TERRE HAUTE —
Burning concern over fire potential this holiday week
Our family has been really concerned about the fireworks and the dry conditions. We are not in an area that waters their lawns and the grass in North Terre Haute around Sky King Airport is extremely dry.
We have looked at each other and said, what do we do? Do we have to sit up all night and watch our lawns in case some crazy kids set off fireworks that set the lawn on fire and it goes across the yard and catches the house on fire?
I have talked to some other people and they feel the same way. I guess since the city seems to be afraid to step on someone’s rights, the fire department better be prepared to have its hands full.
— Barbara Stoffer
America doesn’t need to be fixed
Imagine a society, not perfect, but where most people have jobs, crime and taxes are low, businesses flourish, and where the wealthy build libraries and universities.
Atlantis? No, America in 1913.
America was booming but politicians still had to fix it: by starting personal income tax; by creating the Federal Reserve and; by creating anti-monopoly laws (1890), even though there were none.
The first income tax was only 1 percent of the first $453,000 in today’s money. Unfortunately, the Fed just had to expand the money supply which begat the “roaring 1920s.”
The “Roaring 20s” begat the Great Depression: the way government-inspired “affordable” housing begat the recent recession.
The Great Depression begat many ongoing government agencies, apparently un-needed before 1932. As today, these were of questionable value; unemployment rate, 4.3 percent in 1913, only declined from 25 percent in 1933 to 15 percent by 1940. By then, taxes had risen to 10 percent on the first $30,000 and 51 percent on $400,000.
Next, government deficit spending, supported by Fed money, begat inflation.
Inflation, six-fold since 1970 alone, is why our middle class cannot compete with the un-inflated Chinas of the world, why many elderly cannot repair their homes and why the rich, who own assets, get richer.
Monopolies? Six-fold inflation controls our prices, not competition between businesses who take turns increasing prices. In truth, we get our low prices from monopoly-like businesses, like Sears Catalog of the past and Walmart today, not the small “government-approved” businesses.
Which proves again: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
— Ron Gore
High gas prices still perplexing
Why is the gas in Terre Haute so high? My sister visited from Florida. She said they filled up at home, and gas was $3.21. They had to fill up again in Georgia, and gas was 3.05. The further north they came the higher the gas. My brother-in-law said we are really getting taken.
I have felt that way also. It’s either the oil industry or politics.
— Mary Lou Collins
A real call for independence
What possible reason could anyone have to barbecue soy dogs and veggie burgers on the 4th of July, instead of animal body parts? Would any of these work?
• Not worrying about nasty E. coli and Salmonella bugs, if temperature is too low.
• Not worrying about deadly carcinogens, if temp is too high.
• Focusing on traffic and fireworks safety, rather than food safety.
• Giving your eyes a break from reading warning labels.
• Giving your body a holiday from saturated fat, cholesterol, and hormones
• Not sweating the animal cruelty and environmental devastation guilt trips.
• Celebrating a day of independence from the meat industry.
— Tommy Caton
Everyone needs to read Ron Mott’s commentary, “Show a little respect, please,” published on Saturday, June 30. He expressed my sentiments perfectly.
Respect and honesty are sorely missing in our society today. Thank you, Ron.
— Mary Alice Murphy
TERRE HAUTE —
Burning concern over fire potential this holiday week
READERS' FORUM: June 19, 2013
• Nutrition info falling short
READERS’ FORUM: June 18, 2013
• Beware those who follow Ayn Rand
• Poor excuse for gas price hikes
The Obama Debate: Is he a liar or incompetent?
I read the letters on the opinion page daily and I find an unusual silence from your liberal progressive contributors lately. Could it be because they don’t have anything to expound upon? Well, maybe I can give them some material.
A Fathers Day Tribute: Transition — from child to father
Transition seems like a big word to use as his story unfolds. Transition was probably never used in conjunction with speech, his speech, but it demonstrates his life, as it does in many lives lived in his generation.
READERS' FORUM: June 16, 2013
Horrible crime cries out for stern justice
Confused about groups’ merger
Global warming fraud exposed
The Obama Debate: President has served us well
I have not heard a positive thing by those in this area about this president since his 2008 election and 2009 inauguration. Why this manifestation, I just can’t understand.
READERS' FORUM: June 15, 2013
America needs another hero
READERS' FORUM: June 14, 2013
Mott statements contradict history
Display the flag
READERS' FORUM: June 13, 2013
Bad odor from gas prices
Build personal library
Morning after? No worries
READERS' FORUM: June 12, 2013
Like it or not, change coming
READERS’ FORUM: June 11, 2013
• Great support for local cause
• Another idea on housing issue
READERS’ FORUM: June 10, 2013
• What is the cost of our austerity?
• Vintage campers to gather at rally
• Seek a healthy food alternative
Readers’ Forum: June 9, 2013
• Taking time to help the world
• Reform by politics will not improve education
• Questions from a wondering mind
FLASHPOINT: Storm chasers must heed warnings, remember why we chase storms
The tragic death of noted weather researcher and former Discovery Channel storm chaser Tim Samaras has shaken all of us in the meteorological community.
READERS' FORUM: June 7, 2013
Thanks to those who helped VYFL
READERS' FORUM: June 6, 2013
Unions need to educate public
Can it really happen here?
READERS’ FORUM: June 5, 2013
• Steamed by rise in gasoline prices
• Time to look into voucher results
• Troubling precedent
READERS’ FORUM: June 4, 2013
• What can lead us into peace?
• What’s with John McCain in Syria?
• Slams and damns all part of process
• This cannot stand
READERS’ FORUM: June 3, 2013
• Appreciation for clean-up helpers
• Great help for food program
• Boston does not need sarcasm
FLASHPOINT: Humane Society does not merit IRS targeting either
Rep. Blaine Leutkemeyer is right that the IRS should not target any charitable organization solely on the basis of its ideology. Yet that’s exactly what he’s asking the IRS to do in his factually unfounded attacks on The Humane Society of the United States, the nation’s largest animal welfare organization and one that has the highest marks from the top charity watchdog organizations.
- READERS' FORUM: June 2, 2013
READERS' FORUM: June 1, 2013
• Pot use getting little attention
• Beware of thieves initiating scams
• Good start for new program
READERS' FORUM: May 31, 2013
History of service is labor of love
READERS' FORUM: May 30, 2013
World No Tobacco Day set for Friday
READERS' FORUM: May 29, 2013
Caring, concern from Dixie Bee
A painful change in phone dialing
READERS’ FORUM: May 28, 2013
• Missed chance for a hardliner’s proclamation
Readers’ Forum: May 27, 2013
Thanks for help honoring teachers
READERS’ FORUM: May 26, 2013
• Be suspicious of climate alarmists
• IRS abuses have a long history
• Lawsuit seeks fairness in Indiana’s alcohol laws
• Greed not good reason to change state alcohol laws
• Outraged over Deming proposal
• Why Americans must fight Islam
FLASHPOINT: A crisis at the NLRB
Most people in Indiana don’t even know what the National Labor Relations Board is. Well, why should they?
FLASHPOINT: Legislative session reflected Hoosier priorities
The 2013 session of the Indiana General Assembly came to an end just a few weeks ago with the final passage of our state’s next two-year budget.
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- READERS' FORUM: June 19, 2013