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Cancer research fundraiser is set for September

In 1997, I was the assistant coach to Conrad Cierniak, as we volunteered our time at St. Charles School. We coached teams that included our daughters and my son over several years. Our children and basketball combined to build a friendship between the Peters and the Cierniaks that continues today.

In December 2009, Conrad lost his battle to prostate cancer at age 54.

In 2011, we held the first Conrad Cierniak Memorial, a golf outing and silent auctionfor cancer research.

In the first two years, we have raised $21,000 on behalf of the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center. Dr. Noah Hahn, at the IU School of Medicine, has reported on significant recent progress in distinguishing clinically aggressive lethal prostate cancer. It is rewarding that our local efforts are contributing to progress at a leading medical research organization to fight this disease.

The 2013 Conrad Cierniak Memorial Outing is scheduled for Sept. 8 at Chestnut Hills Golf Course. If you would like to contribute in any way, contact either Patti Cierniak at 2108 White Plains Court, Fort Wayne, IN 46815 or or Rex Peters at


Ritzís next election should be for governor

Does the new law for bullying count for elected officials? Probably not. Tony Bennett lost the election. The people of Indiana have spoken. We want change in our school system. We need to put our tax dollars back into the public school system and support our children and our teachers.

It was after the election that Gov. Mike Pence stated that the buck stops at the governor’s desk. Since that is the case, maybe next election we can hear Glenda Ritz for Governor. Then she can change this continuing problem and waste of tax dollars for charter schools.


Selective reading allows biblical defense of gays

The grave danger and, ultimately, immense evil of using the Bible as a book of suggestions or as one’s starting point cannot be more clearly illustrated than in John P. Gardner’s Feb. 25 piece (“Rollback of ban on gays fulfills Scouts’ mission”). Gardner’s primary defense of permitting homosexuals in the Boy Scouts is that the Scouts ought to be “inclusive,” just like his denomination. Gardner conveniently ignores at least two equally plain Bible truths – repentance and holiness.

Repentance is God’s timeless and universal remedy for sin. It is a change of heart and mind that results in a change of life. Of the multitude of Bible passages that teach this truth, none is more clear than the words of 1 Corinthians 6 where the apostle Paul lists 10 specific sins of the unrighteous – including homosexuality and sodomy – then states “and such were some of you.”

Because the need for repentance is universal and the remedy for sin – the Gospel – is for every creature of all nations, the body of people saved by the Gospel, the church, is unquestionably inclusive. This, however, does not negate or permit one to ignore this simple truth firmly embedded in Scripture – God’s people are to be holy, because the Lord God is holy.

The psalmist declared that the sum of God’s word is truth. Gardner’s piece sadly illustrates what happens when one decides that only some of God’s word is truth. There’s a world of difference between sum and some.