Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

December 21, 2012

Letters to the editor - Friday, Dec. 21, 2012

Farewell, Howard County

In the last four years, I have been very blessed to have served the people of Howard County as a commissioner. In my lifetime, I have been able to travel a little and do a lot and believe it or not, I would include my time as commissioner in the Top 10 list of adventures I am glad I have experienced — so far.

To all county employees, I say thank you for your hard work and deification. My only regret in this job these last four years is being unable to convince others that you have earned and much deserve an increase in your wages. To each of you that I have worked closely with, you have helped me be a better commissioner and a better person. From the bottom of my heart I say thank you (I hope you know who you are). To quote the great Indiana labor leader Eugene Debs, “When I rise, it will be with the ranks not from the ranks.” Being a Howard County employee, if only for a short time, has lifted me.

To the folks of Howard County, I say “thank you” for your vote four years ago and since then for letting me know how you feel on any given issue. I hope I have represented you well. Deciding very early on not to seek re-election enabled me to be an independent beholding onto the to taxpayer — not to any special interest group, media outlet, self-serving elected official or organized party. As you may know, I am a Democrat but I believe that the people are best represented by a healthy two-party system. When one party in th county is not strong, the other party will rule unchecked and I hope my party will work smart to more balance the scale. I believe it will make for a better community.

Most of all, I want to thank my wonderful wife for her sage advice, making me laugh, her unique outlook on county government (including politicians) and putting up with me these last four years.

No goodbyes just good memories. May God bless Howard County and her employees and may God bless the United States of America.

Bill Thompson, Howard County commissioner

We’re living in an evil world

In reading my Bible today, I was re-reminded about another mass murder and senseless killing of little children. King Herod ordered the death of all males two and under living in or near Bethlehem. Trying to protect his power he thought he could thwart God.

With our human minds we can never understand why the Newtown murders happened. I understand however that because of living in a sinful world, evil will always have an influence that pulls us away from a more godly life. John Murdock lost an election because he in-artfully stated God controls our universe. I believe in an all-powerful, all-knowing God. Before time begin God knew those innocent people in Newton would be murdered by evil of this world. We have free will. We were not created robots nor are we puppets for some celestial puppeteer.

As we all race toward Christmas Day ponder as Mary did and my hope is you realize that despite the horror and pain of the last few days The Greatest Miracle will be celebrated again. God came to earth to allow us to be realigned with Himself.

We will never remove the sin and pain of our human existence but we can make it infinitely so much more bearable with Jesus Christ integrated into our lives. Celebrate the reason for the season and let the Christ child light up you life and your eternity.

Mike Moran, Kokomo