TERRE HAUTE —
Project nice, but very expensive
The YOUnity Village project by the Mental Health Association of Terre Haute will certainly fill a need for homeless and disabled people. This is a worthy cause. This project will cost $5.8 million via funding from HUD federal tax dollars and state of Indiana tax dollars to house 30 people. This works out to $193,333 per person. If one considers only the construction cost of $3.8 million for the 31 bedroom apartments, the cost is still $130,000 per apartment.
It seems to me that for $130,000 the MHA should be able to house several people. I think that every person should have an adequate, safe home. I do have to question $130,000 per person. It seems that the taxpayers are taking a beating on this project — and will continue to since the apartments will have utility bills and maintenance.
I live in a very nice home in a good Terre Haute neighborhood — but it did not cost $130,000 per occupant.
One more thing. Please be sure the construction does not interfere with our wonderful Heritage Trail access.
— Joseph Lugar Jr.
Growing numbers denounce Islam
Many Muslims are renouncing Islam because they respect the human rights of non-Muslims and women and disagree with the Islamic doctrines of Jihad (Islamic holy war against non-Muslims) and Sharia (Islamic law) which calls for the subjugation, oppression and exploitation of non-Muslims and women.
The list of such former Muslims includes names such as Ayaan Hirsi Ali, author of the book “Infidel”; Wafa Sultan, author of the book “A God who Hates”; Nonie Darwish, author of the book “Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law”; M.A. Khan, author of the book “Islamic Jihad: A Legacy of Forced Conversion, Imperialism and Slavery”; Ali Sina, author of the book “Understanding Muhammad: A Psychobiography”; and Ibn Warraq, author of the book “Why I am Not a Muslim.”
These respected individuals have concluded that Islam cannot be reformed. At a time when it is well known that Muslims enjoy equal rights with non-Muslims in non-Islamic countries, Islamic countries continue to discriminate against non-Muslims to various degrees because of Islam. Discrimination against non-Muslims and women is at the heart of Islam. By renouncing Islam, former Muslims announce their resolve to peacefully co-exist with the rest of humanity.
Former Muslims are heroes because they have listened to the voice of their conscience in spite of the ever-present threat of the command to Muslims contained in the Islamic edict pronounced by the Prophet of Islam and recorded in the Sahih Bukhari Hadith Collection: “If any Muslim gives up his Islamic religion, then kill him.” This edict of the Prophet of Islam is codified under Sharia as the death penalty for apostasy from Islam.
Ibn Warraq has suggested that former Muslims be given asylum by Americans, just as Soviet dissidents were granted asylum by Americans during the Cold War. Former Muslims can give valuable advice to Americans, as they have firsthand knowledge of Jihad and Sharia.
Americans can use this advice in combating the threat of homegrown Jihad, a topic dealt with in depth in the following book by Erick Stakelbeck: “The Terrorist Next Door: How the Government is Deceiving You About the Islamist Threat.” The book describes the “chip away strategy” of homegrown Jihad: mounting small-scale attacks like the Fort Hood attack or the attempted Times Square bombing, as opposed to a spectacular attack, such as the Sept. 11, 2001, attack.
Following the killing of Osama bin Laden, the FBI has warned that such small-scale, homegrown Jihad attacks are more likely.
— Ramachandra B. Abhyankar
Great party at local restaurant
I recently had the experience of working with Bob Grizzle at the Bush Family Restaurant. I had requested use of his banquet room to hold a surprise party for my sister-in-law’s 50th birthday.
I don’t know if anyone has had the privilege of meeting Bob and his mother, Charity, but they both are the most sincere people I have ever met. Bob and his staff went above and beyond all of my expectations. The party was a success and all went well.
I would like to thank Bob and Charity for everything they did in order for this party to happen. A big thank you goes to Jami Fence, who was our waitress for the evening. She has a personality that lights up a room.
Thanks also goes to Buddy, who was our bartender. Job well done.
Also, thanks to the kitchen staff for preparing and providing the food on our menu. Everything was done to perfection.
Should you get the chance to visit the Bush Family Restaurant, be sure to try the codfish. It’s out of this world.
Thanks again, Bob and Charity. Your restaurant rocks.
— Carol Whitecotten