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Thank you for showing respect, General Motors employees

Dear Editor:

Last week, we buried my best friend, Lisa Wagner. During the funeral procession, we went down Miller Avenue to Grant Memorial Park to stay off the bypass.

I just want to say thank you for the respect shown to our procession going past General Motors plant in Marion.

The Employees on Miller Avenue stopped what they were doing, stood up and put their hands over their hearts or folded their hands. During a time in our lives when respect is so often forgotten for a funeral procession. I want to personally thank the General Motors employees for the respect shown to my friends drive to her final resting place. It did not go unnoticed by me and several others in the procession.

Patti Sevier, of Marion

Mike Cline is the right guy for Ward 2

Dear Editor:

Allow me to share my connection to Mike Cline and why I believe he is perfect to represent Ward 2 on the Marion City Council.

I attended Taylor University, graduating in 2007. In 2009, Mike hired me to work at the Indiana Statehouse, where he was media director for the House Republican caucus.

During my first interview, I could tell immediately he was quiet, calm and kind. These are rare qualities for someone in his position, which involved advising nervous legislators running for re-election every other year.

I remember he calmly presided as my co-workers and I loudly debated various issues in our small office, like whether Indianapolis should build a light rail system, for example.

I can’t imagine being trapped with a bunch of obnoxious 20-somethings in that shared space, but Mike graciously listened to us and then joined our discussions, pointing out facts and angles we hadn’t thought of. Even in high-pressure situations, I can’t remember a single occasion when he raised his voice. He brought a sense of long-term perspective to our work – impressive in an environment with many, many short-term crises.

As we have kept in touch over the years, it remains clear to me that Mike loves and prioritizes a very short list of things: Jesus, his family (especially grandkids), and the city of Marion. He is committed, but even better than that, he is centered, so his identity does not come from his professional role.

Having worked with legislators from multiple states and levels of government, including the U.S. House of Representatives, I can say without a doubt that more Mike Clines in office would make our public discourse gentler, more thoughtful and more discerning. I hope your readers vote for Mike Cline for Marion City Council.

Laura Finch, of West Chicago, Illinois