TERRE HAUTE —
Letter carrier food drive was a major success
As local coordinator for the 2012 National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive, I would like to thank the citizens of the Wabash Valley who donated nearly 54,000 pounds of food reflecting our community’s generosity and concern for our fellow citizens in need. Many thanks also go to area letter carriers who go above and beyond their duties every year to help collect donated food. Without their willingness to add food pickup to their daily duties, the food drive would not be possible.
An effort of this scale could not have been successful without the help of many groups and volunteers. My thanks go to the 2012 sponsors: B Plumbing and Heating, Union Hospital, United Way of the Wabash Valley, IBEW Local 725, and Duke Energy.
Also, thanks to John Etling, Tom Kuhl and Jennifer Buell of Catholic Charities, as well as Troy Fears and Ellen Reeves of United Way who recruited and coordinated groups to help.
We also thank local businesses, including Baesler’s Market, Page’s Market, Wal-Mart, Kroger Foods, IGA Locust Street, Sam’s Club, and Zorah Shrine who allowed collection bins at their locations, and WTWO, WTHI-TV, and the Tribune-Star for providing advertising.
In addition, thanks go to Lou Wildman, Wabash Valley Goodwill Industries, Terre Haute South Vigo football team, Downtown Rotary Club, Ryves Neighborhood Association, Wabash Valley Central Labor Council, and all other individuals and groups who assisted.
The need to provide food to the hungry continues and is a year-round concern. The National Association of Letter Carriers Annual Food Drive seeks to help and has been able to assist area food banks thanks to the giving spirit of our community. The amount of food collected nationwide increases each year, but the need also increases each year.
To all those who helped in some way by donating food, time, and effort, I offer my heartfelt thanks.
— Keith McElroy
Local Food Drive Coordinator
National Association of
Letter Carriers Local 479
Falsehoods abound in small space
Check out this web address: www.snopes.com/politics/obama/lawlicenses.asp.
Let me begin this letter by saying I am disappointed in William Thiel’s letter of Sunday, July 15. I hardly know where to begin to refute it. How so much misinformation can be crammed into one letter is beyond me.
How do you fight race hatred and suspicion? I have included the link above as it relates to why President and Mrs. Obama gave up their license to practice law in Illinois and it isn’t for any other reason than they don’t need them at this time and they can activate them again any time they want.
As for the congressman shouting at the president during a joint session speech that he was a liar, I can only say the man displayed not one ounce of patriotic pride. If you don’t like the president, that is your right, but to publicly say something so disrespectful is beyond anything I can imagine.
If Mr. Thiel is afraid for himself because of what he writes in his letters he must be slightly paranoid. No one is going to come to his door and arrest him. How Mr. Thiel can believe that President Obama has some sinister plan for this country defies logic. This man has worked tirelessly in the public sector to improve the lives of everyday Americans and continues to do so in the White House. He saved us from another Great Depression (which was caused by eight years of misgovernment by Mr. Bush).
I guess the propaganda being spread by the Republican Party has found an easy mark. If Mr. Thiel is so suspicious about President Obama, I wonder why he doesn’t suspect Mr. Romney for having offshore bank accounts (why not banks here at home?). Is there a different standard for the rich as to how they hide their money and not pay taxes? I just wish that the letter writer would take the time to do a little research on his opinions. He seems to accept the propaganda that is being spread as the truth with no proof of any of it.
Mr. Thiel talks about the race card, and as sad as it may be, it is the truth. Racism is now underground and continues to raise its ugly head by hiding behind politics. Do you honestly think there would have been all this misinformation about President Obama’s birth and his link to being Muslim (he isn’t) if he were a middle class white man?
I am also somewhat dismayed over the letter from Rep. Bucshon on the ACA. I have never seen so many untruths written by one person and then printed in the Tribune as if it is the truth. I wouldn’t believe anything the Chamber of Commerce says if they were standing on a stack of bibles 10 feet tall. They are another group funded by the super PACs and they say only what their contributors want them to say. Instead of spreading the falsehoods about the ACA, maybe Mr. Bucshon should be back in Congress working on the jobs bill that President Obama presented almost a year ago.
Mr. Bucshon forgot to mention the tax breaks small business people will receive when providing heath insurance. He also forgot to mention that over 30 million people will now be able to have some medical care. One way or the other, we as citizens pay for those who do not have insurance. I would rather everyone be required to have private insurance than be paying for visits to the ER because the person can’t afford to go to a doctor’s office.
As usual, Mr. Bucshon is spreading the gospel according to the Republican Party. They have gone so far to the right that there isn’t room for compromise at all. What strikes me as funny is the fact that the Republicans had input into the heath care bill and a lot of their “wants” are part of the law that all of a sudden they don’t like.
An additional 20 taxes? I would like to see a list of these supposed taxes. Just what are market-based solutions? I have a sneaky hunch that means we, the citizens, will be paying even more for less in the way of heath care insurance.
I know that the re-election of Mr. Bucshon is in the future, but he is laying the seeds right now for us to do some critical thinking about who represents us and our needs. I can’t help but feel a doctor isn’t the right person to represent us on the issue of heath care and jobs as his personal views would come into play, plus he seems to have forgotten that he represents all of our district, not just Republicans.
He won’t even entertain the idea that the ACA is a good thing and while some parts of it may need revising, voting against it 33 times to no avail is a waste of precious time and energy. There are other issues far more pressing than heath care, which is now the law of the land.
— Shirley A. Thomas
Is TV morality debated today?
I, too, will miss Andy Griffith. I loved the “Andy Griffith Show” and hope that the reruns last indefinitely.
Remember, however, Otis, the town drunk?
Yes, he was lovable and harmless, but he was a drunkard. I read a book about that show several years ago, and at one time, the producers debated as to the morality of having a drunkard on the show.
Does that ever happen anymore?
— Mark Burns