News From Terre Haute, Indiana


June 9, 2014

Readers’ Forum: June 10, 2014

More frustration with gas prices

I am writing another letter to complain about the high price of gas. A couple of weeks ago you ran a story about rising prices and even talked to a couple of dealers who blame the big gas companies. But why didn’t your reporter ask why they have to raise it 20 to 25 cents a gallon at a time, but can only lower it 2 to 4 cents at a time?

Then last week there was an article about crude oil going down $1 a barrel and the average in U.S. was $3.65 or so. So Terre Haute gas stations go and raises their gas 20 to 25 cents all over town.

Sure wish someone would do something about this price-gouging one day.

— Matthew J. Voll West Terre Haute

Give vets health care they deserve

Even though this VA matter is definitely not a political issue, we are letting our lawmakers use it as such. Shame on us for allowing this to happen.

Who deserves thanks for what they do more than our veterans? Like law enforcement officers, they put their lives on the line each and every day to preserve the freedom we enjoy, often times without compensation, which enables people who benefit to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle. We know that many vets are forced to apply for government subsidies. Shame on us for allowing this to happen.

Now we are learning they are being kicked to the curb again and are being denied medical attention they need so administrative employees can be paid bonuses they have not earned. Shame on us for allowing this to happen.

Our federal lawmakers are scrambling around trying to find a quick fix and actually don’t have a clue how to solve it. Maybe the solution is too simple for them to comprehend. Both our veterans and lawmakers are government employees, right?

The solution is simple and immediate. Give our veterans the same health coverage senators, congressmen and high-ranking federal employees enjoy. If it’s good enough for them it should be good enough for our veterans.

We have offered this solution to our congressman and senators, which is about the only tool we have in our toolbox. But if everyone took just a few minutes to let them know how compassionate we are about this matter, they might get the idea that it’s about time to deal with the issue.

Why not dig in your toolbox, get your pen out and write your legislators. Let them know we care about these brave men and women and that it’s time to stop playing games and provide the care they deserve.

Thank you, veterans, for your service.

— George and Pat Murphy, Terre Haute

Divine law still right to follow

Governments are assuming responsibility for moral decisions, instead of letting individual consciences determine right vs. wrong.

This leads to a convoluted sense of truth.

One such convoluted truth is the redefining of homosexual unions as marriages. In Natural Law and Divine Revelation, marriage can only occur between a man and a woman. While homosexual inclinations are not sinful, homosexual actions are, just as any sexual intercourse outside of a marriage between one man and one woman is sinful.

Through legalizing same-sex marriages, our government is allowing those who embrace sin to be given rights and consideration through law, while Christians are being stripped of their freedoms. It is now legal to destroy innocent life in the womb. In some states, it is legal for those of the same sex to marry. Yet it is illegal to pray in school.

People can change civil law, but that doesn’t change Divine Law. It merely makes it more socially acceptable to sin and encourages moral decline in our nation.

— Donna Wenstrup, Terre Haute

The real threat Americans face

I applaud Karen Johnson for her letter of June 1, describing the threat Americans face.

Sadly, the entire world faces the same threat.

More information on the nature of the threat can be obtained from the following books by authors Solomon and Al-Maqdisi: “The Mosque Exposed” and “Modern Day Trojan Horse.”

— Karanam S. Rao, Terre Haute

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