Letters to the Editor 04-24-14

HITE SUPPORTS HEARTBEAT BILL
There has been misinformation circulating about Sen. Cliff Hite’s involvement in the Ohio Heartbeat Bill, the bill that would protect unborn babies from abortion after a heartbeat is detected.
To many people’s way of thinking, this is Ohio’s most practical incremental bill to help protect the unborn and their mothers. The bill was passed in the Ohio House and stalled in the Senate last session.
The information being spread that Sen. Hite has actually been working against the bill is absolutely false. He has been a stalwart defender and spokesperson for the Heartbeat Bill.
He continues to do all that he can do to influence consideration by his colleagues.
He has received the endorsements of Ohio ProLife Action, the organization initiated to pass the Heartbeat Bill, and Ohio Right to Life.
Many of us who worked closely with the Heartbeat Bill can tell you that Sen. Hite worked tirelessly to influence his fellow senators and the leadership. He is but one of 33 Ohio senators, however, and he does not have the power to force action by the Senate president or the speaker of the House.
We remain grateful for Sen. Hite’s support and hopeful that all efforts to move the Heartbeat Bill forward will be realized in the near future.
Danielle Greene
Findlay

WHAT HAS THE YMCA BECOME?
The YMCA was a place for the entire family to go spend quality time together. They had great programs for families. Over the past 16 months, it is becoming more of a fitness center than a community center. I have been involved with the YMCA in Findlay for the past 24 years as a volunteer. Over the 24 years, the YMCA has become a very important part of my life. I have given my time to the youth of Findlay by teaching them a valuable skill through judo. I have volunteered over 15,000 hours. I’ve seen the youth grow into great citizens of the community.
It is amazing how things can change so quickly. Now, the new YMCA CEO/director says I don’t believe in the mission of the YMCA and my volunteer service is over. It is because I don’t believe in his actions and stood up to him. It isn’t because I lost the purpose or mission of the YMCA.
He is a dictator who feels he can do what he thinks is best. This didn’t just happen to me. Over the past 16 months, the YMCA has lost some great employees and volunteers.
It is amazing after 24 years I have lost the mission of the YMCA. How could that be?
I still volunteer at the Lima YMCA as the judo instructor. As a matter of fact, I won the volunteer service award for many years. How I could lose the mission of the YMCA in one YMCA and not the other? The sad part is, I reached out to the board of directors of the Findlay YMCA and no one reached back.
The board is blind to what is really going on. I hope someone will wake up before it is too late, and we lose a great place called the YMCA.
Mark Hunter
Bluffton

SHE’S ON BOARD WITH HATS
In view of the criticism HATS received at the public meeting Tuesday, I just want to applaud them for the wonderful service they provide.
Because of my husband’s illness, we moved back from Tennessee to be near our sons. I was transporting him to Birchaven adult care two days a week. He has Parkinson’s and getting him in and out of his wheelchair, etc., was so difficult. I saw others coming in the HATS bus, but never dreamed they would come to Arlington.
When I inquired, they readily set us up on a regular basis. We have found the drivers so kind and helpful and the office personnel so accommodating.
In any service, there are always ways to improve, but that shouldn’t overshadow the good that is being done. Thank you, Hancock County, for this wonderful service!
Mitzi Mills
Arlington

GOD IS HOLY; SIN IS SIN
Building on Rachel Kingery’s letter (April 17), it’s true that sex sins are an abomination to God. Other abominations include “a proud look” and “a lying tongue.” (Prov. 6:16-17).
From the vertical, biblical perspective of a white-hot holy creator God, “whose name is Jealous” (Ex. 34:14) and who is “a consuming fire” (Deut. 4:24), “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10) “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).
It’s laughable for any of us to think we’ll be able to stand before a holy God and boast of our righteousness. He sees our every thought. He’ll hardly be impressed when we point a finger at someone else and say, “At least I never did that sin.”
Just like the Hebrews at the first Passover, our only hope of salvation is to put our faith and trust in the covering blood of the lamb: “in whom we have redemption through his blood” (Col. 1:14 KJV — blood reference removed from modern Bibles). Jesus is our only ticket into heaven, the only one who died for us — and proved his deity by rising again the third day after his crucifixion.
So quit worshipping man.
Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me.”
We need to turn from all the man-made traditions and corruption of today’s church, give up our sub-pagan, post-Christian ideas of what “Christianity” looks like. Our minds need to be converted from a worldly perspective to a vertical, biblical one: the pure truth of the prophets and the eyewitness testimony of the people who knew Jesus firsthand, the disciples.
Janice Johnston
Findlay

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