Thursday, December 9, 2010

Still America

The people who have been working to save St. Vincent Catholic Church are not just focused single-mindedly on this one issue. They are also citizens and have diverse opinions and views on many different issues affecting our city.

Until the flier went out and the unwarranted attack in the press happened, the subject of the facilities plan and vote had never come up amongst us. We all have full lives and meetings focused only on the church. We usually had an hour or two to meet and needed to focus on next steps.

As has been reiterated several times, there are no leaders here. Meetings are held at different locations, not on a regular basis, and people come and go as they choose to participate or draw back. Different people chair different meetings. Some people plan one thing, some another.

The website has merely served as a communication tool. It does not reflect on this loose grouping of individuals whose concern, again, is saving our church from destruction.

That said, since the Corning Leader saw fit to make a mountain out of a molehill, the facilities plan has now become a topic of conversation among us. Some of us are for it, some of us are not. Some of us are indifferent.

While the website and blog will not publish an opinion on the matter one way or another (since there is no official opinion to give), there are those of us who might want to speak one way or another about the facilities plan. And that is our right. We have every right to be for or against the facilities plan, to speak about it openly, and to work in whatever direction we see fit. This is still America.


  1. Your right Gretchen this is America. Yet as soon as the Leader was attacked they shut down the Blog attached to your article that was printed. That is not American, and it is a shame they can't handle the first amendment, even though they enjoy it themselves.

  2. I am appalled that the Leader did this. Many people are talking about it. I have never known them to shut down a blog before, ever, ever. They did it because the truth was being exposed and they had no defense. Reminds me of what is going on in the parish- if you question too much, you are mocked, ridiculed and discredited. God forbid that the truth would be brought to light.


  3. Sensorship. Pure and simple. Kathy