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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, December 26, 2017 1:00 am


Faith essential element in Christmas season

I just read the well-written and interesting article by Jessica Grose in the Dec. 15 Journal Gazette. I believe we can all identify with the dilemma of trying to determine what to tell our children about what's truth and what's fantasy. As a Christian, I know my wife and I had a problem with that when our kids were small. I'm convinced that when they were very young they believed in Santa, although we did not make a big deal of it. It always bothered me that we were teaching them about what was really true as taught in Scripture but still allowing them to believe in Santa, maybe the tooth fairy and who knows what else that may or may not be true.

But what this is really all about is faith. The subheadline to the article says that the Santa Incident tests a 5-year-old's interfaith upbringing. That's really inaccurate because you have a mom who is a non-practicing Jew and a father who is a non-practicing Episcopalian. Faith includes believing. I don't know what these people believe in, but it does not seem to be the God I read about in my Bible.

Christmas is all about giving. My Bible says: “In the beginning, God...” And in the book of Proverbs and other places we are told of a coming Messiah. Then in John 3:16 we are told that “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son” so that those who believe in him might be saved from their sins and have everlasting life with him in Heaven. So if we miss that, we miss the whole point of what Christmas is all about. And I am so sorry for those who reject that message. And oh, by the way, my kids were able to sort out fact from fantasy and are faithful believers today, as are their children.

Dan Harlow

Fort Wayne

Feelings revealed

And the winner in the Sour Grapes category, with an honorable mention in the Begrudging category, is the Journal Gazette's above-the-fold headline on Dec. 17: “For GOP, tax cut is fiasco averted.” You may want to provide the headline writer a temporary safe space so they may recover from this emotionally traumatic assignment.

Bruce Cynar


Messer best prepared to join Senate

Earlier this year, Rep. Luke Messer gave a speech to the Indiana University College Republicans. There, he said the party must send forward its best candidate to face Joe Donnelly. Without a doubt, the right man for the job is Rep. Messer. Of the candidates, Messer is the best to both win the election and fulfill the party's platform. Once elected, he will work to reform health care, grow the economy and reduce spending.

As Messer has noted, the Senate is broken. Spending is out of control, the tax code is in need of an overhaul and the seven-year promise to repeal Obamacare needs to be realized. If elected, Messer has promised to do exactly that and has been a strong supporter of each position during his time in the House. In addition, he is a longtime advocate for increased school choice. He is the perfect man to represent the GOP in November.

The election this year will be fierce. Donnelly will have the party's full support. It is in the best interest of the Republican Party to send forward the best prepared candidate. Messer has been involved in state politics for two decades so he understands the state and its needs. All of this makes him an imposing force in both the primary and the general and the better option for the party to send forward.

Brett Heinisch



Have headlines?

As we near the year's end, we're looking forward to our tradition of sharing headlines we would like to see in the year ahead. A reader's January wish to see President Donald Trump delete his Twitter account missed the mark, but there's always next year.

We're inviting readers to submit headlines they would like to read in 2018. We'll select our favorites to share early next month. Send your suggestions to