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0 The M ,e.mge -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana i i ii ii i, i Magic of Words II I II I I II I I I I By FATHER JOSEPH L. ZILIAK Associate Publisher Call you believe whars going on in the Soviet Union these days? There are elements that seem very similar to activities in our country some 200 years ago. A group of us made a motorcoach tour through New England in the past two weeks. On the way back home we stopped for a few hours in Philadelphia. It was enough time to view an ex- cellent film at the visitors {;enter, walk around Freedom Hall, see the Liberty Bell, have hmch and visit the grave site of Benjamin Franklin. After our War of Independence that followed our declaration of 1776, we struggled with form- ing a new union of flee peoples. Our federal sys- tem was only finalized with the signing of the Constitution in 1789. The shared wisdom of representatives from the 13 states called for a union that recognized levels of jurisdiction proper to the individual states and the central government. There were to be areas where rights were to be upheld by the various states, and concerns that were to be the rightful jurisdiction of the federal government. States, for instance, were empowered to look to their own self protection and police activity. At the same time, a national military force was to see September 6, 1991 Momentous days: Watching Soviet republics break free to the security of the country at large. Currency was to be uniform throughout. As they worked through all the details of daily liv- ing, those early political leaders discovered that certain commercial ventures would more natural- ly fall under national control, while others were to be the province of states or other more local government bodies. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, as we have known it, seems to be no more. Events are moving so rapidly over there these days that it is almost presumptuous to make any definite statements. Even so, it does appear that the Soviet Union of the past 74 years will no longer exist. What will develop? Many are trying to pre- dict that very thing. I see the struggle among the various republics to break free from the Soviet Union to be in a similar situation to our ancestors of 200 years ago. I hope they are able to stay at the task long enough and with enough patience to work out a proper solution. If each of the 15 Soviet Republics insists on going alone down the pathways of history, each will discover very quickly how impoverished and weak they are. They will simply have to establish contractual understandings with neighboring I II countries to provide those resources that they do not possess. What more than likely will happen is that the republics will insist on declaring themselves to be independent and free. But then, in the harsh light of day, will re-unite themselves for mutual protec- tion and sharing of resources. And then a new union of states will emerge. The leadership will be freely elected. The rights of the citizens will be respected. They will probably draw up a Bill of Rights so that all will have equal protection under law. The listing of rights will establish that all should enjoy freedom from fear, freedom of speech; freedom of worship and freedom from want. A new constitution will be duly established and ratified by the states. A free and separate city/state will be created to serve as the center of national government. We pray that the Spirit of God be with our brothers and sisters in the Soviet Union during these momentous days. But to achieve this new union, the old rancoring cultural and religious hostilities will have to be put aside. Recognizing the greater good of a unified country must take precedence over individual rights to self rule. iLUMBEIR COMPANY 104 WOOD STREET 2SS-2400 LOO II Main Street Pharmacy 217 E. Main St. - Downtown Washington Phone: 254-5141 Golden Jubilarians Andrew J. and Dorothy (Stratman) Koressel of Evansville will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving Sept. 14 at Corpus Christi Church, Evansville. A reception will follow in Resurrection Church cafeteria. The couple was married Sept. 18, 1941, at St. Joseph Church, Evansville. They are the parents of six children: JoAnn Preske of Gatlinburg, Tn., Andrew Koressel Jr. of Evansville, Sister Betty Koressel of Fort Wayne, and Charles, Kathy Bren- del and Jenny Gaul, all of Evansville. They have 15 grand- children and two great-grandchildren. He was self-employed in auto body repair. 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