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September 20, 2013

READERS' FORUM: Sept. 20, 2013

Broad approach needed on WMD

Although President Obama has addressed chemical weapons, he has not included biological agents as a major concern in Syria.

Biological or “germ” warfare includes the use of biological toxins, infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses and fungi with the intent to kill or incapacitate humans, animals or plants as an act of war.

Our national policy must address all three categories of weapons of mass destruction — chemical, biological and nuclear. The world will not permit America an opportunity for a do-over. Our national defense strategy requires a holistic approach toward international peacekeeping.

— William Hanna

Terre Haute

Diesel event not worth money

This is a rebuttal to Mr. Mike McGlothlin’s defense of the yearly drunken spectacle (Scheid Diesel Extravaganza) that happens on the south side of Terre Haute.

I don’t care how many people attend or how much money you bring to our city. What I do care about is the noise pollution, air pollution and downright disregard for our laws regarding public drunkenness. Our police/sheriff’s departments were able to keep most of the drunks confined to the fairgrounds; however, the drinking still occurred. This fiasco is billed as “family entertainment.” I don’t know what you want your family to do for entertainment, but seeing half-naked women debase themselves further while drinking, breathing in the contaminated air from the exhausts of these diesel engines and having their ear drums shattered by the roar from these machines doesn’t fit into my definition of family entertainment.

I am sure local people make money from this yearly gathering, but is it worth what the locals have to put up with? When it is time for this crowd to descend upon Terre Haute, I avoid driving south on U.S. 41. This means the businesses located there will not be making much money unless you have a product that the attendees need. The driving conditions become like the Indy 500 with large trucks billowing smoke and making so much noise you couldn’t hope to hear an emergency vehicle coming your way.

The drivers of these vehicles are rude and will let you know they own this road which you pay taxes on all year long. I have been nearly run off the road by a truck who disregarded any and all rules of the road. As the weekend continues the public drunkenness continues until this event becomes nothing more than a drinking event. The trash left behind has to be cleaned up and this falls to local people (more money for local companies).

I guess what it comes down to is simple; if you have enough money you can buy a location for this type of event.

I hope the citizens of Terre Haute and the surrounding areas let their opinions be known before we are subjected to next year’s drunken party. Go someplace else for your celebration. We don’t need your money so much that we have to put up with the public display of disrespect for our laws and disregard for the values of our community.

You are right in one respect: I absolutely hate this event. I would be happy if it never happens here again. When the hunt for the almighty dollar outweighs what must be endured to receive the dollar, then we have lost our community. It just isn’t worth the dollars received in exchange for this event.

— Shirley A. Thomas

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