Monthly Archives: May 2014

Meanderings

It has been awhile since I wrote in the blog, so here goes. What is on my mind? Right now, it is the Red Sox. They are on quite a losing campaign after enjoying the honors given out to the World Series winners of 2013. They look like they did two years ago, but I keep believing in them despite their win/loss record. I tell myself that they always die in the beginning, only to beef up in the late summer. They seldomly seem to have luck with their pitching staff in the beginning, only to find said luck later in the season. I hope in the team, no matter how bad they look in the beginning. But this year we do not have Ellsbury, if that is how you spell his name, and that seems to be causing major problems.

We have David Ortiz, which is good. We have Pedroia the Destroya. We have John Lester and a fair pitching staff. I cannot determine what we are missing? I do not believe we can look to Lowell’s Spinners for help. They are having their own problems. So what to do? I guess praying might be a good start. Nothing special, just something easy to remember and say like a mantra in your mind. Repetition may be the answer.

“The Book” whatever it will be entitled, is done. I just have some cutting and pasting to do. Real cutting and pasting, not like the type on the computer. I have no idea what the title will be, something about the Lowell Motor Boat Club, I suppose. If any of you have an idea, please send it to me. I can be reached at jimpeters_1954@yahoo.com. Peters’ Principles came from a friend at the LMBC.

We had a very nice Mother’s Day with three of our mothers present. One was my mother, Jeanne Peters of Naples, FL. One was my sister-in-law, Annette Peters of Francistown, NH. Finally, the other was my wife, Vicki Peters of Lowell, MA. All of my children were there. They brought their wives and fiances, if applicable. I greatly enjoyed the company, and my son is a very experienced barbecue cook, so dinner was perfect.

I am in the midst of reading a biography of Benjamin Franklin. What I did not know was how close he was to the Masonic Order. It factored into practically everything he did. I also had heard of his difficulty with his brother, who apprenticed him as a priinter. There was ample reason for moving from Boston to Philadelphia. He would not have blossomed into a Revolutionary War hero if he had stayed in Boston, I do not believe.

Well, that is basically it for the ramblings of my mind. I hope there is something in here that makes it a reason to read it.

Meanderings

Sometimes you have a great Mother’s Day. That happened to me this year as my mother and my wife were both in our home to celebrate the day. My son tossed around some black mulch and one of my other son’s cooked the meal. He is a great chef, having taken cooking lessons in Boston. Anyway, I hope you all had as nice a Mother’s Day as I did. It was memorable.

I have been reading the newspapers closely and there is some really serious stuff going on out there. “The Pilot,” the Catholic Archdiocesan newspaper, ran two important stories in one week. One quoted Cardinal O’Malley saying that Sex abuse panel is stressing accountability and education. This is a new papal commission “for protecting minors from clerical sex abuse…” and setting standards for accountability. As the Cardinal said, “Well, it’s a human problem and the Church needs to face it everywhere in the world.” [“The Pilot” Friday, May 9, 2014; Page One] It is a human problem and we have, partially because of the public reaction to the problem, made the problem, and similar problems, something that is played out at the highest levels now. It is too bad that that was not always the case, but it makes me feel good that we are taking an interest now.

Another story in the same newspaper is about the death penalty. In that article, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, OK. says “How we treat criminals says alot about us as a society…In general there are other ways to administer just punishment without resorting to lethal measures.” [ibid, Page 11]
It is interesting that John Wayne Gacey welcomed the death penalty to serving his life-time in prison. The most just penalty is locking them in a cage and throwing away the key, I believe.

In the “Lowell Sun,” of May 9, 2014, the same day as the “Pilot” printing, Scott Harshbarer endorses Michael Sullivan for District Attorney. Now, usually I believe in what Mr. Harshbarger is saying, but to the best of my knowledge Mr. Sullivan is not a prosecuting attorney, he is an office-holder who is the Clerk of Courts. I am surprised that Scott, and I can call him that because he and I are friends, endorsed anyone in the pre-primary season. Beyond his years as a District Attorney, Scott was also the Attorney General and a viable candidate for Governor. But, I believe he has failed us on this one. Marian Ryan, the other Democratic candidate, is the current District Attorney, and she has the smarts and the savvy to run that office in as apolitical a style as humanly possible.

Marian Ryan runs a tight ship, from my standpoint, and I believe that Mr. Harshbarger is endorsing when he should be observing. It is very odd to have a person of that experience championing anyone in the Democratic primary. I have not made up my mind who I am voting for in this election for District Attorney. Mrs. Ryan has not called me, and I am simply voicing my opinion. A person of Scott’s stature should not be picking his picks before the Primary Election.

I also noticed in the newspaper that “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance is legal and right. It was put in the Pledge of Allegiance in the 1950’s and is one of the good things to come out of that era, again in my opinion. We were founded as a government which was attempting to separate church and state. We were not founded as a government which abolished all relationships between church and state. There were to be no state-run religions in the United States. The Constitution is very clear on that point. But every so often, someone tries to have the words, “In God We Trust” taken off of the money to be replaced by, well, it appears by nothing.

This country was more closely tied to God than perhaps any other in history. It is time to stop tying up the court’s time by constantly challenging the harbinger on the role of religion in our country. We do not always agree with what is said, but as Stephen Decatur said, “I will defend to the death your right to say it.” It is past time for people to determine what they believe in and what they will stand for, and I intend to live my life defending the right to choose a religion. Anything else would be letting myself down.