Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Letters to the Editor

December 27, 2013

LETTERS FOR DEC. 27, 2013: Rep. Culver speaks the truth

Thank you, (State Rep.) Wes Culver for speaking truth and standing up for your people (Point of view, The Goshen News, Dec. 21). Our Elkhart County officials could take some lessons on your generosity, rather than the greed that expels from our county commissioners.

The money spent on our present jail was unnecessary and fell on deaf ears when spoken to the county officials. When we allow men to be restored it will reduce the recidivism rate drastically. As prisoners are restored this reduces taxes needed for your county, as most of the money spent goes to the judicial system.

I believe with a drug court established and a larger facility for Teen Challenge we can see this goal reached. We are very blessed to have Andy Collins and the team of NCI Teen Challenge in the work they are providing to see these men restored. I would hope our communities would want to support this team as they turn the lives of these men around, as they want to serve their communities in whatever God calls them to.

Again, my thanks goes to Wes Culver, as well as (U.S. Rep.) Jackie Walorski, (Indiana Gov.) Mike Pence and many others who walk the walk of faith

— Serita Miner

Goshen

Lend an ear

This letter is a sad update to the increase in deaths by suicide in Elkhart County for 2013. Back in July one of our coalition members wrote that we had 12 deaths. I am sad to report the number has increased to 18.

We are all affected by this number. It is hard to comprehend and understand the causes of suicide. There is no one indicator, but numerous reasons have been given over the years. We know that depression and especially feelings of hopelessness are involved. Loss of self worth and believing that no one cares certainly enter into thoughts of despair.

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Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

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