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June 21, 2013

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TERRE HAUTE — Finding ways to

respect everyone


This article is written in response to an earlier guest editorial entitled “Time to end official prayers at public meetings” published in the Trib-Star June 9 from The Times of Munster.

The aforementioned editorial cites Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. “wanting to take a pre-emptive strike against possible lawsuits and end the practice of prayers before Hammond City Council meetings.” He further stated that he was afraid that Hammond could be sued for violating the First Amendment.

Well, the First Amendment is conspicuously stated at the top of every Opinion page of our Trib-Star in an effort to inform its readers of the full content and meaning of this provision.

You will note that it states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Mayor McDermott is correct in that he does not want to violate any claim that the city council would be establishing a state religion, and I can certainly understand his fear, based on the current litigious society in which we live. Unfortunately, the mayor cited a 2011 lawsuit prohibiting guns on city property. The state law rendered that ordinance obsolete, but the city council refused to change it.

Therefore, the leadership in Hammond continues to ban guns on city property, and Mayor McDermott seems to favor a similar ban on prayer before convening city council meetings. Personally, I must say that a prayer never hurt me, but I am convinced that a gun could do considerable damage.

In our nation of diverse citizens with people of varying values, differing faiths, as well as agnostics and atheists alike, I would think that some accommodations could be reached that would respect the feelings of all.

— William Hanna

Terre Haute

Another reason to

repeal Obamacare


Upon reading the June 16 issue of the newspaper, I was struck by the fact that the school corporation is eliminating middle school children from having access to buses for sporting events. This follows the story from the May 25 issue of the newspaper that field trips will be curtailed severely for the same reason given in today’s story. That reason is the implementation of Obamacare.

The corporation is obliged to keep school bus drivers under 32 hours per week to avoid having to pay for the insurance mandated by this ill-conceived law. I don’t know how in good conscience we can allow our kids to be transported to various sports venues that are more than a few miles from Terre Haute in private vehicles. If I were a parent, I would be very concerned about entrusting my children to travel in a vehicle that I have no assurance as to the competence of the driver.

I suspect the drivers have a right to be concerned about the level of insurance they carry as their potential liability has skyrocketed the moment the driver is in charge of school children being transported to a school function.

Will the corporation be responsible for vetting the drivers, or as Mr. Tanoos stated, be “required to sign a permission slip”?

It becomes clear that to avoid a cost imposed by the Democrats that voted in the ill-conceived legislation, please take note that not one Republican voted for this disaster in the making, that we now increase the cost and risk of field trips, sporting events and other extracurricular activities. This is just the beginning of the unintended consequences of the implementation of Obamacare.

I ask you this: Are the drivers better off with fewer hours? Are the students better off with fewer outside activities? Are the citizens of Vigo County better off with their children exposed to greater risk to attend events? I contend that the whole issue could be rectified by repealing this onerous piece of legislation.

I would hope that you and others would speak up and let the Congress know that this will not improve the health of anyone that I know of and it should be repealed immediately.

— Raymond E. Broshar

Terre Haute

Generous help,

successful event


The Silent Men would like to thank the local businesses, unions and everyone else who contributed to our 2013 Silent Men annual golf tournament.

Thanks to your generous contributions, we had another successful tournament.

— Steve Austin

Terre Haute

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