Remarks: Five executive orders regulating abortion are rescinded with a signature implemented with the sweeps of a pen.

1994

In June, I completed an application and interviewed for a teaching job at the school where I was teacher assisting. I was astonished at the number of people participating in this first interview. At a round table sat several teachers and a school administrator where I was questioned by this group on how I would teach and manage a classroom of students. My ideas were contrary to some of the accepted school practices. I believed that a return to the traditional methods of instruction to include a strong reliance on textbook, workbook, and other relevant materials were the way to successfully teach students. I also stated that to prevent confusion and disorganization, all students in a classroom should be “on the same page at the same time” as this philosophy has been proven to be an effective way to teach and learn. After the interview, it was commented to me by a member of the interview group that the presentation was good, but the content was rejected. However, I was invited to remain in my current position of teaching assistant. I departed this job in June, at the end of the school year.

In the early months of this year, I suggested to brother that we host a party for mother and father for their fortieth, ruby wedding anniversary. Brother and his wife thought this to be a good idea but due to their time constraints, could not be involved in the planning process. I offered to plan the party and brother and his wife offered to pay half of the party costs. Reservations were secured at a reception hall for a Sunday afternoon to accommodate seventy five people. A variety of hors d’oeuvres were arranged to be served in a room adjacent to the dining room. Three different entrées were selected to be offered to the guests at the sit down dinner and a three tiered cake was selected to be served for dessert. After confirming these arrangements with the reception hall, I reserved a disc jockey and a photographer for that date. Custom invitations were ordered through a greeting card store where mother and father’s wedding picture was portrayed on the front of the invitation. In addition, small bottles of wine were purchased as party favors and personalized with mother and father’s anniversary date. The total costs for this anniversary party were less than one fifth the costs of a comparable wedding reception.

A week following the anniversary party, son having completed the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the requirements for the Sacrament of Communion, participated with other children in receiving this first Holy Communion Host. Because of the large party held for mother and father the week prior, a small gathering with immediate family celebrated this occasion at a favorite restaurant.

By the early spring, the tenant was in arrears with his rental payments. His elderly mother who was apparently helping to pay the rent had moved out of the house. The tenant repeatedly provided me with checks returned for insufficient funds. Due to these circumstances I insisted to him that he pay the rent in cash which he did on two occasions. But by the summer, the tenant was at least two months behind in rent payments and I was becoming increasingly aggravated with him and his excuses. At that time, I was beginning to think of filing eviction proceedings against him. Shortly thereafter, I was contacted by an attorney that the tenant had hired so that he could remain in our house without paying