News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 20, 2013

READERS’ FORUM: Aug. 20, 2013

The Tribune-Star

---- — 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

Terre Haute

‘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 By accepting such humanitarian assistance, would Emperor Hirohito have rescinded his bilateral relationship with Adolf Hitler?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

Terre Haute

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

Terre Haute

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

Terre Haute