Try to imagine what it would be like to be on a jury here, evaluating all the views expressed in The Courier.

What interests me most are the views on facts or interpretations of these I haven’t heard before, causing me to see some situation anew.

While our public and most of our private behavior in Findlay seems to be guided by a Christian-informed code of conduct, the beliefs behind this conduct seem much more variable than the conduct itself.

The Good Samaritan parable seems to be the most inclusive of the parables, regarding ethical behavior in doing the right thing for its own sake in this world, and not for some reward in the next. It is not the only parable, since no one parable can entirely capture the whole spirit of the Bible, but it may be the most relevant in these divisive times.

A friend of mine, dying from cancer, helped me understand my own life better when he summarized his life in a single view before he died.

Who we are, he said, is where we were when, showing the importance of our root experiences from birth forward. These experiences are not identical in even the same family.

And who would we be if born with the same family and genes at a different time and place, in the South say, versus the North, or in the Mideast instead of here, or in the ’30s instead of the ’60s or the Middle Ages.

The best we can do under these circumstances is to give witness to our own experience, versus seeking to universalize our own experience for everyone.

In democratizing our different experiences, we end up having not only many religions, but many different denominations in a single religion.

We also naturally end up with different wings of a single political party, and dissenting 5-4 decisions on the Supreme Court. As a result, we end up in a country called America, which values both what we have in common as well as our honest differences.

Tom Murphy



I have never in 80 years written to the editor about anything or anybody until now.

Today, I feel compelled to give you my thoughts on one of the candidates for representative of the 83rd District here in Ohio — Jon Cross.

I have known Jon for most of his life and can assure you there is no finer person to represent us. His broad knowledge, dedication, energy and Christian approach to everything is what I want in anyone seeking to represent me in public office.

I know of no one more capable than Jon. I firmly believe we need his conservative leadership in Columbus and strongly urge you to join me in voting for Jon for this important position.

You will not be disappointed with his performance. He will be a tireless worker for our rights and make these counties a better place to live and work for all of us and his wife and young boys.

Vote for Jon.

Jim Pruden



Below are some of the many things President Trump has suggested or promised would happen:

• Obama was not born in the United States.

• A thousand Muslims danced in the street celebrating 9-11.

• Mexico will pay for the wall.

• He knows more about ISIS than the generals.

• NATO is an obsolete organization.

• His first agenda as president would be to investigate and prosecute Hillary.

• Three to five thousand people voted illegally.

• He won the largest electoral vote since Reagan.

• The largest crowd ever attended his inauguration.

• His State of the Union speech was heard by the largest national audience.

• That Sweden has a terrorist problem.

• That Obama wiretapped the Trump Tower.

• That 100 percent of pipeline steel will be made in the USA.

• That he told Canada’s prime minister a false story.

Remember, a lie is not a lie if you believe it.

William Steinman



I was hoping someone would refute a statement from Jim Flechtner (letter, April 2) when he wrote that none of the gospel writers ever met Jesus. That is simply not true.

Matthew, Mark and John were all disciples called by Jesus and followed him during his entire ministry. Luke may not have been a direct disciple, but he faithfully recorded information he got from eyewitness accounts, much like a court recorder would do today.

How many biographies or memoirs are written years after the fact and might be based on indirect information? Do you believe them? How do you know that the Gospel writers didn’t keep any type of journal?

Even if they didn’t, the things they witnessed were most likely indelibly etched in their memories.

Imagine that 2,000 years from now, all hard evidence (facts) of 9-11 had somehow been totally obliterated and only four or five written eyewitness accounts remained. Would anyone believe it really happened?

Joel B. Harris