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THE DAILY GLOBE, Ironwood. Ml — pinion Wednesday. Sept. 2.1998 Pages A year after Mother Teresa's death, her order is flourishing By NEELESH MISRA AP Writer CALCUTTA, India (AP) — "Mother Teresa: In," says a wooden board on the wall outside Mother House. Inside the three-story, gray- washed building, nuns in the familiar blue-bordered white saris bow their heads at her Barbie tombstone, decorated with orange flowers and candles. Then they step out into Calcutta's traffic-clogged streets. Mother Teresa may have died, but their mission remains the same: Rescuing the suffering, destitute and dying from Calcutta's nooks and alleys. In homes the nuns operate throughout the teeming city, volunteers hover around patients' beds tending worm-eaten limbs, festering wounds and leaking bladders. At orphanages and schools, children swarm around matrons, laughing and puffing at colorful balloons. When Mother Teresa died Sept. 5 at age 87, some people feared the Missionaries of Charity would shrivel without her dynamic leadership. But the order is thriving and It's not too early for hockey With the nice summer weather, it is hard to think about winter right around the corner. The Ontonagon Amateur Hockey Association is getting plans ready for the 1998-99 season. Letter We are gearing up for the Labor Day silent auction and hockey registration. Hockey sign-up is scheduled for Sept. 16 and 30, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the recreation Building. The fees are listed " below. There will also be an equipment swap/sale during the signup. If you have any hockey equipment that you would like to sell, please •price each item and bring it to the registration. If anyone is interested in becoming a referee, please contact Ron Rockis or myself. There is a referee clinic scheduled for Sept. 13 at Michigan Tech in Houghton at 8:30 a.m. All new coaches who do not have their certification must attend the coaching clinic scheduled at Tech at 8:30 a.m. For associate level (Mini-mites through PeeWee) the clinic will be Sept. 26 and the intermediate level (Bantam) is scheduled for Sept. 27. Make sure all interested coaches attend these clinics. The association'is also looking for a volunteer to be concession coordinator. This is a very important job because the concession stand is our main moneymaker. The essential responsibilities of this job are to supply and maintain the concession with candy, pop, coffee, hot dogs, etc. If anyone is interested in taking on this job or sharing the responsibilities, please contact Ron Rockis. Both boys and girls can play hockey. Keep in mind, "A kid on ice is seldom in hot water." The Ontonagon Amateur Hockey board thanks everyone for your continued support to keep this organization active and we look forward to seeing you at the Labor Da^ silent auction. Hockey registration fees: FREE — Initiation program players. $40 — Mite players. $45 — Squirt players. $50 — Pee Wee players. . $55 — Bantam players. $60 — Midget players. Gerry Platzke, Ontonagon expanding under her successor, Sister Nirmala, a Hindu-born Indian convert to'Roman Catholicism. The 4,000-nun order has added nearly 20 new centers since its founder's death and will have 614 homes around the world by year's end. Charitable contributions and other donations have increased since Mother Teresa died, the order says, although its books are not open to the public. "It's God's work," Sister Nirmala said in a rare interview at Mother House. "If it was Mother's work, maybe in course of time it would have happened, but since it is God's work, it is the same." „ Sister Nirmala was elected superior general of the order six months before Mother Teresa, its founder, died. Despite Mother Teresa's support, she began her six-year tenure with several disadvantages. She stepped into one of the most visible positions in the Catholic Church outside the Vatican, but few people except her nuns could even identify her. There were fears she would be overshadowed . by more senior nuns, several of whom had been seen over the-years as possible successors to Mother Teresa and who handled most of the day-today administration. Sister Nirmala, 64, has emerged with her own distinctive style, keeping the superior-general the pivot of the order but delegating powers to her four counselors. The order is going on in the same direction, the direction that Mother Teresa gave it," said the Rev. Edward le Joly, an 89-year- old Jesuit priest who worked with Mother Teresa for 40 years. "The new superior-general does not have the gifts and graces which Mother Teresa had. But she does not need them because the congregation goes on according to the laws of the Catholic Church and carries on in the spirit of Mother Teresa." Sister Nirmala's toughness was tested in a controversy over the first anniversary of Mother Teresa's death. A group of Calcutt devotees formed a Mother Teresa Memorial Committee. It opened a bank account and collected donations from corporations to mark the anniversary by erecting a statue and naming a street after her. Sister Nirmala called a news conference and, in a statement packed with politeness as well as punch, slammed the fund raising in Mother Teresa's name. "Mother belongs to everybody, but she has vested her name in the Missionaries of Charity," Sister Nirmala said in the interview. "We have lived the life she has lived — we are her sisters — so this name has to be protected from misuse." But she knows the order cannot shield Mother Teresa's naine from use across the world, either by well-intentioned admirers or by unscrupulous people seeking handouts. . "We are considering allowing the use of Mother's name by schools, colleges and institutions, provided they are ready to abide by certain conditions that will be stipulated," Sister Nirmala said. She also expresses determination to be aggressive on issues that were close to Mother Teresa's heart, such as opposing abortion and birth control. "We believe in the same way and whenever it is necessary, whenever there is an opportunity, we will surely" speak out, Sister Nirmala said. Friends oF Bill President likely to recover, but how about the nation? When I first heard that President Clinton was suspected of having had an affair with a former White House intern, I was neither scandalized nor particularly concerned about the president's future. "It will slide off him," I told a friend. It's a cynical view, but let's face it: Lots of president have cheated on their wives. I find this fact wholly unsurprising — I believe the theories proffered by evolutionary psychologists, who say the same drive that propels a man to seek the most powerful office in the world will also^c/Smpel him to have "relations" with a lot of women. It's a Darwin thing. I was also never particularly disturbed by Clinton's sleazinews. Sleaziness is part of being a' politician; the system seems fine- tuned to weed out the honorable and the just. It's not that you can't rise to high office without being scummy, but morality makes it a lot harder. The person who always does the right thing may have a place in iicaven, but she'll have a tough time i.ri Washington. D.C. Sara Eckel Nevertheless, I was entirely unprepared to hear the president cop to his sleaziness in his recent address to the nation. It's one thing to speculate about the president's private life with friends; to make jokes about the Oral Office or wonder — as I always have — if Hillary has a lover of her own stashed away somewhere. But it's entirely different to watch the president of the United States admit that he did indeed have an "improper relationship" with a woman closer to his daughter's age than his own. Even though none of the information in his address was surprising, it was still incredibly sickening to watch. Part of my disgust is, of course, aimed at the president himself. Urilil that speech, I never realized how much I needed a degree of doubt — however thin — about the president's conduct. I never realized that deep down, I hoped the allegations were false. Now that the bubble has burst, I feel resentful. But my anger is directed more toward those who forced the president to reveal embarrassing details about his private life than it is toward Clinton himself. No good comes from this knowledge, but quite a bit of evil does. Thanks to Kenneth Starr and his cronies, the office of the American presidency will never be the same. Clinton, on the other hand, will survive. I hold to my original prediction: It will slide off him. He'll recover. But I can't say as much for the nation. TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter (Aug. 30) and full moon (Sept. 6). TODAY'S SPORTS: On this day in 1972, American runner Dave Wottle won the 800-meter race at the Munich Olympics. Doonesbury BY GARRY TRUDEAU , 7HZYVSGOT , JUSTSOFT- COUiPPUU. OFfASTOCX* COMPANY, fMAKJ SEAPOf CKAZY.AHP yer THEY HAVE TUAUY MXK5, COMPXWES F&PO- RATE OWEKH16HT. / DAILY WtSCOMSM ICWSPWER ASSM MCMUAM PHESS ASSOCIATION ASSOCWTtO PNCSS Gary Lamberg Editor/General Manager Andy Hill Managing Editor Ralph Ansami News Editor In Our Opinion City park project adds to downtown Work continues on downtown Iroriwood's park project. The Downtown Ironwood Development Authority and a host of community volunteers have made considerable progress on the project over the past few months. The pocket park project began with some controversy. The-property was backed by an unsightly common wall left after the demolition of the old S&L building in 1993. For several years, the crumbling wall dommi- nated the view of the central downtown location. ~" An interest in cleaning up the mess and creating a beautiful new space downtown led the DIDA and several concerned citizens to get involved. The DIDA took the lead and was able to get the property under city control so it could be redevelpped. Through community input, it was determined the best use of the property was for development of a central city park and green space. Too small to provide curb cuts and adequate parking, planners opted for an area where the community could gather that would add value to the downtown area. The first order of business was the most difficult, the most expensive and took the most time — stabilizing and repairing the wall. Wayne Nasi Construction did the masonry work and painting. The city brought in water, electricity and needed materials. After that, the work has mainly been done by volunteers, with thousands of dollars and materials donated by businesses and individuals towards the purchase of plants and landscaping supplies. Since planning and groundwork began this spring, the volunteers have made remarkable progress on the park. Every week, new elements of the streetscape are put into place. It's been a joy t« check in on the project's progress and a thrill to see each new addition. While the park is still incomplete, observers can already enjoy the setting, as it provides a riot of color from the strategically placed plantings. When finished, these volunteers can be credited with creating a park the entire community can be proud of. We can't help but think this addition will help sell the idea of doing business downtown to interested investors. The downtown park will become a wonderful invitation to new businesses. Yes, we need more parking. In fact, new parking projects top DIDA and the city's list of downtown priorities. But seeing the remarkable streetscape being created by downtown volunteers make us think the city made the right choice in developing a central city park in the middle of downtown. Clinton's conduct recalls Bible verses Ironwood Daily. Globe editors Lamberg, Hill and Ansami did good in their "(Guest) Opinion'" column, exploring multiple issues and bottom-lining on "Clinton should resign." Letter Now that we have bombed two nations, I now here raise a novel devil's advocate intrigue to match the said Clinton article. As s the Mideast says, this United States is apparently the epitomy of "Satan." And we can hold up President Clinton as proof of our foreboding heritages, deep-ingrained by lessons taught by our Bible. To wit, 1 Kings Ch. 11 verses 3 & 4: "And he had seven hundred wives, princesses and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father." I guess this is a faithfully yours trip, ey, maybe to a tune of a half-billion dollars in happy lawyers only; screw you, you homeless and house-repairing poverty jerks! Let's get this story on the road. Wwe gotta march in the streets, throw profanities in groups and out of cars at our neighbors; nay, rock their homes too if they can't toe and lick the knee-high black leather boots. (Done before, truly, in this town.) Our righteous ways cannot be ignored! Jesus is ours alone, nobody else's! The Holy Qu Ran is a gift from Salman Rushdie, in its "Satanic Verses." The bitter two books cannot be tasted. You say, "speak sense," I say, "Start our preaching in front of the Ironwood Daily Globe." Let the world acknowledge truth arid only truth. The books of Kings should be torn out, a single page by single page, and used to page-by-page clean the filth from our bottoms while on our well-worn thrones! Nay, we should mail the two Holy Books UPS to Washington, D.C,, to make a righteous pile in front of the White House, to be lit with our Leader's Flag, upside- down, in contempt over our followings, to show how our passions burn. Burn baby, burn. The Burning Man. Burn. John Jaakkola, Wakefield DATE BOOK Sept. 2, 1998 Today t* Jhe 245!h day of l'.'98 and the 74&i day of summer. TODAVS HISTORY: On this day in 1930, Captain Dieudonne Coste and Maurice Bellonte of Krance completed the first nonstop airplane flight from Europe to the United States. 1 11 I ' T F I

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