Stutzman must accede to wishes of majority
While I understand Rep. Marlin Stutzmans need to stick to his opinions, there is a process that his position has been bound to adhere to since the beginning of our republic. For better or worse, the needs of the many outweigh those of the few, and at times a unique ideology does not represent the wishes of a majority. Decisions are made at times that we do not like, and in this great land of ours, the process that makes things become law has to remain as it is, barring changes to that process.
These days, this decision has been made 40 times, and continuing to call for the bargaining table appears to an average Joe Indiana resident to be an attempt to circumvent our legislative process. Is this shutdown really about this one issue, the historic Affordable Care Act, already debated, compromised, and signed into law, and then upheld 40 times in partisan challenges, or is it an ideological showdown, which calls for the dismantling of our legislative process?
I do not support a dismantling of the American legislative process. As a veteran, voter and lifetime Indiana resident, I have spent my adult life safeguarding this process and do not support ending it in favor of a small politically motivated group whose divisive ideals I do not share. Indianas 3rd District has plenty of problems that require attention from a federal representative, and there are very few of us who would advocate withdrawing from its protection. Please do what is necessary to end the federal government shutdown.
CURTIS J. NASH Fort Wayne
Send fellow rodeo clowns to Stutzman’s assistance
When bull riders in rodeos get bucked off and may get trampled, they send in the clowns. Now that congressional Republicans are in a bit of trouble, we sent in Marlin Stutzman.
The similarity is astounding!
JIM TOWNSEND Warsaw
Pond, Wyss departures mark end of an era
About 20 years ago, I started a family tradition of sending our grandchildren to Indianapolis as pages for our area legislators. The young ones started with a dear family friend, Gloria Goeglein, in the House. As the kids got older, they paged for another good friend, Richard Worman, in the Senate.
When Goeglein died, the young ones paged for Phyllis Pond. When Worman retired from the Senate, our kids paged for another good friend, Tom Wyss. With the passing of Pond and Wyss announced retirement at the end of this coming session, it will end one era.
I enjoyed taking them to Indianapolis, sitting in the gallery and walking the hall between the House and Senate as much as the kids did paging.
This coming session begins a new era. The first of my great-grandchildren will be paging for someone. I dont know whom yet, but they wont be the giants my grandchildren had the honor of paging for.
JAMES DEL GROSSO Fort Wayne
Newspaper engages in skewering Christians
Reza Aslans article on Jesus Christ (Oct. 4) got me to thinking. Is The Journal Gazette going to print a piece about the five myths of Mohammad? Or once again are the Christians going to be dissed because we are taught to turn the other cheek? It sure is funny that Christians can be skewered in the media, but heaven forbid someone says one thing against the Muslims, Aslans religion.
Tolerance, love, patience, caring and reaching out to those in need are taught throughout the Bible. That is the most important thing to know about Jesus Christ and his teachings.
LISA ANDERSON Fort Wayne