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Letters Published in July 9, 2008 Issue
July 9, 2008 - Letter submitted by Carolyn Davis, Charlottesville
Our loving father wants His children to act with confidence concerning what is to come. He gives direction, promises and warnings in His word. Micah 5:15 says, "I will take vengeance in anger and wrath upon the nations that have not obeyed me." In contrast, Psalm 33:12 states, "Blessed is the nation whose god is the Lord." Which country, knowing these truths, would choose to live in disobedience to Him? It seems that only a people set on self-destruction would dare!
Yet we have done just that by pushing God out of schools, removing the Bible and prayer from government meetings and making laws that defy divine commands. Sadly, godless ways are making huge inroads in our country and many Christians don't fight this trend.
Clearly, the Lord will punish nations who disobey Him or follow other gods. This truth should not make believers fear. Rather, it must prompt us to take a stand for what is right. We have serious responsibilities as both Christians and citizens.
First pray and ask God for leaders who follow His statutes. Then explore action of influence - what can you do to impact these people and exemplify Christ in our country?
July 9, 2008 - Letter submitted by Mary Lou Hayes, Knightstown
Even though the news talks of negative things that are happening to our economy, there are some things that I see that are positive.
People are working about towns and having human interaction. It has been a long time since I have seen people out of their houses, away from their TVs, video games, computers and not just driving around or out of town.
I would think that small towns are actually keeping some customers locally … shopping. People are possibly supporting their own communities in many ways, more than they have in the past. This is a good thing.
One long-term benefit will be the strengthening of our family units in that we may spend more time together. Another benefit to decreased driving will be that we walk more, thus benefiting our health.
July 9, 2008 - Letter submitted by Nate LaMar, president of the International League of Henry County
A big thank you to everyone who made the first annual Henry County International Festival a success! Attendance exceeded our expectations, especially for the day after Independence Day, on a long weekend, when many were away. While we encouraged participants to sign our guest register, many did not. While an exact count was, therefore, not possible, we know at least 350 attended, and possibly up to 500. In fact, while we certainly didn't expect them to give away food, Bela Vita ran out of its free samples within the first hour! We wish them well at their New Castle grand opening this Thursday, July 10. We must also thank our other food vendors, Los Amigos (Mexican food) and Chuck & Zhou Hong "Sophie" Covey (Chinese food). Next year, we hope to attract Ming's Garden (Chinese), Stack's (Greek), and some out-of-town ethnic restaurants.
As a volunteer organization, our success was dependent on hard work of our officers and volunteers, including Myra McIntyre (vice president), Susie Thompson (secretary), Gary Rodgers (treasurer), Noel Blevins, Chuck Covey, Lourdes Davis, Jerry DeHart and Kent Kemmerling, among others. We thank in advance Myra for her offer to get more of her fellow foreign language teachers to participate next year.
I may be missing a few, but just from among people I know, the following ethnic groups of Henry County were present: Chinese; Cuban; Filipino; German; Japanese; Mexican; Salvadoran; and Scottish. Booths from immigrants and returned missionaries added a nice touch! Next year, we hope to see Henry County's Dominican, Dutch, Egyptian, Greek, Hungarian, Indian, Korean, Thai and Venezuelan immigrants.
In terms of local talent, we most especially thank the Espiritu family for their Filipino folk songs and dances. Henry County has even more examples of local talent among its ethnic groups, which we hope to see perform next year. Likewise, we hope to bring back Polkamotion and Babushka Mary. While Dunya Al-Amira is moving out-of-state, she recommended another Egyptian-style professional belly-dancer for next year. In fact, the Henry County Concert Series has already offered to team-up with us next year to have an international music festival in tandem with next year's International Festival!
I thank my fellow elected officials who attended, including State Senator Beverly Gard, County Commissioner Larry Hale, New Castle Mayor Jim Small, New Castle City Judge Donnie Hamilton, Spiceland Township Trustee Donna Tauber and Blue River Valley School Board Member Wayne Jacobs.
Above all, we must thank the Duke Energy Foundation for providing the International League of Henry County with the grant that became the "seed money" for the League, even before we had non-profit status. Now that we have such status, we can and will pursue grants with other organizations. Likewise, we will seek tax-deductible contributions from individuals and corporations, including from, but not limited to, Henry County's various foreign-owned companies: American Keeper Corp. (Japan); DMG World Media (United Kingdom); KVK (Germany); Milco Dairy (Netherlands); Outo Kumpu (Finland); and TS Tech (Japan); as well as area exporters,including Draper, Magna Machine & Tool, and Modernfold. We will also seek more employee involvement in the League from all of these companies. After all, a rising tide lifts all boats!
The International League meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Meeting Rooms A and B of the New Castle-Henry County Public Library. As we seek economic development through international business, promote foreign language study and other international education, and celebrate our various ethnic groups, each month we will have a guest speaker on such topics. Our meetings are open to the public. In addition, we will immediately begin planning for next year's second annual Henry County International Festival.
Thank you very much, Henry County!
July 9, 2008 - Letter submitted by Steve and Carol Johnson, Spiceland
As a resident of southern Henry County (south of Spiceland), our fears have finally been realized. An air vac helicopter was called to an accident at US 40 and SR 3 Sunday night. That following a previous bad accident two nights earlier, Friday, July 4. We have not heard the result of either of the accidents yet, but those two, with previous accidents, is enough! Enough to make us angry.
We have lived at our residence for 23 years, about a mile and a half from that intersection. When we first heard of the state tearing down the overpass and bringing SR 3 to stop at US 40, we knew it was an accident waiting to happen. Anyone who lives in the area realized it was going to be a bad situation with the amount of traffic traveling through there.
And let's consider the eastbound/westbound lanes & turning lanes at that intersection, especially at night or during a heavy rain. The lane markings are all but nonexistent. When they paved over the dividing median, with very little or no markings, it makes it difficult to know where you're supposed to be. If you are not familiar with the area, traveling north on SR 3, and need to travel west on US 40, it is very easy to make the mistake of turning into the eastbound lane, thinking you're turning into the westbound lane.
We have lost count the number of semis traveling north on SR 3, who continue north on CR 325W, missing their turn at US 40. As a result they have to find a county road (usually 800 S) to get back on SR 3. Or the number of semis traveling westbound on US 40, who miss the SR 3 south turn, and make a U-turn at CR 400W, which is dangerous for oncoming traffic.
So what will it take to get the road properly marked, or even better, a stoplight to avoid that intersection's confusion? A certain amount of accidents? A fatality? Driving through there in any direction is dangerous. Most traffic on US 40 is traveling at speeds roughly 60 mph. It is marked 45 mph when flashing (but has not been flashing for quite some time now). So, with that said, anyone traveling north on SR 3 and turning east or west onto US 40 is usually pulling out into 60+mph traffic.
It shouldn't take a certain number of calls to a state representative, or a call for help to a news station to get something done. In the short amount of time this intersection has been open, the number of accidents should be enough. The state should get out there now and get lanes clearly marked until something better can be done.
July 9, 2008 - Letter submitted by Bill Stanczykiewicz, Indiana Youth Institute
Too many parents have the wrong approach when raising their children.
That's according to sociologist and youth minister Jim Hancock, who says parents should not raise children. They should raise adults.
"Our task has often been defined as raising children," Hancock said, "and ultimately that's what we've ended up with - adult-aged children who don't feel very well prepared for life in the real world. I think if we were to shift our emphasis to raising adults, everybody is happier."
In his book, "Raising Adults: A Humane Guide to Parenting in the New World," Hancock explains that the main difference between raising children and raising adults is summed up in a key word from the recent Fourth of July holiday: independence.
"It begins with the notion that I do not want to be a daddy forever," Hancock said. "It starts with getting them away from being dependent on us. A lot of it has to do with how we interact with them around problem solving."
Hancock emphasizes that his parenting philosophy is not based on permissiveness. He fully agrees that parents need to set guidelines and apply discipline. However, he said, "we are to do all of those things and do all of those things moderately. If a kid is playing in traffic, it is my obligation and duty and capacity as an adult to reach out and snatch her out of the way. But explaining to her why traffic is dangerous is not nearly as useful as walking with her to the edge of the street and helping her understand through intelligent questions about the velocity of passing vehicles and all of the dangers that are associated with that."
Hancock's parenting strategy involves asking kids good questions, helping them see their options and then allowing them to learn from the resulting consequences, good and bad. All in a controlled environment of parental love and boundaries.
"We find ways instead of instructing our children and directing our children to helping them learn to explore their environment," Hancock continued. "One thing we should never ask our kids is, 'Do you have your jacket, homework, gym bag, backpack, keys,' listing everything I can think of that you might possibly need in order to survive your day'. I think effective parents learn to ask their children, 'Do you believe you have everything that you need for today,' and teach their children to figure out what is on that list."
If a child forgets to pack a lunch or bring along lunch money, the child will be hungry that day. But Hancock says the child probably will not forget to prepare for lunch again.
"We have almost no record of children starving from one missed lunch on the North American continent," Hancock said, adding that in this context, parents let their children forget or make a mistake so they can learn a skill that increases their likelihood of becoming a responsible adult.
Hancock tells the story of a woman who skipped a business meeting in order to take her adolescent son's homework to him at school. "I thought, 'how long has she been doing that?' Probably since he was six years old, and he's learned to depend upon her for those kinds of details. He will be very angry with her one day when she takes a vacation or dies and he's left without his homework."
Not to mention when he's 32 and the boss needs the memo, and his mother is not there to bring the document to him.
In his free, online book, "Ten Things We Should Never Say to Kids," Hancock tempers this advice by suggesting that parents should never say to their children, "You can do anything you set your mind to."
"That's the kind of wishful thinking that leaves kids not quite trusting us," Hancock explained. "We have blown smoke at them instead of talking about goal setting and hard work and dedication. The setting of one's mind on something does not equal success.
"If you think you can't, you won't. If you think you can, you might."
And if you think you can implement these parenting philosophies, you just might raise a well-adjusted adult instead of raising a child.
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