9/26/2017 3:59 PM
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  • It is time Mark Soto takes responsibility for his actions and faces reality.
  • The Thursday, Sept. 7, edition of the Times-Union had a couple of interesting articles on page 7A.
  • Every time I think about the fiasco with Military Night at a stupid football game, I think about the Vietnam conflict, when over 50,000 young men came home in a box.
  • When you compromise with the devil, you're the one who changes position.
  • On Sept. 18, the Tippecanoe Valley School Board is slated to choose a name for its high school football field. This has become a heated topic in the district, one which I feel a need to weigh in on as both a graduate of the school system (I was a freshman in 1975 when the consolidated high school opened), and as a pastor in one of its local churches. In writing, I know full well that many will scoff at what I have to say, but none the less I am compelled.
  • I would like to apologize publicly to the lady and her family who were at Metzger’s auction last Sunday in Warsaw for my rude and uncalled-for behavior.
  • The green waste management dumpster on Parent Drive behind Walmart is for the residents in the yellow retirement condos only. It is not for outsiders to use. Trash bags go inside, not on the ground.
  • Wow. What a political ride we’ve had in the last year. From the national to local stories, it’s obvious we need to start holding our public officials to a higher standard. We should demand no more hiding behind closed doors or email voting or erasing of tapes.
  • In Charlottesville, Va., American witnessed hate, unbelievable violence and anarchy. These combatants were doing “what was right in their own eyes.”
  • Regarding the email voting scandal, I want to thank our City Council members Ron Shoemaker and Jerry Frush for taking the lead. I keep wondering where the other five City Council members stand?
  • Democrats know a lot of things.
  • The left opposes Trump at every turn, and then when something bad happens they conjure up a way to blame Trump for it, when in fact, they contribute to it and aid and abet it with their relentless attacks. Such disrespect for the president emboldens these radicals. Threats of beheading and assassination go unpunished. Those in government who cry impeachment such as Pelosi, M. Waters, C. Schumer, etc., are complicit in this.
  • Editor, Times-Union:

    Jeff Plank: a take-charge mayor who had a vision for what the city of Warsaw needed and got it done.
  • The way I see it is that the Republican Party has totally used the pro-life movement to move its agenda to screw the little guy. Lower taxes for the rich, no health care for the poor and sick, and no equality for people different from them, etc.
  • Today I received a phone call from a local number 574-267-????.
  • Any federal official, whether appointed or elected, who is rightfully convicted of a felony, misdemeanor, willful neglect of duty, or gross and hazardous incompetence in the performance of their job duties that results in death, injury, property damage or loss of liberty should be subject to one or more of the following remedies depending on the severity of the offense: imprisonment, monetary fines, manual labor, deportation, forfeiture of pensions and/or assets, loss of citizenship, etc.
  • The baby Charlie Gard is dead and the British government made sure it would happen thanks to the National Health Ser­vice, which considered the life was expendable. His parents loved him and wanted him to receive the best care possible in case a miracle cure could happen. But in their infinite wis­dom, the NHS officials decided they knew better and didn't allow the baby to be treated in the United States, where lives are precious except in the abortion clinics where unborn lives are considered "unwanted tissue."
  • My sister-in-law lost her husband, my brother Dave, unexpectedly on April 11 of this year. She has called a couple of places for help to do repairs inside and outside of her home but the agencies she called no longer help. So I’m asking anyone in the community that can to help her because she is unable financially to do it.
  • The biggest culprits in health care are the drug companies and insurance companies. There are no restrictions placed on them. The amount of money people have to spend out of pocket before the plan kicks in is outrageous.
  • The problem with health care is the drug companies and insurance companies. There has to be some control over them.
  • In light of Nelson Chipman’s press conference, I wanted to take a moment to outline the facts as I understand them in the dismissed bribery charges against my father, Sheriff Aaron Rovenstine.
  • I?don’t normally read News Views in Saturday’s Times-Union, but I had to smile about Gary Gerard’s column about Amazon.
  • Money talks and criminals walk. This has been true in Chicago since the days of Al Capone. If we want to fight against Chicago gangs, maybe we should use a tactic that brought down Al Capone. Since gang members can shoot and kill people and get out of doing jail time because the gangs have enough money to pay the bail of the killers, maybe we should call in the IRS and accuse the gangs of tax evasion.
  • In an attempt to respond to Mr. Zolman’s plausible solution to the law enforcement conflict in Kosciusko County (Times-Union, June 26, 2017):
  • It's not enough to say you're patriotic to prove you're a patriot. You are judged by your actions. Millions of Americans prove to me every day that they are un-American by their actions against America.
  • I don’t know the background of Ms. Vinkemeier, but I do know that she does not know how a bill becomes a law.
  • The city of Warsaw has to have the most beautifully decorated alley in the state of Indiana  ...
  • July 1 marks the 5-year anniversary of Indiana’s state smoke-free air law.  This law was a milestone for the state of Indiana in protecting thousands of Hoosiers from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.
  • The lst couple of months there have been several articles in the Times-Union which I find disturbing concerning our Warsaw schools, Warsaw city and Kosciusko County government.
  • It seems a recent letter of mine stirred some controversy.
  • Congratulations to Sheriff Goshert on his selection at the recent caucus. His acknowledgement of the training and guidance he had received from the Rovenstines was very classy. All of the candidates were well-qualified and will have plenty of time to make their case to the public prior to the next election.
  • I found out I had breast cancer the first time at age 40. I had a radical mastectomy and chemotherapy.
  • We have competed with the Russians for decades in many ar­eas.
  • Some people are worried about outliving their money in  retirement. I?may have a solution for single people — prison.
  • The day of a parent’s death should be a sad one for children. You have to deal with the loss of a parent, the stress of funeral arrangements and then day-to-day life in which you are living with that loss and coping. In some cases, however, those feelings of loss, stress and the feelings are never experienced. In some situations, children are written out of a parent’s will because they do not obey a family’s demands.
  • It was reported in the Times-Union (Zolman, June 13) “reliable sources” feel that the sheriff was “set up.” I?recall in the Times-Union that Paul Heaton recorded (secretly?) the World War III discussion — so Heaton had physical evidence and had proof (of intimidation).
  • Word on the street is that 13 GOP lawmakers, all men, have been meeting in secret to craft the Obamacare replacement bill. One presumes that they are working in conjunction with lobbyists who do not have the best interests of Middle America at heart.
  • This coming Saturday, June 24, is the date of the annual Warsaw Breakfast Optimists Club’s triathlon in Winona Lake. Because there will be several hundred bicyclists on the Pierceton Road between 8-11 a.m. that day, as a participant, I’m asking everyone to please avoid driving on that road during the hours listed above. It’s hazardous enough with only the bike traffic, but it gets very scary when you add cars to the mix.
  • A group of local educators sound off on President Trump's education plans.
  • In response to Mr. Kolbe’s letter in the Times-Union June 12:
  • Most have read the articles about the issues between the sheriff's department and the Warsaw Police Department.
  • This is to the woman wearing a navy blue sports top, with a white stripe down the sleeve, driving a white car.
  • Rocky Goshert is a proven leader — the perfect fit for finishing out the sheriff's term.
  • I write in support of my friend and colleague Aaron Rovenstine.
  • More than almost any other state, Indiana has been deeply impacted by the effects of methamphetamine. The drug has ruined thousands of lives, but we are finally starting to see a decline in meth labs across our state.

  • I believe we are on the verge of a revolution in health care that will make people glad President Trump is doing away with Obamacare.
  • We just finished the General Assembly session for this year. And for those who are lovers of liberty like I am, it was tough. The General Assembly once again thought it understood our rights better than we did. Luckily for us, we had a defender of liberty in the Indiana House.
  • Health insurance in America is a prime example of why you cannot run a government like a business.
  • When one considers the increase in knowledge in today’s America (as opposed to 200 years ago), how can anyone not believe that the United States, as a whole, has been dumbed down?
  • California is once again demonstrating what utter flakes they are. They cut off the water supply to some farmers because it was endangering some insignificant tiny little  fish and consequently put hundreds of people out of a job. This is another example of how deluded they are.

  • Chuck Schumer is a complete a**. His fake crying is so Hollywood.
  • When I was a kid, everybody was looking for the first robin for spring. Not anymore. Now I watch for Gold Wings, convertibles with their tops down, garage sales, auctions no longer inside but outside, or wearing baseball caps instead of sock caps.
  • Just because you don’t want to do something doesn’t mean it’s impossible. For years I have written about possible ways to prevent computer hacking and nothing much has been done, it seems.
  • America is off the bench and leading the charge.
  • I would like to respond to the statement Mayor Thallemer said: "To have a library that's been here for 100 years, providing free services to those that want to take advantage of them, it’s amazing."
  • The cross is an ugly, cruel and costly death.
  • The Indiana State Senate stripped a cigarette tax increase from the state budget proposal, which the House of Representatives included in their plan.
  • What a treat a membership to the Lakeland Community Concert Association was last Saturday night which was held at "oh, such a wonderful venue,” the Warsaw Community High School stage.
  • Since 1900 the average life expectancy in the United States has risen more than 25 years. However, despite our greatest breakthroughs, death is still most people’s greatest fear and enemy, the inescapable and inevitable fact of life. Nevertheless, there is hope. The good news of Easter is there is life after death!
  • As we are almost done with the legislative session this year, I wanted to do a follow-up on a piece I wrote earlier this session regarding State Representative Curt Nisly.

  • Remember when movies that were supposed to take place in the future had the Cubs winning the World Series?
  • The following is part IV of my letter on the right of self-defense and its various aspects.
  • After reading the article on the front page of the Times-Union titled “Malicious Mischief,” about someone who is HIV positive.
  • They have had how many years now to compose a replacement for what most of the population of the United States kept screaming – Obamacare is bad and must be repealed and replaced?
  • Democrats rejoiced when the health care replacement plan was pulled in Congress. Many Democrats say health care is a right. They're wrong. Rights are free. Obamacare is not free. Illegal aliens receive free health care in ERs and federal pri­soners also receive free health care.
  • On Nov. 19, 1863, President Lincoln said that to ensure the survival of America's representative democracy: that “a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Nevertheless, a government of the people, by the people and for the people is vanishing, or has vanished from America.
  • Relay For Life is about a community coming together for a greater cause. Nearly 3.5 million people come together to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remembering loved ones lost, and empowering individuals and communities to fight back.
  • During the 2016 elections, Trump supporters were chanting, "Jail her" and "Hillary for Prison." But after the election, Donald Trump said that she had suffered enough and would not pursue charges. And how did the Clintonites repay Trump for his generosity?
  • The “American” Health Care Plan, or TrumpCare, is just another form of Orwellian doublethink. It is a terminology of deception, and it truly does define what “America” is made of. Why? Because to these rich and powerful reptiles, when they say “American,” they mean the rich and powerful. The “American” Health Care Plan is the healthcare plan of the rich and powerful, you see … they are “America”, and this is their plan.
  • For millenniums, pain has been handled by narcotics. In the future, electronic pain management will allow people to turn off pain signals before they can reach the brain.
  • Driving on  Commerce Drive in Warsaw, you see many huge potholes. They have been filled many times, and it’s time for this road from Staples past McDonalds and Audi's to U.S. 30 to be paved.
  • The Indiana General Assembly has learned a lot from President Obama and Democrats that were in Congress on Obamacare. The American people didn’t want Obamacare and didn’t understand the law.
  • Washington Democrats are like high school bullies. Only they think they are the good guys and their opponents are bad.
  • The following is the third part of my letter on reforming the Electoral College and popular vote. The first two parts, which were printed in the Jan. 25 and 27 editions of the Times-Union, listed background information on the 2016 election results. This part of my letter will begin with a proposed solution to the disparity between the electoral vote and the popular vote.
  • Our new congressman, Jim Banks, has not updated his web page, nor has he scheduled any town halls. He has not even opened a Warsaw office.
  • Over a century ago we had a problem with anarchists. They bombed Wall Street, killed people and wanted to overthrow the government. Today, with all the people opposing Trump as presi­dent and wanting him to be thrown out of office, we are having problems with neoanarchists. They probably fear that Trump will keep his promises and do a great job.
  • The $1.50 cigarette tax increase is in jeopardy.
  • I just learned of the death of Dave Fulkerson and it saddened me. Although I was only in Warsaw about three years, Dave was one of the memories I have of my time there.
  • In 2014, as a youth, I decided to get involved in state politics. I campaigned for my state representative, who was not re-elected. At that point, I really didn't have anyone I could call on as a mentor for state level politics. Luckily, I met Representative Curt Nisly. 
  • How would these celebrities like it if people would boycott their movies? Oh, there would be outrage and indignation among them. Tit for tat, as they say.
  • Editor, Times-Union:
    With the start of the new year means the start of another session of the Indiana General Assembly.
  • Editor, Times-Union:
    I keep getting fliers from KCH listing all the health care services they provide. They cover all the age groups from child care to seniors. Good for them! I think KCH provides great benefits to our community.
  • Editor, Times-Union:
    Correcting decades of problems caused by progressives will take more than 100 days, but Donald Trump can start by rescinding many of Barack Obama’s executive orders.
  • The coming New Year's resolution should be pretty obvious, particularly when it comes to diet: 2017 will go down in history as the year when plant-based meats have revolutionized the food industry.
  • As the New Year begins, determine to make 2017 the year that you quit smoking or chewing tobacco.
  • Editor, Times-Union:
    God created man in his image, if one is to believe the scriptures. I do believe them, and it follows that babies are indeed the image of God.
    “WE,” you and I, by tolerating a morally corrupt judicial system, have accepted and even encouraged the slaughtering of some 60 million unborn babies since the time of Roe v. Wade.
  • Editor, Times-Union:
    Dr. William Remington is absolutely correct that these flashing yellow left-turn signals are a terrible idea, and can be the major cause of terrible accidents.
  • Editor, Times-Union:
    This is concerning the article on the front page of the Wednesday paper.
  • Editor, Times-Union:
    Thank you, Ron Shoemaker, for being a steward of taxpayer money. Ron has been a great addition to our city council. His preparation and understanding of the issues brought before the council are commendable.
  • Editor, Times-Union:
    It’s fairly easy to look back upon horrible historical events and ask oneself, “How could that have happened?  Why did decent people not do something to stop it?”
  • In the words of Dr. Seuss, “It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?”
  • Editor, Times-Union:
    Contrary to rumor, I have not met a councilman who is against providing fire station services to the south side of Warsaw.  The concern I hear from people is about the cost.  When I vote, I vote for people who assure me they are fiscally conservative.
  • Editor, Times-Union:
    Voters can take a major step in changing the culture in Washington, D.C., by enacting term limits for all three branches of government through the means of a constitutional amendment, which would help increase rotation of office and break up the entrenched power culture in D.C.
  • Editor, Times-Union:
    I attended the last meeting about the new fire station and left with lots of questions. In talking with my neighbors and friends, it seems we all have the same concerns:
  • Editor, Times-Union:
    Significant problems concerning the new fire station: increased property taxes, a heavy burden that many cannot afford.
  • Editor, Times-Union:
    Mr. Kolbe:
    I’ll begin by enumerating some of the points you stressed.
  • Editor, Times-Union:
    In 732 AD the Muslim Army, which was moving on Paris, was defeated and turned back at Tours, France, by Charles Martell.
  • Editor, Times-Union:
    What a travesty of the murder of this beautiful child, Adalin Stamper, by Christopher Grimmett.

  • Editor, Times-Union:
    Since the number of fire calls is going down and the vast majority of calls are rescue calls, why not build a rescue station instead of a fire station?
  • Editor, Times-Union:
    This letter is for Rhonda Miller about honoring our veterans. I would like to express my thanks for honoring our brave men and women.
  • Editor, Times-Union:
    In the future of medical technology, treating brain disorders will be accomplished by various means. Implants will take care of such things as epilepsy, cerebral palsy and Parkinson’s disease. But it will take possible reconstruction of the brain to take care of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
  • Editor, Times-Union:
    I want to say what a great letter that Bob Burris wrote that was in the Nov. 8 Times-Union paper. I also have had some relatives that were in World War I and they had it very hard, but never once did I?ever hear them complain about being in the thick of battle.
  • Editor, Times-Union:
    In the months and weeks leading up to the election, Franklin Graham sounded a call to all Americans to gather at the steps of our state capitols and pray for our nation. The call went out to all, regardless of color, race, gender or political party. The common thread that brought this diverse
  • Editor, Times-Union:
    Trump won because he said he would:

  • Editor, Times-Union:
    Everyone kept smelling natural gas off and on on Court Circle in Winona Lake. Finally, NIPSCO was called and on Oct. 10, marked there was a gas leak underground and said they would be back in about a week to fix it.
  • Editor, Times-Union:
    A few days ago we elected a new Republican president of the United States. Hoosiers elected a new Republican United States senator, a new governor and Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District re-elected Jackie Walorski and elected state Senator Jim Banks as the congressman from Indiana’s 3rd District.
  • Editor, Times-Union:
    I would like to thank Representative Curt Nisly for attending Nappanee’s Second Saturday luncheon for our veterans.
  • Editor, Times-Union:
    By the time this is printed in the Times-Union, we will have a new president! President Clinton will have been elected!