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Letters to the editor


Not all scripture is anti-immigrant

In response to Cheree Calabro’s letter (“Denying illegal aliens is the biblical way,” May 7): We can all quote scripture to support our viewpoints. Might I suggest Leviticus 19:33-34 (New International Version): “When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.”

LEE MacSORLEY Hoagland

2nd Amendment all about halting tyranny

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” – U.S. Constitution, Amendment II

Nothing in this “right to keep and bear Arms” relates to hunting or self-protection. The sole purpose of the Second Amendment is to arm citizens to defend freedom by resisting government tyranny.

Those who take an oath to uphold and defend our Constitution, such as our U.S. senators, may have had the Second Amendment in mind when they voted against the flurry of gun control bills thrown at them by senators who do not believe in the Constitution, regardless of their oath. Their rejection of bills that infringed on the right to keep and bear arms may not have had anything to do with the NRA, except that the NRA was there to remind them of their oath.

Does anyone know why the British were marching to Concord the night of Paul Revere’s ride and why it was important for the colonists to get there first? It had something to do with hiding guns from a tyrannical government. When was the last time high school students had to read “Evangeline” and what Longfellow had to say about gun control?

TERRY L. SMITH Columbia City

We work for you, GOP; look how you treat us

I have a question for my former party, the GOP, that I want a straight answer to: What have legitimate wage earners all across this country done to you except work for you, and for every American that you purport to represent?

We build and maintain vital infrastructure, schools, etc., that your constituents need and use every day. Yet you killed the bills (both the highway and infrastructure bill and the jobs bill) that would have put us back to work in your districts.

We teach our new hires what a work ethic is and the importance of carrying their own weight and how this benefits our customers and co-workers alike. Yet you force freeloaders into our ranks with a right to work for less law.

We are the medical staffs and caretakers for your friends and family provided by your insurance plans. Yet you fight tooth and nail to kill or prevent implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which would provide a means for us to secure stable, affordable health care.

We teach your children as we once taught you. Yet through vouchers, you’ve siphoned off vital funds from the public schools that our children attend, which adversely affects their education.

Working people elect you, yet once elected, your attention goes to the highest bidder. You’ve compromised our pensions, capped our salaries, allowed for cessation of matching funds in our 401(k) plans, and now you want our overtime.

I won’t ask what’s next. I’ll just prepare to write about it when it’s shoved down our throats.


Abortion wonít give a woman her life back

Rep. Marlin Stutzman recently shared that his then-17-year-old mother almost chose abortion to end his life. My birth mother was also 17 when she got pregnant with me in 1972 through a brutal rape.

In 1972, abortion was illegal. The law protected my life and stated that my life had value. Even with the law being there for me, my birth mother chose to go to a secret abortion facility. She bought into the lies that Rep. Stutzman’s mother considered and thought that she could just take care of it. My birth mother later told me, “I just wanted my life back.”

At the last minute, she changed her mind about the abortion because she felt that she could get into trouble since it was illegal. What she later realized is her life would have never been the same.

“Getting one’s life back” is just a way of thinking that we, as a society, can take care of everything like it never happened. I thank God I made it into this world, as did Rep. Stutzman.


ISTEP woes symbolize errors in education

For many of us, there is a sad air of inevitability about the computer problems that caused the recent suspension of implementation of the ISTEP test across Indiana. To be frank, we should be more surprised when ISTEP goes off without a glitch any more.

I believe the first step in correcting these errors came last November when the voters of Indiana selected Glenda Ritz as our new superintendent of public instruction. We all should feel better that she will be the one finding the answers to this mess.

But I also believe she faces a huge task, because the testing disaster is just one example of a growing educational mind-set that has taken hold at the state level which is attempting to turn our public schools into assembly lines.

Spend as much as we can on testing, but do virtually nothing at the same level for remediation or helping children with learning disabilities. Even spending a dime on early education would be nice, but that whole idea was dropped like a hot potato in the last legislative session.

So we are at the mercy of the almighty test. Teachers and principals lose their jobs based on test scores. Schools can receive a poor grade based on test scores. Students find their lives based on test scores.

Let us use this opportunity to truly examine where we are going with the education of our children and decide whether a test is the only answer to what our children need.

STATE REP. VERNON SMITH Ranking Democrat, Indiana House Education Committee

Push for new gun laws indicates ignorance

The lead letter on May 8 (“Second Amendment rights don’t trump second graders’ ”) is, in my opinion, the typical reaction of an uninformed citizen. I agree with some parts. I bristle when I am referred to as a stooge.

I purchased my first gun from my high school principal many years ago. I hunted many times with that gun, and my family enjoyed eating the wild game it brought home.

If the bills now in Congress were passed, my high school principal could be classified as a criminal for selling a gun without a license to do so.

Perhaps the author of the letter should turn to Page 5A of the same edition. It is an article by Alan Fram of The Associated Press quoting the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The first paragraph is: “Gun homicides have dropped steeply in the United States since their 1993 peak, a pair of reports released Tuesday showed, adding fuel to Congress’ battle over whether to tighten restrictions on fire arms.” It goes on to cite many facts. To me, it was quite educational. Homicides per 100,000 people fell 49 percent.

We have laws in place. Enforce them. We do not need more laws.

THOMAS W. MAY Fort Wayne

How far could NRA take its gun worship?

What follows is a harrowing nightmare that could come true:

On April 17, the gun lobby and its cowardly minions in the U.S. Senate successfully stuffed legislation to broaden background checks. But this was only the beginning.

With this ominous victory, the lobby wasted little time advancing the next step in its agenda: Namely, demanding a signed pledge of allegiance to the NRA from all members of Congress. Those who refused were threatened with political disaster.

In the months following, the lobby demanded that all public school teachers be armed on school property. The gun lobby promised “severe consequences” for teachers who failed to comply.

Next, the same organization issued a directive that all mortgage-paying U.S. households show gun loyalty by keeping at least one lethal weapon on premises.

Enforcement was provided by financial institutions that easily caved to the NRA. Any mortgaged household failing to produce a weapon upon demand was faced with immediate foreclosure.

And, finally, the gun lobby was found to be shaping a policy whereby all U.S. houses of worship would be compelled to display the silhouette of a firearm prominently in their worship space. This intrusion would achieve the lobby’s ultimate goal: Replacing the worship of the life-giving God with the worship of a life-threatening idol – the Second Amendment assault weapon.

Preposterous? Perhaps. But, for this observer, this harrowing scenario appears to be a clear and present danger.


Society canít redefine God-created marriage

Politicians and the media are attempting to redefine marriage. If they had established marriage, they might have the right to redefine it, but that is not the case.

Jesus says in Matthew 19, “Haven’t you read that at the beginning, God made them male and female and said, ‘for this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?”

Marriage is God’s creation, and politicians have no authority to change it.