News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 1, 2012

READERS' FORUM: Nov. 1, 2012


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Who will be Indiana’s next senator?

In senatorial candidate Richard Mourdock, we Hoosiers are being offered a rare breed of candidate — he actually managed to make God sound like a two-bit thug during his televised debate with Joe Donnelly, when he said in essence that after considerable thought he had decided if a rape occurs God intended for it to happen; therefore, a woman impregnated by the rapist should be forbidden the opportunity to abort the fetus her rapist left behind as his calling card.

If this year Mourdock is able to draw a word picture capable of portraying God as a fiendish brute, what sort of clownish images will he create of us mere mortal Hoosiers in Washington and around the world during the coming six years should he be elected as our United States senator?

— Steve Kash

Terre Haute

GOP skipping chance to reduce abortions

Abortion opponents want fewer abortions. At least I thought they did. A recent study shows that free birth control cuts the number of abortions way down. Logically, abortion opponents should be working to get reliable birth control to more women. Instead, many prominent abortion foes are fighting hard to get rid of Obamacare because it makes birth control a part of all health insurance plans. Representatives Ryan and Pence, both voted multiple times to get rid of Obamacare and its expanded access to birth control. They are skipping the chance to reduce unwanted pregnancies and therefore reduce abortions. Apparently they care more about saying abortion is bad than about actually preventing it.

This week, Mr. Mourdock said that if a woman gets pregnant from rape, it’s God’s will, and she must not be allowed an abortion. He didn’t say the rape itself is God’s will, thank goodness, but he came close. We can all agree that the best thing would be to prevent rape in the first place, can’t we? But Mourdock’s party, including Representatives Pence and Ryan, refused to support the Violence Against Women Act in Congress this year. I guess once you’re born, they just don’t care what happens to you.

Do you really want Mourdock in the Senate, Pence in the governor’s mansion, and Ryan in the White House?

— Samuel J. Martland

Terre Haute

Generosity overwhelming following loss

The family of Gregory Lewis Sanders would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to King’s Harvest Foursquare Church and Pastor Dennis Leeks for the memorial service conducted for Greg. The congregation also provided a wonderful meal and the family would like to thank all who helped.

We also would like to thank the caring folks at T K’s Bar and Grill on North Fruitridge for allowing us to use their facility to hold a fundraiser to help offset the funeral expenses. There were many generous establishments and individuals that contributed gift items and gift certificates for a silent auction. These include Print-it-Plus, Springhill Wholesale, Taiwan Terry’s, Dean’s Party Mania, Ron’s Hair Shack, Bogey’s, Do Right Pawn Shop, Coors Distributors, Element T-shirts, Norm’s Glass, Maurizio’s Pizza, Garfield’s Restaurant, Mark’s Par Three, Sugar Creek Scrap, and Rick’s Smokehouse Bar and Grill. Forgive us if we have forgotten anyone — but we shall never forget the kindness shown to our family.

We also would like to thank the many friends, neighbors, family and kind strangers who expressed condolences, love and concern to our family.

May God bless all of you as you have blessed us.

— Betty Chatham and the entire Sanders family

Terre Haute

Church losing in today’s America

There are today several ominous movements going on in America and in the Western world, for the most part undetected, which I believe brings great evil unless we understand them and do something about them. There is, first of all, a tremendous change that is coming about in the relationship of the Church and the state in America.

It is happening so slowly that we are like that frog sitting in the pot of warm water which is gradually being heated to the boiling point. The frog just sits there and is slowly boiled to death. Like the frog, we do not even perceive what is happening. If it goes unchecked much further it will, as it is beginning to do right now, bring about destruction of the liberties of Christians in this land.

Does the First Amendment teach the separation of church and state? The First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The First Amendment teaches the separation of the state from the Church. The First Amendment is a one-way street. It restrains the Federal Government. The Bill of Rights was written to restrain the Federal Government, from interfering with the liberties of the people. “A wall of separation.” Now the Federal Government is unshackling itself from the First Amendment, and the shackles are being put on the Church! Our freedoms are in grave jeopardy today, and we sit like the frog in the pot as the water heats up.

What is happening is that America has become the battleground between the world’s oldest religions. The first religion to appear in history of mankind worships “God” and so did our forefathers. The second worships man, “humanism.” It is not a question of whether politics and the Ten Commandments will be mixed. It’s a question of which religion will be mixed with American politics and buildings. Will it be the Ten Commandments that worships and deifies God as our forefathers did, or a religion that deifies man?

James Madison, chief architect of the Constitution, explained the nature of the American Republic in these words: “We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”

Now we are moving irresistibly toward the Soviet Communist concept of separation of Church and state, and that is very dangerous. The Soviets pride themselves on the fact that they believe in the separation of Church and state, and America is moving rapidly to adopt their view. Their view is simply this: the Church is free to do anything that the government is not engaged in — and the government is engaged in most everything. Therefore, the Church is free to stay in its four walls, pray and sing hymns. This is what is happening in America.

Since judges’ carelessness of God’s plan, Prayer and the Ten Commandments have been thrown out of our schools! We have seen the results, children killing children and the extinction by mass destruction of the helpless ones, the unborn.

Just walk through our government buildings and you may be pleasantly surprised to see what our Godly forefathers placed upon the walls. Don’t be like the frog and just sit there. We must come out of our comfort zones and just go and raise our voices and vote Nov. 6, 2012.

— Paul F. Double

Ossian, Ind.

City Hall being poorly managed

What a surprise it was to see the lead story on the front page indicating the possibility, or should say “probability” that we are to be hit with a $9 monthly increase for our trash!

Mr. Mayor—Duke, how can you in good conscience make that statement? Follow suit and bite the bullet and downsize the city staff. Other industries and businesses have done the same. It is a sad situation but hey, we pay our taxes and it appears there is some mis-management somewhere in City Hall.

Have you considered putting a freeze on City employees salaries? You have people that are employed in the street department that I have seen parked behind a building sleeping on duty and in some instances, propped up on shovel “shooying the breeze, while our city streets go un-improved.

I am sure that you and the career council members can come up with a way to fix this. Why not just come out and say we need to raise taxes? What about ditching the plans to renovate the outside of City Hall as was also mentioned in this morning’s paper? Put that money toward your present shortfall!

— Bob Spruill

Terre Haute