— Ken Blinco
Long-term unemployment benefits help the economy
As of early February, long-term unemployment has gone over 3.5 million people. Due to legislative impotence, our Congress has denied these individuals claims to unemployment benefits, despite studies showing this inaction by lawmakers is harmful to the economy. Our politicians continue to make excuses and avoid the topic.
A possible solution that might appease politicians on both sides of the aisle would be to shore up six months of unemployment benefits for those who need them while also buying time for representatives to consider the option to institute an effective back-to-work program. There continues to be a high demand for a work force in the IT industry, but obtaining training and skills in the field can be difficult and expensive. If we are concerned about giving the unemployed a “free ride” we should focus on viable options to get people back to work.
In the meantime I want to encourage everyone to contact their senators and representatives, especially Indiana Sen. Dan Coats, who could be a deciding vote on this issue. Please ask them to support extending long-term unemployment because it is the right thing to do and will encourage economic growth.
— Josh Nesbitt
‘Gay marriage’ is fornication
There is no such thing as gay marriage. It is fornication; it is unnatural; it manifests the nature that characterizes all of mankind. It is not normal; it is sin; it does not conform to God’s standard.
Our jails and prisons are filled with men and women who have sinned. It was not God’s design when he created man.
The good news is found in the word of God. The Apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, wrote, “For I delivered unto you that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures; and that he was buried and that he arose the third day according to the Scriptures” (I Corinthians 15:3-4).