News From Terre Haute, Indiana


March 10, 2013

READERS’ FORUM: March 10, 2013

Hoosier vets should share their stories

Hoosiers have a long and proud history of serving our nation in times of war, and it is vitally important that we learn from the experiences of veterans. That is why I am proud to support the Veterans History Project through the Library of Congress. This is a wonderful opportunity for family members of veterans, fellow veterans, or young people to interview a veteran of World War II, the Korean, Vietnam, or Persian Gulf wars, or the most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

These histories are compiled through audio or video-recorded interviews, in addition to gathering original correspondence, photographs, and diaries. I have interviewed several Indiana veterans for this project in the past, so I can attest that it is a very rewarding experience to hear firsthand the tales of bravery and challenges faced while serving our country.

I encourage all Hoosier veterans to share their stories for this important archive. For more information on how to submit your story or to learn about how to interview a veteran in your community, visit or call my office at 317-226-5555.

It is an honor to serve the thousands of veterans and all Hoosiers in the U.S. Senate.

— Sen. Joe Donnelly


Consider their words vs. actions

It warms my heart to know that the Obama administration won’t blow us away with a drone missile; that they recognize that there are a few things that the government cannot do to us.

Of course, they still reserve the right to shoot us as they did Randy Weaver’s wife.

I haven’t forgotten.

— Mark Burns

Terre Haute


Hysteria over spending cuts

As I watch our president go from fear-mongering to histrionics over a 2 percent cut in the rise in spending, not actual spending, I think about where I have lost so much more during his reign.

Illinois income taxes raised 67 percent along with increases in fees of any kind they could (and the state is still the worst in the nation for debt). Gas prices have raised 100 percent from $2 a gallon to nearly $4 a gallon. My energy prices: electricity rates are flying up, with the coal restrictions the main cause, although fracking has subdued it slightly through natural gas available from private lands (not federal).

Overall, I have seen a 40 percent increase in energy cost not including gasoline. Healthcare premiums have doubled as companies prepare and try to implement all the bureaucratic nonsense and government regulations included in Obamacare. So much for that promise, or should I say the basis for that liberal power grab.

If you recall, that was the original premise, controlling costs, not universal healthcare for all. Food costs are rapidly rising, often masked by smaller portions. Have you noticed the concave bottoms on your jars of food, or the big bags half full of contents. This is manufacturers artificially keeping the price down by giving you less material. Overall, an increase of at least 25 percent in food bills. These are just a few of the ways we, the middle class, have had to absorb our cuts, so pardon me if I do not take seriously our chicken little in charge as he complains and whines about the doom and gloom of sequester.

A 2 percent decrease in the expected increase of $15 billion dollars does not seem like a crisis to me. I am sure the Obama administration will do all it can to make it painful to the American people by refusing to cut the billions in bloated government where no one would see it like perhaps the USDA manure management division rather than meat inspectors, but we all know “You never let a serious crisis go to waste”, that is their motto. In this case the crisis is one manufactured by one Barack Hussein Obama. No wonder he is out campaigning to blame the1⁄2 of1⁄3 of the U.S. government controlled by Republicans. All I see is a fraud, looking to blame others for a plan he suggested, implemented and signed into law, even threatening the congressional Republicans with a veto if they tried to change it in 2011.  

Hysterical hypocrite.

— Michael C. Sherrill

Marshall, Ill.

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