Appreciation for kindness
I wanted to thank the incredible gentleman who patiently stood behind me in line at Walmart on Aug. 8 as the cashier scanned all the school supplies I was purchasing for The Salvation Army for our “Back To School” giveaway.
Not only do I admire this man’s patience, but when the clerk was finally done, he stopped me from swiping my credit card and told me he would pay the entire amount of my purchase. I couldn’t believe it.
This man was truly a blessing to me and our organization. And I want to express my deep appreciation for his kindness. The world is certainly a better place because of people like him and we are fortunate that he lives right here in Terre Haute.
— Gordon Hoag, captain
The Salvation Army
‘What ifs’ inspire historical thoughts
Given the fact Sept. 2 is rapidly approaching, which, by the way, was the date the Japanese officially sued for peace in its surrender in 1945 to General Douglas MacArthur aboard the USS Missouri to end World War Two, various questions arise.
What if the Japanese earthquake and ensuing tsunami of 2011 had occurred March 11, 1943, during the peak of World War II’s Pacific conflict between the United States and Japan? Would there have been a cessation of hostilities between the two nations? Would the United States have used its Pacific naval fleet to rush supplies to Japan? By accepting such humanitarian assistance, would Emperor Hirohito have rescinded his bilateral relationship with Adolf Hitler? Would the American people have been amenable to committing such aid and financial donations to assist the Japanese civilian populace in this time of dire need?
Could such a cessation of this Pacific conflict have led to an eventual armistice between Japan and the United States in 1943? In such a context, thousands of American and Japanese soldiers lives would have been saved during the next two years, including the thousands of Japanese civilians who perished and suffered ghastly injuries from these Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb attacks during August 1945.
— Earl Beal
Amazing care for best friend
As we walk through this life, we never know what each day is going to bring. We live in a world that is so busy and we don’t even take the time to appreciate things or people.
On July 16, 2013, I lost my best friend. Being there with her trying to help her and comfort her whenever I could was such a wonderful blessing for me. But another blessing was the personal care she received from Dr. A. Deshpande. His care for her meant so much to her. She spoke very highly of him quite a lot. Thank you, Dr. Deshpande.
I also want to recognize a company called Southern Care. I know from working in the medical field for many years that you have to have a heart for that kind of work, and the staff there really does have a heart. The care Christy Handley gave to Laurie meant so much. Your help was very appreciated by Laurie and Dave.
And last, but by far not least, thanks to a very special person who went above and beyond the call of duty, Kelly Hamilton. I believe God puts people in our lives, and I feel Kelly is one of those people who we were blessed with during such a hard time. She was always there anytime Laurie and Dave needed her. No matter what time of day (or night) it was. My heart goes out to all of you.
I feel I am speaking for all of Laurie’s and Dave’s family when I say, God bless you all for all the hard work you do.
— Janice Smith
Clay shelter in need of help
I work at the Clay County Humane Shelter. We are a small but dedicated group of animal lovers. I take care of the cats. Like most smaller shelters, we are in need of some items.
Since kittens and puppies are still arriving, we are needing kitten and puppy chow, canned cat and dog food and cat litter. Clumping litter is preferred but the old fashioned litter will do, even though it does not smell as good.
We can also use cleaning supplies, paper towels, cat carriers, laundry detergent, treats and cat toys (hard plastic is the best since the cats tend to flip them into their water dishes).
Monetary donations are also needed and are tax deductible. Please donate whatever you can. The animals and the employees will be forever grateful.
— Nola Jane Blueher
What about fares for health care?
In a recent issue (Aug. 14) of this newspaper, an article appeared which stated that the Feds were going to intervene in a proposed merger between American Airlines and US Airways.
The main reason given is that the merger would raise fares and fees.
Please tell me again how much Obamacare is going to drive up health care costs and insurance premiums?
Bless their hearts.
— Mark Burns
Appreciation for kindness
FLASHPOINT: Energy bill a no-brainer target for Pence’s veto pen
Indiana has, for many years, wrestled with the question of what policy, if any, to pursue to advance new, alternative visions of how we deal with waste, move around and grow our food. Fortunately, we’ve seen some tangible signs of progress in the Indiana General Assembly with respect to recycling, mass transit and local food systems.
READERS' FORUM: March 16, 2014
• Time for change in assessor office
• Are Indiana’s chemical storage tanks safe?
• Voters of Indiana Thinking carefully about health care
• Put an end to costly primaries
• Founders understood representation rights
• What about bridge?
• Young people don’t know rules
• So many words, so little space
READERS' FORUM: March 14, 2014
• ISU officers should stay on campus
• Good reasons why guns are needed
• Salute to Jake
READERS' FORUM: March 13, 2014
• Celebrating the Girl Scouts
• Challenging the politicians
- READERS' FORUM: March 12, 2014
READERS' FORUM: March 11, 2014
• Meat-free path to the fountain of youth
• Faulty point?
READERS' FORUM: March 10, 2014
• Our government’s heart and soul
• A plea for more give and take
Readers’ Forum: March 9, 2014
Mardi Gras great event for Swope
EPA regs will cause energy bills to soar
Please pray for Ukraine innocents
Sinful thinking on road to hell
Liberty — or licentiousness
People will not always agree
Botched chance at leadership
- Readers’ Forum: March 7, 2014
Readers’ Forum: March 6, 2014
Utilities do need tighter regulation
Great work by TV sports staff
- Readers’ Forum: March 5, 2014
Readers’ Forum: March 4, 2014
Lunatic ravings of the far right
Let IRS take the bullying pledge
Readers’ Forum: March 3, 2014
Social workers honor profession
Readers’ Forum: March 2, 2014
Candle still burns at St. Ann’s Clinic
Thanks to all at Sarah Scott
How should we define marriage?
An argument of science and law
Chance to expand your knowledge
Excellent service from paper carrier
Central time zone makes more sense
Summer adult baseball league for all ages
Recognizing that all people matter
More selfish opposition to Common Core
- Readers’ Forum: Feb. 28, 2014
READERS' FORUM: Feb. 27, 2014
• Unfair criticism of electric utility
- Readers' Forum: Feb. 26, 2014
Readers’ Forum: Feb. 25, 2014
Group to rival The Beatles?
HJR-3 opponents afraid of the truth
Readers’ Forum: Feb. 24, 2014
Declaration of specific gender should never occur
Say no to alcohol at the State Fair
Protect yourself against bad food
Warm appreciation for support staff
Merit in approach
READERS' FORUM: Feb. 23, 2014
• A specimen of bad policy
• And up it goes
• It is past time to talk about rape, sex assault
• Religion is best spread peacefully
• Fugitive thoughts on a winter day
• America taking steps backward
• Being respectful, not anonymous
• Kind help on a cold morning
• Let us throw another stone on the pile
FLASHPOINT: Local control over the business personal property tax good option
I have a tremendous respect for Indiana’s local leaders.
FLASHPOINT: Did legislators place bad bet on Common Core?
A comedian once observed that the reason they call it “horse sense” is because horses don’t bet on people.
- Readers' Forum: Feb. 21, 2014
READERS' FORUM: Feb. 20, 2014
• Take another look at Terre Haute
• The state that adapts, adopts
- READERS' FORUM: Feb. 19, 2014
Readers’ Forum: Feb. 18, 2014
Founders were indeed ‘devout’
Firm definition is what we need
All handouts equal
Readers’ Forum: Feb. 17, 2014
Utility billing process unfair
Voters must demand court information
FLASHPOINT: Manufactured statistics, exaggerated claims make meth battle more difficult
Indiana has many societal problems. One of the most serious is the use of methamphetamine. Meth destroys families, ruins lives and costs taxpayers millions of dollars in law enforcement and meth cleanup efforts.
READERS FORUM: Feb. 16, 2014
• Wrong direction on income issues
• Vet, staff at Brown gave caring service
• Worried about governor’s words
• Drying up stream of public support
• We have passed the tipping point
• Making sure the poor get poorer
• It’s all relative
• Support needed for Catholic school
• Great response from center
- READERS' FORUM: Feb. 14, 2014
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- FLASHPOINT: Energy bill a no-brainer target for Pence’s veto pen