News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 16, 2013

READERS' FORUM: Oct. 16, 2013


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Shutdown all the fault of Dems

In reference to the government shutdown:

The American people elected a Republican majority in the House of Representatives. Republican leadership in the House did not want a government shutdown and worked to prevent one, but the Democratic-led Senate has chosen partisanship over progress and stalled.

The House continues to pass funding bills to reopen government priorities, and now more and more Democrats are voting in support of these bills. In the meantime, the Obama Administration is doing everything in its power to make the shutdown as visible and political as possible. The American people do not want Obamacare and at the very least want changes to the law, not to mention the issues that the Health Insurance Marketplace website is having.

Even television personalities Wolf Blitzer and Jon Stewart have come forward and said they think the individual mandate should be delayed. The House sent multiple bills to the Senate to avoid a government shutdown, but the Senate refused to listen, and now the Republicans are passing funding bills to reopen government priorities.

Just take a look at the bills that have passed in the House since October began and you will see what I am talking about. So, I ask again, whose fault is it that the government is shut down? The American people elected the Republican House and they are clearly the only ones working to end this shutdown. It’s time for both parties to work out their differences, and find a common sense way to move forward.

— Brandon Gaston

Terre Haute

Church does allow blood transfusions

I wish to correct an incorrect statement in Sharon Ammen’s letter printed in the Oct. 13 issue of the Tribune-Star.

Ms. Ammen uses an illustration of a company headed by a Seventh-day Adventist and states that “this religious group does not believe in blood transfusions.”

To be accurate, Seventh-day Adventists run a worldwide health and medical care system. They give and receive blood for medical needs. Seventh-day Adventist churches and schools have organized blood drives to facilitate the voluntarily donation of blood to save lives.

There are other religious groups that do not believe people should give or receive blood, but that is not the position of Seventh-day Adventists.

— Pastor Ernie Peckham

Terre Haute Seventh-day Adventist Church

Opportunity calls to raise gas price

This is going to be short and painful.

Three days ago, gas was $3.08 a gallon. Then overnight, it went to $3.45 a gallon.

Can we all say, “Covered Bridge Festival!”

They must think we are stupid.

— Charlie Barth

Terre Haute