News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 12, 2012

READERS’ FORUM: Aug. 12, 2012


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Successful season for the Jr. Rex

The Terre Haute Jr. Rex recently completed another successful season of travel baseball. The opportunity for these fine young men would not have been possible without the continued support of Roland Shelton and Casey DeGroote of The Terre Haute Rex. The highlight of our summer was competing in The Stars and Stripes Tourney at The Cal Ripken Experience in Aberdeen, Md.

The Jr. Rex concluded their season recently by hosting The Battle On The Bash at Bob Warn Field. There are many people to thank who made this event possible. Again, thanks to Casey DeGroote for his support that allowed The Jr. Rex to host at a premier facility, which in turn helped fund our travel expenses.

Thanks to Dave Patterson of The Convention & Visitor’s Bureau for providing a pizza party for all teams at The Rex vs. Quincy Gems on Friday night. And to Rob Lundstrom and Allison Morris of The Copper Bar for their cooperation and help with our concessions stand during our tourney.

Also a big thank you to Sean Mang and staff of Indiana State University for their work on the field throughout the summer and especially during our tourney. All players were elated to play on a first-class facility for The Battle On The Bash.

Thank you to the umpiring crew of Don Corey, Matt Joyal, Jerry Keyes, Chuck Lindner and Barry Nicoson for braving the nearly unbearable heat.

We had so many nice comments from coaches and parents of the hospitality of the entire tournament, including Sycamore Stadium, as well as local restaurants and motels. These all combined to give a positive image for the entire community of Terre Haute.

And lastly, a special thank you to all The Jr. Rex parents for your help with concessions, gate, T-shirts, scoreboard and overall park clean up. Without your commitment to The Jr. Rex, such a great and memorable year would not have been possible.

— Stan Dennany

Terre Haute Jr. Rex

Olympics stir up peaceful thoughts

While watching on TV the Olympic events in London where the athletes from most countries of the world are gathered to show their talents, I could feel that in spite of some differences in physical features and skin colors, they, like the rest of the people on earth, belonged to the family of man. Everyone is adorable and the little girls are so sweet. I am wondering, why cannot we all live like a family in peace, loving and caring for each other as preached by Lord Jesus, the embodiment of love and kindness? With our wealth and  technological excellence why should over half of our human family live in poverty and indignity?

Looking back to our history, I can observe with utmost pain that though we left behind our Stone Age, some of the savages of that age are very much among our religious and political leaders. Instead of turning the organized religions into the loving institutions of God, the religious preachers have turned the religions into organizations of hate for our fellow human beings.

And the savages among our political leaders never stopped killing others by the millions. Why should trillions of dollars be spent to build most sophisticated weapons to kill members of our human family? Why should not that money be used to feed the hungry? Instead of turning our world into an arena of peace and love, the human savages with power are turning our world into a hateful killing ground.

Why cannot we understand that love is better than hate, and peace is better than war? Why should our leaders still behave like the Stone Age savages?

— Anil K. Sarkar, M.D.

Terre Haute

Winners’ medals shouldn’t be taxed

I am really enjoying the 2012 Olympics. These young people spent years and many hours training to qualify for this event once every four years to represent the United States against the world.

Many of these young people would not have been able to afford this on their own. If it was not for donations and sponsors they would have never been able to get to London. To win a gold, silver or bronze medal will probably be the greatest event in their lives.

But it seems our government has thrown a monkey wrench in their victories. According to Fox News, each person must pay taxes on the medals. Is this the way we treat our finest?

No other country that I know of makes their medal winners pay taxes. This practice needs to be changed, but knowing how our political system works, this will probably never happen.

— Fred Roberts

Terre Haute

Hoping for doc’s quick return

I am writing a letter of support for Dr. Henry Davis. I have been a patient of Dr. Davis since 1998 when I started a long and painful journey with rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Davis and his staff have always shown a high level of expertise along with a lot of compassion, even when I wasn’t the easiest patient to deal with.

I am now disabled due to the arthritis and other medical problems, and have been unable to afford insurance. Dr. Davis has continued to see me and was able to procure my primary medication, which is extremely expensive, through a patient assistance program.  

Dr. Davis and Marty have worked with me to manage my illness and have taught me how to best manage my pain. They have also done testing and referred me to other treatments such as physical therapy when I needed it. Over the years he has suggested alternatives such as yoga, a swim program for people with arthritis, and even therapeutic massage.

Now, I will no longer have treatment for my pain. Even my own PCP of over 20 years will not see me unless I start over as a new patient. Of course, that would include a complete physical with whatever testing she feels I need. Did I mention that I don’t have insurance?

I have been weaning myself off the pain medications as I am sure no M.D. is just going to take me off the street and prescribe pain meds. I went to Hobby Lobby recently with my niece and her girls and here it is almost 7 in the morning and I am still awake. It’s hard to sleep when it feels like someone has slammed my hands in a car door while running over my feet at the same time, and those aren’t the only parts that hurt.

As you can imagine, my quality of life is going to be greatly impacted by the actions of the state attorney general, the Medical Licensing Board, and the other agencies involved. They say they are protecting the public, but who is going to protect me from them? What about the other physicians who were prescribing medications to the same patients? Are they being disciplined by the Medical Board?

I was horrified to read about the incredible waste of law enforcement that was used in raiding Dr. Davis’ office. Were guns really necessary? Were they afraid that his loyal patients with their crocked hands and feet were going to attack them with ours canes?

Yes, I’m sure he has provided a lot of pain medications to his patients over the years but his patients are in a lot pain. Maybe a few patients have misused their meds, but I bet there isn’t a doctor around that has not had a patient misuse their medications. Furthermore, that doesn’t mean that all of his patients should be penalized for it. I bet if all of his patient records were reviewed, the majority of his patients have not been overprescribed nor have they abused the meds. I would even bet a large number of his patients don’t take as much of the meds as they could.

We chronic pain patients can be very stubborn and we also don’t want to be so doped up that we can’t function. Nor do we want to risk not having a medication to turn to when a flare hits or our overall condition worsens and the pain medication is needed even more.

Dr. Davis, you have many, many, loyal patients. We have trusted you with our lives for many years and hope that you are vindicated and return to your practice soon.

— Sarah Lewis


God particle solves nothing

It’s great that the physicists are doing their thing. No matter the cost in billions and decades of work on the 10-billion-dollar collider, trying to prove a theory proposed by a Scottish physicist, Peter Higgs, in the 1960s. The Large Hadron Collider creates high-energy collisions (near the speed of light) of protons to investigate “dark matter” or “antimatter’ believed to be behind the creation of the universe, the “Big Bang,” about 14 billion years ago.

The subatomic “God particle” is presumably what gives matter mass, that is, size, shape and weight to all that is in the universe.

But does the discovery of the God particle, the Higgs boton, the minutest piece of the minutest piece of whatever, mean we have solved the mystery of mysteries, which is to say: God?

I don’t think so.

The impenetrable enigma of Creation remains, and we can wallow in that wonderment with the naked eye, without the super-collider and the super-costs. Just look up any day and you will see our shining star in the sky. Look up at night and you will see a million of them.

William Blake (1757-1827), the famous poet, painter and mystic, when he beheld the sun, did not see it as the astronomers and physicists see it, to study it scientifically and write books about it. What he saw — or rather felt — was, in his words, “Holy! Holy! Holy!” And so it must be with the galaxies as well, multiplied a billion times.

The sacredness of the sublime.

Creation as one vast miracle.

The majesty of ultimate mystery.

Unlike the scientists who search for evidence of God in the smallest realm, Einstein, a disciple of Spinoza, that “God-filled philosopher,” found evidence of God in the universe itself.

Let us praise her. Worship her. And preserve our infinitesimal piece of her.

Yet, in our eyes, a gigantic piece of her that is our precious home, awesome in beauty, richness and fertility.

— Saul Rosenthal

Terre Haute

Marines fought to protect our rights

Most of the United States Marines of WWII who fought in the Asian-Pacific battles of Saipan, Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima and ROI-Namir are long gone. But they lived throughout the United States of America, respecting and living by the law.

Oppression, Nazism, dictatorships and other evil political variants of mankind in the world are what they fought against and fought to crush. The corollary to this action was protecting America, protecting its government, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution for all Americans. They did not fight these enemies to promote any form of oppression within our country or outside our country. And, they did not fight these enemies to dilute our Bill of Rights or our U.S. Constitution.

What the United States Marines fought for and against also applies to all branches of our military, yesterday and today. They all fought to defend all the rights, liberties and freedoms we Americans have through our Bill of Rights and U.S. Constitution and not to have them diluted or eliminated by our government representatives in any way.

— Charles Bean

Terre Haute

Great success with fundraiser

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Terre Haute would like to offer our sincere thanks to the many people and groups who helped make our Country Rhodes fish dinner fundraiser for 14th Chestnut Community Center a great success.

Many thanks to TABCO, VFW Post 972, Terre Haute North Key Club and the many volunteers who sold tickets and helped during our event. Without your support and assistance, we would not have been able to stage this successful event that raised over $2,000 for the children and programs at 14th and Chestnut.

A special thanks to you, our community, for your continued support of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Terre Haute and our activities and events. With your help we can continue to support the children of this world, one child and one community at a time.

To learn more about Kiwanis of Greater Terre Haute, visit us on the web at

— Kevin L. Smith, president

Kiwanis Club of

Greater Terre Haute

Right country, wrong mosque

Regarding the letter about the Muslim Brotherhood's influence that was published on Aug. 7, I believe the author made a minor error.  

The mosque attended by the Islamic terrorists was not in Munich, but instead was located in Hamburg, Germany. That mosque was closed down by German authorities after 9/11.

— Edward R. Kesler

West Terre Haute