Council candidate outlines his philosophy

My name is Paul Steury and I am running for County Council District 3. I am a father, a husband, a son, a citizen, one who thinks about sustainability, someone who appreciates art, someone who is involved in Goshen Marching Band, Goshen Swimming Incorporated, The Goshen Farmers Market, my wife and I own the Gift of GAB, I am someone who believes in “green” philosophy and economics, someone who sold solar for Solar Energy Systems, a friend of the city forester, the mayor of Goshen, county commissioner Yoder, state Rep. Wes Culver, the host of Goshen Green Drinks, the co-coordinator of Goshen’s Citizens’ Climate Lobby, believer and participant in the Elkhart County Food Council, someone who wants to think about continuous improvement the future.

I graduated from Bethany Christian High School, Goshen College, and received a master’s of science in Outdoor Resources Management with an emphasis in environmental education from IU Bloomington. I was a professor at Merry Lea, I taught at GMS and I was a purchaser at the Aluminum Trailer Company, so I could understand the for-profit world and the people who make that industry happen.

I would like Elkhart County to process decisions with the triple bottom line, which thinks of economics but also environmental justice and social equity.

I want to encourage companies to move to Elkhart County with green philosophies and environmental mindset to accentuate the recreational vehicle industry.

The current council of seven Republicans and 0 Democrats — our current council does not represent a large population of District 3. I believe in fair representation.

I want to listen with respect to Elkhart County citizens. Vote Steury.

Paul Steury, Goshen

Indiana constitutional amendment is not needed

Vote NO on the balanced budget amendment to the Indiana Constitution. It’s unnecessary. It’s a solution to a problem that does not exist.

If the amendment is approved, might this show that Indiana is a state of financial illiterates?

Ralph Spelbring, Elkhart

Evangelicals should re-think support for Trump

Evangelicals who support President Trump for reasons of political power have ignored one of the basic teachings of Jesus: “For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life?” (Matthew 16:26)

Trump evangelicals have cast their lot with a president who boasts of sexual assault and defends those who commit such acts, is a habitual liar, who separates families, uses vulgar language, is pro-gun, anti-gay, defends racists, gives tax breaks to the rich, wants to end health care, increase the defense budget when more is needed to help people out of poverty, stops aid to Palestinians when they are already suffering from Israeli oppression and wants to build a wall when the New Testament talks about breaking down walls.

In both the Old and New Testaments there are many passages that talk about breaking down walls and welcoming the stranger.

Trump and his evangelical friends have ignored the words of the prophet Micah: “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” If evangelicals support such views of Trump I have no interest in their religion.

This is written by an “old white guy” who believes the women when they claim sexual assault.

Myron Schrag, Goshen

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