Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 12, 2014

March 12, 2014: Letters to the editor

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Institutionalizing more sexual anarchy

A fella leaves a bar with a BAC greater than 0.08 percent, drives home without incident, and has broken Indiana law. No one has been hurt and no property damaged, but this driver is a criminal. Why is that? It is because the public recognizes the potential devastation from an unnecessary act and has taken steps to try to prevent the destruction from occurring.

To many people, this makes perfect sense. Yet, many of these same people have rushed to embrace other unnecessary acts that bring about their own unique devastation. Sexual anarchy demands that everyone has a right to their brand of sexual expression with no regard for the destructive forces unleashed. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, incidents of sexually transmitted infections, STIs, are increasing significantly. The highest rates of increase are being reported in the 15-24 year old and gay male populations. Treatment resistance STIs are increasing. The estimated health care cost of STIs is a staggering $15 billion or more dollars. Look up the reports yourself. You will find much more than I am able to include in a brief letter.

Increased poverty, human suffering and even death, yet the rallying cry of the day is to formally institutionalize more sexual anarchy and to persecute fellow citizens acting from Christian conviction to resist this encroaching sinfulness. Indeed, some Christians are already being penalized for simply and politely seeking to not participate in this form of decay.

A person who drives home with a BAC greater than 0.08 percent is a criminal, but the sources of the suffering and death experienced by innocent Ryan White and other victims are being allowed to legitimize destructive behavior.

Simply amazing.

Charles A. Layne

Bunker Hill

Standards shouldn’t mirror Common Core

Back in 2002, then-U.S. Rep. Mike Pence stood alone among Republicans in opposition to George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation. We applauded his position at the time because it demonstrated that he opposed the continuing intrusion of the federal government in our state’s ability to control our own destiny in education.

Now, as the chief executive of Indiana, he has the obligation to lead his appointed State Board of Education (SBOE) to understand that the content of the new standards currently being drafted cannot simply be a cut and paste of Common Core State Standards in order to preserve the “waiver status” of the legislation he opposed 12 years ago!

The governor should expect better, and so do thousands of concerned parents who feel disconnected from their educational community.

The governor believes not accepting $10 billion from the federal government to expand Medicaid coverage for the uninsured is in our long-term best interest. If it’s true for health care, it’s also true for education.

The governor’s SBOE should not accept educational standards that mirror Common Core out of fear for how the Department of Education may react to uncommonly high standards that meet the needs of our student population!

The federal government accounts for approximately 10 percent of the revenues that fund our educational system, yet it wants to regulate 80 percent of what our schools teach and test. It’s time for the governor to lead this state out of the progressive education model of centralization and uniformity and allow the citizens of Indiana to meet the needs of our children.

David Read