Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Opinion

March 25, 2014

Many OA high points this year

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They would also like to thank the businesses that provided a special discount for the card. Without their help, the fund raiser would not be possible. The class hopes everyone will enjoy the benefits of using the card and also supporting our local merchants.

Rosemary Moton

Freshman Class Sponsor

Batesville High School

Reader supports Ziemke decision

Dear Editor,

I write in reply to the letter of Mr. Whitehair, published in the March 18 edition of The Herald-Tribune, in which he disparages the vote of State Representative Cindy Ziemke against HJR-3. I wish to commend Representative Ziemke on her political courage in voting against HJR-3. HJR-3 was an attempt to enshrine bigotry and discrimination into the Constitution of the State of Indiana. Representative Ziemke was correct in voting against this bill which would have denied rights to a significant portion of our population.

Mr. Whitehair quotes some polls and surveys indicating that the majority of Representative Ziemke’s constituents were in favor of passing HJR-3. Perhaps Mr. Whitehair might recall that a majority of constituents in some political districts were once in favor of slavery. At some point in history, a majority of constituents in some districts were in favor of prohibiting marriage between people of different “races”. History has shown that those people were wrong. History will also show that it is wrong to prevent same-gender couples from enjoying the same legal rights as opposite-gender couples.

Representative Cindy Ziemke had the political courage to vote against discrimination and bigotry even while knowing that she was going against the beliefs of many of her constituents. I applaud her for that courage and strongly encourage the rest of our elected representatives, at both the state and federal level, to follow her lead.

Steve Kristoff

Oldenburg

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