News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 18, 2013

READERS' FORUM: March 18, 2013

The Tribune-Star

---- — Pence plan fueled by the tea party

If you’ve been reading the articles on the front page of the T-S, you are aware that Gov. Pence is pursuing the same right-wing agenda that he did when he was in the Congress. Gov. Pence has gone to war with the GOP super majority over how to spend the tax surplus that Mitch Daniels was hoarding.

Gov. Pence wants that money used to give a tax cut that will once again benefit only those at the top. But the super majority wants the money spent on rebuilding our roads and bridges, funding public education and job training. Things that would benefit everyone.

Gov. Pence and other red state governors have repeatedly said that they don’t want Washington telling them what to do. But to threaten and bully the members of the super majority, Gov. Pence has brought in some Washington powerbrokers, the tea party.

Charles and David Koch, the founders and funders of the tea party, are pledging a million or so dollars to politically assassinate any member of the GOP majority who won’t support the tax cut with TV ads in the next primary election. These are the same strong-arm tactics we see in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Indiana citizens must ask themselves which is better, rebuilding our infrastructure, funding education, job training or a tax cut for a select few. How many more safety net programs will be cut to pay for the tax cut when the surplus is gone? Will our license plate fees and raises on gasoline taxes be required to fix roads and bridges?

For years, letter writer Ron Hastings has said that the tea p[arty was founded and funded by millionaires such as the Koch Brothers. He was attacked in the T-S for saying that from others with disparaging remarks. The articles on the T-S front page prove he was right.

— Pam Rogers


Speaking truth is not ‘racism’

I am compelled to respond to the letter of Ann Carlisle printed in the Trib-Star on March 4.

Ms. Carlisle began by scolding the Trib-Star for printing letters “which denigrate others.” In her next paragraph she accused me of being an ignorant racist. I feel certain she meant no harm or denigration.

Ms. Carlisle, no one is suggesting that our children not learn of other cultures. We are merely demanding they be taught the truth and not politically correct nonsense.

For your information, Ms. Carlisle, all cultures and religions are not the same. One need only remember the hundreds of millions slaughtered over the last century by ideologies of Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot and Saddam Hussein. Do not overlook tribal genocides in Africa and the suicidal terrorism of Hamas, Hezbollah and other Muslim groups. Are these cultures and societies having something to offer freedom loving peoples? They are morally equivalent to us?

I should inform you that maintaining anti-Islamic, anti-Sharia and anti-Jihad positions is not racist. There are a billion Muslims of all colors and nationalities. So, before you complain about letters that are printed, please educate yourself. Doing so will lessen the chances of flaunting your ignorance.

— Edward R. Kesler

West Terre Haute