TERRE HAUTE —
• Lugar initiatives helped the Valley
I have found it somewhat disturbing to see some of the negative comments about whom I consider to be one of the greatest Hoosiers of our time, Sen. Richard Lugar. Lugar has represented our state and nation admirably for many years. He is widely respected in the nation and world for his many accomplishments.
Although he is a clear conservative, he is not a person who goes around thumping his chest and giving out sound bites about everything wrong with our country. He actually comes up with thoughtful conservative ideas and tries to get them enacted usually in a bipartisan fashion.
I doubt if many people know how some of his initiatives in the Wabash Valley have helped our citizens. My area of expertise is in health care, and in that arena I know well what Sen. Lugar has done for our region.
In 1992 Union Hospital began a project to improve the access to health care for citizens of the Wabash Valley with a focus on rural underserved populations. I was fortunate to be selected as director of that project. We called our new project the Midwest Center for Rural Health. We knew to be successful we would need to have both popular and political support. We met with many citizen groups and all of our local, state and federal officials to generate support and enthusiasm for the project, which was designed primarily to prepare health care providers for service in rural underserved areas.
Everyone we met with was supportive, but one in particular was instrumental in our success — Sen. Lugar. I learned that Sen. Lugar is not a “lip-service” person. He is an action person. He put us in contact with the department of agriculture and with the commerce department. The result allowed us to construct a state of the art medical facility in Clay City. This facility has been used by hundreds of health care students as an introduction to rural health care.
He helped us find federal funding for the construction of the Landsbaum Center for Health Education in Terre Haute.
When the Center for Medicare Services said we could not expand our teaching programs in Terre Haute, he sponsored legislation that allowed for the expansion. When Vermillion and Parke counties were designated as very underserved, he supported the development of the Vermillion Parke Community Health Center, which now serves 30,000 patient visits per year in Parke and Vermillion counties and turns away no one.
About a year ago he called our office; he had become intrigued with the idea of having a mobile medical unit providing health care to remote rural areas without good access to health care. As a result of his prodding and the support of his staff, the Vermillion Parke County Clinic was able to competitively get a grant for a mobile health bus that will be providing health and dental care at all the schools in Vermillion and Parke counties and at the same time educating the next generation of doctors, nurses and many others. You will be seeing that unit at fairs and festivals this summer.
These are but a few of the actions he has taken to help the citizens of the Wabash Valley, and I am certain there are many other examples throughout the state.
In 2006 we asked Sen. Lugar if we could express our appreciation to him by renaming our center. I am very proud to have been the first director of the Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health at Union Hospital. I very much look forward to what more we can accomplish in the Wabash Valley and nation with the support of our great senator from Indiana.
— James R. Buechler, M.D.
• Theory, law not the same
The following is a response to the letter titled “Theory doesn’t mean unproven,” found in the Tribune-Star on April 17.
The statement was made by an author from Rose-Hulman that another author “should know that scientists use the terms ‘law’ and ‘theory’ interchangeably.” Ad contra, the words “theory” and “law” as used in science are related but different in their meaning. This confusion had bedeviled science-teacher education for decades and was finally clarified by William F. McComas at the University of Southern California. Scientific Laws are generalizations, principles or patterns in nature and theories are the explanations of those generalizations. Thus, the terms “law” and “theory” are not interchangeable within natural science.
In common speech “theory” is usually understood as someone’s “preferred idea.” But that view is exactly what we do not mean by “theory” in natural science. I do not see this misunderstanding as primarily the fault of the “laity” to correct. More to the point, what is not needed, but what in fact was done, is someone in natural science patronizing someone who is not.
— Chuck Johnson
• Retire Sen. Lugar and Rep. Bucshon
Sen. Lugar was indeed quite a statesman, long ago. But he has “grown in the office” so much it’s hard to find the conservative he once was. The problem is that he perfected the art of playing to both sides. He talks conservative, and votes liberal. The talk is enough to satisfy superficial conservatives, and the votes are enough to satisfy most liberals, so he has all his bases covered.
People like Lugar and Bucshon are what we call RINOs, Republican In Name Only. That might have been arguable until he got desperate and started soliciting campaign contributions from Democratic senators, and mailing solicitations to the Strong Democrat list. Why would he expect Democrats to want to keep him in office enough to give him money? Think about it.
Bucshon seems to have mastered Lugar’s technique of playing both sides much more quickly. From what he says, it’s clear he understands the situation very well. He talks one hell of a fight. But he follows in lock step with the sniveling Speaker Boehner, taking a dive on every important issue, then throwing us a bone once in a while to make it look good.
As Kristi Risk recently pointed out, while continuously pledging to repeal Obamacare, he voted for a Wisconsin Democrat’s bill to extend Obamacare to cover veterinary practice.
That appears to make no sense at all. But for someone playing to both sides it makes perfect sense. Now the conservatives can take note of his words, and the liberals can take note of his votes, and he has it made.
Unfortunately Kristi took note of his vote too, and she told.
Fool me once, shame on you. But now that we know the score, we have no excuse to be fooled again. It’s time to retire them both.
— Oral Deckard
• In government, less can be more
First of all, I applaud a recent letter writer for backing her father for election. But beyond that, I didn’t get much from the letter. I read it through three times, and I am still not sure what the point was. The only thing I got was that the writer favors big government intervention in all phases of the lives of all Americans. The letter rambled on about “are candidates really Republican or Democrat,” or “why are they running for office.” Then she hinted that big unions were the answer to all working people’s problems.
Not all people agree that big government and its meddling in all phases of their lives is the answer, or that we must have big unions. Less government intervention does work. There are many people who believe that the ones paying the bills (companies) should have control over who works for them.
Of course, Democrats and unions think otherwise.
Government, politicians and unions have overstepped their authority. Their aim is to control all aspects of your life and mine. Can you spell “dictator”?
— Joe DeLorme
TERRE HAUTE —
• Lugar initiatives helped the Valley
READERS’ FORUM: May 21, 2013
• Great response to annual golf outing
• Doing your part on climate change
READERS' FORUM: May 20, 2013
The dangers of a little knowledge
Students enjoyed Rose study trip
READERS' FORUM: May 19, 2013
• Flawed reasoning on gun checks
• A hint of things yet to come?
• Are the ‘makers’ doing the ‘taking’?
• The ‘Obamination’ is finally revealed
• Pondering effects of Obamacare
• Fantasizing on the ‘Apocalypse’
• Another view of Hinduism
• Great experience for HCMS students
FLASHPOINT: A legislative session of missed opportunities
Given the nature of politicians, grand claims of accomplishments and overblown rhetoric about “historic” efforts are to be expected at the close of any legislative session.
READERS' FORUM: May 17, 2013
Hinduism doesn’t deserve ridicule — Shefali Purohit, Terre Haute
Readers' Forum: May 16, 2013
Moving Deming folks sounds ‘nuts’
Readers' Forum: May 15, 2013
Participants rise to the challenge: I would like to write a letter congratulating all the Wabash Valley Roadrunners that competed in the One America Indianapolis Mini Marathon.
READERS' FORUM: May 14, 2013
ISTEP failure exposes flaws
Community hasn’t changed its spirit
Egregious threat to nation’s defense
READERS' FORUM: May 13, 2013
• Women’s group criticizes Bucshon
• Let’s hope this doesn’t come true
• Many get thanks for fest success
READERS' FORUM: May 12, 2013
Vigo Youth Football, entering 45th year, seeks new support
Media ignoring important case on abortions
Proud to be old-fashioned
Guns in school? What’s next?
Promoting hate not a ‘brave’ act
FLASHPOINT: Again in 2013 General Assembly, middle class generally ignored
Last year, the people of Indiana entrusted the Republican Party with some of their most precious possessions.
Readers’ Forum: May 11, 2013
I just wanted to express my disappointment at the lack of response shown by President Obama after the Boston Marathon bombings.
Readers' Forum: May 10, 2013
CANDLES event plants new seed: On April 26, CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center hosted an event called “Sowing Seeds of Peace: A Celebration of Spring” at the Apple House. Our purpose was to introduce people to our concept of forgiveness as a seed for peace.
READERS’ FORUM: May 6, 2013
• Money drives our newfound ‘needs’
• Guns not the only dangerous objects
Readers’ Forum; May 5, 2013
Thankful for Pyle museum: I was happy to see the announcement of the Ernie Pyle Museum’s summer season opening, and I was reminded of how fortunate we all are to have such a museum close by.
FLASHPOINT: Lessons from the legacy media — get it right, first
Enough mistakes and maybe we’ll learn: When in doubt, leave it out.
FLASHPOINT: Hoosiers got steady hand in recent session
As the General Assembly began its work last November, as Speaker of the House, I pledged a renewed spirit of bipartisanship with legislators working together to solve our state’s most pressing challenges. As this year’s legislative session concludes, representatives from throughout the state — Republican and Democrat — have joined together to address those issues at the forefront of Hoosier minds: maintaining our state’s fiscal integrity, spurring job creation and expanding education opportunities for every Hoosier family.
READERS' FORUM: May 3, 2013
Deep gratitude during tragic time
READERS’ FORUM: May 2, 2013
• Terre Haute takes care of their own
• Postal contract causes concern
• Food price rise not appreciated
READERS' FORUM: May 1, 2013
Great support for Clay Habitat
READERS’ FORUM: April 30, 2013
• Gujarat attack was provoked
• Proud honor for THN student
READERS’ FORUM: April 29, 2013
• Avoid language of extremism
Readers' Forum: April 28, 2013
Another debacle for landowners: The integrity of our city and county officials continues to erode with an Issue that has come up on the east side of the city behind the Sycamore Terrace apartments.
FLASHPOINT: Time has arrived for overhaul of TV news
Former FCC Chairman Alfred Sikes gave an address in 1992 in which he claimed television news was too superficial and too focused on visuals.
Readers’ Forum: April 25, 2013
• Common Core: A simple choice
• Club again launches St. Ann’s fundraiser
READERS’ FORUM: April 24, 2013
• Good service was noticed
READERS’ FORUM: April 23, 2013
• Another great season at THN
• We’ve discarded our own privacy
READERS’ FORUM: April 22, 2013
Chickens should not be banned from residences
A challenge to Islamist dogma
FLASHPOINT: Fiscal cliff, Obamacare have already raised taxes enough
Our history is rich with stories of people who have immigrated to the United States for a chance at the American Dream. The American Dream, in its truest form, is the opportunity to achieve success by working hard and playing by the rules; to make it on your own and to say, “I earned this.”
Readers’ Forum: April 21, 2013
Vouchers need continued support: Indiana’s school voucher program is working and we hope area legislators will continue to support improvements to this important initiative. Here’s why.
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