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KNIFE from page one on knives, effectively making all knives “legal.” To highlight his point, he took a pocket knife from his briefcase, opened its three-and-a-half inch blade and held it up as if it were an umbrella. “This is essentially legal on campus,” he was recorded to say. By the time Jeff St. Cyr, chairman of the board, reminded Miller that the policy allows adults to carry knives but “not having a knife open” and asked him to put it away he had already done so, after displaying it for less than 30 seconds. Reporting on the meeting in The Baysider weekly newspaper, Tim Croes made no mention of the incident, writing only that Miller was the only member of the board to vote in favor of forbidding all weapons on school grounds. But, the video made its way to Facebook and by Wednesday had reached WMUR-TV, then the Associated Press. Most reported Miller as “pulling,” “flashing” or brandishing” the knife to the distress of parents of schoolchildren. Speaking on television, Karl ingoldsby said “it was a very large knife” while Keith Dube said Miller’s conduct was “ridiculous” and called for a “reprimand.” With no pun intended, Maureen Paul remarked “you can make your point a different way. . . verbally, but not by brandishing a knife.” Dube, who did not attend the meeting, said yesterday that after seeing the video he was troubled that “an elected school board member would be brandishing a knife at a board meeting,” He believed that if a member of the public were to do the same thing, “he
would be escorted from the building by the police.” He conceded that Miller was expressing a legitimate opinion, but “he just went about it the wrong way. At the very least he showed poor judgement.” As a write-in candidate, Dube last year challenged Miller for the seat on the School Board but fell 90 votes shy. He said that as a member of the Budget Committee, Miller was a critic of of the School Board and since joining the board was the lone member to recommend against the $18.7-million renovation and expansion of Alton Central School on the school district warrant in March. Commenting on the incident with the knife, Dube conceded “if he was a different person, it might have been handled differently.” “They’re really shooting the messenger,” Miller said, stressing that twice the other four members of the School Board voted against his proposal to ban all weapons from school property. “Zero tolerance. That’s my goal,” he said. “I’m the guy trying to make sure we don’t become another Newtown or Aurora.” Miller said that when he displayed the knife “the other members were not offended. I told them they should be offended,” he continued. “I was offended.” Dube said Police Ryan Heath informed him that he has referred the incident to the New Hampshire State Police. Meanwhile, he remarked that “I didn’t want him on the School Board in the first place” and suggested he should consider resigning. But, while noting that “lots of parents are very upset,” Dube “there is nothing organized at this point.”
POPE from page 2 Cheers went up as the 85-year-old Benedict stepped out onto the palace balcony and, arms outstretched, declared his papacy was nearing the end. “I am simply a pilgrim beginning the last leg of his pilgrimage on this Earth,” he said. Then giving a final blessing, he declared: “Grazie e buona notte” — “Thank you and good night” in Italian. It was a remarkable bookend to a papacy that began on April 19, 2005, with a similarly meek speech delivered from the loggia overlooking St. Peter’s Square, where the newly elected Benedict said he was but a “simple humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord.” Over his eight-year papacy, Benedict tried to set the church on a more traditional course, convinced that all the ills afflicting it — sexual abuse, dwindling numbers of priests and empty pews — were a result of a misreading of the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.
His successor is likely to follow in his footsteps, given that the vast majority of the 115 cardinals who will elect the next pope were appointed by Benedict himself and share his conservative bent. For the time being, the governance of the church shifts to Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the camerlengo, or chamberlain, who along with the College of Cardinals will guide the church and make plans starting Monday for the conclave to elect the 266th leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. One of Bertone’s first acts was to lock the papal apartment inside the Vatican. In another task steeped in symbolism, he will ensure that Benedict’s papal ring and seal are destroyed. Benedict’s journey into retirement began with a final audience with his cardinals, where he sought to defuse concerns about his future role and the possible conflicts arising from having both a reigning and a retired pope living side-by-side inside the Vatican.
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