News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 10, 2013

READERS’ FORUM: Sept. 10, 2013


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Stay out of civil war in Syria

It is 2:45 a.m. and I have been unable to sleep as the dilemma facing the United States over Syria continues to be played out on every news channel. Because this turmoil is keeping me awake, I am hoping by writing this letter to at least put my own mind at ease and finally nod off.

First and foremost is the question of putting ourselves in the position of keeper of the moral fiber of the whole world. Must we be responsible for fixing every situation that is morally abhorrent on this earth? I would say a resounding “no.” While the killing of a large number of citizens of the country of Syria by its own government is terribly wrong, when did it become our responsibility to try to settle this civil war? I cannot for the life of me figure out just why we need to send a warning shot to the ruling leaders of Syria. Will this shot stop their civil war? Again a resounding “no.” Why do we feel killing additional people will somehow lead to peace between the warning factions? How can we justify killing additional civilians by this so-called warning shot? We cannot.

I have been a strong, vocal supporter of President Obama and his proposals for domestic programs, but I cannot support his request of Congress to allow him to interfere in a civil war in the Middle East (again). Have we not learned our lesson in the last 10 years? We are going broke at home and our country is crippled by the constant need to fight battles that are none of our business.  

The conservative Republicans in Congress have stripped our domestic programs to the bone to support our war machine. When we have citizens going without food, clothing and shelter to support wars, then there is definitely something wrong with what we are doing. I am sick of our Armed Forces being killed and maimed in a war with no end in sight. Our veterans return home to a country that is bankrupting itself. They are receiving less than required benefits, and the wounded are left to their own devices to survive in a homeland that cannot offer them first-class medical care, nor jobs, nor homes, nor education.  

I guess what I am saying is, do not involve us in any further actions in the Middle East, including Syria. Let the Arab states deal with the chemical warfare that is being waged. It is their war, not ours. For once, put the welfare of our country and our citizens above what is happening in another part of the world. We cannot police every other country. Killing people in the name of freedom will never lead to peace.

— Shirley A. Thomas


Special event got great support

On behalf of the Terre Haute Police Department Animal Control Division/Code Enforcement, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our generous sponsors and local businesses that donated their time, effort and wonderful gifts to our National Night Out event.

First and foremost we would like to thank the ASPCA for the grant money that was awarded to our division. With that money it made it possible to purchase the majority of the dog/cat food and educational materials that were passed out.

We thank Walmart East and Walmart South for the grant money that was also awarded to Animal Control. We handed out to our citizens over $3,000 in animal care supplies. All money awarded was a huge factor in purchasing animal-related items for this event.

The following businesses provided goods and services to make this event a huge success: Menards, Walgreens, Graphic FX, Big Lots at Plaza North, Morgan Pet Food, Terre Haute Humane Society, Dog It Dig It Rescue, Bemis Co., Graham Feed & Farm Center, Scott Pet Products in Rockville, Rural King, The Pet Food Center, United States Humane Society, Barnes & Noble, Sign Express, Tabco, Logo Connxtion and Staples.

Additionally our thanks go to our volunteers who worked so hard to make this event a success for the animals and their families in our community.

The Animal Control Division is very proud of the job we do, and we are looking forward to being a part of this wonderful community event next year. Thanks to all involved.

— Laurie Tharp

THPD Animal Control/Code

Enforcement Division

Terre Haute Police Dept.