He and I are similar

Sun Journal staff writer Mark LaFlamme and I have similar styles. He is to journalism what I am to Christianity. We are both very unorthodox and can be interpreted as outlandish.

The bottom line is that we get the job done and we always get our point across.

Those who are exposed to us either love us or hate us for our blatant honesty. We find ourselves at odds over many issues, however, our strong characters, weird sense of humor, and our outside-of-the-box approach has made us more friends than foes.

The one thing we have in common is the way we paint the downtown area.

I love Jesus, the Bible and humanity, but I dislike formal religion that tends to be boring, cold and irrelevant to the needs of society.

I have been reading stories for weeks about all of the violence that has been taking place in the Bartlett Street area. The other day, I was traveling through that neighborhood and ran into a crowd led by clergy on the corner of Ash and Bartlett streets. I thought it might be in protest against the violence but, to my disappointment, it was a ceremony to pronounce a blessing upon animals.

I think we need to get our priorities straight. The situation bothered me so much it made me want to take a leak on a fire hydrant.

I told you Mr. LaFlamme and I are similar.

The Rev. Douglas Taylor, Lewiston

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PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Rev. Taylor, this Pirate has

Rev. Taylor, this Pirate has long been a supporter of yours, and some might even call me a fan. However, your belittling and demeaning of what you describe as "it was a ceremony to pronounce a blessing upon animals" was uncharacteristic. If I recall correctly what I read in the Journal, it was a Catholic priest doing the blessing.
They were doing no harm, and being a member of the clergy yourself,I would think a little more tolerance on your part would be in order. Moreover,I'm not sure that proudly proclaiming to be similar to Mr. LaFlamme is exactly a badge of honor, no derogation intended. And, with all due respect to you, sir, you've come mighty close to taking a brief walk on the plank.


I love to swim with the

I love to swim with the sharks! lol

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

The challenge is not to

The challenge is not to become one in the process. We are judged by the company we keep.


People hated Jesus because of

People hated Jesus because of the company he kept. I know what you are saying and you speak the truth. The real challenge is to swim with them without being eaten by them. (lol) You should come down and pay me a visit sometime and experience the real deal.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

When they say one will be

When they say one will be judged by the company one keeps, they are assuming that the company will mold and influence, negatively or otherwise, the individual. In Jesus' case, he, not so much, was influenced by the company he kept rather than that he influnced and molded the lives of his followers. They did not lessen him; he bettered them.

RONALD RIML's picture


You obviously don't take any cues from St. Francis Assisi

You should.


Nope! I live among the

Nope! I live among the living. Come down and have a visit with me sometime. You might see something in me that you might be overlooking. You might take a liking to me.

RONALD RIML's picture

Then you obvious don't know

Then you obvious don't know the works of St. Francis are still carried on among the living - by the living.

So many gifts of God you've overlooked.


I was looking at your profile

I was looking at your profile and see you live in East Boothbay. I thought you would be writing from a lap top from some park full of protesters. lol

RONALD RIML's picture

I'm quite familiar

with Lewiston; used to live and work there.

RONALD RIML's picture

I would love

To be in 'that Park'


My gift is working with

My gift is working with children not dogs. I bless the little children like Jesus did. I use the bible not mans creeds and dogma.


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