child in his teens, then some six years later married his high school sweetheart. That is information which might better have been kept to himself," before complaining that such information "will not improve my reception of his editorial opinions." Why not? Can't people change? It certainly seems that whatever mistakes were made in the past, Paul and Christina have certainly overcome them. If anything, the less-than-ideal circumstances in which they began their family make both of them more effective voices for the pro-life movement. Not everyone, including many young pregnant women The Interim is hoping to reach, can be as perfect as Mr. Horgan.
Personal stories add credence to Interim
We make choices routinely every day. They can change life dramatically and can cause irreparable damage or even death. Callous disregard of the responsibilities entrusted to us by the Supreme Being who created us has brought about turmoil all over the earth. Apparently, history has not taught us much.
A matter of choice
The ravages of war in the name of peace and justice have shown us the foolishness that besets us by the wrong choice of initiating a war. The devastation, as a result, will reverberate throughout the world. As we all know, violence begets violence. The question is, are we creating those wars by our own behaviour or are we becoming more violent because of the wars?
More and more, we hear and witness the violence committed against the most vulnerable. Women, children and even babies are mostly the victims. We talk about pro-choice. We all have been given a free will by our Maker and therefore a choice to use it well or abuse it. In both cases, we will pay the price. The good will be rewarded by inner peace and worthiness because they have given of themselves. Selfish indulgence and greed by others will render them useless pariahs of our society without a purpose. The choice is ours to make.
In this holy season, let us give from the heart and not worry about material gifts. They will not last. Continuous love for one another will last forever. It is the greatest and most important commandment God has given. Let us live by it. This is my fondest wish for Christmas. May others be of the same mind.
While reading The Interim, I was prepared to cut out the address for Life Decisions International to request a list of corporations whom we should be boycotting. However, I was flabbergasted to see that a $26 fee for this service was requested. Twice insulted: first to write for the list and second for a fee for $26. You should be putting this information into the hands of all pro-lifers who seek an end to abortion. Please explain.
Boycott List ad offended reader
Editor's Note: While The Interim is running an occasional series on corporate support for abortion - and we hope that pro-life consumers will act accordingly - Life Decisions International has gone to great effort and expense to compile a list of corporations that support abortion.
Selling the Boycott List is an important fundraiser for them. They have accordingly arranged for advertisements to appear periodically in The Interim. It would be unethical to take their work, holis bolis, and provide it free of charge to our readers.
We will, however, continue to shine a light on corporate funding of the abortion industry.