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The Journal Gazette

Monday, September 10, 2018 1:00 am


Combining elections has savings, turnout benefits

Former Govs. Mitch Daniels, a Republican, and Joe Kernan, a Democrat, urged that city elections be combined with presidential elections.

Local elections for township and school boards are combined with midterm and presidential elections. That is a good process that makes those elections more representative of the voting population because of higher turnout. That process is also good because it saves millions of dollars statewide.

It is time to do as the former governors advocated and combine city elections with other elections, preferably lower-turnout midterm elections. This would make city elections more representative of the voting public but again save millions that cities could surely use to fix the coming potholes of winter.

Mike Boland


Pat Otten


Co-chairs, Hoosiers for Tomorrow

Imperfect leaders are our only earthly option

Steven D. Smith (Letters, Aug. 27) questions how Christianity can recover from the blows of news of the moral failure of priests in Pennsylvania and Donald Trump before he was elected president.

Moral failures are hard on the people affected by them. There can be no “turning a blind eye,” no matter who commits them. Moral failures are a sin. Covering up such offenses is as wrong as the original offense. There is a broad movement to remove coaches, political leaders and spiritual leaders who have abused those under their leadership. This is the right thing to do.

Having said this, I remind myself that we do not live in heaven yet. We live in an imperfect world. Every one of us is a sinner. We all need a savior who can not only forgive sin but restore the sinner. Christians see Jesus Christ as this savior.

If we demand moral purity from our leaders, then we must also demand it from ourselves. If only morally pure people are allowed to lead us, there would be no leaders, not even parents or teachers. We need leaders who have learned lessons from their failures and know now how to avoid the many moral traps found in everyday living. Christians follow a savior “who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet without sin.” Because he was tempted he can help us win despite our temptations.

Can Christians follow imperfect political or religious leaders? Are there any other kind? The good news is, God can use a broken yet humble parent to successfully raise healthy children. He can use ordinary people to guide the rest of us in our public lives. He has been doing this for thousands of years and we pray he will continue to lead those who lead us, in spite of their failures and weaknesses. Do we have any other option?

John Motter

Fort Wayne

McCain's final words leave us with hope

John McCain, an American war hero, earned the respect and gratitude of our nation, enduring years of beatings and torture as a prisoner of war. He continued his service to the country he loved as a US senator for 30 years. 

Our president didn't consider McCain's service and sacrifice to our country heroic. In Donald Trump's own words: “He's not a war hero.” “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured.”

Trump received five deferments from the military draft during the Vietnam War.

McCain's parting words give hope: “Do not despair of our present difficulties,” he wrote. “But believe always in the promise and greatness of America because nothing is inevitable here.”

God is good, truth will prevail.

Lorrie Sordelet

Fort Wayne