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Readers' Forum: May 1, 2014

TERRE HAUTE — Respect, integrity define candidate

What is a judge? In all of history a judge in any society is someone the people respect. A judge must be intelligent, must know the law, must be experienced in litigation, must have the wisdom required for difficult decisions, must be compassionate, and must be a servant of the people.

On all counts, Lakshmi (Lucky) Reddy qualifies. As we vote in next week’s primary for a candidate for election as judge, we in Vigo County are fortunate that a lawyer with her scholarship, experience and community service has placed her name in the hat. When two litigants are pitted in combat, it is the judge who must determine the outcome, and this is where wisdom comes in. Wisdom is the accumulation of intelligence, training, knowledge and experience.   

Lucky Reddy graduated with honors from Indiana University School of Law. She was chosen to clerk for the Indiana Supreme Court. After, she established a law practice in Vigo County, where her husband is a physician. For 16 years she has handled cases which run the gamut of legal controversy. She has worked always for justice within the law, but it is the welfare of children and the stability of the family that has been among her foremost concerns.

In our community, Lucky Reddy has been a ready volunteer, and  fellow volunteers have come to know her as a woman of integrity. In the community, as well as in her profession, she has won respect. Vigo County would be fortunate to have her on the bench.

— Dorothy Drummond

Terre Haute

Pledge to work for the citizens

I am writing to ask for your vote to become your state senator in District 38. That district includes all of Vigo County, and north of Indiana 42 in Clay County.

Like you, I am troubled by our government’s inefficiencies and dysfunction. Ultimately we have these frustrations because we feel our voice is not being heard.

To illustrate my point, let me ask you the following three questions:

n Why has it been over 15 years, and the 10 miles of Indiana 641 bypass in southern Vigo County is still not finished?

n Why don’t our local schools have enough state funding to keep the hallway lights on during school?

n Why doesn’t our government know what marriage was designed for?

These issues are just symptoms of a deeper problem, which is lack of  representation. Our beliefs and values are not being represented, instead the values of political parties, lobby groups and other special interest groups are being represented.

Most of the very people that we elect become clouded by influence from these special interest groups. And in doing so they actually end up representing these groups, and not the interests of the ordinary citizen.

I will represent our values and common sense. I have lived here my whole life. My wife Sarah and I have chosen to raise our four children here, and I have owned and operated  City Wide Window Cleaning here for over 25 years.

There is only one special interest group I will represent in the state Senate. The citizens of Vigo and Clay Counties.

— John Carson

Terre Haute

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