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April 2009

NORTH-Robert N.

NORTH-Robert N., 51. Wake service 7 p.m., April 19 at the funeral home. Funeral Mass 10 a.m., April 20 at St. Vincent de Paul Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by former wife, Jerralee North; father, John E. North; brother, James P. North. Survived by daughters, Sarah Elizabeth and Laura Katherine North; mother, Joyce; siblings, John E. North Jr., Joann North, Mary Sue Mitchell, Margaret Donovan, Patricia North and Kathleen Logan; nieces; nephews.

JOHN A. GENTLEMAN

Experiencing both sides of 'gift of life'

The April observance of National Organ and Tissue Awareness Month holds a special significance for two members of the Catholic Voice family.

On April 14, I celebrated the 10th anniversary of my kidney transplant. For the past 10 years, I've been blessed with good health, thanks to modern medicine and the power of prayer.

On April 4, 1974, Deacon Randy Grosse donated a kidney to his brother, Larry, whose renal failure was caused by diabetes. Larry lived for nearly 14 years until his death from other diabetes-related complications in 1988 on Holy Thursday.

The news about newspapers' struggle

It is an American tradition to start the morning with a cup of coffee and the daily newspaper. What is happening to our country's way of life? In some of our major cities, newspapers are folding up and, with their demise, an American custom is disappearing.

Some argue that because of the Internet future generations will not miss the daily newspaper. Others argue we are in a new age, and as with all new ages, customs move on.

Caring for the developmentally disabled

By no means is Nebraska state government lacking challenges as 2009 continues to unfold; not with the repercussions of an unstable national economy; not with deteriorating fiscal forecasts causing state budget angst; and not with the aftermath of the "safe haven" notoriety still needing a comprehensive response. The weight of these notwithstanding, it's hard to conclude that any policy challenge is now greater than what the Lincoln Journal Star editorially described as the "tragically dysfunctional system" for caring for Nebraskans with developmental disabilities.

How faithful people go about the work of politics

Politics is a contact sport but still one that people of faith can influence by bringing reconciliation and humility to the game, according to a man with a unique perspective on both faith and politics.

"I think it is important in our country to be engaged in the political process and to understand that politics is a difference of ideas," said John Danforth, a former three-term senator from Missouri, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and an ordained Episcopal priest.

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