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Letter: God is constant, not mutable

As revealed in the Bible, God is consistent from cover to cover. Recently, several letters to the editor portray God as someone he is not or that Christians should ignore who God is. Jesus broke down the Ten Commandments into two commandments – love the Lord thy God with all your heart, soul, and mind and love your neighbor as yourself. In order to love God one must respect what he revealed about his nature, and with regard to same-sex marriage he never condoned that union. He said in the beginning and as it is written throughout the Bible marriage is between one man and one woman. The Bible reveals God is the destroyer of Sodom and Gomorrah and that a man laying with another man is an abomination. The Apostle Paul wrote several times reaffirming what was written. Jesus said he came to fulfill God's word – not destroy it. Some people claim man was not inspired by the spirit of God to write books over several centuries where God reveals his nature and that man is fallible so therefore man got certain parts wrong. It must be difficult for those people to decide who God is. It probably goes something like this, "I believe God said this but I can't believe God would say that" or they just choose to ignore certain parts altogether. In essence each person who does that is creating their own God in their own image. With respect to Jesus' second command he said to love your neighbor as yourself. That does not mean to condone the actions of your neighbor. Unfortunately, some Christians act un-biblically in this regard. If you love someone you want your neighbor to love them also but you cannot force them to. Some same-sex marriage advocates say it is not a religious issue. That is also incorrect. We are to love our neighbor as a person but cannot condone those choices contrary to what God has revealed. One letter writer suggested to use the term "marriage" as a religious ceremony sanctioned by God and to use "civil union" or something similar as a state sanctioned ceremony that legalizes the union. Again, like abortion, the writer is asking Christians to accept that which is contrary to God's revealed word. Plus, those who believe in God but disagree with what "man" wrote in the Bible with respect to marriage probably won't like this arrangement either because they want God's blessing in that marriage. I'm sure there are some who will respond with narrow-minded, ignorant, intolerant, and probably worse. But the reality is this conflict was created by people wanting to change the world contrary to why God created us forcing us to take a stand for God's created plan. It is written God created us in his image but we are free to make our own choices and some would rather create a God that reflects the way they want God to be. But as it is written God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow and that's the choice most Christians will make. Ken Anderson Hot Sulphur Springs

Letter: God is constant, not mutable

As revealed in the Bible, God is consistent from cover to cover. Recently, several letters to the editor portray God as someone he is not or that Christians should ignore who God is. Jesus broke down the Ten Commandments into two commandments – love the Lord thy God with all your heart, soul, and mind and love your neighbor as yourself. In order to love God one must respect what he revealed about his nature, and with regard to same-sex marriage he never condoned that union. He said in the beginning and as it is written throughout the Bible marriage is between one man and one woman. The Bible reveals God is the destroyer of Sodom and Gomorrah and that a man laying with another man is an abomination. The Apostle Paul wrote several times reaffirming what was written. Jesus said he came to fulfill God's word – not destroy it. Some people claim man was not inspired by the spirit of God to write books over several centuries where God reveals his nature and that man is fallible so therefore man got certain parts wrong. It must be difficult for those people to decide who God is. It probably goes something like this, "I believe God said this but I can't believe God would say that" or they just choose to ignore certain parts altogether. In essence each person who does that is creating their own God in their own image. With respect to Jesus' second command he said to love your neighbor as yourself. That does not mean to condone the actions of your neighbor. Unfortunately, some Christians act un-biblically in this regard. If you love someone you want your neighbor to love them also but you cannot force them to. Some same-sex marriage advocates say it is not a religious issue. That is also incorrect. We are to love our neighbor as a person but cannot condone those choices contrary to what God has revealed. One letter writer suggested to use the term "marriage" as a religious ceremony sanctioned by God and to use "civil union" or something similar as a state sanctioned ceremony that legalizes the union. Again, like abortion, the writer is asking Christians to accept that which is contrary to God's revealed word. Plus, those who believe in God but disagree with what "man" wrote in the Bible with respect to marriage probably won't like this arrangement either because they want God's blessing in that marriage. I'm sure there are some who will respond with narrow-minded, ignorant, intolerant, and probably worse. But the reality is this conflict was created by people wanting to change the world contrary to why God created us forcing us to take a stand for God's created plan. It is written God created us in his image but we are free to make our own choices and some would rather create a God that reflects the way they want God to be. But as it is written God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow and that's the choice most Christians will make. Ken Anderson Hot Sulphur Springs

Vanessa Rus: How can Colorado turn down civil unions but allow medical marijuana?

To the Editor: I am a conservative female but I am not a backwards thinker. It truly baffles me how the state of Colorado will reject the latest attempt at a civil unions bill but allows marijuana laws to continue. To me, this is backwards thinking, as well as dangerous. Educators and the like know that marijuana is the gateway drug to other drugs. There is nothing beneficial when using marijuana, nothing that proves that marijuana and dispensaries alike will bring enough financial revenue that would help with financial problems within a county or state. How is it that the state of Colorado could continuously allow something so harmful to pass and yet when it comes to love (and we need to leave out church and state) that a couple is not allowed to share in the same benefits as my husband and I do? Where is the harm in that? Do civil unions cause break-ins and death? Do civil unions cause people to go from one drug to another harmful drug? Isn’t love the most powerful drug of all? Can we stop putting religion into something that is so incredibly personal? Love should be one of the only drugs allowed. It’s never harmful and it certainly doesn’t lead to the downfall of human dignity. The state of Colorado and religious leaders need to focus on the fact that God and Christ didn’t have bias to such things. To me, God and Christ would rather have peace and love between human beings of all shapes, sizes, race, sex, creed and what have you. Christ didn’t have large buildings to preach in. Christ didn’t tell any of his followers whom they should or should not love. It was the ideology of man to refurbish God’s word. God loves all his children, regardless. Keep religion out of the personal matters of one’s life. Allow same-sex couples to share in the rights of heterosexual couples. They are not asking for “marriage.” They are only asking to be covered under similar statutes of heterosexual couples. Get rid of the marijuana laws. Those laws are RUINING LIVES. Vanessa Rus Grand Lake

Letter: Letter about homosexuals rife with ignorance

In regards to Wayne Lela's view on homosexuality: My husband and I laughed at the blatant ignorance displayed in his letter to the Sky-Hi. How could you possibly relate BDSM to homosexuality? An individual's right to marry does NOT place harm on anyone if they choose the same sex. Marijuana is more harmful factually speaking. The war on same sex marriage is a shame. How many DEVIANT heterosexual couples or individuals are out there? PLENTY. How many heterosexual individuals involve themselves in "deviant" behavior? LOADS. The GLBT community does not harm any one individual, couple or community. It is the old school "logic" that Wayne displays that causes people like my husband and I to laugh at such ignorance. My husband and I support marriage equality, for it harms no one. As far as I knew… God and Jesus are about love … not bias and sheer ignorance. Vanessa Rus Grand Lake

Letter: Letter about homosexuals rife with ignorance

In regards to Wayne Lela's view on homosexuality: My husband and I laughed at the blatant ignorance displayed in his letter to the Sky-Hi. How could you possibly relate BDSM to homosexuality? An individual's right to marry does NOT place harm on anyone if they choose the same sex. Marijuana is more harmful factually speaking. The war on same sex marriage is a shame. How many DEVIANT heterosexual couples or individuals are out there? PLENTY. How many heterosexual individuals involve themselves in "deviant" behavior? LOADS. The GLBT community does not harm any one individual, couple or community. It is the old school "logic" that Wayne displays that causes people like my husband and I to laugh at such ignorance. My husband and I support marriage equality, for it harms no one. As far as I knew… God and Jesus are about love … not bias and sheer ignorance. Vanessa Rus Grand Lake

Letter: Samaritan Ministries dissolves its nonprofit

To the Editor: Samaritan Ministries would like to inform our community that we have dissolved our nonprofit organization and are no longer providing services. Over the last 30 years, Samaritan Ministries has made an indelible mark on thousands of individuals and families in Grand County. The love and encouragement offered, as well as emergency financial assistance, changed their lives and attitudes. Some life changes were permanent and some were "seeds," planted to grow at a later time in their lives. It was a privilege to plant those seeds knowing God's timing is the best. God instructed us to love our neighbors, not judge our neighbors. Samaritan Ministries strived mightily to do so for three decades. The steadfast support of many Grand County churches has been essential to this ministry. On behalf of countless clients who received shelter, heat, water, food, gas, medical and dental care, we sincerely thank our churches and Changes Thrift Store for your financial and emotional support. Samaritan Ministries has now dissolved. We thank God for the privilege of helping our neighbors. Our volunteers are committed to the needs of our community and will move on to other endeavors. We want to thank you for your support over the years, and hope that you will support other local nonprofits that will step up to fill the gap that Samaritan leaves behind. Cathy Childress Granby Editor's Note: Asked why the nonprofit is no longer, Childress said: "We struggled for years with obtaining adequate volunteers. The ones we had were on call 24 hours a day for weeks at a time. It was taking an emotional and physical toll on them. We took a six month leave of absence and upon return, decided that there were other nonprofit organizations that could pick up where we left off. It was not an easy decision."

Letter: Same-sex couples should have legal rights

To the Editor: Passions rise when talk turns to the topic of same-sex marriage, as exemplified recently in the opinion section of this newspaper. The debate always seems to revolve around a simple choice: should it be legal or not? Like most political issues, the issue is reduced to black or white, and the public is asked to choose one or the other. That is the problem with politics — nothing is simply black or white, and whichever way the vote goes, many people will be offended and the problem remains. One does not hear much about why people take the side they do. Is same-sex marriage a religious issue for them, a moral issue, a violation of their sensibilities, or an economic/political issue? If a person offered a valid rationale for their position, then perhaps an acceptable compromise could be reached. Here are my thoughts about it. Most marriages are performed in a church or synagogue by an ordained minister or rabbi. It is a religious ceremony and presumed to be righteous in the sight of God. Some marriages are performed by a political appointee and are strictly civil/legal ceremonies sanctioned by the state. Religious marriages, of course, must also be registered and sanctioned by the state. We have two different sanctioning authorities (God and state), yet the same word for each ceremony. Suppose we all agree to recognize the difference and call the religious ceremony a marriage and the legal ceremony something else. Civil union has been used, but perhaps a more acceptable term is needed. Once that takes place, there should be no further objection to same-sex "union" based on religious grounds. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…". If we accept that statement from our Declaration of Independence, then all men and women have the right to enjoy the benefits and grievances of our tax laws, regardless of their sexual orientation. After all, civil union is basically a taxation issue, while marriage is a religious issue, about which the state, constitutionally, can have no say. If the same-sex union clearly has no religious component, then people would have no valid objection to it on religious grounds. Back then to the civil objections. America was founded on the belief that we all have the unalienable right to the pursuit of happiness. No exceptions are listed, neither by gender, age, color, or sexual orientation. Making same-sex unions illegal denies some that right. Finally, there is the objection that the implied moral decline will eventually lead to the demise of the United States as happened to ancient Rome. As stated previously, the basic issue is about one's status as a tax victim of the state. Liberal/socialistic policies about government will bring about its demise long before social issues like racism, sexual orientation, drug usage, abortion, and marriage have much effect. Same-sex marriage? Give it a new name and enjoy the widespread happiness that ensues. Leave individuals alone to resolve their own religious conflicts. If God objects, He can handle it. Live and let live; just be sure the wording accurately expresses what is meant. Jim Mulholland Granby

Obituary: Sandra A. Schneller

Sandra A. Schneller 1933-2013 Sandra A. Schneller, 79 of Grand Island, Neb., died March 23, 2013, at home with her family by her side following a courageous battle with cancer. Celebration of life service will be 10 a.m. Friday, April 5, 2013, at North Shore Assembly of God in Hastings, Neb. Reverend Chris Johnson will officiate. Burial of ashes will be in the Sunset Memorial Gardens in Hastings. All Faiths Funeral Home of Grand Island is serving the family. Sandra (Sandy) was born April 18, 1933, at Beatrice, Neb., the youngest of five children of Martin and Mildred (Tewell) Trindel. She is survived by her husband Ben; daughters, Melissa Williams of Grand Island and Cynthia (George) Schroeder of Valley, Neb.; step-children, Daniel (Elaine) Schneller of Grand Lake, Colo., Benjamin Schneller of Chandler, Ariz., and Lynette Schneller of Broomfield, Colo.; brother, Kent Trindel of Winnsboro, Texas, and sisters, Jan Winters of Irving, Texas, and Barb (John) Simoni of Homewood, Calif.; grandchildren, Brandon and Emily Williams, Cody and Erika Williams and Travis Williams; great-granddaughter, Kennedy; step-grandchildren, Elijah, Ben, Andrew, Kayla, Martin and Oliver and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her first husband, Melvin McDaniel; daughter, Beckie McDaniel; son, Farley McDaniel; her parents and sister, Gail Cole. Sandy was raised and received her education in Beatrice where she graduated from High School in 1951. She attended Park College in Kansas City. She was united in marriage to Melvin McDaniel in 1955. They lived in California before moving to Hastings in 1969. She worked for Central Community College in Hastings before transferring to the Grand Island Campus in 1978 working as a registrar, retiring in 1989. On Sept. 9, 1989, she married Ben Schneller. They lived in Grand Lake, Lake Granby and moved to Grand Island in 2008. Sandy was an avid reader, loved to travel and spend time with family and friends. She especially enjoyed attending grandkids activities. Memorials are suggested to North Shore Assembly of God or American Cancer Society.

Deb M. Gahan: Thanks to all ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’

To the Editor: The need is great. We asked Grand County to participate and you did. Thank you seems such a small word to express the appreciation that the entire team feels for the way residents answered the call to help. I am humbled and in awe of the outpouring of generosity and giving of time, talent and treasures to help hungry neighbors around us. I grew up in a small town in Mississippi. We didn’t have a lot of things but we had a lot of good neighbors and we shared a love and common bond of the five F’s – friendships, family, football, faith and food. I never wanted to leave the South and all that Southern hospitality. And then I moved to Colorado and fell in love with the people and the beauty all around. It’s no wonder we live in a county called GRAND. The people are grand and genuine and caring. Where else does it take twice as long to grocery shop or pick up your mail at the post office because of so many neighbors to catch up with? People who remember your name. People who ask how your day is and really stop to listen. What a breath of fresh air in this fast-paced, crazy, me, me, me world. People who choose to unite on those things that really matter and leave the rest behind. Things like neighbors helping neighbors. This is evidenced all the time but especially during the preparations and execution of the 2nd annual “fun raiser” for TCP Food Bank and Angels Outreach NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS. It would take this entire newspaper to name each and everyone who contributed to the success of this event. You know who you are – pat yourselves on the back. Well done. Our target was $30,000. But 4,000 hits to the website, 62 online bids, 150 plus in attendance, and 500 silent and live auction items bid on later – all donated by Grand County neighbors – $50,000 was raised. Now we can feed/help another 1,000 during the tough shoulder season and long winter. THANK YOU and God bless you all. Deb M. Gahan Grand Lake

Obituary: Sandra A. Schneller

Sandra A. Schneller 1933-2013 Sandra A. Schneller, 79 of Grand Island, Neb., died March 23, 2013, at home with her family by her side following a courageous battle with cancer. Celebration of life service will be 10 a.m. Friday, April 5, 2013, at North Shore Assembly of God in Hastings, Neb. Reverend Chris Johnson will officiate. Burial of ashes will be in the Sunset Memorial Gardens in Hastings. All Faiths Funeral Home of Grand Island is serving the family. Sandra (Sandy) was born April 18, 1933, at Beatrice, Neb., the youngest of five children of Martin and Mildred (Tewell) Trindel. She is survived by her husband Ben; daughters, Melissa Williams of Grand Island and Cynthia (George) Schroeder of Valley, Neb.; step-children, Daniel (Elaine) Schneller of Grand Lake, Colo., Benjamin Schneller of Chandler, Ariz., and Lynette Schneller of Broomfield, Colo.; brother, Kent Trindel of Winnsboro, Texas, and sisters, Jan Winters of Irving, Texas, and Barb (John) Simoni of Homewood, Calif.; grandchildren, Brandon and Emily Williams, Cody and Erika Williams and Travis Williams; great-granddaughter, Kennedy; step-grandchildren, Elijah, Ben, Andrew, Kayla, Martin and Oliver and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her first husband, Melvin McDaniel; daughter, Beckie McDaniel; son, Farley McDaniel; her parents and sister, Gail Cole. Sandy was raised and received her education in Beatrice where she graduated from High School in 1951. She attended Park College in Kansas City. She was united in marriage to Melvin McDaniel in 1955. They lived in California before moving to Hastings in 1969. She worked for Central Community College in Hastings before transferring to the Grand Island Campus in 1978 working as a registrar, retiring in 1989. On Sept. 9, 1989, she married Ben Schneller. They lived in Grand Lake, Lake Granby and moved to Grand Island in 2008. Sandy was an avid reader, loved to travel and spend time with family and friends. She especially enjoyed attending grandkids activities. Memorials are suggested to North Shore Assembly of God or American Cancer Society