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-' ......................................................... ,iii .iiiii], ] if,if, ....... ". ................... 4 i Editorial By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor The pull-chain came off but the fan stayed on. I had reached up to adjust the speed of the ceiling fan in our kitchen, to low it down to a lower speed. There are four speeds possible -- or at least there used to be. I pulled on the chain to click the.switch through its sequence. Suddenly"the end of the chain I held in my hand was no longer attached to the fan. The pull-chain had been pulled out, and all that was left was a circular depression to mark the place where it had once emerged from the metal housing. It took a few seconds for the enormity of the event to sink in: there was no longer any way to adjust the speed of the fan. It r'an at one steady speed. And it ran all of the time. "Off" was just as unavailable as the other settings. rlllr--n|r ................. The Message --- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana August 2, 1991 'Without me you can do nothing' At least it wasn't spinning at the highest I took it apart and cut the wires leading to possible speed. Second lowest was really the the switch -- which I will replace as soon as I speed I had intended -- but not a speed I want- can find one like it. Not exactly like it, of course. ed forever and ever. The new one has to work. The switch on the wall controls the ceiling lights mounted below the fan. There is no other Now I have lights, and the fan is set semi- switch for the fan -- except the circuit breaker permanently to one speed: "off." And no matter in the basement which will turn off a lot more what switches and circuit-breakers are turned on than the lights and the fan. or off any where in the house, the fan will not work. Besides, what would it be like if we had Now I know, in a limited mechanical way, company, and I announced that I was going to the meaning of the statement that "without me the basement to turn the kitchen fan on. Run- you can do nothing." Or perhaps there is a con- ning up and down the steps could quickly seem temporary analogy possible to the concept of the ridiculous, vine and the branches. The next day, I looked again at the fan and All of the power in the world will not run the switch housing. It still had not healed itself, my fan. It is disconnected. Washington Letter., Q ./i Cuba s Florida bound: Of sharks, perll00 ;and pilots with a cause-'[ BY LAURIE HANSEN May to begin patrolling the Florida feature not only grandfather to drown at sea, -- Encouraging "friendly | Catholic News Service Florida Straits each weekend sharks but a strong current reported Medina. nations" in Latin America to | insearch of Cuban rafters, that can easily sweep rafters Msgr. Bryan O. Walsh, ex- accept more Cuban refugees WASHINGTON (CNS)m Called Brothers to the Res- away from the U.S. coast to ecutive director of Catholic and provide aid to house Journeying from Cuba to cue, by late July the volun- certain death from dehydra- Community Services of the them. south Florida by raft is like playing Russian roulette with only one empty chamber, Miami resident Jose Basulto warns those contemplating the trip. But his counsel, Basulto fears, has little effect. So far this year more than 1,200 Cubans have arrived on Florida's shores, compared with 467 for all of 1990. Of the 1991 total, more than 1,000 were rescued at sea, while only some 150 were able to reach land them- selves, noted Gillian Gunn, a senior associate at the Wash- ington-based Carnegie En- dowment for International Peace, in a July 14 op-ed piece in The Washington Post. While the exact mortality rate is not known, experts es- timate that between 25 per- cent and 50 percent of Cuhan raft people, called "lancheros" in Spanish, per- ish en route. Basulto, the 50-year-old owner of a homebuilding company and a member of south Miami's Epiphany Parish, is one of 150 volun- teer pilots who organized in i T00,MESSAGE 4200 .N. Kentucky Ave. Evansvllle, IN 47724-0169 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville December by the Catholic Preu d Edt .................. F tul I.m ProducUon Mgr ....... Pha Bor CIrJ/k,. Mgr ...... , .... PlmJ Neand 41N. EImIM, IN 4T/24-01. Phone (ml) ,=4-em6. Subiriptlon rlte: SlT;60  year Ingle Copy PrlP..e: 50 Enmmd M nd cbm mMmr at the pt d- tim m EvmW. m 47701. Pulkm numNr S4,. Poetnmter:. FIMum POD fomw m Prom  Emwe I I teers had flown 60 missions and located 55 refugees, most in small groups of five or less. When they spot rafters, the pilots alert the U.S. Coast Guard, which dispatches boats to bring them in. Basulto told Catholic News Service in a July 25 telephone interview that Radio Marti, a U.S. government-sponsored radio program aimed at Cuba, and other Spanish-language radio stations that reach the island-nation have been warning Cubans of the haz- ards of the trip -- to no avail. "The odds are against them. But we hear from rafters after we rescue them that once they have decided they want out of Cuba, nothing can stop them," said Basulto. He said while mast rafters are young men, at least 6ne woman in her 80's, a number of babies and, in July, a dog, were. among rafters who suc- cessfully made the journey. "Death comes to the 'lancheros,' as they are dubbed in Cuba in a variety of forms,". Gunn Wrote. "The straits separating Cuba and tion in the Atlantic. "Suicide is also common, particularly if the voyager's mental faculties have been damaged by drinking sea water. Fifteen-foot waves are frequent even out of the hur- ricane season, and arriving rafters often tell of friends washed off makeshift vessels b y rough seas," Gunn wrote. Tania Medina, director of the U.S. Catholic Confer- ence's Miami office of Migra- tion and Refugee Services, told CNS July 26 that she was currently resettling an ex- tended family that had ar- rived in Florida by raft in mid-July. Family members reported that their 64-year-old grandfa- ther had become dehydrated during the journey and jumped overboard to satisfy his thirst. Seeing the family patriarch unable to reboard, a young malerelative dove into the water after him. The rescue attempt was foiled when a shark entered the picture and consumed the young man, leaving the I I Letter to the editor I i i Joining Right to Life Dear Editor, "What is so rare as a day in June?" The above words of the poet whose name I forgot make me think of all the won- derful spring and summer beauty around us! his is one qf the namy  tural joys babies, wdtnever ever know when abortionists kill them in abortion cham- bers. When we do read that ba- bies are cruelly killed with- out ever being given any anesthetic or pain killer we know what ,a ,great evil this .always is ..... And we sadly realize the whole baby killing industry exists just for money as its sole motive! Any pretend by Planned Parenthood of com- passion for anyone involved is just that - propaganda. Christ showed us compas- sion by dying on the cross for US   '  , .,,, .. We can, I/ompassn by joining a Right to Lffe group and according to our time, talents and resources fight against our American holocaust! Z0S2 E, Main Street Apt. 74 Rochester, N.Y. 14609 Archdiocese of Miami, at- tributes the large numbers of new Cuban arrivals to "dete- rioration of the quality of life" in Cuba, where there is a severe food shortage related to declining trade with the Soviet Union and where Cuban leader Fidel Castro ap- pears to have an increasing number of detractors. In addition, fuel shortages have prompted the Cuban government to curtail coastal patrols that in the past searched for exiting rafters. Gunn claims the U.S. gov- ernment should be doing more to discourage Cubans from making the journey. To do so, she advocates: Repeatedly showing U.S. government videotapes of disasters that have befallen rafters on prime-time news in south Florida in hopes that Cuban-American residents will pass on the information to Cuban friends. Distributing leaflets that graphically depict perils fac- ing rafters to. all Cuban appli- cants for U.S. visas based on the assumption that if legal entry is closed to them they may contemplate such a jour- ney. Motivating would-be rafters is U.S. policy that permit s "lancheros" to stay in the country and, after one year ' here, apply for permanent resident status under the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966, Ms. Gunn said. Msgr. Walsh said his agen- cy has always favored "a more lenient" federal govern- ment-sponsored family re- union program  through which close relatives of Cuban-Americans already here could legally immigrate to this country, eliminating the need for them to make the journey by raft. He notes that the plight of the "lancheros" pales next to that of Haitian boat people. Unlike Cuban rafters, Haitians who arrive by boat are returned home by U.S. au- thorities unless they can prove this would lead to their political persecution. Part of the problem stems from the fact that Haiti will take back !ts boat people and Cuba won t, he said. Ironical- ly, in this instance, "the best friend the Cuban raft people have is Fidel Castro," Msgr. Walsh commented. Letters to the editor are welcome. Letters submitted for publication must be signed and must include a daytime telephone number.edited. i I Bishops schedule The following activities and events are listed on the schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger