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Letters to the editor


Betty White Day

Jan. 17 is Betty White’s birthday. And as we celebrate her life, many remember her exceptional acting career, warm personality, and deep love for animals.

Betty devoted much of her life to animal activism. She spent decades serving as a member of American Humane’s board of directors, the country’s first national humane organization. Betty supported American Humane’s “No Animals Were Harmed” program, which protects animals in film and television – combining her two biggest passions. She even chaired the now 106-year-old national campaign to recognize “Be Kind to Animals Week” – the most successful humane education campaign and the oldest commemorative week in U.S. history.

Now it’s time to show our appreciation. That’s why on Jan. 6, to honor the life of such an outstanding woman, American Humane launched a campaign to recognize Jan. 17 as National Betty White Day. Each year on #BettyWhiteDay, Americans can express their appreciation for Betty’s contributions and carry on her legacy by showing love to animals in need and working to conserve earth’s magnificent species.

Dr. Robin R. Ganzert

President and CEO

American Humane

Biden ceremony

President Biden had a ceremony at the White House to remember the Jan 6 riot and he is right-  Jan 6 will be remembered as the day when the most incompetent president in recent time’s election was certified. A man whose  energy policies have resulted in shortages and high prices, foreign policies that have emboldened our enemies to start conflicts and his spending programs that have fueled inflation unseen in the past few decades.

Yes I’ll remember Jan 6 as the start of a country down the wrong road.

Paul Quaglia


Pope Benedict

Gary Franks’ ill-timed, one-sided and uninformed column on Pope Benedict was a mixture of factual errors, unwarranted conclusions and irrelevant assertions, (Franks: “Pope’s passing sparks reflections on scandals & fallout,” 1/6/2023).

Franks made the preposterous claim that Cardinal Ratzinger was responsible for disciplining clerical offenders for 25 years before becoming Pope. Ratzinger’s authority over sexual abuses cases in the Church extended for just four years, from 2001 to 2005.

He actually sought that responsibility because he believed bishops were not doing enough to remove perverts from the priesthood. Many objective observers credit then-Cardinal Ratzinger with revolutionary initiatives which resulted in the first effective action by the Vatican to combat clerical sexual abuse.

As Cardinal and as Pope, Benedict had 848 molesting priests defrocked. Among them was the previously untouchable Reverend Marcial Maciel of the Legionaries of Christ. Benedict was also the first Pope to meet with sexual abuse victims.

There are many culprits in the scandal of sexual abuse in the Church. Benedict XVI is not one of them.

C. J. Doyle,Executive Director
Catholic Action League of Massachusetts


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