Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Letters to the Editor

February 9, 2014

LETTERS FOR FEB. 9, 2014: State threatens septic regulations

Indiana Senate Bill 107 threatens pubic health and environmental progress. Under the veil of “streamlining,” the bill moves regulatory authority of septic systems from the Indiana State Department of Health to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. But that’s not were the controversy lies. The bill eliminates Indiana’s current septic code (410 IAC 6-8.3) — along with its 23 years of collaboration and fine-tuning — and replaces it with unknown rules that will be written by the Environmental Rules Board. Most members of this 16-person board are appointees from the governor’s office. Only a few of them have backgrounds related to public health or environmental protection.

This bill has passed the Senate 41-4 and is now being considered in the House.

Either uninformed lawmakers are buying into this “streamlining” nonsense, or they are simply putting their political ideologies above the public’s health.

Please contact your state representative and tell them to vote “NO” on SB 107.

— Stuart Meade

Meade Septic Design Inc.

Goshen

Basic Hebrew/Christian beliefs

With due respect to Elkhart County Commissioner Mike Yoder, an elected public servant, this question should be asked regarding an article in the Feb. 3 edition of The Goshen News, “Commissioner finds evidence of marriage amendment attempt from 1851.” Does he not know that his own denomination is trying to redefine marriage? It is by calling pastors who are in one gender relationships, and by certain people asking the church to change its policy regarding the union of man and woman. Indeed, the state would not be defining marriage, only issuing a license. The church does not define marriage, it is only required to uphold what God’s word has already established.

And we should be aware of false teachers who are trying to redefine Jesus’ atonement for sin, because of the unpeaceful way in which he was crucified. To me, this is the ultimate offense against our Lord who suffered and died to save us. These beliefs — marriage and atonement for sin — are very, very basic Hebrew/Christian beliefs (see Genesis 2:24-25 and Genesis 3:15). They predate any of those religions.

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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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