Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

February 26, 2014

Feb. 26, 2014: Letters to the editor


Kokomo Tribune

---- — Hold your legislator accountable for vote

After reviewing all legal options, the National Organization for Marriage has decided not to bring litigation seeking to allow voters to have the right to vote on the marriage amendment in 2014.

While we believe a strong legal case can be made that the amendment could appear on the ballot this year, we think that the time and expense of such an effort would be better devoted to holding legislators accountable for their votes, and to preparing to elect a strong pro-amendment Legislature to pass the pending amendment in 2015.

Accordingly, we will be working with our allies in the state to impact elections this year, beginning with the upcoming May primary races.

We look forward to continuing to educate Hoosiers about the importance of the unique nature of marriage as society’s only institution that brings men and women together for the benefit of the couple and any children born of their union.

Brian Brown

president, National

Organization for Marriage

Delph makes Indianahard for LGBT people

I have to say that I love Kokomo. I grew up there. But its people like state Sen. Mike Delph who are making this state so hard for the LGBT community to prosper and survive in.

I am so over people using their “God-fearing” beliefs to make decisions on behalf of the people who are directly affected by the law. It’s called separation of church and state. I don’t see how in 21st century America we are letting politicians get away with such savagery.

These “nit and pick” Christians are picking and choosing their beliefs out of the Bible and claiming “truth.” Why can’t they claim the rape, incest, murder and anarchy and preach it? That is most definitely in their Good Book — more so than the damnation of gay people. They are only selecting things that affect people now.

There needs to be a hard-line law that states you cannot vote in any house of government based on religious outlook or bias. And that’s what it is — bias.

Darick Schave

Kokomo

Schools today take too much time off

Have been reading recently about the local school administrations’ difficulties in making up the required 180 days of school, mandated by the state, due to the bad weather this winter.

Perhaps they should consider doing away with fall break, winter break and spring break. Go to school on the so-called holidays. Presidents’ Day, really?

And keep the schools open when it snows, say, less than 2 inches. After all, it snows sometimes here in Indiana.

Telling on my age somewhat, when my generation went to school in the 1960s, we didn’t have all these days off. We started school right after Labor Day and got out for summer vacation right before Memorial Day, and we still got a quality education.

Several years ago there was an ad campaign going around urging kids to stay in school. Perhaps the school corporations should give it a try.

Duane “Butch” Powell

Kempton