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Only faith can change dark heart of man

An Ossian reader says in his letter that appeared Jan. 2, “The evil that caused this devastation (in Newtown, Conn.) was spread by an assault rifle in the hands of a deranged shooter.”

He goes on to blame the weapon, rather than that which caused the devastation, the deranged shooter. The real problem lies in that – the person or people who commit these horrible acts, rather than the inanimate object itself.

A pen left on a counter will never in my lifetime get up to write an essay, a poem or any hate-filled article. Why? Simple: it takes someone to make that pen move.

We see, too, that a different object was used recently to kill a shop owner. It, too, was an inanimate object, only it was used in a horrifying murder. Again, it is the person, not the object, who caused this senseless destruction of human life.

Legislation that makes us feel good at the time is not the answer. Only a change of heart by the grace of God through faith will change the destructive behavior that is wrought by these types of evil individuals.


Wayne statue relocation waste of precious money

The mayor wants to move the Gen. Anthony Wayne statute from Freimann Square to the Courthouse Green at an estimated cost of $100,000. With City Council’s approval, $3 million of the Legacy Fund had to be used to balance the budget, but yet somewhere, the mayor has found $100,000 to move Anthony Wayne. What fund is being tapped to finance this expenditure, and what are the details of the cost?

I shake my head in wonderment. Is this project really necessary, and is it a wise use of scarce taxpayer dollars? I don’t think so.


UAW local personifies ‘Live United’ slogan

Many people are probably unaware that General Motors/UAW Local 2209 was No. 1 in Allen County United Way fundraising for 2012. As we have closed another year, I wanted to take a moment to recognize the people of GM/UAW Local 2209.

While not forgetting the generosity of so many other area businesses and their employees, we should take time to remember the extraordinary contribution these folks have been making to our community for more than a quarter century.

Since General Motors came to Allen County in 1985, these hard-working, generous people have been building award-winning, quality products while also contributing their time, money and skills in ways that touch the lives of thousands in our community and the surrounding area.

For more than 26 years, United Way and so many other initiatives have relied on that generosity for much-needed help. Additionally, UAW Local 2209 and GM members are involved as volunteers, giving countless hours as mentors and helpers with big hearts, supporting our churches, our children’s schools, Scouting and sports teams.

May God bless and protect the people of GM Fort Wayne/UAW Local 2209 and all of our community volunteers and donors. This is what it means to “Live United.”

VICKIE MEYERS Director of Labor and Community Services United Way of Allen County