As You See It

Marriage

To the Editor,

Last week’s U. S. Supreme Court ruling making same sex marriage a right across the nation drew quick criticism from self-professed Christians within the GOP.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said “God hasn’t given us permission to change the definition of marriage yet”.

Governor Walker called the decision a grave mistake that violates Wisconsinites religious beliefs and suggested opponents of same sex marriage should consider a constitutional amendment banning it.

As a lifelong Christian who majored in Bible theology at Moody Bible Institute (Chicago), I would argue that anyone who says the Bible speaks plainly on something as complicated as marriage hasn’t taken the time to study it.

In fact, many biblical scholars disagree over whether or not the Bible defines marriage at all. The Bible reveals how we can have a relationship with God.

To believe that God has appointed any one of us to force our religious beliefs on others by any method, legislation notwithstanding, is committing the sin of blind arrogance.

I also recognize that my view is one of many on interpretation of the scriptures. I, for one, appreciate living in a country where we can respect and embrace all views and beliefs.

Sadly, our freedoms, along with the freedom to love and marry, are at risk by those who would force their beliefs on society by plucking a few Bible quotes out of context all in the name of the Lord.

They aren’t interested in the truth or in saving souls. They are merely convinced of their own rightness.

Author Louis L’Amour said it best when he said, “There is no man more dangerous than one who does not doubt his own rightness”.

Diane Schmahl

Sheboygan

Fairest

To the Editor,

Thank you for your support of the Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair program.

The fairest program is an opportunity for young women to grow as professional individuals. The professional workshops leading up to the gala on Monday night presented us with a great deal of helpful information. We learned different techniques for public speaking, how to handle radio and television interviews, tips for professional attire, along with many other skills that have helped us grow as professional individuals.

Without the help of our generous sponsors none of this would have been possible. Personally, having an opportunity to participate in an individual interview, group interview, and having an opportunity to public speak in front of a large crowd helped me to grow as an individual.

This fall I will be a sophomore at Iowa State University where I am majoring in agronomy and genetics. The fairest experience has helped me to grow as an individual and help me achieve my personal and career goals which include running for Alice in Dairyland. Someday and becoming a professor of agronomy.

I look forward to serving as 2015 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair. I am excited to learn additional public relations skills and grow as a professional individual next year. I look forward to seeing you at the Sheboygan County Fair.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Widder

Fatalities

To the Editor,

You may have noticed the number of traffic fatalities being displayed on message signs along major roadways around the state. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is using this somber message to remind everyone that driving is the most dangerous activity most of us perform each day.

Last year, Wisconsin had 496 traffic fatalities, which was the lowest number of deaths and the first time below 500 fatalities since 1943. However, at the midway point of this year, traffic fatalities in Wisconsin are up significantly compared with the same period last year. This substantial increase in traffic deaths includes motorcyclists, pedestrians, and bicyclists as well as drivers and passengers in cars and trucks.

To reverse this tragic trend, WisDOT is intensifying its traffic safety efforts. Along with other engineering improvements, we will continue to add rumble strips to highways to help prevent drivers from crossing into oncoming lanes of traffic or running off the road. We will work diligently with our law enforcement partners to put more officers on the road for traffic safety enforcement in areas and at times when crashes are more likely to occur. We will maintain our education and public outreach efforts to motivate motorists to make better decisions and take responsibility for their actions behind the wheel.

But WisDOT and our traffic safety partners also need your help to prevent crashes. As we enter the busy summer travel months–typically the months with the highest number of traffic fatalities–we urge you to buckle up, slow down, pay attention and drive sober. We also need you to share the road with motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. Above all, we need you to drive as if your life—and other lives—depended on it.

Mark Gottlieb

Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation


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