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READER POINT OF VIEW: Coming to Terms with Goshen’s ‘Sundown Town’ History
As Prof. Ervin Beck’s letter stated in Wednesday’s edition of the News, I inadvertently perpetuated a local legend in my Sept. 4 letter (“Two steps toward civil discourse”). I said that Marian Anderson, an internationally renowned African American singer, “needed to stay at the Hotel Elkhart” after performing at Goshen College in 1958 because of Goshen’s “‘sundown law’ tradition.”
Rieth Park makes a splash
For many Goshen News subscribers the delightful front page photo in the Aug. 30 issue, taken at the Rieth Park splash pad is a familiar scene. Residents of this neighborhood, plus many people from the surrounding area, enjoy the splash pad and this pleasant park.
We are grateful for the leadership of Park Superintendent, Sheri Howland who had the foresight to add the splash pad. It has enriched the opportunities for neighbors to meet and children to get acquainted when enjoying the cool spray on a hot day.
Those who stand for Biblical truths should speak up
I am responding to an article published in The Goshen News Sept. 5 stating that Megan Robertson has left her job as an organizer for the Republican Party and is putting all her energy and resources as campaign manager for the new Freedom Indiana coalition. This organization has been developed to fight for “gay rights;” in other words, marriage between same-sex individuals.
Friends, family can prevent suicides
Tuesday was World Suicide Prevention Day. Every year more than 1 million people worldwide end their lives by suicide. That equals one death every 40 seconds. The number of suicides worldwide exceeds the number of homicides and deaths as a result of war. In the United States, more than 38,000 people end their lives by suicide. In Indiana the number is well over 800 and in Elkhart County the average over several years is 17 per year. As of September 2013, the number has already reached 13.
Don't smoke with kids around
I would like to take this opportunity to raise awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke.
Murder charges send bad message
While reading The Goshen News, I decided to try and get my voice heard (with a letter) since I don’t have a computer and didn’t vote in the online poll (Aug. 25 — Did three Elkhart County youths deserve a murder conviction for the death of their friend during a robbery attempt in Elkhart?).
Volunteers can help change the world
I would like to applaud our hard-working volunteers in our community who support many worthwhile causes and I am urging all members to consider donating a small amount of time each month to making a difference in the lives of others. Share your love of animals through a pet therapy program, your gift of music, or just sit and hold a hand.
No more war, Mr. President
Mr. President: Heed the call of war-weary Americans — “No U.S. air strike on Syria.”
Two steps toward civil discourse
Here in early September I’d like to express appreciation for two contributions The News made in August to civil discourse regarding racial issues: your Aug. 4 editorial “School board drops the ball” and your Aug. 28 transcript of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
We live in an empire of lies
Last week, the cheerleader for war, Bill O’Reilly of Fox News, became very frustrated with two retired Army Colonels on his show.
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