News From Terre Haute, Indiana


June 30, 2014

Readers’ Forum: July 1, 2014

Defying the laws of God

I applaud Attorney General Greg Zoeller and some county clerks for being cautious about issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

God says in Psalm 33:12, “Blessed is that nation whose God is the Lord.” It seems that we have made our Supreme Court our “Lord,” taking their word for the “gospel.” What we forget is that the moral laws of God are as unbreakable as the laws of nature which He also created. God’s law says that any marriage other than that of a man and a woman is prohibited. See Romans 1:v 21-32.

If a person decides to thumb their nose at God and defy the law of gravity by jumping off a tall building, they might have fun in free fall for a moment, but the end is always disaster. No amount of rationalization will change that. They might think that God is so loving He wouldn’t let me get hurt, but it was their decision to jump- not God’s.

If anyone does ever decide to jump off a building or bridge, do we just stand back and let them jump? No, we spare no effort to dissuade them from jumping and try to rescue them from disaster. That is all I am saying here. I am not saying you cannot defy God, I am just warning you of the disastrous consequences of doing so.

I pray for our country every day because it seems it is doing everything possible to defy God and His laws.

— Carl Hooley, Terre Haute

Correcting the written record

Allow me an opportunity to correct several misperceptions, misstatements and misunderstandings propounded by various writers in this “letters” section.

Using the Koch brothers to bash tea party adherents is patently illogical. Ignore their recent donation of $25 million to the United Negro College Fund. Ignore the $100 million donated to hospitals. Assume one suggests the Kochs are evil incarnate because of contributions to research and advocacy groups such as The Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute, Americans for Prosperity and some Republican candidates.

One must assume that George Soros, labor unions and Hollywood contributors are equally evil for their contributions to left-wing causes such as homosexual marriage, pro-abortion, etc. Remember, the terms “advocacy groups” and “special interest groups” are interchangeable.

An attempt was made several weeks ago to paint Republicans as a group of wealthy fat-cat bankers and tycoons who are racist, sexist warmongers. Inform yourself regarding the economic meltdown of 2008. Both parties share that blame. The information is widely available online and in print.

Iraq and Afghanistan were supported by both parties in Congress. Likewise, that information is available. Voters rights were expanded by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It passed due to the support of Republicans in the House and Senate. In fact, a larger percentage of Republicans than Democrats voted for the legislation. You can look it up.

Another writer suggests opposition to Obama’s administration is racist. I’ll not dignify that with a comment. Let’s review this list. ATF scandal (men died), Benghazi scandal (men died), VA scandal (perhaps hundreds have died), Bergdahl/prisoner swap scandal (how many will die?), Southern border (human smuggling, sex trafficking, drug smuggling, Mexican Army and police regularly crossing the border without repercussions), a plethora of “green” business scandals and selective law enforcement by the DOJ.

Let’s not forget the big one, the IRS scandal. If memory serves me, the Second Article of Impeachment drawn up against Mr. Nixon was for the same IRS illegalities we see today. Perhaps the racist accusation is correct, the soft racist bigotry of lowered expectations.

— Edward Kesler, West Terre Haute

Hands of $$ from Redevelopment

I am writing to support Cliff Lambert, executive director of Redevelopment in Terre Haute, in his efforts to gain access to his departmental bank accounts and to keep the mayor and the city controller from spending Redevelopment money for current expenses.

Fellow citizens, whether or not you support the mayor, you should be outraged. Redevelopment is vital to our city’s future. If millions of Redevelopment dollars have been used to pay for “now” instead of for the purpose intended, our city’s future is threatened.

I know Cliff Lambert, and I know that this public battle is giving him no pleasure, but I believe he is doing what he must to get answers and access. These circumstances are nonsense.

Mr. Mayor and Ms. Ellis should return the funds to Redevelopment and add Cliff Lambert’s name to his departmental bank accounts. Projects are waiting. We need to move forward.

— Julie White, Terre Haute

Celebrity visit for celebration

Our Fontanet class reunion in June was honored to have as our guest a young guitar player formerly of Terre Haute.

He left for Music City at age 18. J.T. Corneflos was nominated 10 consecutive times as artist of the year and recipient of AMC award in 2013. He is now a recording artist of vinyl and has a new album in Nashville, Tenn.

His contribution to our festivities playing several numbers was with son Jacob playing guitar. It was greatly appreciated and we welcomed his extended family with a big thanks for honoring us.

Our Fontanet school history: Built, 1914; Consolidated, 1961; Torn down, 1971. It was recently re-dedicated with signage on that property.

— Jeannine Hoke, Fontanet

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