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The choice of a benevolent God?

In a recent IR opinion piece, the writer told us how Christians approached the election (not how they view the president-elect as the title stated). In it the writer said, “We did not pray for the victory of either candidate, but relied on God to give us the leader he chose, for we cannot know the heart of any politician. Only God knows that and we trust him to put in place the one who will fulfill the plans God has for our nation.”

The writer’s intent was to shed light on how prayer played a role in informing Christian voters. Instead, it rationalized the president-elect's victory by shifting personal responsibility away from flesh and blood individuals and placed it in the hands of God. According to this way of thinking, in order to fulfill His plans, God chose a hate-mongering bigot to be the leader of the free world. This man, whose agenda marginalizes the most vulnerable Americans and our fragile earth, couldn’t have been the choice of a benevolent God.

— Matt Brophy, East Helena

Family not welcome in our town?

First Congregational Church and Billings are at risk of losing a family. Since the recent election, when one of our families takes their 4-year-old son out to play in his yard, their neighbor feels it is incumbent on himself to hurl obscenities and invectives at them. They are seriously considering moving to a more welcoming and civil community.

In the neighbor’s defense, with both parents being women, I’m sure this “gentleman” feels he is justified in using his constitutionally guaranteed First Amendment rights to swear at a 4-year-old boy. In our town.

-- Brian A. Bross, MD, Billings

Consistency is key to great coach

There's one simple word which both separates and describes a great coach and places them on a pedestal above the rest, and that's consistency. Their goals are simple as well: one game at a time, year after year, winning each game and establishing a presence in the playoffs.

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Winning a title is the big payoff in the end for their teams, but being consistent each and every year is the key. If a board were selecting a coach and truly wanted a very successful program, regardless of the sport, one could simply look at their past performance and key in on consistent records, not a once-in-a-lifetime championship.

Consistency is driven by sound leadership, positive motivation, and knowing what buttons to push on each and every player and each and every coach to maintain that motivation. It all starts at the top and filters down to the lowest level, and that means nurturing young players throughout the season as well.

When your boards are selecting coaches, don't let one-time champions fool you; dig deeper and select the most consistent coach. He or she will prove to be the greatest leader and produce the greatest teams in the end. They are guaranteed to make decisions for the good of the team and not the individual players!

-- Tony Mauro, Columbia Falls

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