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A better mode of justice The U.S. has more people in prisons and jails than any other First World country. It's not because Americans commit more crimes than in other countries, it's just that we incarcerate folks for crimes when a better way to punish them should be found. It makes no sense to send a "white collar" criminal to prison for years or even life if he or she is not a danger to others. Prisons and jails should only be used to protect us from a person who may do us harm, like murder, burglary or assault.
Is Sheriff's Office next? Huh, the ambulance service was sold? I may want to purchase the Steven's County Sheriff's Office. Where do I send the bid? Ticket fines might go up a little. We will put fewer officers on the road, and only a few more tickets will be issued. And, what's one more bill for your father's funeral, the game at Big Cat stadium or the Fourth of July parade? My bid is for purchasing the service only; I am not interested in leasing the service. What can possibly go wrong?
Toll of domestic violence Our community has suffered a most unfortunate and unnecessary loss this past week through domestic violence homicide. Countless members of the community have contacted Someplace Safe in recent days to express their concern, outrage and heartbreak; many wondering what they can do to help educate others so the cycle of violence can be stopped. Unfortunately, domestic violence remains an all too common occurrence in our lives, and in the lives of those we know and love.
Wish Tree a gift to community The Morris Area Women of Today and the Salvation Army are once again pleased and honored to be holding the Pamida Wish Tree event this Christmas. This year, the need is greater than ever, and the opportunity to provide a gift to a child is now open to families of service members, as well. We have well over 200 ornaments, each representing a child, hung on the tree. Please take a moment to consider taking an ornament, and shopping for the desired sizes and colors of shirts, pants, shoes and PJ's.
Good deeds of community What a fabulous community we live in. Every year in November, the Evangelical Free Church packages boxes for operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas child is a project of Samaritan's purse and what they do is gather shoe boxes that people have filled with personal gifts and they deliver them all over the world to hurting children. For most children this is the only gift they receive throughout the year and one box is shared with up to 10 people in one family. This year the Evangelical Free Church alone packed over 120 Christmas boxes.
Child care vital to all Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks to all. Children help us remember how to laugh, learn patience, enjoy life. They also allow us to smile everyday and take time out for the little things in life. As child care providers, we want to acknowledge your children as wonderful, enthusiastic members of Stevens County this Thanksgiving. We see daily what children learn and how they develop. The Stevens County Childcare Association feels that quality home child care is important.
Outcome ethics not biblical I am writing in response to an opinion letter written by Allen Wold regarding the Obama's administration's debate about prosecuting CIA agents for prisoner abuse ("Don't prosecute our protectors," Oct. 31 Sun Tribune). Mr. Wold contends that the CIA agents should not be held accountable because they were acting in the best interest of the country. He quotes a Bible passage, making it look as if the Bible supports his viewpoint. Nothing could be further from the truth. The ethic Mr.
Remembering brother Willie It will be five years this month since Willie Martin passed away. I first met Willie some 14 years ago. He was friendly, smiling and seemed to be a real good Joe. No pomp or fanfare with Willie. Just a down-to-earth, folksy, lovable guy. Later, I learned he had helped so many financially, with no anticipation of return. Giving was his hallmark. A firm handshake or, better yet, a hug. He loved to hug, even someone he didn't know.
Let the kids play A recent unfortunate situation made me wonder if we are forgetting something important about youth sports: the kids actually want to play the game. My daughter, Laura Delehanty, plays on the Tigers' tennis team, often playing doubles with a friend. The day before this week's section tournament, when the doubles partner was ill, the coach told her that the rules prohibited Laura from playing, even with a different partner or even by herself, one against two.
Pope not infallible To Mr. Michael Lackey ("Misrepresenting Catholicism, Sept. 26 Sun Tribune Letters to the Editor), I did not misrepresent Catholicism. I have been a Catholic for over 70 years, and I do know what the Church teaches, and nothing in my letter stated I believed if the Pope spoke to school students his words would be "infallible" or "inerrant." The Pope speaks all the time to his faithful, and we don't regard all his words as infallible. But, thanks for informing all those who do not know what the Catholic Church teaches. T. S.