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Updated: February 5, 2013 6:07AM



We mourn with Newtown, and try to move forward

As families in Newtown, Conn., mourn, we mourn with them. Our hearts try to go on, standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Newtown.

As the surreal details emerged through TVs, phones and computers, our world paused and cried.

We questioned.

We tried to understand.

Yet, there is no understanding. There are no answers. There are only days.

Days to hold our children closer.

Days to be a little kinder.

Days to cherish each blessing.

Days to wrap our hearts and souls around the grieving, as our world gradually moves on.

Bernadette Hartsough

Valparaiso

Newtown killings not nearly as bad as abortion in the U.S.

Although the recent killings in Newtown, Conn., were horrific, I am amazed
at the profound level of shock and bewilderment from people worldwide.

Many of these same people —
especially politicians and members of the mass media (who gleefully beat this story to death) — openly approve of and, in some cases, even partake in the mass slaughter of innocent children through abortion.

How many of these people have had abortions to advance their careers? Indeed, more than 1 million children are murdered through abortion each year in the good ol’ United States of America.

So why all the shock and awe at something comparatively smaller?

Do these people really think all the state-sanctioned and media-supported violence we see in sports, movies, video games, abortion, etc., would lead to peace?

Paul Kokoski

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Indiana must act to protect tax credits that help children

The area’s increase in child poverty (“More students living in poverty, but little funding available to help them,” Dec. 18) is alarming.

But Indiana’s congressional representatives can help.

The federal Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit lift nearly 5 million children out of poverty every year.

Both bipartisan credits reward hard work. And both put money back into
the economy, helping parents buy food,
clothes and other basics from local
merchants.

Yet, as part of the federal “fiscal cliff,” both will expire in their current forms.

Indiana’s leaders in Congress need to hear that a fiscal cliff solution must protect these lifelines for working families. These decisions will determine whether child poverty gets better or worse.

And, for local kids, there is no more important choice.

Bruce Lesley,

President,
First Focus Campaign for Children,

Washington, D.C.



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