December 8, 2013

PUBLIC FORUM: Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013


---- — Why did agency loseits United Way funding?

I moved here 12 years ago. I have been involved with United Way and Mental Health America all that time. I want to know since you are an open agency, what did Mental Health America do?

I am down there every day, all I see is them working. In the last 12 years, I have only seen five people from United Way come to Mental Health America. I want the question answered. Why aren’t they getting money from you?

Marcus Savage


Writer asks, “Whatabout my rights?”

I am a Vietnam veteran. I fought for my country as a U.S. Marine. How many of these 1 percent can say they fought for my nation? I’m talking about the equal rights whiners of the, so called, LGBT community on, as I like to call them the way I see them, the sexually immoral 1 percent.

There is no gray area here. Read the Bible, Romans chapter 1 verses 24 through 32. This is the Christmas season how about this separation of church and state as in a nativity scene at the courthouse. Why do we celebrate Christmas? It’s not happy holidays, it’s Christmas.

Equal rights for the LGBT community? Come on. I have a sick relative living with me. We are not having sex, so no insurance for him. But if he is LGBT and sex is involved, put that person on your health insurance plan. How’s that for discrimination? I’m so tired of the 1 percent making 100 percent of the noise.

Americans, stand up and unite against evil. Yes that’s what it is — evil. And I speak for 99 percent of my countrymen. “Wake Up” my fellow Americans, make your voice heard.

The balance of our county’s fate hangs in the balance. One percent are mad? Well, I’m mad at the 1 percent. Shame on you!

Larry Frye


Communities cometogether to help

On Sunday, Nov. 17, two tornadoes ripped through the city of Kokomo, leaving extensive damage and devastation in their wake. Immediately, hundreds of volunteers within our community and throughout the state reached out to offer assistance to our residents. Cleanup began the following day when over 200 students, using their day off from school, organized efforts to aid in the recovery. Our city has been touched by the thousands of volunteers from across the Midwest who have extended their services to offer help in our time of need.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the countless elected officials from every level that offered their support. More than 15 mayors from around the state reached out to provide assistance to our community. A special thanks to Mayor Jim Walker of Peru, Mayor Andy Cook of Westfield, Mayor Randy Strasser of Delphi, and Mayor Dean Jessup of Lawrence for providing dump trucks, pay loaders and backhoes along with the crews required to operate this equipment. Our community also received support from the city of Crown Point and their residents, when Mayor David Uran delivered food, water and toiletry items to our citizens. I also wish to personally thank Gov. Mike Pence, the Indiana State Police and the Department of Homeland Security for providing their assistance at numerous levels.

The support from these cities, elected officials, organizations and individual volunteers have provided relief to many of our citizens as they begin the process of rebuilding. I cannot begin to put into words my appreciation for those who stood up for Kokomo. Their willingness to lend a hand to a community in need is truly valued and a prime example of our famed Hoosier Hospitality. It is remarkable to witness first hand, so many people willing to help their fellow Hoosiers in this time of need.

The next few months are going to be quite difficult for many people in Kokomo, but it is made easier knowing we have friends from around the state and Midwest who will be there in our time of need. I can only hope that no one will endure the devastation that Kokomo has, but if they do, I am confident that our citizens and our city will be the first in line to ask “how can we help?”

On behalf of the citizens of Kokomo, we wish to thank everyone who offered and provided help. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed.

Greg Goodnight

Kokomo mayor

Thank you, Logansport,for supporting shops

We are so very grateful to our customers of the Village Peddler and the patients of Dr. Meister who have been loyal to us for many years.

So many of you came on small business Saturday and expressed that you wanted to support us as a small business. That meant so much to us. Dr. Meister has been in practice well over 41 years, and still going, and The Village Peddler has been open over 16 years. We are still amazed at how wonderful our local people are! God has truly blessed us through each of you!

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

Eric and Cindy Meister