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Just to correct a minor annoyance at this time every year. For all the non-Irish and possibly non-Catholics who celebrate the annual St Patrick’s Day and all the tavern owners as well, if you must abbreviate the day, it is St. “Paddy”, with Ds, not St. “Patty”, with Ts! “Paddy” is short for Patrick, because Patrick in Irish is “Padhraig”. “Patty” is short for Patricia, who may very well be a saint in her own right (at least the one I know is), but is not the one we celebrate on 17 March. Okay?

I question of course whether it is even really proper to abbreviate the name of a saint.

We do not, after all, speak about St. “Tony” or St. “Margie” or St. “Jack,” do we?

Clarey of course knows this.

Slan, New Jersey Paddy


Oh behalf of the Gate City Roller Girls and the Greensboro Roller Derby, I want to thank you for the great article [“Grace on wheels: Here come the Gate City Rollergirls”; March 9, 2011; by Brian Clarey]! You write so well about roller derby and really do all of our efforts justice. Thanks so much!

Please feel free to come to our upcoming events, of course. We’ll have a home team bout on April 3, the Battleground Betties vs. the Elm St. Nightmares, and the Gate City Roller Girls will be playing against the Greenville Derby Dames at an away bout on April 16.

Take care!

Riannon “Moloko Violet” Clarke


It is a heartbreaking to watch the news on the devastation in Japan. It seems like every few months some great natural disaster assaults some part of our beautiful planet. I for one, however, will not look at the disaster in Japan and claim that it is a result of the judgment of God.

The Christian movement typically does this as it did with Katrina which slammed New Orleans and the earthquake that ravaged Haiti.

The Christian community is often questioned by the unbelieving part of our society, “If God is love why does He allow these things? Since these disasters kill people, your God must be a God of hate and evil if He exists at all.” To confront this viewpoint of God’s personality we must look at the bigger picture.

First, God always loves, but this is only part of His character and nature. Second, remember that Christians are also killed or wounded by these acts of violent nature. And third, a better questions is this, “Why has God chosen to let us live in a dangerous world?” To be sure God has divine management rights over all He has created, but He has also set into place certain laws of nature which include the normal cycles of weather as well as the periodic shifting movement of the earth’s crust. God allows it to rain on the just and unjust, but every time Mother Nature hiccups it does not mean that God is judging the evil in some particular part of our world.

God has placed humanity in a dangerous world of accidents, weather-related disasters or cancers to awaken the mind of man to the reality of the existence of God. God’s Divine finger pushed the button which created the entire universe and then to reveal more of Himself sent Jesus Christ, His son to earth. Christ is Whom we need the most and even if it is stormy or clear weather, fragile man must put his trust in Him.

Read the Bible accounts to gain a clearer understanding of the purpose of God for man and especially your own personal life. Man must realize that he will not live forever and that life can be a very fragile thing.

Sid Stewart, Trinity