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Month: October 2012

SKYSCRAPERS

SKYSCRAPERS

Our law office is on the 67th floor of the Columbia Center (formerly Bank of America Tower and Columbia Sea First Center). The building has 76 floors and is the tallest building in the Pacific Northwest region. It is 932 feet in height. Yet,it is dwarfed by the ten tallest buildings in the world. In Dubai the tallest skyscraper is 2717 feet. In Saudi Arabia the tallest building is 1,971 feet. Malaysia has two twin skyscrapers both 1,483 feet high. Number nine on…

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CATHOLIC BISHOPS, POLITICS AND VATICAN II

CATHOLIC BISHOPS, POLITICS AND VATICAN II

As  a cradle Catholic born before World War II I am greatly disturbed by the changes in my church since Vatican II and John 23rd. I am chiefly bothered by the positions taken by Church leadership  starting with Rome and the apparent effort to return the Church to the pre Vatican II status. Here are some examples of leadership action which is very troubling.  In some European countries like Germany, traditionally there is no separation between church and state. In these countries, in addition to paying a…

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THE VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE & THE ELECTION

THE VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE & THE ELECTION

I have written about vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and Republican hypocrisy before https://www.paulluverajournalonline.com/weblog/2012/09/cbs-news-norah-odonnell-put-paul-ryans-feet-to-the-fire-for-criticizing-president-obama-for-defensespending-cuts-after-he-sup.html The debate between the vice presidential candidates the other  night only confirmed my negative viewpoint of Congressman Ryan. What strikes me is the reluctance of Gov. Romney and Congressman Ryan to acknowledge the truth about the Republican agenda, particularly the budget plan of Mr. Ryan. They distance themselves from the truth in that regard  and instead are claiming a moderate, cooperative, plan if elected. The truth is that…

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VENICE AGAIN & HOME

VENICE AGAIN & HOME

On Monday October 1st, the feast day of St Theresa, one of the best known saints, we arrive in Venice. The sky is black as we enter the harbor and there is a light rain. By the time we dock there is some blue trying to make it's way through, but it is cool outside. Now for the hard work of packing. We spend the night here and leave the ship in the morning so today we have to pack. We…

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