Actions contrary to Christian faith

In reply to the editorial titled, “A witness for Christ” of Aug. 26, the writer states that President Obama must be a Christian because of the things that he says. It is true that many of the things that he says are in line with Christian beliefs.

However, making such statements in itself does not make one a Christian, any more than me saying that I am president of the United States makes me the president. Only God knows for sure what is in a person’s heart.

However, many of President Obama’s actions are contrary to basic Christian beliefs and therefore do not make him a good witness for the Christian faith.

William Waggoner

Kokomo

Schools get better when parenting does

I’ve read many articles lately regarding the sad state of our educational system. Teachers have been blamed and threatened as a result of failing test scores and overall academic underachievement.

I grew up in a time when parents actually taught their children how to behave at home and at school. Manners and respect were not optional; they were expected. My dad used to say that “I run 817,” which was our home address and the four of us kids knew that was exactly the case.

No amount of money from the state or anyone else is going to make up for the lack of parenting in the home. During the 2009-2010 school year, I was a substitute teacher for Kokomo-Center Schools, and the amount of disrespect that I witnessed would have made Douglas Hogan Jr. and Douglas “Dan” Hogan III ashamed and upset.

Parents must take responsibility for teaching their children to respect not only adults but people in general. Teachers have a difficult time teaching when they have to spend 50 percent of the class time continually asking 9- to 15-year-old kids to please be quiet and pay attention. The response is often more talking and much attitude.

There is a sense of entitlement and expectation that the teacher will conform instead of the student. Schools will become better when the parenting does.

Until then, every one of us will pay the price for the lack of what my mother calls home-training.

Ahronda James

Kokomo

Chrysler must prove quality to consumers

A rapid solution to any problem is the best answer. The complaint that too many people buy foreign cars made by a Chrysler employee should be looked at a little deeper. Chrysler is now owned by Fiat, an Italian automobile company. That makes Chrysler a foreign car.

But to go deeper, this trend began in the early 1970s when there was a gas shortage. At that time the Big Three American auto companies did not make economical autos. The Japanese did. Hence, the door was opened.

In the following years, American consumers learned the Japanese stressed quality. That was an idea that the Big Three did not stress. They have since, but too little too late.

While the drive to perfection has been engaged by the Big Three auto companies, the perception in consumers’ minds is the Japanese still make a higher quality vehicle.

During this same time frame, there were many quality questions about U.S.-made cars. I had a 1976 pickup truck that had no floor boards. They had rusted away, however, the carpet was very strong.

There is also the concept of consumer loyalty. A consumer buys a product, is very satisfied with that product, and will buy that product again.

If people are to buy Chrysler products, Chrysler will have to overcome the perception that foreign cars are higher quality. Another thing that might help is to compete in the market against everyone in the market. If you watch, the Japanese compete against the Japanese, and the Americans compete against other Americans.

Americans don’t compete against the Japanese, Korean or European car companies.

Ed Roberts

Windfall

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