TERRE HAUTE —
Don’t waste time in new Congress
House Republicans plan a vote early in 2011 to repeal the health-care law.
Legislation to repeal the bill is expected to bog down in the Senate, where the GOP will still be well short of the votes needed to block it.
This, in my opinion, is business as before.
The Congress will be wasting valuable time trying to do something they know they cannot do. Tweaking the bill’s many faults would be much more productive. But while they, the newly elected, flex their muscle, the unemployed will still be unemployed.
I suggest an immediate recall process begin to demonstrate that we the taxpayers mean business.
— Bob Tryon
Anger Tea Party’s gift to Congress
Letter writer Bill Yeager writes:
“We have seen what happens when the ‘academic elite’ come to power and their idealism fails so quickly and soundly. It seems to prevail they will trample all in their path, even colleagues, as in the NPR debacle. Their failure in the classroom is obvious to some of us, and in politics to all of us.”
And then Mr. Yeager uses a quotation from Albert Einstein that is critical of modern education. Well, Mr. Yeager, if you can please drag your mind out of your 1950’s dreamland. Albert Einstein was an “academic elite” to quote your double entendre, and he had lots of power and idealism. However, Albert Einstein died on April 17, 1955, which means that his comments on any school or University after 55 years may be a tad out of date.
Judging from your letter, you, sir, are obviously one of our classroom failures and for that I must sincerely apologize.
In addition, the Tea Party favorite Republican candidates lost to Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barbara Boxer, the senator from California, and last but certainly not least, Californians have voted in former Gov. Jerry Brown over his opponent Meg Whitman. The Tea Party especially targeted these liberal Democrats and failed to oust any of them. So, they are, in a worn out phrase, a bunch of losers.
All that the Tea Party has managed to do is to send angry freshmen Republican Congressmen and Congresswomen to Washington who do not know the meaning of the word compromise and they have no idea how they are going to accomplish all of their empty campaign promises.
No, sir, I am not worried about Republicans Dan Coats or Larry Bucshon because these are educated men who are apparently very academic and intelligent.
It is the ignorant folks that the Tea Party endorsed who still believe in witchcraft and who cannot tell you what Supreme Court ruling that they do not like that I shudder to think about.
— John Garner
Good choices in local elections
I was very happy with the results of last Tuesday’s election.
The residents of our county made their voices heard and did the right thing by electing Terry Modesitt to his second term as prosecutor and electing Greg Ewing as Vigo County sheriff.
These two men are professional and will work together to combat meth in Vigo County. They will work together to keep our county a safe place to live and raise a family. Ewing will do a great job like his predecessors all the way back to former sheriff Ted Melvin’s administration, which ran a professional department. Modesitt is one the best prosecutors Vigo has had since Eric Abel.
The people of Parke county also made their voices heard and did the right thing as well by re-electing Sheriff Mike Eslinger to his second term as Parke County Sheriff. I feel that our sheriff will work together with the sheriffs in the surrounding counties and our prosecutor, Terry Modesitt, and solve the meth problem we have been facing in the Wabash Valley.
— Steve Ferree
Indiana GOP hits a discordant note
Indiana Republicans have already set the tone for their future. The song they offer us is written in the key of G7. You ask “what is G7.” Well, G7 is known as a discord, it is “gritty,” teeth-rattling, arrogant. The words for their new song go like so; “no (doe), no (ray), no (me), no (fa), no (so), no (la), no (tee), and back to NO (doe)!
However, my friends, keep your eyes on the future, a smooth, soothing key of C always follows a short-lived G7, and it is coming in the next couple elections election. All you have to do is vote.
— Van W. Cottom
TERRE HAUTE —
Don’t waste time in new Congress
EDITORIAL: Cleaning up voter rolls
It’s not a lot of money in the big scheme of things, but the $2 million designated in the recent session of the General Assembly will begin the messy but necessary process of cleaning up Indiana’s voter registration rolls.
READERS' FORUM: May 22, 2013
Rich history all along the river
Great work by Duke employees
RONN MOTT: Rabid Republicans
The so-called news people at Fox News can hardly sit still long enough to report on the latest gossip or untruth about our sitting President. They can hardly contain themselves.
READERS’ FORUM: May 21, 2013
• Great response to annual golf outing
• Doing your part on climate change
LIZ CIANCONE: Smell of fresh air gave way to dryers
Remember when clean clothes smelled like fresh air and sunshine rather than fabric softener and dryer sheets?
READERS' FORUM: May 20, 2013
The dangers of a little knowledge
Students enjoyed Rose study trip
Mark Bennett: High-profile mural connects historical dots from city to river
At 96 feet wide and 2 stories tall, the power, impact and value of the Wabash will be evident.
EDITORIAL: Waging the ‘readiness’ campaign
Almost every Hoosier who starts college intends to finish. Unfortunately, those who arrive on campus unprepared in key academic areas are far less likely to fulfill that aspiration.
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.
RONN MOTT: Mushrooms = Hoosier happiness
Someone wrote or said a few years ago a statement that would define the word “Hoosier.” According to this urban legend, a Hoosier is somebody dribbling a basketball around the Indy 500 while eating a fried, morel mushroom. It did not define me, at the time.
EDITORIAL: Insult to an independent press
Distrust of government secrecy has been elevated to an exceptional level with the disclosure the Justice Department covertly examined two months of Associated Press phone records to determine who leaked details to the AP about a foiled terrorist plot.
READERS' FORUM: May 17, 2013
Hinduism doesn’t deserve ridicule — Shefali Purohit, Terre Haute
RONN MOTT: Israel’s Air Force
Recently the Israeli Air Force bombed and rocketed a convoy leaving Syria going to Lebanon with rockets that were going to be used to attack Israel. It did not get there. It was destroyed.
EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news: Dashing finish for the Sycamores
It’s always thrilling to see Indiana State University’s athletic teams do well in high-level competition, and two specific teams rose to impressive heights last weekend in the Missouri Valley Conference outdoor track and field championships.
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.
RONN MOTT: Media merry-go-round
Round and round it goes, where it stops nobody knows. That isn’t a unique phrase to this writer or to this era in time. But, when it comes to the musical chairs of broadcasting, it certainly applies.
LIZ CIANCONE: Courts see a different appearance than cops
Have you ever noticed the transformation between the arrest of an accused lawbreaker and the first appearance in court?
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
MARK BENNETT: Life at face value: Mom’s simple advice still presents a valuable daily challenge
Most moms don’t base their advice on scientific research.
(Unless, of course, your mother is a scientific researcher. If so, carry a No. 2 pencil and take good notes.)
EDITORIAL: Better monitoring needed to prevent local environmental messes
The nasty, hazardous messes lurking in the community raise a bottom-line, red-flag question. Could these environmental problems have been monitored and, thus, prevented?
GUEST COLUMN: Nursing more than medicine and bandages
Being a nurse … Like most nurses, I chose this profession because I had a strong desire to help others and no other career would allow me the opportunity to touch lives the way I have been able to through nursing.
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.
RONN MOTT: ‘Raccoons II’
In the Algonquin Indian language, raccoon means “working with hands.” They are really cute little fellows until they injure a child, or a pet, or leave feces around where you certainly do not want it.
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.
RONN MOTT: ‘NRA Convention’
At the recent NRA Convention in Houston, Texas, where the right-wing political hot air almost lifted the convention's building off its foundation, the NRA trotted out the forever yours political dame of the right wing, Sarah Palin. Sarah did not disappoint.
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