News From Terre Haute, Indiana

January 31, 2013

READERS’ FORUM: Jan. 31, 2013


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Don’t we have real problems?

In this country we have children getting shot in schools, in theaters and on campuses. We have people starving, and we have people homeless. We have our young men and women going to war all over the world coming home missing arms and legs or not making it home at all.

We have diseases we can’t cure, and we have drug abuse and child abuse we can’t stop.

Yet all the news media and talk shows have to worry about is if someone was lip-syncing a song at the swearing-in of our president. Who really cares?

— Robert J. Dunkley Sr.


Smelly narrative from Benghazi

I realize that brevity is of essence in a letter to the editor.

As millions of Americans, I watched Secretary of State Hillary Clinton deliver her congressional testimony (appearing as the chief witness) in the Benghazi scandal.

Using a sports metaphor, Mrs. Clinton is the associate head coach in conducting foreign affairs. (The head coach is the commander in chief, President Obama.)

When Osama bin Laden was killed by the brave Navy SEALS, all Americans expressed utmost pride. But I am sure the readers of this letter will agree with me that President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and their loyal supporters used this monumental event way, way too often for purely political purposes (especially, during the Democratic convention and in the battle of the campaign).

And here I paraphrase: “Osama bin Laden is gone and al Qaeda is decimated.”

And who can forget the wise vice president’s phrase of triumph: “Osama bin Laden is dead and GM is alive.”

And now the sad chapter of history: Benghazi.

In order to save space on this Editorial Page, I shall summarize events: The narrative by the president and the secretary of state that the unrest was due to a YouTube video of an anti-Muslim piece produced here in America. It is my deeply held belief that in order to give credence to the lies, the decision was made by the highest echelons of our government not to use the might of the U.S. Armed Forces (the uniform of which I wore for two years, 1952-1954). And four great Americans were murdered. They did not even have a chance.

In closing, I would like to honor the great William Shakespeare, who in his famous play “Hamlet” expressed in words: “Something is rotten in the State of Denmark.”

— Michael Kor

Terre Haute