Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

November 26, 2013

Nov. 27, 2013: Letters to the editor

Kokomo Tribune

---- — World ‘trying to turn its back on God’

President Obama couldn’t make it out to Gettysburg, Pa., for the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address because of a scheduling conflict. He was asked by filmmaker Ken Burns, who was making a documentary on the address, to read and record it. Lincoln wrote several different versions of his address, some contained the words “under God” and some did not. The version chosen for President Obama to read did not have “under God” in it.

Later President Obama gave President Kennedy’s Presidential Medal of Freedom award to Astronaut Sally Ride posthumously. He quoted her as having said, “Girls need role models too. You cannot be what you cannot see.”

Our government, founded by men who learned of God as he was revealed to them in the Bible, needs to refer to God in its functions, and thus reflect the foundation on which our existence is based. President Obama had an excellent opportunity to do this, by choosing to read a version of the Gettysburg Address that contained the words “under God”, instead of reading a version that did not.

“You cannot be what you cannot see.” God used that principle when he sent Jesus in human form, and our government should use it to teach and remind us of not only who we are, but how and why we are here. Not all of us understand this, and if we see and hear from our leaders about what kind of a nation we are and the kind of government that runs it, maybe more of us will be able to come into a reality of what that means, and help our nation to “long endure” in a world seemingly trying to turn its back on God.

What we need are leaders who themselves understand the foundational principles of our country and are willing to acknowledge them.

Jeff Hatton


Postal Service made a profit in FY 2013

The United States Postal Service reported an operating profit of $600 million for the just-completed 2013 fiscal year — without a dime of taxpayer money. USPS earns its revenue by selling stamps. This shows the Postal Service is positioned for a strong comeback if lawmakers act sensibly by addressing the pre-funding fiasco they created and by freeing the Postal Service to use its universal retail and delivery networks to innovate and grow.

USPS, which provides Americans and their businesses with the industrial world’s most affordable delivery network, is headed in the right direction.

Yet, the pre-funding mandate continues to drag it down. In 2006, Congress mandated the Postal Service pre-fund future retiree health care for the next 75 years and pay for it in a 10-year period. This annual $5.5 billion charge accounts for more than 80 percent of all the postal red ink you hear about — and 100 percent in 2013! No other agency or company is required to pre-fund for even one year.

Rather than cut services that American homes and businesses rely on, such as Saturday and door-to-door delivery, Congress should eliminate the manufactured pre-funding crisis. Lawmakers who advocate a slash-and-shrink approach would destroy an agency that is older than the country itself, is rooted in the Constitution, supports 7.5 million private-sector jobs, and is critical to our economy.

Please tell your representative to preserve the Postal Service by ending pre-funding. Congress created this crisis, and Congress can fix it.

Ronnie Roush