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September 30, 2012

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Job well done in West Terre Haute

The West Terre Haute Water Works has been working very hard to utilize the electronic billing system the Town Board purchased in 2005. The Oct. 1, 2012, billing will be the second consecutive month of 99.5 percent of bills printed without the possibility of human error.

Congratulations to the staff of Chuck Stranahan, Larry Fields, Ron Stevens and Emilee Woolley for this achievement.

The meter is read electronically. The meter readings are interpreted by a computer. Everyone is billed exactly what the computer says. There is no chance of human error. Therefore, customers with a high or higher bill should check for a leak. The customers finding leaks can save twice — once with the water bill and once with the waste water bill.

The job has been well done by Chuck, Larry, Ron and Emilee for the customers of the West Terre Haute Water and Waste Water Departments.

— Jim Mann


West Terre Haute

Nation’s destiny hangs in balance

The divisions along party lines this election year have reached colossal proportions. Today’s Democrats are often referred to as progressive liberals with many taking positions so foreign to established beliefs and so removed from the basic principles of our Constitution that it is difficult to find any semblance to the core beliefs of yesterday’s Democratic Party. Certainly not my daddy’s party.

Who could have imagined that this nation would elect as its president a man who had never held an actual job or administrative position, had no recognized accomplishments to his credit, had been known to have used at least three different names and who had taken every possible precaution to ensure all documented records of his past history were sealed away from the very people who would elect him?

But for some inexplicable reason, Obama’s pitiably lacking credentials never seemed to reflect on his popularity and by the time the sordid history of close associations with domestic terrorists, hate-motivated preachers and convicted felons were exposed, his supporters had apparently adjusted to his unorthodox affiliations.

Shortly after his election when Obama  began appointing known radicals, Marxists and even Communists as his White House czars, selections that would have spelled the demise of any former president, his choices were treated so causally they didn’t even make the evening news.

Obama’s liberal following provided him unconditional support, but so did the media. Almost from the very beginning, Obama was hyped, indulged, pandered and coddled by the press but never was he criticized, not even when he displayed his contempt for long-established traditions such as his refusal to wear a flag lapel pin or on those occasions where he did not place his hand over his heart during the observance of the Pledge Allegiance and the national anthem.

Once upon a time America relied on unbiased reporting from its evening news to stay abreast of current affairs and opinionated commentaries were rare and very much frowned upon. But tragically the media has since morphed into a replica of Pravda, an organized system for delivering liberal propaganda by political activists intent on influencing their audiences. Since Obama first entered the political arena, the media has provided Obama with protection and unparalleled support.

Although Obama’s propensity for the unconventional can be very disconcerting, it is his plans for America’s future that are most worrisome. Obama has a mission and he identifies it in his book “Dreams from my Father.” Obama has never tried to hide his ideology, though he often sidesteps it for election purposes. With just a little effort, you too can find out where he intends to lead America.

In his book, Obama claims that as he sat at his father’s grave and spoke to him through Africa’s red soil and pledged to take up his Muslim father’s struggle against the injustice of capitalism and free markets. Being a committed socialist, the Senior Obama hated colonialism and capitalists, believing that any profits derived from the free market system was directly correlated to the degree society had been pillaged in order to generate them.

These sentiments are somewhat tantamount to Obama’s socialistic views, believing that only the government, not individuals, should be allowed to control and distribute the wealth of a nation. Sound familiar? This year’s Democratic convention was actually premised on the theme that “we all belong to the government,” a huge contrast from America’s long-standing belief that “the government belongs to us.”

Our free enterprise system of government is not perfect, it has never been perfect, but it the closest thing to perfect you are going to find on this earth. For 236 years it has provided Americans with freedom of choice- opportunities to succeed — and the highest standard of living this world has ever known.

Will America vote to exchange the dreams of our nation’s founding fathers for the dreams of Obama’s father?

I pray not, because this election will determine the destiny of this great country.

— Nancy Holden

Terre Haute

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