At the “Milan Fashion Week Spring” 2013, on the catwalk, female and male models, by famous fashion brand’s griffe, have amazed everyone, and comes out a rather effeminate look for men and a pleasantly sensual one for women.
Even accessories have not gone unnoticed, as the bags that you see in these pictures:
In addition to the recent results of voting and talk about governance, one of the maneuver, important and necessary, which the Italian government must do immediately is the new electoral law.
Before we talk about new elections, Italians and politicians must realize that the cost of an election’s turn weighs a lot on the State balance sheets.
Just to do the math, consider that throughout Italy were set up 61,597 polling stations (including those prepared in hospitals or houses of detention) and that every seat needs tellers, secretaries and presidents (187 € for the president and 145 for others), apart from the necessary election material (like the ballots). Beyond the salary for such staff, then we have to add what due to the police deployed for the security of every polling seat. Finally, we must add other expenses that are considered technics and that relate to the organization (such as the removal/installation of billboards, voting booths) or travel concessions towards some voters or to allow the vote to the expatriates.
Some people have done the math and the total would be approximately 389 million euro!
This expenditure is divided between several ministries even if the higher amount is disbursed by the Ministry of the Interior. Money coming from State intakes, and that of course, put even more in red the current balance sheet! Cost that weighs, in the end, on the shoulders of any taxpayer.
Therefore, the thought of having to return to vote is not reassuring for sure!
A news, this, heartening and that hopefully could pave the way for more “openness” by the Catholic Church to the real community’s needs.
Just like last week the German bishops valued the use of the “morning after pill“, to prevent unwanted pregnancies in cases of rape, now the Spanish bishops, in an episcopal conference, also decided to legitimate its use.
Although it has been confirmed that this pill should not be used indiscriminately for an abortive use, this new position of the Church is a first step that can only be welcomed by any faithful, while we all trust in others viewpoints adjustments about other “hot” topics on which the Church is unfortunately still too rigid and anachronistic. Among them, the ban for divorcees to participate in the Eucharist, the firm condemnation towards homosexuality, or the free prelates’ choice to get married.
Although I’m not a true Catholic observant, I do not believe that Jesus, who loved in equal way all the “sheep of his flock,” and that has always supported unconditional love, even forgiving Magdalene who was a prostitute, could prevent people to be good “Christians” or to participate in the “table of the Lord” because of their sexuality or civil status. Ultimately, the Pope and bishops should consider the fact, scientific inter alia, that sexuality is not a choice or a “disease” that can heal and change to our liking. The same way as other genetic characteristics, also sexuality must definitively be considered as one of the “products” created by our Lord, as it can be Down syndrome or color blindness, and therefore it has nothing to do with the “free will”, according to which a believer can do some choices. In my opinion, these simple considerations should not even necessitate long and troubled debates. .