God created us male and female, in his image. For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. Marriage is a picture of Christ’s love for the church.

We are drifting away from God and the Bible; we’ve lost our moral compass. On a human level, it’s not about you or me, it’s about the very fabric of society. More than that, it’s not about humans, it’s about God.

Marriage has been the foundation of society throughout history and throughout the world. It is always male-female. That is the way we are made, and it is for the purpose of procreation. That is obvious. To call same-sex unions “marriage” is to misuse the word. “Equality” is not the issue; what’s right is the issue.

For children to be brought up in a home where both parents are the same gender can only cause them confusion and emotional harm.

If two men want to marry each other, or two women want to marry each other, they are only thinking of themselves. “We can adopt,” they might say.

The children to adopt had to come from a male-female union. How can a home where both “parents” are the same sex be healthy for a child?

Focus on the Family affirms “40 to 50 years of strong, diverse, mainstream research telling us that kids do best when they grow up with their own married mother and father; and that every other form of family fails to provide the good things and benefits that children need.”

Homosexual union is against God. We are not our own. We are all accountable to God.

Daniel Eddy

Ravenna

Strong record ?at Timken

I am responding to the story in Sunday’s paper by Jim Mackinnon (“Timken feels heat from two investors”). I am an employee of the Timken Co. and work in one of the two steel mills that Timken operates in northern Ohio.

The company has an excellent record of business accomplishment and return to its shareholders and the community at large. For two outside entities to say otherwise in Mackinnon’s article is opportunistic and self-serving.

It would appear that these outfits are not interested in making any products or contributions to the Timken Co. Remember what Bain Capital did to other manufacturing plants in this region.

Further research indicates that if given the chance, Relational Investors and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System would attempt similar actions.

Instead of investing capital and manufacturing goods, Timken will spend millions in legal fees in order to protect its funds and assets.

I want to recommend that every shareholder of any amount of Timken stock support the current management position and retain local control.

Bob Kennedy

Orrville

Dangerous duty

What a great article on the submariners (“Submariners still meeting to share tales of dangerous days at sea,” March 25). I remember my father’s stories about World War II and the awful loss of friends and family.

How scary the thought of going off to war, yet so many did with great determination and a strong sense of duty.

It may be somewhat late, but I thank the submariners for serving and fighting to protect my freedoms, which are now being chipped away.

I can only imagine what makes them shake their heads in disgust and disbelief at what is happening to this (once) great country of ours.

Sandy Chadima

Cuyahoga Falls

Baggage carried ?by the airlines

God bless airline flight attendants and baggage handlers at airports. Naturally, spring break is a bad time to fly. I haven’t flown for many years.

What an eye-opener. Since airlines charge for one bag, people now bring on luggage, no matter the size or weight. Overhead bins are stuffed, and if they have more than that, they now have what is called valet luggage areas under the plane.

All I can say is that people have gotten smarter than the airlines. These valet luggage areas are free.

I guess that once you are near the plane, there is no turning back, so the luggage handlers take it, tag it with a yellow tag and you wait for it in the airport aisle before entering the airport. Even though my returning flight was delayed, my luggage got to Akron-Canton airport before I did.

I told them the next time I fly, I want to go where my luggage is going. I, at least, won’t have the kitchen sink in my luggage.

Nancy Jackson

Akron

Repeat performance

President Obama’s speech to the students in Israel was empowering, but don’t hold your breath.

It was a typical Obama campaign speech, telling the audience what it wanted to hear.

In the coming months, we’ll hear and see him do exactly the opposite.

His speech was just one more of his big lies.

J.T. Smith

Massillon