Amid shopping, take time to give to those in need
As chair of the Executives Association of United Way Agencies, I want to encourage people to support Giving Tuesday. After celebrating Thanksgiving, we focus on holiday shopping with Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Dec. 3 is a nationwide call to action, a new day to remember the meaning of the giving season. There are many needs and many great effective programs attempting to meet those needs. All of them could use more money or items to reach more people in need. Please take time to donate to your favorite cause, maybe even reach out to a new one, and give a little extra. The United Way list of affiliated agencies and the BBB-accredited nonprofit agencies meet ethical standards which make them great investments. See www.unitedwayallencounty.org or www.northernindiana.bbb.org to see a list of these agencies. We all wish you and your families a very happy and meaningful holiday season.
BECKY WEIMERSKIRCH Fort Wayne
U.S. politics takes on Orwellian overtones
Left-leaning pundits, such as Eugene Robinson (Nov. 24) hailed the nuclear option as an important step in ensuring a fair, democratic outcome to the presidents nominations. How short his memory is! In 2005 a Democratic filibuster was used to block President Bushs judicial nominees and Republicans threatened to change Senate rules using the nuclear option to confirm the nominees. At that time Robinson decried the Republican threat to use the nuclear option, viewing it as a power grab and a threat to democracy.
When one party, regardless of which one it is, has the power to run roughshod over the other, a good outcome rarely ensues. The debacle of Obamacare is a case in point. The law was passed without a single Republican vote and without significant input from the Republican Party. Now, judges, Cabinet appointees and other executive nominees will be the product of the same one-sided process, most likely with equally disastrous outcomes. How long will it be before Democrats extend their nuclear option to legislation and Supreme Court nominees when they think Republicans are obstructing the process?
Every American should read George Orwells Animal Farm and heed its lessons. We are on our way to becoming the farm depicted in Orwells novel where elitist politicians make decisions for us with little or no room for dissent. Ask yourself if this is really what you wish for your future.
KENNETH S. BORDENS Fort Wayne
Marriage discrimination exists, should continue
The institution of marriage is discriminatory by its very nature. State government does not recognize polygamy, marriage between close relatives or marriages between adults and children. While we have been told that discrimination is inherently bad, that is not always the case, and those examples illustrate where discrimination is a positive thing.
The question the legislature is considering with HJR-6 is not whether to discriminate, but to what extent state government will discriminate in how marriage is recognized by government.
Marriage was created by God. Man does not have the right to redefine what God has defined for us. Jesus reinforced his fathers plan for marriage in Matthew 19:5 when he said: For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh.
If we abandon the traditional Christian definition of marriage, what rational basis is there for not further expanding marriage? Homosexual marriage threatens freedom of religion and association. We have already seen government punish private business owners in Colorado and New Mexico for refusing to participate in homosexual weddings. Recognizing homosexual marriage is about mandatory acceptance, not tolerance.
Let us vote on the marriage amendment.
SCOTT TIBBS Bloomington