Traverse City Record-Eagle

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February 12, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 02/12/2013

Chapel is here for all

First, full disclosure: I am a Catholic.

Second: Is it not fitting that the same day Mr. Rewalt's letter was printed (Jan. 31), an article appeared praising a local philanthropist for making culture and beauty available to the community?

One would think that, in light of widespread spiritual poverty, the funds given to transform the simple Carmelite chapel "into one of classic elegance" (Record-Eagle, Jan. 23) were well invested. Even as five loaves and two fish given to Jesus fed 5,000, many more will come and feed on the "Bread of Life," Jesus himself (John 6:35).

Judas once thought that monies could be put to better use: "Why wasn't this perfume sold and the money given to the poor?" "Leave her alone," Jesus replied. "... You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me." (John 12:5, 7-8 NIV)

Many churches were built by devout poor, desiring beautiful places of worship rather than material advantage. Our earthly home is temporary. Marble altars, stained glass windows and beautiful statues inspire a desire for our eternal home in heaven. This beautiful chapel is here for all, rich and poor alike.

Anne Dezelski

Traverse City

Thanks for service

We should be glad there are people like John Nelson willing to serve on our behalf. He told his fellow road commissioners how he felt about per-diem payments. Dave Taylor and Marc McKellar went nuts over the idea of limiting the extra flow of cash into their pockets. Commissioner Nelson showed classy restraint when Mr. Taylor spewed forth a string of expletives at Mr. Nelson. A lesser person might have shut his mouth for him.

Thank you, John, for your service.

Pete Bentley

Traverse City

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