We can use the media and public facilities to condone sexual promiscuity, by dispensing condoms and calling it safe sex. If someone is offended, that's OK too.
We can use the media and public facilities to present the merits of killing an unborn baby as a viable means of birth control. If someone is offended, no problem.
We are offended! We as Christians are called unloving if we speak out that the marriage union is sacred and is to be only that between a man and a woman, not to be used for recreation and the selfish using of another person for our own personal pleasure.
We as Christians recognize we are co-creators with God in the marriage union. We should be open to his will and the gifts he wants to bestow on us. Children today are looked upon as liabilities instead of gifts from God. Society has decided the worthiness of a life and chooses whether or not a human being has the "Right to Life."
As the Declaration of Independence of our great nation (that was built on Christianity) tells us: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." We are given freedom of religion, not from religion.
Even if a child is conceived out of a rape, hate or evil, that child is not evil and two evils do not make a right. That child is still loved by God and is a gift and deserves the "Right to Life"!
As grandparents of six little angels and with the hope of more of God's blessings in the future, we are pleading with all the grandparents out there to take a stand for "the sanctity of marriage between a man and woman and the gift of life!"
We can leave a Legacy of Love to respect life with our grandchildren to look on life as a gift from conception to natural death. Let's bring about an end to the biggest Holocaust in the history of the world - abortion.
The babies are counting on you, what will you do? For those of you who don't know, a baby's heart starts beating 21 days after conception!
Paul and Julie Vanhoose
South Shore, Ky.
Resident says Aug. 31 Times article was misleading
The Aug. 31 Portsmouth Daily Times article "Michigan City responds to City Center Inquiry" is misleading and lacks appropriate comparison to Portsmouth.
I appreciate the additional information provided by the city clerk on ownership of the abandoned indoor mall project at the "old" Haus Square Building in Frankenmuth, Mich.
Several years ago, I visited this beautiful thriving tourist community (reported 3 million tourists annually) and was shocked to discover it was unable to sustain an indoor mall project similar to the proposed City Center.
The additional information on the Haus development, being a private venture, did not alter my stance.
My point during a council meeting was this type of project did not survive in a community with an already established 3 million tourist annually.
My concern with the current City Center proposal is that 100 percent of the expense and burden will be placed on the taxpayers instead of a private developer, and the reliance totally on a Hope and a Prayer rather than facts and a coherent plan.
By comparison, the population of Frankenmuth was 4,838 at the 2000 census. The median income per household in Frankenmuth was $51,153 and the median income per family was $71,667; 4.9 percent of the population was below the poverty line. Portsmouth's population was 20,909 during the 2000 census. The median income per household was $23,004 and the median income per family was $31,237; 23.6 percent of the population was below the poverty line.
This shows Portsmouth city government asking a community with higher poverty and many citizens older than 65, on fixed income, to support 100 support a similar project that couldn't make it in a community with an established tourist base. Bottom line, the city is asking us to be a developer without a plan or the resources.
Again, I ask for the facts to justify why taxpayer's in an impoverished community should risk additional expense to renovate and maintain the old Marting Building as a City Center when adding one floor to a new structure could accomplish the needs of our city cost efficiently; one building in one location.
Also, another economical option could be the renovation of the existing Municipal Building.
Vote "NO" on the City Center in November.
Reader says America should trust in God, not political candidates
It amazes me when people (as in a recent letter) say they pray for God to give them wisdom and words to awaken the people to the "perils" this nation faces. Then God and all his glory reveals to him that the gas prices are too high and everybody needs health care.
Well, praise God and pass the ballot, let's vote for the new savior Barack Obama (the Democratic party).
The problem with America is that we have left our allegiance to God and we have sworn allegiance to the God of me, myself, and I. I can just picture God on his throne saying, "Why will my children not heed to my call and do something about the economy?"
Forget the fact innocent unborn babies are being slaughtered every day (Psalm 127:3 "Children are a heritage unto the Lord and the fruit of the womb is his (God's) reward") and the sanctity of marriage is being treated as though God never made it the holy institution it is supposed to be. Forget the fact that 70 percent of America claims to be a Christian yet their life is full of sin, selfishness, idolatry and everything that God hates.
The thing that sickens me most about elections is that everybody tries to claim the name of Christ, yet if we listed what is most important in our life at this time we would say No. 1. Me, No. 2. My party, No. 3. My race, No. 4. Gas prices, No. 5. The economy, No. 6. The war..etc.. and once we get all the things that are important to me out of the way we say "God Bless America!"
We are willing to take a stand for everything but the word of God or worse we (like Obama) try to combine the two. (1 Corinth. 10:21 "You cannot drink from the cup of the Lord and the cup of the devil: you cannot be partakers of the Lord's table and the table of the devil").
Trying to tell people about the gospel of Christ is made so difficult because to many Christians are no different from the rest of the world. If you are really concerned about people then tell them about Jesus, if you really want God to give you the wisdom to make a difference read the word of God, study it, and especially live it.
This nation as good as it is will someday pass away but God and his glory is forever. God says to let tomorrow provide for itself. If you want a better America for your children and grandchildren teach them the ways of the Lord. Not to put their hope in mankind but to show mankind their only hope is Jesus.