News From Terre Haute, Indiana

January 3, 2013

READERS’ FORUM: Jan. 3, 2013

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Time to face our moral negligence

Many parents have failed, many churches have failed, many schools have failed, and many government political representatives at all levels (federal, state and local) of our government have failed. The violence of gun shootings in our society, in our schools, on our streets, in our homes, in our shopping malls, etc., points to a moral value failure in our society.

It is no one person’s fault or any one group’s fault, but there is a fault. “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” This statement in fact is an abdication of moral responsibility. The only time many in our society seem to differentiate the good from evil is after a mass gun shooting occurs. The only time the hint of vaguely enunciating moral values is also after a mass gun shooting. It seems that many in our society have adopted an attitude of indiscriminate moral neutrality.

The acceptance of indiscriminate moral neutrality does not make people or children or society safer, but less safe. Whether or not people own or do not own guns, bullets, knives, sticks, explosives, poisons, etc., indiscriminate moral neutrality does not make us safer, nor does it make for a better or safer society.

Who should be allowed to own guns, bullets, knives, sticks, explosives, poisons, etc. and who should be allowed to use them? How, where and when should they be used? Who should determine the answer to these questions with so many failed segments (from parents to our government representatives) in our society?

To take any or all of these items out of everyone’s hands and/or use by our government is not only nonsensical but immoral. Nor will this action make everyone safer. Immorality can never be a substitute for morality in a society nor for the basis of law or protection. But it is time for parents and churches and schools and our government to actively engage in solving the moral negligence we’ve accepted and the violence of gun shootings that exists.

— Charles Bean

Terre Haute

Will city pay the bill for shoveling?

It is with a sense of civic pride I removed the snow from the walkways around my home again recently. I cannot fathom why small businesses teetering on the fiscal cliff are reluctant and the 70-, 80-, and 90-year old and over elderly in Terre Haute will not risk breaking a bone and ending up in a nursing home to do likewise.

Maybe it is because they are “entitled” like the politicians seem to enjoy calling the elderly and their Social Security these days. However, the politicians and the city need to live up to their end of the bargain. My trash is still sitting in the big blue containers in front of my house and the city has not shown up in front of my home with a snow plow to make way for the trash trucks. They have had a week now.

So, I took it upon myself to plow the street in front of my home. In the spirit of fining residents of Terre Haute for not shoveling their sidewalks, I should like for the mayor and the City Council to tell me to which department of the city I should send the bill. After all, a fine is a fine and fair is fair.

— John Garner

Terre Haute