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: 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.
READERS’ FORUM: April 20, 2013
• Harrop column lacked research, requires response
• Perplexed by gas price fluctuations
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- READERS' FORUM: May 20, 2013