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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
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.
EDITORIAL: Memo to U.S.A.: You can ‘SPPRAK’ just as we do in Vigo County
Our kids, truly, are ‘Making a Difference’
Some words in praise of boring government — Indiana’s
A conservative Republican governor has super majorities in both branches of the legislature. One might suspect such one-party government leads to major changes in public policy. This did not happen in 2013 in Indiana.
EDITORIAL: Doc’s prescient prescription
Viewed through a 2013 prism, Doc Bowen’s response to the AIDS epidemic looks merely prudent, routine.
RONN MOTT: ‘Heritage gone’
The last high school I attended was being torn down just a few days ago. I didn't learn about it until I saw classmate Dick Mills on television and a display he had put together about State football championships in the middle 1930's. I began elementary school with Dick Mills. That was Matthew South Elementary School on South Sixth Street in Clinton, Indiana. After seeing Dick on TV, it dawned on me that all schools I had attended in Clinton have been torn down.
LIZ CIANCONE: We always want more than we need
Washington seems more preoccupied with the unemployment rate than they are about the constant stalemate. Still with thousands out of work and the unemployment rate hovering somewhere between 7 percent and 9 percent, it does deserve more than a passing nod.
FLASHPOINT: Indiana lawmakers reinforced school safety mechanisms
Nothing is more important to me than the safety of my children. Every parent has felt that instant, apprehensive rush when their child plays too close to the street or falls down while playing soccer and it is our responsibility as parents to implement every safety mechanism we can muster to protect our kids.
READERS’ FORUM: May 6, 2013
• Money drives our newfound ‘needs’
• Guns not the only dangerous objects
MARK BENNETT: Should I stay or should I go?
Some have their Bill Clinton-era Cavalier packed (with the trunk bungee-ed shut), apartment cleaned (except for the fridge), and iPhone GPS locked onto the fastest route out of Terre Haute. Others are staying — until they find a better job, or because they’re starting a career here, or because this town feels like home. In each case, a new stage of life begins today.
EDITORIAL: Education remains worth the cost
Within the next few weeks, each of the local colleges will have conducted graduation ceremonies. A few days later, a different Class of 2013 will don caps and gowns for commencement — the seniors at five Vigo County high schools. It is still a smart, worthy aspiration for those high school grads to replicate the achievement of those college students by earning a higher-education degree.
College Class of '13 gets a little extra advice
Local college grads will hear commencement speakers offer life and career advice this month. We’re offering them an extra dose here from folks who’ve found success in various vocations and regions of the nation. Many have Terre Haute roots.
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