Letters (April 13, 2016)

Convening new board is hopeful

By their own words, Marion County leaders continue to expose their ignorance of the core responsibility of their elected position. If commissioner Randy Dallke truly believes economic development is not the business of a government entity like the one he serves, he should be impeached.

His comments are an astonishing revelation considering the erosion of the Marion County economy and an appalling admission of the years of failure in bringing Marion County communities together for effective county wide economic recovery.

There is hope, however, in convening a board to assist the commission in fulfilling its very existence, to study options and gather information pertaining to business and community development, and then act upon it.

The selection process of the committee should avoid the format for the jail committee by putting aside considerations of same old criteria, wealth and cronyism.

Stan Thiessen


Gardner is leading in the right way

As a follow-up to Julie Gardner?s letter to the editor in the March 30 issue, I used to take care of the USD 410/Tabor College football and soccer stadium. Tabor?s first football homecoming in the new stadium was bitter cold and windy. As all homecomings are, it is very busy and I didn?t get to sit down to watch the game until midway through the first quarter.

My wife, Coleen, was talking to a young man and quickly recognized him because he was one of our former adopted sons. Coleen and I have adopted literally hundreds of TC students over the years we have lived here.

Coleen asked the young man, Andy, what he was doing. Andy said he was a director of a church camp in Texas. This surprised us because Andy was not a Christian in college. Coleen asked Andy how he got into being a church camp director. He said after college he became a Christian and gave sole credit to the influence of his former coach, Mike Gardner, for leading him to Christ.

After the game, we met two other former TC students and football players, one of which was another of our former adopted players. Both guys said they had turned their lives over to Jesus Christ and credited Coach Gardner for being a big influence on them.

The day was cold, bitter and windy, but after hearing the testimonies of those four young men that day, my heart was warm. I thank Mike Gardner for being such a big influence on them.

I have no pressure on me to win football games. I?m only Tabor?s biggest football fan! I don?t care if TC has a season of 8-3, 6-5, 3-8 or 0-11. I am supporting a coach and football team that is coaching and leading the right way, and that is the way through Jesus Christ.

I told Coach Gardner this incredible but true story a few years ago. Knowing him, he would be irritated at me for telling it publicly. I thanked Mike then for his work. I will than Mike again publicly. Keep up the good work!

Michael Ball


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