TERRE HAUTE —
• Gibault needs to get better handle on its residents
Less than a year ago the south side of Terre Haute was briefly terrorized by guests in our community from Gibault School, now again, three kids aged 13 to 15 from outside our community are accused of beating, attempted carjacking and attempted armed robbery of at least one of our citizens while on hiatus from the Gibault School.
It’s time for this to stop. In October 2011, three 17-year-olds attacked a shopper at Wal-Mart, and then later stole a man’s truck from the White Castle parking lot after hitting him in the head with a board, eventually crashing while fleeing police and killing one of the criminals. Now three criminals less than 16 years old are accused of doing nearly the same (except for the death) while fleeing from the Gibault School. Do we need this in our community, I say no.
These violent kids are not from our community, the first three (in October 2011) were from Gary, more than 150 miles away and the latest escapees from Gibault are “not from the Terre Haute area” according to the Tribune-Star. Will it take a violent criminal from another community killing a Vigo County resident to get the attention of the Gibault School? Twice in only nine months escapees from this “school” have terrorized members of our community. We do not need this to occur ever again. Get them under control, or get them out of our community. Did Gibault do anything to notify the community that they were in danger because of the escape? It does not seem so.
If the Gibault School (is this really a school?) can’t control the criminals they house, then build a wall around it just like at the federal prison. They’ve had their chance and failed to control their clientele and as a result they have permitted those criminals to escape to injure and put members of our community in the hospital, twice in nine months.
Lock them down, move them with manacles and protect our community from criminals whose own community needed to get rid of them. If you’re going to bring them into our community, treat them like the criminals they are because they’ve proven, twice in the last year, that they don’t get it, that they don’t respect others, that they are violent and unrepentant, and that they will do anything, including hurting people from this area in order to escape.
Others like that populate our prisons, why should these “kids” be different. Lock them up for their crimes.
The record speaks for itself, excuses are redundant and I don’t want to hear them. It’s not kids from Honey Creek Middle school attacking people in the Wal-Mart parking lot, it’s kids from the Gibault School doing so, kids imported into this community because of bad behavior, or criminal activity, or that they weren’t wanted, and the threat to our community needs to stop now.
It’s simple, if Gibault can’t control them, get rid of them, lock them behind walls and barbed wire, whatever it takes, but stop the assaults on the south side, and don’t make excuses for criminal behavior.
It’s been proven by the temporary residents at Gibault that there are bad boys, six of them were at the Gibault School in Terre Haute, and hopefully five of them are behind bars today.
— James C. Kmetz
• What’s the status of capitalism?
Has capitalism, like communism, failed? This year’s economic forum at Davos, Switzerland, debated this question.
The economic system should be based on socio-economic justice. But capitalism is not focused on social justice. Its main concern is profits. Unless our economic system is based on the paradigm that human beings are the creation of God and all resources at their disposal are held by them in trust for God to be used in a just manner for the well-being of all, societies will remain in turmoil.
This paradigm is a radical departure from the current dysfunctional capitalistic system. But it is not anti-free market. It is not the same as secularism in as much as the well-being of humans is not dependent primarily on maximizing consumption and wealth. It means achieving human well-being through organization of resources through cooperation and participation. It prohibits using war as a means of economic development or employment.
It is society’s responsibility to prevent excessive concentration of wealth in a few hands and to prevent exploitation of the people. Some examples of exploitation are “payday loans” or usury or charging exorbitant interest. To prevent excessive concentration of wealth and exploitation, a moral code is needed. Such a code would require redistribution mechanisms. This means that the affluent share their annual savings with the needy (the poor, the widows, orphans, the disabled, etc.) or pay higher taxes for the sake of fairness.
Capitalism without moral imperatives is histrionics and has failed humanity. It promotes selfishness, greed, callousness or even ruthlessness. It is also showing a total disregard for the welfare of the future generations.
— Khwaja A. Hasan
Formerly of Terre Haute
TERRE HAUTE —
• Gibault needs to get better handle on its residents
- READERS' FORUM: May 23, 2013
READERS' FORUM: May 22, 2013
Rich history all along the river
Great work by Duke employees
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
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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
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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
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