Letters to the Editor 04-19-14

I think most people who have read Max Lucado’s writings can admire the pictures he paints with his words. His book “The Cross” is a compilation of several books he has written.
One part that stood out for me was: “The journey to the cross didn’t start in Galilee. It didn’t begin in Nazareth. It did not even begin in Bethlehem. The journey to the cross began long before. As the echo of the crunching of the fruit was still sounding in the garden, Jesus was leaving for Calvary.”
I wonder how many people truly celebrate the resurrection from the grave, realizing our Lord is eternally alive! As his followers, we shall be like him.
On that hill of death, there were three crosses. Jesus was on the center one that day, just as he is at the center of all things today. He is the one who stands between good and evil. Two criminals were crucified with him. One mocked him. The other asked to be remembered. Jesus told him, “Today, you will be with me in paradise.”
When the noon hour came, the sky grew black, and the veil in the temple was torn apart from top to bottom, and Jesus said, “It is finished.” I imagine the words were said, not in a weak whisper, but in a triumphant shout! A centurion standing by said, “Surely this was the Son of God.”
The lamb of God had given his life as a sacrifice for us. Three days later he came out of that tomb!
How will you celebrate this outstanding time in history? Brand new clothes? Big dinner with the family? Easter egg hunts? There is nothing wrong with those things, but please remember the who and the why behind this celebration.
Remember the crucifixion, and the fact that a tremendous price was paid that day on Calvary by a God who became man for the very purpose of dying in our place. What a gift of love!
Barbara J. Rice

The sad reality for Ohioans is whether Republicans or Democrats are in control, state spending exceeds inflation and population growth. While certain taxes may get lowered, other taxes rise in shell-game tactics to feed the ever-growing government.
Ohioans pay this tax either directly or indirectly. State and local governments do not suffer from lack of revenue, but from lack of restraint on spending.
It is time for Ohioans to have some real choices because today’s system allows party leaders to control who runs for office or receives a party appointment. They also control which pieces of legislation make it out of the Legislature. Parties endorse incumbents and do all they can to guarantee their endorsed candidate wins the primary.
These legislators are then indebted to the political party for legislation that gets to the floor and for re-election support. This system leads to politicians telling you what you want to hear and then doing what the party tells them to do.
Parties work to suppress who will be on the ballot as in the case of Libertarian Charlie Earl. Their motto in Mr. Earl’s words is, “Silence voices for fewer choices.”
The Republican slate card for Hancock County does not list all of the Republicans running in the primary, so, if you believe in choice, there are some new Republicans on the ballot.
Corey Shankleton is running for District 1 while Jim and Julie Horton are running for State Central Committee. They care about policy rather than party. All realize the dangers of common core, an untested education, dictated and financed through the federal government with Race to the Top Funds funneled to Ohio’s cash-strapped schools. They believe in limited government, right to bear arms, religious freedom, and rights of the unborn.
Please vote for statesmen and make this election about protecting the rights of the individual, protecting personal property rights, and upholding the Constitution of the United States. The time is right to elect statesmen over “yes” men.
Pamela Foreman

I tried to read Rachel Kingery’s letter (April 17) with an open mind.
I thought I might feel the word of God through one of his devout followers and jump on the bandwagon. Sadly, however, I did not feel anything.
I did see something, though. I saw the ignorance of what fundamental Christianity wants to teach our children.
This is what I got out of the letter: First, God is an American. Two, hate gays or you’ll go to hell. That’s all.
Have you ever heard that old Bob Dylan song, “The Times They Are a-Changin'”? They are, and most people are happy to accept a time when we won’t hate the way a person is for the color of their skin or for the person they choose to love in the name of God.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If you don’t support gay marriage, don’t marry a gay person.
There are kids committing suicide because they’re “a certain way” and Christian adults are telling them they are bad for it. There will always be bigotry from people who hate in the name of God.
Robert Morris

The Ukraine-Russia crisis has Congress rushing to consider legislation to accelerate exports of natural gas, which will increase U.S. natural gas and electricity prices. This is despite the fact that the U.S. will not have any LNG (liquefied natural gas) export terminals ready to ship until 2015, and that Ukraine does not have an import facility. The justification for such drastic action does not add up. So what is driving congressional action that could threaten Ohio’s 656,325 manufacturing jobs?
Even though the U.S. Department of Energy has already approved shipments of LNG equal to Qatar, the largest LNG exporter in the world, Congress is pushing ahead to export volumes over three times that size. Natural gas prices have already increased almost 20 percent in 2013 and the U.S. Energy Information Administration is forecasting a 42 percent rise by 2019. The concern is that high energy prices could stop the Ohio manufacturing renaissance that has created so many new jobs.
Last week, the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Power voted on H.R. 6, the “Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act,” and it passed by a vote of 15 to 11, with the support of Rep. Bob Latta.
The real reason is that the oil and gas industry is pushing Congress to accelerate exports so that they can increase natural gas prices here. This is exactly what happened in Australia, which has been exporting LNG for over a decade. Now, natural gas prices have tripled and manufacturing companies are closing their doors.
Congress should not accelerate LNG exports and risk higher energy costs for homeowners, farmers, and manufacturers.
Paul N. Cicio
Industrial Energy Consumers of America


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