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Writing Our Own Obituary

Ninety-four-year-old Paul Schlegelmilch of Long Island, New York could not believe his eyes and exclaimed “This can’t be!” when he opened The Rockville Herald and saw his own obituary! Supposedly, the local newspaper would feature him in a story about the Memorial Day parade. (Schlegelmilch, a World War II veteran, will be the grand marshal for that major event.) But when the newspaper got his photo along with his short biography, it somehow landed in the obituary section instead! So, after checking his heartbeat to confirm if he was really indeed alive, Schlegelmilch floored the accelerator of his ‘91 Buick to rush to the Maple Pointe Assisted Living Facility to inform Evelyn, his 91-year-old sister, not to believe everything she reads on the newspaper. But he knew he could not really reach his 5 daughters, 14 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren just before they sat down to read the news. Thankfully, the newspaper apologized with a “He’s Alive” headline through its online editio…

Kakistocracy

Answers.com® defines “kakistocracy” as a “government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens.” (The word is taken from the Greek words “kakistos,” which means “worst,” and “kratia,” which means “power, rule, government”). In his hard-hitting “On Target” column, Ramon Tulfo defines “kakistocracy” as “a government run by the worst of its citizens. In short, a government run by scoundrels.”(Phil. Daily Inquirer, 04/03/10) This Monday, May 10, 2010, as we cast our vote for national and local leaders, we will determine whether we are really a democracy or we are actually a kakistocracy.
Our church remains non-partisan, that is, we will not endorse candidates. Freedom of choice is integral in freedom of religion. Bloc voting violates that freedom. But, again let me clarify, non-partisan does not mean non-participation. We believe it is our Christian duty to vote. It is our responsibility to choose the most qualified and the most principled among the candidates. I don’t think we…