Liberty for all — liberty for real
There has been much debate recently over the HJR-3 same-sex marriage ban in Indiana. My reason for writing today is not so much to give my opinion on the topic, but to make sure that those who are giving theirs are being consistent.
Those against HJR-3 seem to be using the term “liberty” a lot these days. I believe some signs that I have seen read “Liberty for All.” I could not agree more on this belief. What a person does is their own business as long as they are not hurting anyone else directly.
Hearing phrases like this make me wonder if the people using it actually believe in the term, or is it only when it fits in with their beliefs that they want it applied.
Too many of us in the world want liberty and freedom applied only when it is something that fits our morals. For instance; If you believe in liberty you must believe that a person who owns their own business should have the right to make decisions on what legal activities take place there, such as smoking.
Also, I assume that you believe a person should not be restricted from owning and carrying a gun as long as they are not a felon or have been deemed a threat to themselves or others. You liberty lovers also, I am sure, would never be in favor of someone having to wear a seat belt in their own vehicle.
Obviously, you are vehemently opposed to any proposed regulation against me or any fellow citizens choosing what food to eat, healthy or not.
No doubt you would believe that a church would be able to decline hosting a marriage of a same-sex couple if they don’t agree with the idea. What if a privately owned bakery does not want to make the wedding cake for this same-sex couple? I am sure you will stand up for their right to live by their morals, even if you disagree with them. And it goes without saying that you were loud in your opposition to every citizen having to purchase health insurance.
I have seen too many times, people who want liberty when it is convenient for them, but liberty will only persevere when we stand up for it in spite of our convictions. For those of you who see all of the scenarios I have stated as having nothing to do with HJR-3 and liberty, you have just proven my point for me.
By the way, I personally believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman, but I will not support any action by the government that restricts people’s rights so long as they don’t infringe upon mine. So I do not support HJR-3. Now, That is liberty for real.
— Ryan H. Humphrey, Terre Haute
Special thanks for dinner help
A few weeks ago, former Meis Department Store employees met to celebrate friendship and the holiday season.
On behalf of those employees, the organizing committee would like to give a special thank you to the Olive Garden restaurant. Our retirees group was welcomed enthusiastically; the food and service were excellent as usual. We appreciate the extra time and assistance granted to us, to not only enjoy our meal, but also to conduct our informal holiday auction.
This year our group was able to raise $500 for one of our favorite local charities. A special thank you to the helpful staff and manager Jim. We look forward to next year.
— Janetta Benton, Marilyn Siner, Walter Sommers, committee members
Adoption tax credit good idea
I feel I need to speak up, especially for grandparents.
I hope the Indiana General Assembly will listen to Gov. Mike Pence as it meets in 2014 in regard to establishing a tax credit to help families who adopt children when it comes to expenses. There are many, many of us grandparents who struggle financially to raise grandchildren.
I, myself, have gotten very little help from the government since I adopted my two grandchildren. It is hard to provide for them even in the simplest of ways, buying clothes, food, school supplies and forget having money for them to join sports or go to any extra activities.
Please listen to help the children.
— Betty Willard, Sullivan
Liberty for all — liberty for real
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