Farewell, Howard County
In the last four years, I have been very blessed to have served the people of Howard County as a commissioner. In my lifetime, I have been able to travel a little and do a lot and believe it or not, I would include my time as commissioner in the Top 10 list of adventures I am glad I have experienced — so far.
To all county employees, I say thank you for your hard work and deification. My only regret in this job these last four years is being unable to convince others that you have earned and much deserve an increase in your wages. To each of you that I have worked closely with, you have helped me be a better commissioner and a better person. From the bottom of my heart I say thank you (I hope you know who you are). To quote the great Indiana labor leader Eugene Debs, “When I rise, it will be with the ranks not from the ranks.” Being a Howard County employee, if only for a short time, has lifted me.
To the folks of Howard County, I say “thank you” for your vote four years ago and since then for letting me know how you feel on any given issue. I hope I have represented you well. Deciding very early on not to seek re-election enabled me to be an independent beholding onto the to taxpayer — not to any special interest group, media outlet, self-serving elected official or organized party. As you may know, I am a Democrat but I believe that the people are best represented by a healthy two-party system. When one party in th county is not strong, the other party will rule unchecked and I hope my party will work smart to more balance the scale. I believe it will make for a better community.
Most of all, I want to thank my wonderful wife for her sage advice, making me laugh, her unique outlook on county government (including politicians) and putting up with me these last four years.
No goodbyes just good memories. May God bless Howard County and her employees and may God bless the United States of America.
Bill Thompson, Howard County commissioner
We’re living in an evil world
In reading my Bible today, I was re-reminded about another mass murder and senseless killing of little children. King Herod ordered the death of all males two and under living in or near Bethlehem. Trying to protect his power he thought he could thwart God.
With our human minds we can never understand why the Newtown murders happened. I understand however that because of living in a sinful world, evil will always have an influence that pulls us away from a more godly life. John Murdock lost an election because he in-artfully stated God controls our universe. I believe in an all-powerful, all-knowing God. Before time begin God knew those innocent people in Newton would be murdered by evil of this world. We have free will. We were not created robots nor are we puppets for some celestial puppeteer.
As we all race toward Christmas Day ponder as Mary did and my hope is you realize that despite the horror and pain of the last few days The Greatest Miracle will be celebrated again. God came to earth to allow us to be realigned with Himself.
We will never remove the sin and pain of our human existence but we can make it infinitely so much more bearable with Jesus Christ integrated into our lives. Celebrate the reason for the season and let the Christ child light up you life and your eternity.
Mike Moran, Kokomo
Farewell, Howard County
May 24, 2013: Letters to the editor
Commissioner takes both sides of issue
Much like John Kerry several years ago, Paul Wyman seems to have actually voted for the $87 billion before he voted against it. This chap cannot seem to make up his mind on the issue of industrial wind complexes.
May 23, 2013: Letters to the editor
Let people be free; legalize use of drugs
I think it is an unfortunate display of unbridled power fueled by mistaken notions about the consequences of drug usage, production and distribution that two raids were allowed to take place in Kokomo.
May 22, 2013: Letters to the editor
Servicemen enemies of U.S. Constitution?
One of the enduring features of our constitutional republic is the right of its citizens to know what their government is doing. The current administration has decided to develop new policies on religious tolerance in the military.
May 21, 2013: Letters to the editor
Tipton development: A study in contrasts
These are exciting times for Tipton County, with Chrysler coming to the county and bringing more than 800 legitimate jobs.
Letter to the Editor: May 13, 2013
Good people wouldn’t do this to their neighbors. This common refrain is being heard over eastern Howard County where industrial development is planned for our farmland in the form of massive wind turbines.
Letters to the Editor: May 12, 2013
How fortunate, that after years of trying to bring top-notch wind energy companies to Tipton County, this great choice is here for us — just at the right time. Tipton County badly needs the revenue from clean wind farm companies.
Letter to the Editor: May 10, 2013
As a taxpayer and concerned citizen of eastern Howard County, I have read some of the latest scholarly and peer-reviewed information available on industrial wind turbines. It’s not something I ever wanted to do or expected to do, and I do not pretend to be an expert even after reading much information.
Letters to the Editor: May 9, 2013
More than 1,500 Hoosier children just received an early death sentence from the Indiana Legislature. By slashing the state budget for tobacco prevention and cessation by 38 percent, our lawmakers told us that the health and future of our children isn’t important.
Letters to the Editor: May 8, 2013
The citizens of Howard County have watched Tipton County’s elected officials deal with growing opposition to wind farms. They have responded to the concern of their citizens and are reviewing their ordinances related to wind development.
May 5, 2013: Letters to the editor
All at IU Kokomo deserve recognition
This week, nearly 550 Indiana University Kokomo students will reach a milestone they will treasure for a lifetime when they become IU Kokomo's newest graduates.
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