A good man passed away (recently). I didn’t know him personally very well and I suspect that many of the hundreds in line at his calling could say the same. However, all who were there, as well as hundreds more were touched by him.
Dr. Stan Buck, pastor of Sonrise Church, died after battling cancer. I first observed Stan a number of years ago when I happened to attend a service there while attempting to find a comfortable church. His presentation style was informal, articulate, enjoyable and completely relevant to everyday life.
I found myself attending services at Sonrise regularly. As has been my historical custom with religion, I would come in the “nick of time” (or a little late), sit in the back, listen while others sang and then leave without saying much to others when the service ended. But while there I listened. And who I heard was a man who lived in my world. He addressed my unspoken questions and talked of solutions to our shared struggles. He understood my family problems as he appropriately shared his own. And he did this all without knowing that he was talking directly to me.
I always wanted to tell Stan the impact he had on me but never got around to it. Maybe that is why I feel the need to share my thoughts publicly. As I think about it, the impact not only came from what he said but the quiet strength he projected. He was a man who lived his faith.
I didn’t know Stan well, but I didn’t have to to benefit from being touched by him. In that regard, it seems to me that he might share some traits with his “role model,” Jesus Christ. They both had the ability to impact others just by living and dying.
Recently there was a story in the paper about Gov.-elect Pence in Fort Wayne. I have some questions and some suggestions.
First, the questions: Is he, Mike Pence, still a member of the U.S. House of Representatives? If he is, why isn’t he in Washington, D.C., taking care of the nation’s business? Why is he touring Indiana pushing his plans for the state (when) he won’t be governor until next month? He did that, pushed his plans, during the campaign.
Now for the suggestions: I don’t think we need a state income tax cut. If Indiana has that much money, I think Indiana should spend the surplus, finish I-69, repair bridges, increase funding to education, contribute to public employees pensions, etc. If the governor-elect really wants to cut taxes, he should push to lower the state sales tax.
Dennis A. Headlee
Republicans are going to lose the tax confrontation battle! Let’s say, as many propose, the conservatives hold the line and we end up going over the media-hyped “fiscal cliff.” Then what? I’ll tell you. By the first week in January the House will be so bloodied, chastened, have had their hats handed to them by the media and outraged (I hate that overworked tag) citizens that they will meekly OK raising tax rates on the 2 percent while extending the 98 percenters’ present rates; so what was accomplished? Nothing!
Here’s what to do: The House should now pass extending the rates for the so-called Obama 98 percent — that done, then pass a separate extension for the so-called 2 percent rich guys; it’s sure to fail in the Senate or get vetoed by President Obama. Now the onus is on the prez and his band of misguided zealots. Then it’s not if, but when te economy tanks it’s on their heads/their watch — and the Republicans can then claim a bigger majority in the House in 2014 and just maybe take back the Senate, unless they pick some ideologues who can’t keep their mouths shut on non-starters like abortion, women’s rights in the workplace, how many cats per family and other red herrings!
Standing by one’s principles is grandiose in theory, but in actuality you gotta remember “the law of large numbers” applies not only to economics but to the electorate and right now the Obamaites and their 47 percent of income tax non-payers are holding the cards. Let the economy sink back into a deep recession; then there just may be a call for a return to fiscal sanity. (You might think, “Wait, you’re playing politics with the country’s future!” Oh really? It’s been going on this way for 200-plus years!)
The 2012 annual CASA Volunteer Appreciation dinner recognizing 27 years of exceptional volunteer advocacy on behalf of the abused and neglected children of Allen County was held recently. Nearly 150 men and women are CASA – court appointed special advocates who volunteer their service for these children.
Once a year, a dinner is held to honor the years of service given by these volunteers, whether a volunteer just finished their training and are beginning their first case or was honored for 27 years of active service, as I was. Many volunteers have spent many years advocating on behalf of these children.
If anyone is interested in learning more about the program, call the office at 449-7190, the staff would welcome your call.
Patricia Hart Gumbert