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November 27, 2012

READERS’ FORUM: Nov. 27, 2012

Grave sculpture needs repairs

This last Veteran’s Day, I made my annual visit to Highland Cemetery to put a flag on my veteran friend’s grave. I then went over to the section that has the children of the former Chauncey Rose Home for children buried there — 12 names of those who passed away while at the home from 1883 to 1950.

At the east side of the graves is where former Mayor Ralph Tucker’s grave site is located. He was a child at the Rose Home — on his grave at the top is installed the limestone carving of the angel with wings. This was at the top of a building at the home. Mayor Tucker saved it, with the sculpture to be placed at the children’s grave site.

While I was checking the monument, I found that a brainless person had used a large hammer and broke a section out of the top of the monument.

As we go through life we all have to put up with these type of obnoxious illiterates. I will be asking the cemetery board to allow me to make the repairs.

— Thomas E. Champion

Former Rose Home boy

Terre Haute

No compromise on our principles

Now that the election is behind us, it is time to reflect. It seems to me that there are too many conservatives who are ready to compromise our principles just to win over new voters. That, in my opinion, would be a major mistake.

Although we lost the vote, our beliefs did not lose. Unless, that is, we abandon them for political expediency. There comes a point in everyone’s life when you must stand for what you believe. This, my fellow conservatives, is one of those times.

Although I am very disappointed with the outcome, l will not let a second Obama term sway me from my fundamental beliefs, and neither should you. It is too easy in today’s world to succumb to the pressure that is political correctness. Unfortunately, one of the major reasons that the country is spiraling out of control is because too many conservatives have “compromised” our values.

Abe Lincoln once asked a question in which he said, “How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg?” A compromiser would answer five. Someone who stands behind the truth would answer four. How did Lincoln answer? He said “Four. Calling the tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.” Although many will see this as a pointless quotation, conservatives should heed the advice that lies within.

Calling someone pro-choice doesn’t take away the fact that they are ending a human life.

Granting amnesty doesn’t take away the fact that those needing amnesty came here illegally.

Pretending that radical Islam is inherently peaceful does not stop the rockets from flying into Israel.

Calling our debt a “stimulus package” does not eliminate the fact that it will have to be paid back.

Saying the economy is rebounding does not mean that unemployment rate is acceptable.

I could go on and on, The fact is, Americans are sick and tired of politicians playing word games and acting like we are too stupid to look at the facts. This is a trick that liberals play every day, and sadly enough, have gotten very good at.

That being said, just because it looks like their tactics work when it comes to elections doesn’t mean that we, as conservatives, should play the same game. I think, when it comes to compromising principles, Gandhi said it best when he said, “All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take.”

Well said, Gandhi, well said.

— Brandon Wright

Terre Haute

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