Sunday, March 26, 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017
He brought the coins home, and checked them in a coin collecting book. He discovered they were worth a couple of hundred dollars. He immediately took them back to her and said they were worth a lot of money and wanted to return them. She said she didn't care, and that he could keep them.
My brother collected for many years after that, well into adulthood, and mentioned a couple of times that he'd built up a good-sized collection worth a bit of money.
Sadly, my brother later passed away in another state. His personal effects were sent back to my parents, including his coin collection. But my father was always convinced that some of my brother's more valuable things had been stolen after he died by people who knew him. He did have some sketchy friends.
After my parents passed, I inherited some of my brother's effects, including his coin collection. Hundreds of coins, in books, plastic sleeves, envelopes, a metal box. I'd put it in storage, and did nothing with it for more than a decade.
Having a little time to spare today, I got a coin book and sat down going through the oldest coins (I was enough of a collector myself to know that the more recent coins that made up the bulk of the collection were not worth a great deal.)
There were some nice one, some from the early 1800s even, but nothing exceptional.
After getting through the older coins, it was pretty clear this collection was not worth as much as I'd thought, or as my brother had suggested.
Could some of the more valuable coins had been stolen as my father had suspected? Perhaps. Or my brother may have sold some off over the years. Or maybe he just overestimated the value.
Ah well, no significant retirement savings boost.
But the sentimental value is still there.
I wonder if any of these coins were ones the elderly neighbor had given him? That would be nice - a bit of continuity from our youth.
Pax et bonum
The effort to revoke and replace the Affordable Care Act has failed for now. The flawed Republican bill was not going to get enough votes, so they pulled it.
They had failed to build a consensus for the bill, and to make needed changes.
The have a chance now to revise it - but they lost a lot of political capitol in this fiasco. And it's not clear if and when they will put in the work to improve it.
What is clear is that pro-lifers were told one thing by Republicans, and ended up with just empty promises.
Abortion coverage remains in place, as does funding for Planned Parenthood.
Again the GOP failed to deliver.
They lumped their "pro-life" efforts into a bill that was clearly heading for failure instead of actually addressing the pro-life issues on their own. But the health care bill gave them cover so they can claim they tried.
In other words, more of the same.
Maybe the Republicans will pursue other ways to cut funding for abortion and Planned Parenthood.
But given their track record of making promises they don't keep I'm not holding my breath.
Pax et bonum
Sunday, March 19, 2017
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Saturday, March 18, 2017
The bishops of New Mexico are essentially calling out politicians who claim to be Catholic and are acting out of their faith, yet who support abortion or euthanasia.
The bishops issued a statement March 6 responding to Catholic politicians who support abortion and doctor-assisted suicide. The bishops declared, “It is not appropriate for elected officials to publicly invoke their Catholic faith and to present their personal opinions as official church teaching. This misrepresents church teaching and creates a public scandal for the faithful. Furthermore, this action publicly separates a person from communion with the Catholic faith.”
They went on to say they, "are concerned by public statements by some legislators that seem to say that a faithful Catholic can support abortion of doctor-assisted suicide. Support for abortion or doctor-assisted suicide is not in accord with the teaching of the Church."
They noted that such statements by politicians in opposition to Church teaching on these issues can be "confusing to the Catholic faithful."
Good for them. Other bishops have spoken out in the past, but we need to hear even more such comments.
Then maybe the politicians - and fellow Catholics - will begin to reconsider their positions.
Pax et bonum