News and Tribune

April 11, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For April 11

Readers write about fundraiser, Sen. Coats and the Second Amendment and scooters in New Albany


Change begins with a choice

All of us have been faced with change in one form or another at some point in our lives. Sometimes this change is a welcome one, and other times it is thrust upon us whether we want it or not.

The question then becomes, do we let this change define us in a negative manner or make the choice to overcome the current obstacle?

Just last week, I had the privilege of meeting a courageous group of women that have made the bold choice to overcome and meet their challenges head-on. I also met the woman with the vision and the testimony to make their choice for change a reality.

Wendy Lewen, president and founder of The Sanctuary House, had the vision and the courage to first make this choice for change in her own life, and second, to help women in Southern Indiana accept this challenge as well.

According to their website, thesanctuaryhouse.org, The Sanctuary House is a Southern Indiana ministry serving women who want to break free from their destructive life patterns. These patterns may be the result of abuse, an addiction, prison/jail or homelessness.

The Sanctuary House program provides transitional living, life skills, support groups and a lot of love and mentoring. The Ministry believes that true healing comes from a partnership between God and people. God does the healing but we have to do our part. That starts with a desire to change.

After listening to Wendy, and reading about The Sanctuary House on their website, I knew that I wanted to help. I challenge all residents of the Southern Indiana area to step in and support these women of our community in making their choice for change.

Come to Cornerstone Community Church, 6639 St. Marys Road in Floyds Knobs and support that partnership for change by attending The Sanctuary House fundraising spaghetti dinner, this Friday, April 12 at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30). There will also be an information table about the ministry and volunteering opportunities, along with booths selling T-shirts, cookbooks and coffee cups. All proceeds will benefit The Sanctuary House. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for those under 10.

More information about The Sanctuary House is available at website thesanctuaryhouse.org

— Carrie Thompson, Jeffersonville

Reader: Sen. Coats is a Rand Paul clone

Please take a look at how Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., is agreeing to join Rand Paul as a Second Amendment clone for adding his name to a letter opposing any gun control legislation.

My opinion is: Fewer guns means fewer opportunities for harm. You don’t need assault weapons to target shoot or hunt deer. Plus, 90 percent of Americans agree that background checks are needed.

I have to show my identification in order to buy my hay fever medicine, but yet I can buy an assault weapon at a gun show just by paying cash — no questions asked. This is taking the Second Amendment to extremes.

The gun companies and gun rights organization such as the National Rifle Association have captured our legislators and they can only speak for the organizations that give them money.

I’m really sorry to see Sen. Coats is following the money rather than backing common sense gun legislation. I wonder how he would feel if someone he knew were killed in the Newtown, Conn., massacre?

Please feel free to express your opinion to Sen. Coats.

— Jamey Aebersold, New Albany

Man concerned about scooters in traffic

As a young boy growing up in New Albany, I had a minibike and loved riding it every chance I had. I knew better than to ride it on the streets because the police would catch you and take you home to your parent.

Fast forward to today and as a 53-year-old man and I see these “scooters” or whatever they are called today who are evidently allowed to inject themselves into traffic as they please.

They display no tags, so I assume they are probably and unlicensed and uninsured. Let a licensed driver accidentally hit one of these riders and they will most certainly be sued.

Why are they allowed to ride in regular traffic with those of us who pay for the privilege with our fees and taxes, and by being licensed?

— J.W. Lehman, New Albany