We Hear You! Letters from Our May 2013 Issue

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by MORE • Editors
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Good Afternoon Ms. Seymour,
I am writing to you with regards to the article "Fierce" in your May 2013 issue.  My wife subscribes to your magazine and I generally peruse it looking for interesting items.  I was intrigued by the women that you highlighted in that article.  It truly depicts women who have done amazing things and it is important that they be recognized for their accomplishments.   
But, I would like to call attention to a woman whom I believe deserves to have been on that list or perhaps deserves a separate article all on her own.  That woman is Jennifer Maier and she is the township administrator of Union Beach, NJ.  This is a town that was totally devastated by Hurricane Sandy.  Ms. Maier had literally taken the job of administrator just months prior to that tragedy.
Since that awful day last year she has worked seven days a week (only recently starting to take off half a day on Saturday and all day Sunday) to bring that town back from this disaster.  She has worked tirelessly to solicit funds and grants from an incredible number of organizations.  These include the American Red Cross and the Robin Hood Foundation just to name two that are prominently known.  Jennifer has been successful with the Robin Hood Foundation because she has spearheaded an effort to have sustainable and green houses designed and built specifically for Union Beach.  The Red Cross is, in fact, interested in these designs because they might have applications world-wide.  These houses will be pre-fab and built elsewhere and put together on site in Union Beach.  

Jennifer has also been working with FEMA and every governmental organization that has been available.  Dealing with the frustrations of the arms of various government entities has become her stock in trade.  While doing all of this she has continuously worked with the people of Union Beach to ease their suffering, while endeavouring to get them back on their feet as quickly as possible.  
Might I also mention that she is a single mother raising two teenaged children.  
I realize that these problems are manifest all along the Jersey shore, but I truly believe that Jennifer stands out from the crowd.  As she said to me a while ago, for the first few months after the hurricane she found that at some time during each day she would have to go into her small office and just cry for a while as the suffering of the people in the town just overwhelmed her.  Her humanity and compassion adds a level of depth to her involvement with the people of Union Beach.
I have had the pleasure of working with her and the people of Union Beach because I am a volunteer in an organization that works to assist Union Beach in their recovery efforts.  Her job is no longer just a job, it is a passion that she works hard at every day to improve her town and the people who live in it.  
Jennifer is truly a "Fierce" woman and her efforts need to be recognized as an extraordinary example of the women that "More" magazine writes about.  
Thanks you in advance for any consideration that you might give to this e-mail and this AMAZING WOMAN.
Sincerely,
--Ernest Janssen

I just had to say that the photos of Lauren Graham were terrible. She 

didn't look like herself, so I'm guessing she was photoshopped a lot. 

The poses were so off target for her personality that if I was her I 

would never let that photographer near me again.  While I appreciate 

your goal is to show successful, accomplished women who still have sex 

appeal, that bent over angles were simply hideous.

She's a great subject for a cover and I know she's been on your cover 

before, but please have some class and make these people look like who 

they are. I don't care if you erase a few lines or even a double chin. 

I do care when you try to make them look like pole dancers. So 

disrespectful to their accomplishments. I must sound like a prude but 

that;s not the case. Sexy is wonderful, obliterating an identity is not.

Cheers,

--Tomi

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Hoyt06.21.2013

I am disappointed to watch More become another magazine for the 35-50 demographic. The occasional inclusion of a woman in her 60's is not enough to balance the focus on celebrities who are nearing or barely 40. There are many talented and interesting women in their 60's and 70's who have reinvented themselves several times and found fashion and a style that suits them. They have found a way to get "more" out of life, and I would like to read about them.
Unless I see some change back to the magazine I thought I was buying when I subscribed, I will allow my subscription to expire.

Hoyt06.21.2013

I am disappointed to watch More become another magazine for the 35-50 demographic. The occasional inclusion of a woman in her 60's is not enough to balance the focus on celebrities who are nearing or barely 40. There are many talented and interesting women in their 60's and 70's who have reinvented themselves several times and found fashion and a style that suits them. They have found a way to get "more" out of life, and I would like to read about them.
Unless I see some change back to the magazine I thought I was buying when I subscribed, I will allow my subscription to expire.

Daphne Galvin06.02.2013

In "How To Find Happiness At Any Age", I found it interesting that there was no mention of "sex" or "sexuality". Hard to believe that those critical components of aging end in our 30's, especially when we are getting happier as we get older!

Cheryle 04.29.2013

The article “The Rebel Priests” in your May edition was a very disturbing and painfully biased article full of untruthful suppositions. It is quite apparent that the author did not take into consideration a number of very basic facts regarding the Catholic Church.
1) When a bishop is excommunicated, he loses all power to perform any sacraments. Ordination is a sacrament; no power to perform this sacrament means no valid sacrament. Hence these misguided women in your article were never legitimately ordained. If you are not ordained, you cannot be elevated to Bishop, thus these misguided women are not valid bishops and are not in succession of St. Peter.
2) To have a valid marriage within the Catholic Church, the ceremony must be performed by a validly ordained Priest or Deacon. I certainly hope that Ms. Venne is not misleading the couples that she “weds” that their marriage will be considered valid in the Catholic Church.
3) The 2010 Delicta Graviora did not “condemn” female priests, it simply reaffirmed in very clear language the church’s stance on the priesthood. The misguided women in your article are free to interpret this as condemnation; however it is a shame that they take such a stand.
4) The priesthood isn’t a myth dreamed up by authoritative or egotistical men; this is also based on scripture. God chose who would be his disciples (Mark 3:13-14). Read the passage closely – he chose all men.
5) The celibate priesthood is also based on scripture (Matt 19:12; 1 Cor 7:32). In John 13:34 God commands us to love one another as He loves us. This is not an easy commandment – to accomplish this requires a total commitment to the Church and her members. When a man is ordained to the priesthood he knows that his life from that point forward is about emulating Jesus, that he is to love us as God loves us. This is an amazing sacrifice; please do not diminish this unselfish act.
The author also makes the statement that the women profiled in the article had hoped that Pope Francis would allow women to be ordained priests. This is a Canon Law – not a guideline that is simply revised with each newly elected pope. The pope can change a Discipline but he cannot change Canon Law.
One last note: It is true that in the bible many prophets suffered for their cause; however it should be noted that the prophets were all following the laws and the word of God. It is very unfortunate that the women in this article are spinning the words of God into an elaborate web of deceit. Revelations 22:18 very clearly warns of such actions, I suggest they read this passage very closely.

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