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Letters to the editor


Opposition to gays is the godly path

The letter by Alexander Maher (“Rainbow-colored bridge sends disgraceful message,” July 20) and replies are very revealing.

The issue of homosexuality perhaps more than any other reveals an individual’s or church’s either faithfulness to God and his word or falling away and apostasy.

It is a measure of how far our nation has fallen that when someone like Maher speaks up in support of the biblical, godly values that we are founded on and that made us great, that person is subjected to attack and derision.

Jesus loved people by calling them to turn away from sinful and harmful behaving like homosexuality.

We are begging for God’s judgment on our nation by our approval of this destructive behavior.


Sky lights up in LGBT celebration

We would think that the gentleman who opposes the colorful lights on the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge would be incredibly dismayed when, after a rain storm, the entire sky celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people.


Aurora must be start of national gun debate

Start with the horror that almost all Americans felt when they heard about the shootings at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. The tragedy was Topic No. 1 at the commission’s meeting two days after the shootings.

What stops the debate so often is to assume nothing could have been done to prevent Columbine, to prevent Virginia Tech, to prevent Tucson, and now, to prevent Aurora. To admit that there are no easy answers is not a reason to refuse to begin the discussion.

Silence here is the stance of moral cowards.

Let’s have the national debate on guns. Let every side bring out the facts. Let’s hear from the researchers, the constitutional authorities. Let’s hear the arguments, pro and con, on reviving the assault weapons ban. Let’s find out who is getting rich keeping gun laws weak and enforcement lax. Let’s hear how we can at least try to keep firearms out of the hands of those people who most people believe shouldn’t have them.

Yes, we need a full-throated national debate. We need to have a debate where everyone listens with respect to the other side. We need to have a debate that produces new policies on common ground. We need to open a new day on firearm policy that makes the Aurora tragedy one of the last of its kind.


Obamacare not good enough for Congress

I recently called in to participate in Rep. Marlin Stutzman’s tele-town hall meeting. My question was: “When Obamacare is fully implemented, will Congress be in the same ‘benefit rationing’ type of plan that we’ll all eventually be forced into, or will they remain on their ‘gold-plated’ plans that we the taxpayers fund for them?”

Stutzman told me that Congress will remain on its present plans. Translation: Congress is exempt from Obamacare. How are we as taxpayers supposed to feel about that?

As I hung up the phone, it occurred to me that this has got to be the most arrogant treatment of the taxpayers by our government that I’ve ever seen. We pay their salaries and fund the bulk of their benefit package. Obamacare is clearly not good enough for them.

Make no mistake about it, rationing is coming to your future health care plan. But not theirs. I hesitate to lump them all into the same pool; there are a few good ones (such as our present congressman). However, when it comes to their benefits, they all seem to take care of themselves first.

Everyone reading this ought to be calling their senators and congressmen with one message: “If Obamacare is good enough for us, it should be good enough for them.”

This is “Animal Farm” all over again. Stand up, people!


Once again, Fort Wayne shows that it cares

I would like to tell you about a special phone call I received shortly after the big storm had hit while many of us lost power.

It was about five days after the storm had hit; I received an unexpected phone call. There was a sweet lady whose voice I did not recognize. She immediately mentioned she was from the mayor’s volunteer office. She said, “Is your mother all right? Does she need medical attention? Does she have power?” I finally got ahold of myself to tell her: “Oh, my goodness, thank you so much, but my mother is not here – she just passed last October.”

I then began to ask her to repeat who she was and she replied: “I am one of the many volunteers from the mayor’s office, and your mother was on our ‘high alert’ call list. Apparently you had signed her up last year on our ‘Safety Net/Safe Care at Home Program.’ ”

We had registered our Mother just last year in case of an emergency. This program is for elderly who may have trouble reaching someone if they have an existing medical condition and would possibly be in danger if left without help in a crisis.

I cannot begin to express my deepest gratitude and appreciation for our city’s services. I have been continuously amazed at how much we do have to offer.

Let’s inspire one another to continue to form unity through much pain, crisis and joys, because it’s what we do – and it certainly stands worthy of our attention to say Fort Wayne truly is a wonderful city in which to live.


Heterosexual marriage needs no protection

Never have I heard it put as succinctly as Leonard Goldstein did (July 30), referring to marriage for gays.

I have heard the tired old statements that allowing gays to marry will spoil marriage for heterosexuals. Statistics already show that real, legitimate, heterosexual marriages end in divorce 50 percent of the time. Not exactly a resounding testimony to the institution of straight marriage.

There was a time in our not-so-distant past that it was illegal for people of the “wrong” colors to marry each other. Unmarried people of the opposite sex living together without benefit of wedlock were often shunned and looked down upon.

Now here are two people of the same sex who want to get married, and they are, by law, not allowed to.

Two people of the same sex marrying each other just means that they love each other, want to spend the rest of their lives together, raise their children together, and, oops, if it doesn’t work out, there is always divorce – by law – just like all those judgmental heterosexuals who couldn’t make it work either.


City Council must fix mess left by Henry

In the last four years, Fort Wayne has received various unexpected income tax revenues, funds that came from pre-recession years when incomes were higher.

And yet, instead of referring to a long-term fiscal plan to carefully determine where this money should be applied, every one of these shiny new pennies has been spent with an almost-childish anticipation.

Knowing since 2008 that future revenues were going to be reduced, fiscal restraint could and should have been implemented. Time and again the mayor has shown no evidence of a fiscal plan, but tough decisions cannot be avoided forever. It is a careless disregard for stewarding the people’s money.

Instead, the mayor creates legacy dream teams and light lease legacy task forces, complete with logos, to talk and talk about how we should spend our light lease windfall. We are short funds to provide services after disasters, but we talk about increasing staff and marketing.

And we ignore budgeting for significant expenditures, such as computer systems and emergency radios, when we know they are necessities.

We know where this is going when the controller states that City Council has some interesting work to do. Remember, this is the same mayor who asked for a tax increase the first month he was in office. They know that only the City Council can raise income taxes.

This administration has consistently avoided tough decisions and now wants us to pay with higher income taxes.

Tom Henry has let the well run dry and wants City Council to bear the burden of filling it at our expense.

LIZ BROWN Fort Wayne

Protest Purdue through pocketbooks

Recently I received a request from the Purdue Development Office to make a contribution to that university. Since I am a faculty member at IPFW, I found the request to be a little much given the treatment that Chancellor Michael Wartell had received at the hands of Purdue.

I sent the request back with the notation that I would not make such a contribution because of the poor treatment that Wartell received.

I know that Purdue can survive my individual protest. If a large number of people in northeast Indiana were to do the same, however, then mighty Purdue might get the message. It is possible to contribute directly to IPFW via the IPFW Foundation and the IPFW Development Office.

There are other schools in the area, and there is even that other big university in the southern part of the state that can receive, and might deserve, contributions.

Think about sending Purdue a message that they might hear since they ignored the whole community when we requested that Wartell be permitted to stay on.

JAMES M. LUTZ Fort Wayne