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June 2, 2013

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Beware pitfalls of winning millions

Winning $590 million can be a blessing or an abomination. I will address the latter issue. There are elements in American society which could pose a perilous prospect to this winner.

Mexican drug cartels are now growing, without refrain, marijuana in our national forests. These ruthless elements are responsible for trafficking through their sophisticated distribution networks and supply chains a myriad of illegal drugs into key American cities such as Atlanta and Chicago.

They have branched out into extortion of individuals and businesses throughout the American southwest. And for those who don’t pay, these crews make the old Italian Mafia look like choir boys. These cartels’ activities have blossomed into human trafficking and are now using children as hit men. In this ever-expanding template of criminal activity, these cartel gangs are now in the kidnapping business, especially throughout the Phoenix area.

Florida could be their target.

In this context, to the Powerball lottery winner whether an Indiana or Florida winner, you should keep this problematic potential of your kidnapping in mind, and do whatever is necessary to keep your identity top secret, notwithstanding any state lottery rule which mandates such a lottery winner’s identity must be made public.

— Earl Beal

Terre Haute

Democrat attacks merit more action

The Democratic attack on conservatives started in January 2009, with the bailout of GM. At that time, if you had a GM dealership and happened to be a Republican donor, chances are, your dealership was closed. This was proven and because the Democrats had control of the House, no actions were taken. This set the tone for Republican discrimination.

In 2009 and 2011, Gibson Guitar was raided by the IRS for supposedly using “endangered” banned wood in violation of U.S. and foreign laws. The IRS  came to the manufacturing plants in Nashville and Memphis in full riot gear, herded employees into the parking lot, took wood inventory and hard drives.

The CEO has paid over $1.5 million in legal fees and no charges have been filed yet. The CEO is a Republican supporter and donor. Martin Guitar used similar wood but was not raided. Martin’s CEO is a Democrat supporter and donor. ’Nuff said?

Now, it is learned that the IRS has discriminated against the tea party and others. Wanna bet there is a lot more to be uncovered? More pleading the Fifth?

This is government out of control, totally. Many people need to go to jail.

— Fred Roberts

Terre Haute


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