Simple rules for a saner society
There is scripture stating sex with a person of the same gender is an abomination to God. However, God gave man the right to make decisions, right or wrong. Those rights need to be respected.
To those who are gay, the word marriage, in civilized society, has always meant one man and one woman. If you want something different, find your own word. To those who are straight, leave the gays alone; they are sinners, just like you and me.
Abortion is murder. It is shameful that our country says it is legal.
People who abandon animals should be thrown out of a moving vehicle in a remote area to fend for themselves.
Penalties should be much stronger for child abuse, spousal abuse and elder abuse.
People who throw their trash out along our countryside are just low class.
If each employed citizen would give a small amount to a shelter or food pantry, it would become a large amount.
Excessive perfume/shaving lotion in public is uncomfortable and sometimes harmful for those who have allergies.
Cell phone users who carry on conversations in public places are extremely annoying and rude. Though they may think it makes them look important, it only draws attention to the fact that they are annoying and rude.
Only someone with total disregard for the law, their safety and that of others, would text while driving.
What part of the word illegal, as in illegal immigrants, does this country not understand?
Every citizen has the right to own a gun. The exception should be the mentally ill or those who have already committed a crime using a weapon.
Anyone who thinks gun control will lower the crime rate is either nuts or wants fewer guns out there to stop them while they commit crimes. I resent supporting people who say, “Why should I get a job when welfare pays me more than I could earn?”
Recent comments on the news regarding cleaning up our city prompt the question, “Why aren’t people on welfare required to do some work in this regard?” It would be an honest repayment for the benefits they are receiving. A limit should be put on how long able-bodied people can receive benefits.
If all our country’s leaders would take a small pay cut, the budget could be well on its way to balancing.
A veteran of the United States military service should never be homeless, hungry or without medical care.
And lastly, people who do not vote have no right to complain about anything in this country.
— Lois Little
‘Poverty parents’ need help, too
In a recent column, George Will reported results of two studies: (1) it is nearly impossible for children raised in poverty to achieve success, and (2) a likely cause is that 2-year-old children, raised in poverty, have only heard 12 million words spoken to them by parents, compared to twice that many for children of middle income families and four times that many if kids have two professional parents.
Added to these studies is a 2011 study by the Department of Health and Human Services that reluctantly showed that its own $8 billon program, Head Start, aimed at 3- and 4-year-old children, produces no significant long-lasting benefit.
These results show that no amount of free lunches, progress tests in schools, teacher’s performance pay, Common Core, work training, free college or aid to poverty families can change the fate of children who have not received full and proper interaction with family before age 2 or 3.
If governments and individuals can simply accept this fact, all is not lost.
While continuing to provide basic needs for those now in poverty, government programs can be consolidated, reworked and/or developed to include poverty bound parents as well as their infants, birth to age 3, as a pre-requisite for public aid.
This “day care with parents” approach would serve to provide helpful training for young poverty parents, and it places government spending at the heart of the poverty problem, the development of newborns for success later in life.
— Ron Gore
Simple rules for a saner society
Readers’ Forum: July 28, 2014
• Tea party folks misunderstood
• We have only us to blame
- Readers' Forum: July 27, 2014
Flashpoint: Why incumbents keep getting re-elected
Nearly three-quarters of Americans want to throw out most members of Congress, including their own representative, yet the vast majority of incumbents will be returning to Capitol Hill in January.
Flashpoint: Spreading the good word about marriage equality
If you blinked over the past month, you probably missed some news about marriage equality in Indiana.
- Readers’ Forum: July 25, 2014
Readers’ Forum: July 24, 2014
• Clinic will expand basic health access
• Misunderstanding truth about Islam
- Readers’ Forum: July 23, 2014
Readers’ forum: July 22, 2014
• Supt. Ritz has right to govern
• A tribute to a teacher
• Rep. Pelosi shows ‘bungling idiocy’
Readers’ forum: July 20, 2014
• ‘Hotel Indiana’ has a sour tune
• Kind words about the newspaper
• Some questions about RTL video
• No mercy for cop killers
• Crack down on gun violence
• Anti-Dem tirades mask GOP failures
• Important day for participants
• Appreciation for support
FLASHPOINT: Solve our border crisis
More than 60,000 unaccompanied alien children — mostly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador — have been apprehended on America’s southern border during this fiscal year.
Flashpoint: Will Gov. Pence be true to his word?
This is written in response to recent remarks made by State Board of Education members.
- Readers’ Forum: July 18, 2014
READERS’ FORUM: July 17, 2014
• Civil rights and burning cities
• Quality service from Baesler’s
FLAHSPOINT: Supt. Glenda Ritz ‘creating conflict’
It has been my pleasure for the past year to serve as the newest member of the Indiana State Board of Education. I bring a fresh perspective to the board as an attorney and business executive who served as Director of Economic Development under former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson and President of the Indy Partnership, a regional economic development organization charged with recruiting new companies to our state.
Readers’ Forum: July 16, 2014
• The truth about property taxes
Readers’ Forum: July 15, 2014
• Are Fed policies hurting America?
• Staying true to code of respect
Readers’ Forum: July 14, 2014
• Where did the 61 cents go?
Readers’ Forum: July 13, 2014
• Telling the truth about smoking
• Larger energy bills on the way, thanks to EPA
• Embrace the compassion, not self-righteousness
• Wondering about country’s leaders
• New amendments have hurt country
- Readers’ Forum: July 11, 2014
READERS' FORUM: July 10, 2014
• Herb Faire a great success
• Appreciation for a ‘lovely angel’
• Thanks for stirring fireworks show
Readers’ Forum: July 9, 2014
• Don’t eliminate our six-day mail
• Zamperini death stirs memories
Readers’ Forum: July 8, 2014
• T-S ignores common decency
• Lighten up on Donald Sterling
• Time to reject Dems in Congress
• Fueling the EPA
Readers’ Forum: July 7, 2014
• The moral issue is major issue
Readers’ Forum: July 6, 2014
• Coats ignoring climate science
• Do those mustache posters exist?
• Utility rate freeze took determination
• What perversion is next in line?
• Opinions vary, but voters will decide
• This preaching must stop — now
• Golf fundraiser a huge success
- Readers’ Forum: July 4, 2014
Readers’ Forum: July 3, 2014
• Over the top on immigration
- Readers’ Forum: July 2, 2014
Readers’ Forum: July 1, 2014
• Defying the laws of God
• Correcting the written record
• Hands of $$ from Redevelopment
• Celebrity visit for celebration
Readers’ Forum: June 30, 2014
• Don’t be victim of home repair scam
• Ending unfair tax practices
Readers’ Forum: June 29, 2014
• The sexual revolution strikes again
• Country sinks to new lows
• Saddened by the headlines
• Opinions not same as facts
• Letter meets with approval
• The real ‘truth’ sometimes hurts
• Applause for great musical
• Raising minimum wage hurts us
• Gratitude to camp sponsors
• More to the city’s mosquito problem
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