Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

January 31, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 31, 2013

Disassociating King from faith is profane

“The ideals and principles for which Dr. King fought have never been forgotten.” The quote from George Lucas served as the answer to the Celebrity Cipher puzzle a few days ago. In truth, evidence abounds that Mr. Lucas and many others have forgotten the “ideals and principles” for which the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fought.

The Rev. King’s “ideals and principles” are derived from the human liberty established by the self-revealed Creator God. The Rev. King protested the humanist policies and laws that had unjustly kept certain segments of society in bondage and worked to have them replaced with policies reflective of the love of Jesus Christ, the source of dignity for all human beings.

Sadly, many today are eager to replace God’s liberating love with the same humanist and religious philosophies that continually hold us in bondage. Being willfully and purposefully forgotten is the undying faith and love the Rev. King had for his Savior, Jesus Christ. Any and all attempts to disassociate the Rev. King from his Christian faith, which he declared in public throughout all of the rallies, protests and marches are profane acts of idolatry. They are disrespectful to the memory of the very man who so many humanists vainly attempt to honor. They completely disregard the ideals and principles for which the Rev. King fought.

In the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “I just want to do God’s will. And he’s allowed me to go to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land.”

Charles A. Layne, Bunker Hill


Keeping police homes off Web limits access

It wasn’t that long ago that police wanted to take their police cars home so there would be a presence in the neighborhood. Now they’re worried about someone finding them?

I guess someone couldn’t just follow them home!

Sounds like someone just wants to limit the public access to public records. Could it be that it might be embarrassing to some of the people who don’t pay their taxes?

If you want your name removed from the tax records then don’t ask to take your government vehicle home, either marked or not. You don’t get to have it both ways.

Ray Harrison, Kokomo


Bill fails to give equal protection under law

I was really disappointed to see the headline of Monday’s Kokomo Tribune about HB 1219: removing police addresses from government-run databases like property tax records and other public records. While it is supported by the Indiana State Sheriff Association and the Fraternal Order of Police, I find it troubling for a number of reasons.

If there is a threat for personal retribution to police officers in the line of duty, that same threat could extend to all officers of the court (we have a history of a courthouse bombing here in Kokomo), school administrators, educators, supervisors, managers, as well as common citizens.

I believe, in a free society we shouldn’t make any segment of our public servants “invisible” or hidden from the society they serve; but, on the other hand, if this appears warranted by our legislators, why not remove the entire data base from public access?

I believe we should be afforded equal protection under the law.

I would suggest that some college professors are just as much at risk as police officers may be. If you think this is an inflated claim of a threat, let me remind you of the Arizona State incident that occurred in October 2002, where a student barred from taking a nursing exam murdered three professors. I don’t recall a similar mass murder of police officers in Indiana.

Individuals who threaten public officials, be they police officers, court officers, educators or fellow citizens, should be quickly identified, charged, tried and, if guilty, convicted and appropriately punished. Taking police officers’ information from government data bases will not eliminate any threat an individual wants to carry out on them or their families. As most of our police aren’t “secret police,” it is fairly easy to find them in our open society.

When we start hiding our police, I believe we are starting down a slippery slope that is more familiar to the Stasi in the former East Germany.

The biggest fault of this proposed legislation is that it fails to provide equal protection to all citizens, which all laws must do.

David J. Wallace, Kokomo