Against the Current Terry McIver, in his letter to the editor Spring 2004), contributes nicely to the bilious literature of exclusion and self-annointment that never stops from these people so desperate to believe that every word in the Bible is gold. And there’s the problem, isn’t it? The more the world’s problems call out for solutions grounded in some divinely inspired imagination, the more people like Mr. McIver try to wrench us all back to the past. And so we beat on, as Fitzgerald says, boats against the current. Hank Bunker
Memorable Tour After seeing my dentist, Dr. William Glockner, about every six months for nine years, I was aware that he was a graduate of the Xavier class of 1982.
We talked many times about Xavier and toyed with the idea of a personal tour of the updated campus. After seeing Dr. Glockner on March 9, we made plans to do that on March 12. After picking him up, we talked at length about people that stood out in his memory. Because I had been on campus since 1983, I was able to update his information on many of the people that he remembered.
As soon as we arrived, the adventure began. We toured Edgecliff, Schmidt and Hinkle halls. We stopped at the bursar’s office and continued on toward Albers.
Bill had mentioned a professor that he remembered well, so without saying anything, I took him to an office in Albers Hall. We went into the office of Carolyn Chambers. Chambers stood and after not seeing him since 1982, amazingly said, “Bill Glockner.” They had a great reunion and conversation, and then we went on our way.
We toured Gallagher, Buenger, The Commons and Cintas. We met Gene Carmichael, S.J., on the mall and they remembered each other and had a great conversation. Fr. Carmichael was one of the people that we had previously discussed.
I next took him to a home on Ledgewood to surprise him by seeing one of his favorite professors. We rang the bell and the door was opened by retired professor John Hart. He recognized us both and he remembered Bill from 1982. An atmosphere of elation came forth when they began discussing 1982 and when Bill was his student. After exchanging telephone numbers and e-mail addresses, we left and talked about our visit all the way home.
This experience points out the great care and thoughtfulness of the teaching staff at Xavier toward their previous students, and their warmth made this experience very exciting for both of us. Bill Dishon
Simplifyng Matters I was surprised at your article on killing in the name of religion [For God’s Sake, Spring 2004]. This is a very simple issue and I don?t understand why it has to appear so complicated. People kill for various reasons, none of which have anything to do with God. The killers simply use God as an excuse. In our country we see examples of this when snipers fell abortion doctors in the name of Jesus.
Terrorists are likely psychopaths using God as an excuse. Wars are often caused by psychopaths. The psychopathic leaders build Armies with other psychopaths, those in fear of not joining the army and those in fear of being overtaken. Mob psychology often contributes to the carnage because the individuals no longer feel responsible and have less fear in the group.
As stated in the article, God is a god of love. The best we can do is to strive to love each and every person, friend and foe alike.Joel DiGirolamo, MBA ’81 Lexington, Ky.