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May 11, 2014

Readers’ Forum: May 12, 2014

TERRE HAUTE — Young people need work ethic

I know you have all seen that person begging for food or money at Wal-Mart. Have you ever wondered why so many people are standing on corners begging? My thought is that it’s partly their fault, but I also believe it comes back to the way we teach our children.

We have way too many people in Terre Haute who don’t have food or shelter. Though a majority of them get into drugs and alcohol before becoming homeless, some of them get into that stuff while they are homeless. This makes all people in need seem dark and sketchy. Probably most of you have stopped at an intersection and locked your door because of the person holding a cardboard sign on the side of the road. We don’t want to be uncaring, but we also don’t want to be enablers.

My solution to this problem is to teach young people to have a better work ethic. Picture a person who never has to work for anything in their life for 22 years. Sounds great, right? Then imagine that person stepping into the grown-up world where they have to work 40 hours a week. Then just think what would happen if that same person saw all the lazy people who decided not to get a job, and who are supported by the government. If you were this person who grew up with no sense of a work ethic, which life would you choose?

Parents, grandparents, teachers: I implore you to teach your children that they need to work for things in life. Also, set an example for the youth of this generation and the ones to come by working hard and doing your best.

— Rebekah Anderson, age 14, Terre Haute

Kesler a man of great integrity

The campaign between John Kesler and Lucky Reddy for judge was intense, to say the least. Seemingly from the side of John Kesler’s partisans, a T.S Eliot quote says it best: “It ends not with a bang but with a whimper.”

But let me tell you something about John Kesler. This is a man with whom I have been close for years. When I was struggling financially, he and his lovely wife, Diane, would find well-paid odd jobs for me to perform for some much-needed cash. When I lost my father at age 17, he and his family reached out to me with genuine concern and affection, which one does not often encounter in the increasingly callous world of today.

I believe that one can learn much about a man by how he reacts in defeat. John reacted with the dignity and integrity which has defined his 35 years in the legal profession. He did not slam his opponent. He was proud of the honest and straightforward campaign he had run.

Perhaps the campaign was not dirty enough, but John did not even wish to bother people at home by making phone calls on his behalf. John is old-fashioned like that. Stoic. Resolute. Dignified. John truly is an average guy; a man who prefers the company of fellow Cardinals fans in St. Louis, or the solitude of a nice afternoon run, to the cut-throat nature necessitated by the infamously insidious nature of Terre Haute politics.

I am proud to know him and his family and I am honored to have been associated with this campaign.

— Thomas Nicholas, Terre Haute

True colors from a liberal writer

Well, letter writer Mr. Mareena is showing his true colors. And to him I say, if it takes you a week or two to think up some more left-wing racist, corrupt, radical stuff to say, it doesn’t say much for your thinking.

It just shows me what I knew all along. When a far-left Democrat doesn’t have an answer, they put out falsehoods to try and defend oneself — which they can never do.

I can’t believe you would accuse another American of being connected to the terrorist attack on 9/11. Your words borders on hate speech and I cannot believe the TribStar printed such garbage. Well, yes, I guess I can, because they are very biased in who they print for and who they don’t.

I did extend an olive branch to Ms. Thomas and I hope she accepted it, because it was put forth in good faith, and it had no bird droppings like your response was covered with, along with some other stuff.

— Howard Pennell, Terre Haute

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