THE NUNS AS HEROES
Finding heroes after a huge win for decency in America is not and should not be difficult.
I won't attempt to list them all, but certainly Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Teddy Kennedy (in absentia), Joe Biden, and yes, in a less direct measure, even Dennis Kucinich and Bart Stupak all helped move this country back in the empathetic, decent direction America was known for around the world over so many decades.
In so doing, we have joined every developed nation in the world in providing healthcare for our citizens.
There is one other tremendous hero (or heroes, I should say) in this incredible accomplishment of restoring our leadership as a beacon for the world.
I am talking about the Catholic nuns.
Now, I was taught by them from kindergarten through eight grade, and while at times they could be a bit rough, with the perspective of almost seventy years on this good earth behind me, I can say beyond a question of a doubt, one always knew their level of dedication to both their jobs, and the kids they were teaching. It was simply unquestionable.
Last year, my then 95 year-old mother told me she had heard that the nuns in St. Paul, where I grew up, were paid something like $40.00 per year.
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