Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

February 19, 2014

Feb. 19, 2014: Letters to the editor


Kokomo Tribune

---- — Throw the first stone if you’re without sin

Across America, you can apply for a driver’s license, auto title, motorcycle title, a birth certificate, Social Security, a job, Medicare, Medicaid, electrician’s license, general contractor’s license, fishing license, hunting license, law license, medical license, financial aid, voter’s card and incorporation.

None of these has a question on the application requiring you to say if you’re religious.

The religious right is asking the state to consider religious compliance before one legal document in Indiana can be issued, something we are not afraid of except that it would be a slippery slope with further mixing of state and religion. Something our ancestors left Europe to get away from.

A legal agreement to live together and share assets — a legal union — should be just that: a legal agreement. It is not the state’s place to require the participants to a legal agreement to be a certain religion or follow the rules of any religion at all.

Just as people are allowed to enter into other legal agreements, people should be able to enter into a marriage or a civil union without the state putting on religious restrictions.

If parties, gay or not, to a civil union decide to have a religious ceremony, then get married in a church that will allow your ceremony. Because of religious issues, a church might choose to not perform the service. Fine, that’s their option. Find another church.

If the state adopted a religious policy based on the Bible and denied licenses to all sinners, not only would gays be shut out, so would half of the population. Separation of church and state works and shouldn’t be tampered with. It’s a slippery slope that would take us back to the Dark Ages, where the church controlled government.

Jesus said to an angry mob intent on stoning an adulteress woman, “Anyone who has no sin in their life should step forward and throw the first stone” (John 8:7).

A reminder to avoid judging others when there are faults in your own life that need to be addressed.

Larry Brooks

Kokomo

It’s time our leaders made hard decisions

Retired Army Col. Danny McKnight wrote a book about his experiences as battalion commander of the 3rd Ranger Battalion in Mogadishu in October 1993, better known as “Black Hawk Down.” The book is titled “The Streets of Mogadishu, Leadership at its Best and Political Correctness at its Worst.” In the book he looks at the “easy wrong decisions” and the “hard right decisions” and how they affected his mission on the ground.

Today we see the easy wrong decisions made by our political leaders on every level. The wind farm issue has been one of the biggest easy wrong decisions ever made in this county.

The Board of Commissioners continues to make decisions based on what a few want, despite the overwhelming worldwide evidence that wind farms are not healthy or safe for populated areas. It’s very simple. The majority of the county and those who border our county do not want wind farms near their homes. Make the hard right decision and say no.

At the BOC meeting last week, commissioners failed again to make the hard right decision and fill all the vacancies on the Plan Commission. They filled one spot with a person who is obviously pro-wind.

That’s fine, now put someone on the board who has a different opinion. This will balance out the board and give a fairer representation of the county.

I do not know any of the individuals presented for the positions well enough to say one is more qualified than the other. What are the qualifications for a seat on the Plan Commission? Is it someone with a willingness to vote my way or someone with knowledge of construction, zoning laws, vision for the future and common sense?

This past week, the Indiana Legislature failed to make the hard right decision about the same sex marriage issue. The majority of the polls and surveys say Indiana wants a marriage to be between a man and a woman. Give the people what they want — a chance to vote on it. On a national level, our “leaders” do not want to make the hard right decision and stand up and say Obamacare is wrong for this country.

I usually do not vote in the Indiana primaries because it forces me to vote for a party and not for the person I believe will do the best job. However, this year I will make the hard right decision and vote in the primary to help elect at least some I believe will make the hard right decisions.

It is time for the voters to stand up and vote for those who will make the hard right decisions that are right for this county, state and country. Making the easy wrong decisions and being politically correct is not good for this county, state or country. It’s not good for you, and it’s not good for me!

Stan Jones

Tipton