Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 11, 2014

March 11, 2014: Letters to the editor


Kokomo Tribune

---- — Issue rests in hands of unelected judges

For years we have warned legislators and policy leaders that homosexual activists were seeking to force a new definition of marriage upon every church, school and business in Indiana. [Friday], a lawsuit [was] filed in the Southern federal court district of Indiana to overturn our laws that recognize marriage as not just any relationship, but as the special union of a man and a woman which benefits children and society like no other.

We knew this would happen when the Legislature sent the signal that it would not protect our laws with the final passage of the Marriage Protection Amendment this year. This issue now rests in the hands of unelected judges (just as a majority of our legislators wanted), rather than letting the people of Indiana decide the future of marriage.

Some politicians who insisted that a marriage protection amendment was not necessary or who voted to take this issue away from Hoosiers this fall will now have to explain their tragic decision.

Micah Clark

American FamilyAssociation of Indiana

Without prefunding, USPS turns profit

The Postal Service just released its financial figures for the first fiscal quarter of 2014 (October to December), and more than 100 percent of our losses are the onerous prefunding of retiree health care. The Postal Service would have earned a profit of $765 million if not for the prefunding albatross that is crippling the Postal Service. Operating revenue is increasing and operating expenses are decreasing, indicating the Postal Service is headed in the right direction.

The Postal Service’s unmatched networks and outstanding employees have made these striking results possible. And these trends augur well for the future, because they reflect the opportunities increasingly presented by the Internet and an improving economy. Package revenues resulting from online shopping rose by more than 14 percent this quarter — more than offsetting the small decline in letter revenue.

This quarter’s $765 million operating profit compares with the $100 million from the first quarter of 2013 — another sign of improving postal finances.

In light of these results, lawmakers should strengthen the postal network while addressing the remaining problem: the congressional mandate to prefund future retiree benefits required of no other public or private entity in the country. Degrading the network and reducing services to the public and businesses would jeopardize the postal turnaround.

Ronnie Roush

Carmel

Continuing to pray for the Drs. Wagoner

I will pray on for Dr. Don and Dr. Marilyn Wagoner.

They were my doctors. They helped me live on to be 72 years old.

I owe this to the both of them, no matter what the judge and court decides.

Shirley Wallace

Kokomo