---- — 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
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.
As our life seems to get busier, I think what helps is to slow down and know life is not hopeless, but life is having hope, is a core of family and friends that care about my well-being. This is not to say that I don’t experience feelings of self doubt and occasional thoughts of depression. It is that I have learned coping mechanisms to deal with those times in my life.
If we can reach out and help just one other person in 2014, just think about the potential for an enriched mental health atmosphere in Elkhart County. Truly being our brother’s and sister’s listening ear costs little. Doing nothing because we think it is not our responsibility may have great cost.
— Jim Smith
Community advocate for the Elkhart County Suicide prevention coalition
Pray to the father
When Jesus Christ’s disciples asked Him, “Lord, teach us to pray,” He replied, “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.”
The Father-Son relationship is frequently referred to throughout the Gospels. If Jesus could address the Almighty God as Father, that is good enough for me. I would not attempt to improve upon it.
For the feminists who choke on the word “father” and/or any masculine pronoun, I think Jesus is praying for them as he did for those who slew him at Golgotha; He prayed, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
— John Stalter