Readers’ Corner: Sept. 1, 2008 |

Readers’ Corner: Sept. 1, 2008

From this vantage point

Sue and Ray Villarreal of Penn Valley shared with The Union the above photograph of their daughter, Liz Villarreal of Homer, Alaska, at the Democratic National Convention.

Liz was awarded preferential seating at the convention for her outstanding work for the party in Alaska. She’s also blogged about the event.

History and window shopping

Throughout the month of October, 47 shop windows in downtown Nevada City will display mural-size historical photographs and accompanying stories as part of the Windows on History Exhibit ’08.

The photos will be placed in windows at the exact location where they were originally taken. This will help viewers contrast the past and present and get a more vivid sense of the life in Nevada City in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Windows on History is being sponsored by the Nevada City Downtown Association.

For more information, call Eileen Jorgensen at 265-6415, or Melinda Landsburg at 265-6992.

A lesson in


The Rev. Louie Vitale, a Franciscan priest, will speak on “No to torture: The nonviolent

response to terrorism,” at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Grass Valley United

Methodist Church on South Church Street.

Admission to the event is free, although donations are welcome.

Vitale recently spent five months in prison for crossing over the boundary and

praying at Ft. Huachuca, Ariz., where Army intelligence officers are trained in interrogation techniques. Vitale is now on a national speaking tour, and

has written a book, “Letters from an imperial jail: Making peace in an age of torture,”

describing his experience in prison.

Vitale was an officer in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. In 1963, he

became a Franciscan priest and dedicated his life to peace and social justice. He is the cofounder of the Nevada Desert Experience, a faith-based anti-nuclear

group and Pace e Bene, a Catholic peace education service. For the past 13 years, Vitale has been pastor of St. Boniface Church in

San Francisco, a poor parish serving the homeless.

For additional information, please call 274-1519.

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