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July 19, 2010

by Marielena Montesino de Stuart

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THIS JACKSON LAB ESCAPEE “Did Not Sign Up for this Deal”

This video would generally fall under the Comedy Category, were it not for the IMMORAL and UNDEMOCRATIC circumstances surrounding the Jackson Lab deal, as a tax-payer funded real estate bail out of the Monaghan-Barron Collier Ave Maria experiment:

  (Updated and adapted from The Chronicles of Ave Maria © regarding the subject of The Jackson Lab).

Outside the walls of Ave Maria, expert leaders in the world of laboratory science—such as Julius I. Pericola, retired president of Bristol Laboratories in Syracuse, New York are strongly voicing their opposition to The Jackson Lab.  Here is an excerpt from Pericola’s comment in the Naples Daily News:

“Beware:  Scientists are very, very poor businessmen and will promise anything to have projects funded.”

Alvin E. Strack, Sr., former director in the international division of Smith, Kline & French Labs (now Glaxo-SmithKline) had this to say to the Naples Daily News:

“Pericola is right on in recognizing the airy-fairy promises being made for this company. Wall Street is awash with venture capital for promising biotechnology projects.  Let Jackson Lab get the money there if these venture capitalists feel it has something worthwhile to offer. 

To support this lab is a totally inappropriate use of the tax money of Collier County.

Keep the mice in Maine!

Finally, I find it even more reprehensible that part of the funding scheme to get Jackson Lab here would involve diversion of stimulus money intended for Medicare.  Medicare is just that.  The money is for care, and not extremely risky research ventures.

Shame on them!”

The complete comments by Pericola and Strack are available here and here.

Pericola and Strack are supported by an overwhelming public opposition to a tax-payer funded Jackson Lab move to Ave Maria (today’s poll results):


The absolutely embarrassing fact is that the public opposition being published by the Naples Daily News ’Letters to the Editor’ appears to be exclusively from outside Ave Maria—and not just from business leaders and corporate executives, but also from the general public.

But what about Ave Maria’s town government?  What does it have to say?

During a public meeting held on June 8th, 2010 I presented the following questions to the Ave Maria “Special District” (AMSCD) town government, regarding The Jackson Lab:

The County Commissioners and the Economic Development Council of Collier County  do not speak for the taxpayers in this District.   So, what is the Ave Maria Stewardship Community District (AMSCD) saying regarding The Jackson Lab matter?

Ave Maria is in a high-risk fire zone.  The Jackson Lab is involved in activities that could create fires.  They already reported having a major fire in their Maine facility where 400,000 mutant mice were lost.

What measures will the Ave Maria Stewardship Community District take to prevent the Jackson Lab’s toxic waste—which may include dangerous diseases and chemicals– from becoming a hazard to the residents of Ave Maria—including contamination of waterways?

Ave Maria shares one ambulance and one fire truck with the town of Immokalee—which is a high crime area, with a much larger population than Ave Maria.   How will the AMSCD  improve our Emergency Medical Service and Fire Fighting capabilities—given the potential presence of The Jackson Lab?

Would the expansion of the EMS and fire fighting capabilities mean an added burden to the tax payers in the Ave Maria District?

What does the Jackson Lab mean for the pocket books of the citizens of this District?

The Ave Maria Stewardship Community District has been publicly silent, while the press covers the subject of The Jackson Lab on a daily basis.  Why?

The Ave Maria “Special District” Board did not provide any answers to basic or critical questions regarding the impact that  the Jackson Lab could have on the tax payers and residents of  Ave Maria.  These are taxpayers and residents who have no vote in this bizarre form of “taxation without representation” government called a ”Special District”– operating under a “specially crafted”  law, which gives control to the large landowners (Tom Monaghan and Barron Collier Companies).  READ “Ave Maria:  A Town Without a Vote– Now and Forever.”(Naples Daily News – May 9, 2009).

Meanwhile, the Catholic faculty at Ave Maria University, which includes physicists, economists, theologians, philosophers, priests– and other assorted proclaimed experts on Catholicism and moral issues—shows no signs of public opposition to the welcoming of The Jackson Lab—and its “workshops” and “resources”(mutant mice) for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research (a practice condemned by the Catholic Church, along with abortion)—nor for the very UNDEMOCRATIC way in which this immoral Jackson Lab deal is being rammed down the throats of taxpayers.

Tom Monaghan, Chancellor of Ave Maria University has been reported as saying “Go ahead with it [the Jackson Lab].”  Nicholas J. Healy, Jr., the president of Ave Maria University has said  “If they were to locate here I think there would be very considerable benefits to the entire area.”  Naples Daily News – April 10, 2010.

Residents of Ave Maria and students of Ave Maria University are shown by the media conducting public demonstrations and prayer vigils 40 miles away, outside of Planned Parenthood in Naples—yet, they show total absence of indignation for the well-publicized announcement that The Jackson Lab may be opening a facility in Ave Maria. It seems that these Ave Maria demonstrators have a convenient blind spot for the Jackson Lab issue. I’d say—save on gas, you’ve got your work cut out for you, right here, inside Monaghan and Barron Collier’s Ave Maria!

Why the silence in Ave Maria?

It appears that they are quietly expecting a bail out.

Imagine that—the bail out of a town comprised overwhelmingly of Catholic families—by bringing a laboratory that is involved in holding “workshops” and in providing “resources” for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research!  A laboratory that works with scientists involved in finding “better contraception methods.”

A real estate bail out financed by the citizens of Collier County— with funding that may even involve tax payer dollars that should go to the sick.

For the record:

I am the only one in Ave Maria who PUBLICLY opposes this IMMORAL and UNDEMOCRATIC bail out of the Monaghan-Barron Collier Ave Maria experiment.

This, of course, comes with a price:

The ongoing vilification, ad hominem attacks and ostracism from the Monaghan-Barron Collier militants.

A frightening example for others that could possibly speak out.


The Chronicles of Ave Maria © :  “A Blow from a Hatchet”–Eugenics and the Catholic Perspective

The Chronicles of Ave Maria ©:  Plunging into Compromise 

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Marielena Montesino de Stuart

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TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:  Ave Maria Florida and First Amendment +The People’s Republic of Ave Maria, Florida + Ave Maria University + The Jackson Laboratory + Workshops and Resources for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research + Eugenics + Margaret Sanger + Tom Monaghan + Tom Golisano +  Nicholas J. Healy Jr., President of AMU + Barron Collier Companies + The Ave Maria Stewardship Community District.