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posted Friday, January 20, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 03
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AN OPEN LETTER TO CARDINAL FRANCIS GEORGE

Eminence,

I find myself conscience-bound to respond to your most recent column in the Chicago New World (January 15, 2012). Once again you publicly talk about the fear that motivated your harsh words in comparing the Gay liberation movement with KKK.

You speak of this fear as if it were an addiction over which you have no control. Instead of honoring the words you spoke to the Gay and Lesbian community, you appear to be attempting to walk away from that apology. Why are three simple words so difficult for you to honor - 'I am sorry'?

I have reached out to you to encourage direct dialogue about the fear you are harboring, but instead of engaging in a meaningful dialogue you have chosen to publicly wallow in it, as your most recent column suggests.

In our previous private written communication, I have pleaded with you to light a candle of hope, and not curse the darkness of fear.

I want to take this opportunity once again to publicly ask you to enter into a meaningful dialogue process where we can begin to address the unreasonable fear you harbor against the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Community, and rather seek common ground over fear. There can be no justification or rationalization for your uncharitable words directed at the LGBT community.

I call on you to publicly honor the apology you gave to our community without any reservations.

Joe Murray, executive director of Rainbow Sash Movement



TIME FOR HAUGEN TO GO?


During the last Washington state legislative session, Snohomish County and King County had garnered enough support in the legislature to pass legislation that would allow these two counties to enact a $20.00 license tab fee. The fee would allow King County Metro and Community Transit to prevent a massive 20% reduction in bus service for both counties, respectively. The legislation was championed by Representative Marko Liias (D, 21st). When the chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, Senator Mary Margaret Haugen, got her hands on the proposed legislation, she removed Snohomish County and left King County.

Why would she do this? Why would Mary Margaret Haugen force the working poor in Snohomish County to wait hours for a bus in the rain, in the freezing cold, and let's not forget we no longer have bus service on Sundays and Para Transit service suffered massive cuts for a county as large as Snohomish County.

Now, this legislative session, Governor Gregoire has proposed legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state. Once again, Mary Margaret Haugen will block the legislation.

It's time to ask the question: Is it time, after 30 years in office, for Mary Margaret Haugen to go?

Anthony Vicari

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