Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

September 18, 2012

Letters to the editor - Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012

City should offer second container

We were recently annexed into the city of Kokomo. In so doing, our city governance proclaimed the advantages to both the city and her citizens.

On Aug. 31, we finally received our new trash container. It is 25 percent smaller in volume than our previous Wabash Valley container. Since we currently use two Wabash Valley containers, we immediately requested the opportunity to acquire a second container ... even if it had to be purchased. We were told we could only have one.

I can only assume the city officials who have established this plan must live alone. Whoever is responsible cannot possibly understand the refuse requirements of a family of three or four of five or more.

What really troubles us, in a city where our leaders cannot seem to attract good jobs, where our children are graduating from high school or college and then staying or returning home with little or no employment opportunities, there remains little concern and no plan.

In our home, we have five adults living and paying taxes, yet we can only employ a single trash container? We believe we pay our share of property taxes for our five bedroom home and the city, coupled with our generous contribution to state and local taxes, should warrant the provision of a second rubbish vessel.

Mark Pumel, Kokomo

Only God can heal our nation today

The election is just a few weeks away. May I remind you to think before you vote.

Everybody is saying finances are the key issue. Are they? Should it be taking God out of everything, such as schools and government? The Democrats left God out of their platform and then decided they should put him back in. It took three votes to get it accomplished.

So many sins are being accepted instead of being condemned – abortion and homosexuality – and God says they are wrong.

Christians, we must stand up and speak up, as we have been quiet too long. Remember the people we love, it’s the sin we hate. We don’t want them lost, and if nobody speaks up, they will be.

It says in the Bible in II Chronicles 7:14: “If my people which are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and will heal their land.”

Christians, we need to be praying hard. Instead of kicking God out of our country, we need to be praying for him to help us. God is the one who can heal our land.

It is going to be bad if we don’t, so pray, if not for yourself and your kids and grandkids.

God bless America. Pray.

Marlyn Brown, Wabash