TERRE HAUTE —
Mayor, Republic solve trash issue
This is a follow-up to a letter I wrote which was in the Readers’ Forum on April 28, 2012. In that letter I explained an issue I was having in my neighborhood with our trash cans.
Shortly after that letter was published I received an email from Mayor Duke Bennett stating that he was unaware of the problem and would look into it. I shrugged it off thinking it was just a nice way of saying, “Hey, I’ve got bigger fish to fry.” However, a short time later a very polite, Mr. Bill Edington from Republic Services came to my home and told me that he was going to try to get the issue straightened out and explained that it had something to do with whether they used a side loader truck or a front loader.
Needless to say, I haven’t had to hunt my trash can down for a couple of weeks now, and I am very pleased with our local government taking the time to work on my small little problem. Thank you, Mayor Duke Bennett and your staff, for your time!
— Lacey Miller
Negative ads pervert politics
We are facing one of the most important elections in our history in 2012. And every day we will be bombarded with lies, half truths and occasionally even a few facts. We are being bombarded with millions of dollars in negative ads coming from where, we don’t know, to defeat certain candidates. Millions of dollars will be spent from outside Indiana to affect our elections and, because of the Supreme Court ruling, we don’t even have the right to know who is paying for those ads. That is not the America I believe in. If you are going to oppose the candidate I support, then have the guts to tell people who you are.
There will be facts, lies and half-truths flying from everywhere from both parties. Which one will we choose to lead America for the next two to six years. Sort through all the blame games and decide what kind of country you want to live in. Big government is not necessarily bad government and small government is not necessarily good government. What really matters is which part of America does each candidate really represent. Government is neither good nor bad; what matters is the philosophy of the people running the government. Do they favor a country where everyone should share in the prosperity or do they favor the few richest Americans? Are they willing to tax everyone fairly or do they favor the rich over the working people?
But I think the most important question we need answers to is how does each party or each candidate plan to get us out of the economic mess we are in. Do they favor only deregulation and tax cuts or do they favor fair regulation, a fair tax system and a plan to reduce expenses while creating jobs and growing the economy. In my opinion it takes both. We cannot have the kind of America where everyone has the chance to prosper by simply cutting spending and gutting the safety net people depend on — Social Security, Medicare, etc. We need a plan for growth in jobs and a plan to cut the budget where it will produce results and lower the deficit without doing it only on the backs of the poor and working people. We need shared sacrifice.
Cut defense spending especially in weapons procurement and expensive programs we don’t need. Cut parts of the farm bill that provide millions each year to the already rich not to grow crops. Create better enforcement of Medicare fraud and businesses failing to pay their fair share of taxes. It has been estimated recently that businesses and the rich fail to pay over $350 billion in taxes yearly. Medicare fraud has already been numbered in the millions. We need better enforcement of the laws to prevent this. PUT AMERICANS BACK TO WORK. Creating only 1,000,000 new jobs at $10 an hour would create millions of new tax revenue plus create billions in the economy which will help all kinds of businesses and create even more jobs.
That is the real issue in this election. Which party has the right philosophy that will get America moving again? Don’t get hung up on peripheral issues.
— Bill Pearman
VCSC team gives all-star response
The Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association would like to extend a sincere thanks to the Vigo County School Corp., especially Mick Newport and Superintendent Danny Tanoos.
Our annual football All-Star game, which includes 35 area high schools and gives back over $5,000 in scholarships each year, was in jeopardy due to a new rule proposed by the NCAA. This new rule would have prevented ISU from hosting the game and possibly ending our ability to conduct the game.
We contacted Mr. Newport at the VCSC and without hesitation both he and Superintendent Tanoos said they would do whatever they could to make sure the game would be continued and to make facilities at Terre Haute South available to us.
Since that time the proposed rule was defeated by members of the NCAA, and we will be able to continue the game at ISU but it was great that these two community leaders and the VCSC were willing to step up in a time of our need to help. When the rule was defeated by the NCAA we discussed the option of staying at the school with them, but they agreed that ISU was the best place to host the game and, in the future, if we ever needed them again they would be there for us.
Again, on behalf of the WVFCA THANK YOU!
— Greg Barrett
and Tom Jones
All-Star Game Director
TERRE HAUTE —
Mayor, Republic solve trash issue
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.
READERS’ FORUM: April 20, 2013
• Harrop column lacked research, requires response
• Perplexed by gas price fluctuations
Readers' Forum: April 19, 2013
Why won’t our pols talk to us?
Readers’ Forum: April 18, 2013
Caregivers do very good job: In response to a letter from Sam Wallace: Recently, I’ve been introduced to the cancer treatment center of Terre Haute, Hux Center, and have noted only good things about the personnel.
Readers’ Forum: April 17, 2013
Time to expand state’s Medicaid: Thank you for your very timely recent coverage of Medicaid expansion.
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