written by Therese M. Finnof Evansville, Ind.A song came to my mind this morning when thinking about the recent drag queen story hour debate here in Evansville. It is the old song by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles entitled The Tears of a Clown. If you listen to the words he talks about hiding the sadness and depression under a masquerading smile thus the name tears of a clown.When I looked in the Evansville Courier and Press this morning and read the article about Owen Jackson the 23 year old I felt a mixture of sadness and compassion for him but yet at the same time I realize that the newspaper is publishing this story as part of the liberal agenda to support the normalcy of this type of behavior. Nothing is further from the truth. My undergraduate degrees were in both Child Development and in Criminology. This behavior is a far cry from normal and healthy but more of a cry out for help. Notice in the article he was adopted twice and barely remembers his earlier years because they were so negative. In his early 20’s he saw his first drag show and became interested in becoming a drag queen. He struggles to get to work. Look at his eyes. He says in the article that he wants the children at the library to look at him as a normal woman. He is not a normal woman nor does he look or act like one.Read the story via Mike Huckabee about the transgender Jamie Shupe an outspoken trans activist who first transitioned from male to female, then wrote later “I’ve come to believe the whole transition process is tragically flawed” and realized what he really needed was therapy and counseling for PTSD and depression and further states that advancing harmful gender ideologies are ruining the lives, causing deaths and sterilization and mutilation of gender-confused children. Now here we are in Evansville promoting this destructive gender confusion for our children between the ages of 0 to 11 years of age, the years when their brains are the most likely to be affected by this abuse. The American Pediatric Association has ruled the putting gender confused role models in front of young children is child abuse.In turn, our libraries and also our schools are promoting this liberal agenda. This liberal agenda was also discussed thousands of years ago and is addressed in the greatest book of all times, the Bible where it states in Revelation that in the end of times good will be called bad and bad will be called good and that the earth will once again act as in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah. God help us all, and God helps our country and our city to take a stand for righteousness most especially for the most vulnerable of our citizens our children.I will continue to stand up for our children and what the creator of the universe would want me to do regardless of the false accusations that are being made by the liberals and the LGBTQ+. Even if one spits in my face as has happened at the North Library by this group to one of the true Christians there who carried a sign saying that Drag Queen story hours is a huge mistake. And it is, and our city will pay the price for continuing it if they so choose.On my part, I cry for our country, our citizens and our children. By doing so, the library and its board are also opening up a huge liability to this city by promoting by allowing this to continue. Take a look at what is going on in the Catholic church and learn a good lesson from them on the price you pay when you don’t deal with sexual abuse that was swept under the rug.There is no hate felt here, but a heart for compassion for the Owen Jacksons out there who need healing. I will pray that our community has the backbone and honor to do what is right and not what is easy, to conform to that which is harmful and destructive. I will take a stand.FOOTNOTE: This article was posted by the City-County Observer without editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Last Spring, the popular “Word of Life” mural on the south side of Hesburgh Library was updated with new energy-efficient LED lights, said Paul Kempf, director of Utilities at Notre Dame. new lighting is part of the $10 million Energy Conservation Measures (ECM) project, begun in 2008 to support conservation initiatives, Kempf said. “[The ECM project] has had two phases … The second phase has been very focused on lighting,” Kempf said. “We’ve basically gone through all of campus with an eye towards replacing incandescent light bulbs … and large-diameter fluorescent light bulbs. We’ve upgraded almost 80 buildings on campus with new lighting technology.” The mural, originally illuminated with outdated mercury vapor lighting, also visually benefits from the new lighting provided by LED technology, Kempf said. “The LEDs give better uniformity than [the mural] had before, as far as how it illuminates the whole mural, and you get a better color rendering,” Kempf said, “The LED lighting is more akin to natural lighting and you see truer colors.” Kempf said another ongoing sustainability project involves updating the “sight lights” that illuminate the sidewalks and roads on campus, which also benefit from LED technology. “The LED also has a great advantage — that it’s a light that you can shape and direct much more than you can the older sources … We’re lighting the ground instead of lighting the sky and there’s less glare … less light pollution,” Kempf said. Energy savings from the use of LED lights also benefits the University financially, Kempf said. “It has a cost benefit to the University,” he said. “It has allowed the University to take the savings we’ve generated and actually roll it right back into the program and let us keep doing more and more by reinvesting in [the ECM project]. And that’s a logical approach to conservation or sustainability, to do the things that have an economic payback first.” Heather Christophersen, director of Sustainability at Notre Dame, said she also supports these new energy-efficient transitions. “The new lights save energy, which causes us to produce less carbon, which is one of our major goals — to reduce the carbon footprint of campus,” Christophersen said. Christophersen said she would like to see other campus icons receive sustainable lighting updates in the near future. “It would be really cool to change the lighting on the Dome to LED lights to make it, at night, have less of a green color and more true,” Christophersen said. The LED lights for the mural were a donation from Musco Lighting, with whom the University has had a long-time partnership in lighting campus locations, Christophersen said. Christophersen said she also hopes the new mural lighting will have an impact that reaches farther than the boundaries of campus. “I think changing to these more efficient types of lights on such a visible campus landmark that so many people know about and look at, it will help hopefully remind people how they can save energy in their own lives,” Christophersen said.