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Jerry Davich: Dear Santa, a wish list from NWI

A letters Sant| Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 24, 2014 6:06AM



Dear Santa, Northwest Indiana may have been just as naughty as nice this past year, but we still have a holiday wish list for you.

Sure, we know many children across the region are asking for less toys, games and gadgets, and instead for more necessities such as shoes, coats and jobs for their unemployed parents.

Or they’re at least being more honest than some of our politicians, as one local schoolboy wrote in his “Dear Santa” letter: “I never get in trouble. I don’t hurt people. I’m not mean to people. I don’t lie.”

And yes, Santa, we understand you’re being stretched thinner than a county budget, and your poor elves are working harder than Speros Batistatos to relocate the South Shore Air Show.

With that said, we could really use some hope during this ho-ho-hum holiday season, so here are a few Yuletide wishes, from the serious to the sublime. Warmly, the residents of NWI.

For starters, a magic pill, potion or policy to curb the no-longer-shocking homicide rate in the city of Gary. It may raise your furry eyebrows, but too many of region residents are no longer fazed by the once-alarming number of deaths there.

Also, a little help convincing the critics of the proposed Illiana (ahem) Tollway that such expensive and invasive endeavors are the cost of “progress.” It appears the expressway will receive green lights until it’s built, so let’s make the best of it, with your blessing.

A belated thank you for any role you had in the so-called “Miracle at Mt. Baldy” rescue of that trapped young boy this past summer. It will surely be a very special Christmas this year for that family.

Anything at all you can do for the confused, disgruntled and uninsured people still trying to access the ObamaCare website. In hindsight, it appears easier to spot

A Carrabbas restaurant in Northwest Indiana, preferably in Porter County.

Zero-calorie Cinnabons, zero-cholesterol beef sandwiches at Portillo’s, and zero-wait time at that upscale restaurant in Cedar Lake.

Protect old Rudolph and the other reindeers on Christmas Eve as they pass over Ogden Dunes, the small lakefront community that seems dead-set on reducing its deer numbers.

Deliver compassion and understanding to those year-long grinches who have too little of both when it comes to dealing with drug addiction and its rippling aftermath.

More pounds of sizzled bacon for next year’s Bacon Fest in Portage, which almost fizzled this past year for lack of it.

Although it’s unlikely, no political corruption charges and convictions in Lake County in 2014, though it’s not looking very promising in Lake Station, for starters.

On a similar note, peace of mind for former Lake County Surveyor George Van Til, whose once-fine reputation will be forever tainted.

Less cases of heroin use in Porter County and more political heroines in Lake County.

Lakefront fishing access in the city of Gary for residents such as Silas Sconiers, who is waging a one-fisherman war to drop his line into Lake Michigan waters from a Gary access point.

A region-wide Disney-like monorail to transport commuters from here to Chicago. (Don’t get us started on the whole South Shore extension issue.)

More newspaper coverage of key issues, events and happenings in Newton, Jasper and Starke counties. Yes, I can serve as your elf on this one, I know.

Organize a busload of pampered, privileged teenagers from any gated community to be dumped off in any urban, dirty, gritty community for an entire day. Especially those snarky teens who take for granted everything their given on a daily basis.

On a personal note, please help readers who contact me with a column idea by reminding them I need – first and foremost – all the basic info: Who, what, where, why, when and how. And, if possible, a photo op, too.

‘GLBT’s petulant crybabies’

On a similar note, several readers echoed this reaction to my column on the gay IUN professor who claims discrimination from obtaining tenure at the college.

“I really am quite tired of the GLBT and other minorities crying foul and acting like petulant crybabies anytime they don’t get their way,” wrote long-time reader Jeff Eenigenburg. “So they don’t get tenure, or a raise, or someone doesn’t ‘embrace’ or accept their ‘way’ of life, and its automatically discrimination and hate speech.”

“Let’s face the facts, shall we? There are more people who suffer from the disease of hoarding than are GLBT. Yet we are constantly bombarded by this senseless babble of inequality and because they have money behind them, institutions and society in general cave, out of fear because they have been able to build legal precedence through manipulation of the system.”

Eenigenburg, who is an evangelical Christian, noted, “I will not apologize for my beliefs. My bible says that homosexual behavior is an abomination and a sin. If that makes me a bigot and narrow-minded, so be it. There really is nothing gray here, yet there seems to be people who want to pretend they know about my faith. I don’t judge, God does. It’s His rules, not mine.”

“God instituted marriage for companionship but more importantly the propagation of the human race. So Jerry, tell me where I’m going wrong here.”

Jeff, I will address your question in a future column.

‘Mild porn’ backlash

Several readers echoed the feedback from Sue Zajac regarding my recent column on the fourth-grade student who was suspended for one day for bringing to school a few Hooters playing cards.

“You are making a mountain out of a molehill here. First of all, the kid should have been suspended. Secondly, the suspension he received was nothing, a slap on the wrist. Just enough to make a point. Obviously, you have a very different view of Hooters, and mild porn in general. A one-day suspension is nothing and you owe Lake Central an apology for that column.”

Connect with Jerry via email, at jdavich@post-trib.com, voice mail, at 713-7237, or Facebook, Twitter, and his blog, at jerrydavich.wordpress.com.



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