February 16, 2014

PUBLIC FORUM: Letters for Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014


---- — Brave enough to takeon the marriage issue

I say, “Praise the Lord.” We finally have a politician who was willing to stand up for his Christian beliefs. Kudos to State Rep. Woody Burton and also the article that Larry Frye of Logansport wrote a few weeks ago. I just hope there are enough Woody Burtons in our country to stave off the wrath of God in this great country of ours. We’ve enlisted over 200 years without this issue, the question is can we exist 200 more years with this issue?

I think it’s a shame that companies like Lilly, Cummins will not be able to recruit talent from here and around the world, unless you are of the same-sex marriage, civil unions or an LGBT. They probably would not be able to recruit any from Russia, since they have a law against same-sex marriage. A lot of countries around the world do some terrible things to their own people for this.

It is almost a slap in the face for some of our talented college students, who were planning on getting a decent job after they graduate, maybe getting married and raising a family.

As for colleges, universities and liberal news media, who else would try to mislead our youth? One thing for sure Lilly and Cummins will only have this talented group for one generation because they can’t reproduce.

Carl Sell


Immigration systemneeds fixed now, not later

As English Learner Director for Logansport Community Schools, I interact daily with students who have, or whose parents have, immigrated to the United States. Working with these students is a privilege, but I am disappointed by some of the ways in which these students are treated by our government. These are innocent children who have been brought into the community by their parents. Many of them are excellent students who, if given the opportunity, could make significant contributions to our community in the future. Sadly, too often they and their families are forced into the shadows by a broken immigration system.

Hundreds of thousands of families have been separated by deportations — torn apart and deprived of fundamental liberty and due process rights. Our current inflexible system does not allow for judicial discretion so that judges are able to make individualized determinations based on the facts of each deportation case. We need a fair road to citizenship that will keep more families together. What’s more, Logansport cannot afford to ignore a large percentage of its population that could be starting businesses, serving in public offices, working for schools, and more. It makes no sense to leave talent and potential behind.

Fortunately, our immigration system is not broken beyond repair. Recently, both President Obama and House Republicans have stated a willingness to work toward fixing our immigration system. This is very encouraging. But I also know the politics might cause this issue to be delayed yet again. Our Representatives here in Indiana can change that.

I support a fair and inclusive roadmap to citizenship, so that as many hopeful citizens as possible are given the opportunity to come out of the shadows. Congressman Stutzman and Congresswoman Walorski, please encourage leaders in the House to vote on immigration reform this year. And if there is a vote, please vote yes — for the good of the community, and for the children we work to educate each day.

Emily Graham


What would the wordof God say about it?

It seems that our culture and our government is trying to fit the Word of God in our lifestyles, instead of fitting our lifestyles into the Word of God. God has the final say! The God of the Old testament and the Father of Jesus Christ is the same one, “I the Lord, do not change.” Malachi 3:6.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrew 13:8.

“Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman that is detestable.” Leviticus 18:22.

“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God?

“Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters, male prostitutes, homosexuals, drunkards, slanders, will not inherit the kingdom of God. “ 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.

“For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great numbers of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from truth and turn aside to myths.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4

“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead you will be saved.” Romans 10:9-10.

“Offer your bodies as living sacrifice holy and pleasing to God this is spiritual act of worship. Do not be conformed any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:1-2.

I pray for the true believers of Jesus Christ to pray for the ones who are blinded by false teachers of today, and pray that they receive the true word of God that will set them free. The word of God says stand up for the weak and don’t be ashamed of the love of Jesus, who died to give all to the truth and to set them free. Seek the truth, don’t be deceived!

Linda Hyder


Why aren’t the young people helping out?

Sure would be nice to see some able-bodied youths out and about in this winter weather shoveling sidewalks and walk ways to homes just because it is the nice thing to do [weather permitting of course]. It doesn’t have to be just for the elderly who can’t get around so easy, it can be just for the good of the public.

Who knows, they might even be offered payment. Everyone says the youth of our day does nothing but sit on their butts and play video games and watch TV. And I know, parents just don’t want to get out in the cold to help guide and watch over your children while they do this kind of thing but this is part of a parent’s problem, too.

Too many electronic gadgets and not enough interface with the public. Of course the same could be said about the warm weather days, too. Get out and help clean up our, and your, neighborhoods. Offer help moving something, picking up litter and the such. You don’t have to wait for a special group get-together to go out and do things on your own.

Rex Gangloff