News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 29, 2013

READERS' FORUM: Sept. 29, 2013


---- — Another look at center locations

During the VCSC meeting on Monday night, several locations were dismissed as not being central for the aquatics center. I overheard a remark that the 5.9 miles presented at the meeting as the distance from Terre Haute North to Vorhees Park was most likely not the driving distance.

After the meeting, I checked Bing Maps and the distance of 5.9 miles did not seem to be accurate. To make checking driving distances and times easier from the three schools, I put together a tool using the Bing Maps API:

These are the results from a few locations:

• Aquatic Center: Near 52 N 3rd St, Terre Haute (Courthouse — location determined to be “central” to the three schools). North, 4.8 miles, 13.1 minutes. South, 3.6 miles, 8.9 minutes. West, 5.2 miles, 12.8 minutes

• Aquatic Center: Near US-40, West Terre Haute (about the most central location I could find). North, 4.8 miles, 14.3 minutes. South, 4.3 miles, 10.8 minutes. West, 4.3 miles, 9.7 minutes.

• Aquatic Center: Near Voorhees Park Dr, Terre Haute. North, 7.1 miles, 18.9 minutes. South, 2.1 miles, 7.1 minutes. West, 7.1 miles, 17.0 minutes.

• Aquatic Center: Near 2136 IN-46 W, Terre Haute (46 and New Margaret Avenue — dismissed as not being central). North, 6.2 miles, 11.5 minutes. South, 6.6 miles, 9.5 minutes. West, 12.1 miles, 17.5 minutes.

• Aquatic Center: Near 55 S Brown Ave, Terre Haute (Meadows Elementary School — dismissed as not being central). North, 2.5 miles, 6.5 minutes. South, 6.1 miles, 15.8 minutes. West, 7.7 miles, 19.7 minutes.

If Vorhees Park is considered as the prime location, then some of these other locations that were originally being dismissed as not being central should probably be re-evaluated. It seems that the Meadows School location is already owned by the VCSC and the land is not being used.

— Brian Lakstins

Terre Haute

Put an end to the CO2 fraud

The Tribune-Star published an AP article on Sept. 20 that addressed the struggles U.N. “scientists” are having writing their latest report on climate change. Their struggles revolve about the fact that actual measurements over the past 33 years of the earth’s temperature show that warming is occurring at less than one-fourth the rate that the U.N.’s climate models predicted. Any objective scientist would agree that this proves that the models, which are the sole basis for claims that human activity is causing global warming, are fatally flawed.

Absurdly, the report will apparently affirm “with greater certainty the link between global warming and human activity.” This in face of the fact that one-quarter of all the CO2 ever emitted by humans has occurred in the time frame that the temperature has stayed the same. A correlation between CO2 increase and temperature increase was the holy grail of man-made warming alarms. Now they claim that the lack of warming is due to natural causes. I wonder why they didn’t recognize earlier that the warming was most likely caused by nature?

When a political agenda takes charge, objective science is a casualty, and these “scientists” can’t bring themselves to admit that their models and theories are dead wrong. The AP article is very revealing about how these “scientists” work and think. The Germans just want to delete any mention of the temperature measurements of the last 15 years. The U.S. wants to include a “hypothesis” that the reduction in warming is linked to heat being transferred to the oceans. Belgium wants to plot the measured temperatures so they look like a more upward-pointing curve. Hungary simply worries that this all looks way too good for the skeptics. After all, as this scare is shown to be the fraud that it is, the funding for more “scientific” studies might go away. What would this do to those that depend on the funding?

The next day after the AP article, the Tribune-Star front page announced that Obama is “pressing ahead with tough requirements to limit carbon emissions.” In spite of all the evidence that CO2 is not a problem, he is about to make good on his 2008 promise to bankrupt the coal industry. Sen. Joe Manchin, Democrat, W. Va., said, “If these regulations go into effect, American jobs will be lost, electricity prices will soar and economic uncertainty will grow.”

I have personally brought to the attention of our elected representatives the data that compare the U.N.’s theoretical models to actual measurements and show the models to be flawed. This data was presented to a Senate committee in July by Dr. Roy Spencer, the team leader for one of the measurement satellites. A clear, easy-to-understand presentation of this comparison can be found at Dr. Spencer’s website.

However, I was told that the coal industry and most politicians are so afraid of the environmentalists and their tactics that they will not challenge the basic premise that man-made CO2 is causing global warming. Unless there is a significant change in public opinion, they would rather appear to go along while trying to mitigate the impact.

Well, folks, we’re the public and unless we want to see this wasteful fraud continued, we must let our representatives know that we do not want to pay higher taxes and higher prices for gasoline and electricity and every other product that uses energy.

We can now point to Australia as the example of what can happen when the public wakes up. The Australians just elected a new prime minister who’s primary campaign promise was the abolition of a CO2 tax and subsidies to “green” industry.

Please write your representatives.

— Thomas B. Tucker

Vigo County

Make Congress abide by laws

I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t want to be a part of Obamacare unless Obama and the Congress are also using the plan. They’ve been asked several times if they would give up their current health care program and join the new Universal Health Care Act (Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act — PPACA) that the rest of us will be on.

Looks like their answer is a resounding “NO.” The “Kennedy Health Care Bill” was recently written into the “New Health Care Reform Initiative,” ensuring that the president and Congress will be 100 percent exempt from Obamacare, and can continue using their gold-plated health care coverage.

We should only accept a universal health care that extends to everyone. Here’s the amendment we should all support:

Amendment 28: Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.

Contact your congressional representatives to pass Amendment 28 and stop Obamacare.

— Hester Pilcher

Terre Haute

Editorial omits major provision

This newspaper’s editorial concerning Congress’ decision to slow the food stamp freight train is indicative of the Left’s sophistry when it comes to framing issues. The editorial states that House Republicans voted “to cut $40 billion from the federal food assistance program,” leading low-information readers to assume Republicans took a meat ax to the program. Nowhere in the editorial are we told that the $40 billion cut will be phased in over a (10-year) period. This glaring omission is typical of a newspaper that allows ideology to trump objectivity.

And even with those cuts, the program will cost $700 billion over the next decade. Moreover, the food stamp program has expanded while jobless rates have declined. Admittedly, it’s difficult to get worked up over a small cut in food stamps when America has the worst obesity problem on the planet. But that would appear to be this newspaper’s attitude.

It’s instructive to note that an inordinate number of Americans who are poor are also obese. A recent study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation documented higher obesity rates nationally among low-income adults: “More than 33 percent of adults who earn less than $15,000 per year were obese, compared with 24.6 percent of those who earn at least $50,000 per year,” the report states.

Perhaps the problem is not the quantity of food that food stamp recipients receive at taxpayers’ expense, but the poor decision making they utilize in opting for costly junk foods instead of healthier fare.

The editorial assures us that the level of fraud and abuse in the program is well below 2 percent, citing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But even if one accepts the government’s number as accurate, and many think it too low, that would mean over 600,000 individuals are scamming the system.

One of the most popular scams is called “water dumping.” Here’s how it works: Food stamp recipients use their benefits to purchase bottled water and promptly pour the water out onto the ground, redeeming the bottles for cash in order to purchase items banned by the program such as alcohol and cigarettes. All of which prompts the question: Why does the food stamp program cover bottled water in the first place?

But the fraud is not as big a concern as is the cultivation of long-term government dependency. The work requirements that House Republicans seek to implement are limited to able-bodied adults under 50 without dependent children and are a worthwhile reform. Those who have been dependent on food stamps for more than three months during any three-year period would be required to work 20 hours a week, perform equivalent community service, or enroll in an approved job-training program.

The editorial points to the Great Recession as the reason for the meteoric rise in the food stamp rolls. But the Great Recession ended in 2009. Admittedly, there are about 300,000 fewer jobs today than when Barack Obama became president. However, the increase in the number of Americans receiving food stamps since the end of the recession is nearly 10 million, a rate of growth that far outstrips the underlying economic reality, bad as it is. Spending on food stamps today is at more than double pre-recession levels.

But apparently even a modest cut in food stamps, beginning next year, which is targeted to address fraud, and get people back to work is deemed too draconian by this newspaper.

— Reggie McConnell

Terre Haute

Evil among us will never end

This is in reply to the editorial titled “The litany of massacres” published Sept. 18:

The mass shootings will go on, increasing in number and victims. Of this I have no doubt. The Bible clearly says: “You must understand this: In the last days there will be violent periods of time. People will be selfish and love money. They will brag, be arrogant, and use abusive language. They will curse their parents, show no gratitude, have no respect for what is holy, and lack normal affection for their families. They will refuse to make peace with anyone. They will be slanderous, lack self-control, be brutal, and have no love for what is good. They will be traitors. They will be reckless and conceited. They will love pleasure rather than God.” [2 Timothy 3:1-7.] We are in the last of the last days.

Those that commit these horrific mass murders for no apparent reason are being driven by Satan and his fallen angels and demons. There is a spiritual war ripping the world, our world, apart.

The thief (Satan) comes only in order to steal, kill and destroy. Jesus comes in order that you might have life — life in all its fullness.

This is war, and we who claim Christ must put on all the armor that God gives us so that you will be able to stand up against the devil’s evil desire to kill you and your family. We are not fighting against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers and the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Do not depend on the government services, local police, State Police and FBI to protect you. Put on God’s armor. [Ephesians 6:11.]

Put on the whole armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the wiles (behavior, actions and activities) of the devil.

— Van W. Cottom

Terre Haute

More than $2,500 raised for cause

On Sept. 19, the Apartment Owners & Managers Association of Terre Haute held a fundraiser for the T.H. Fire Department’s “Protect the Precious” not-for-profit organization. Twenty-four teams played corn hole at Charlie’s. The first-place prize was awarded to the team of Aaron Burris and Blake Griffin known as Hole Control sponsored by Craig Ketner, Ketner & Sons Electric. The evening raised over $2,500 for the Protect the Precious organization and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made the evening a success.

To our Gold sponsors: Keymark Property Management, Pfister & Co., Mark Huffman State Farm Insurance, Huber Properties, Republic Services, Ketner & Sons Electric, Joink and Old National Bank. To our Silver sponsors: Charlie’s, Wabash Valley Pest Management, Andrews Towing, Crapo Insurance Agency, Dennis Andrew Insurance Services, 7th & Elm Bar and Grille, Chalos Carpet Cleaning, Prudential Newlin-Johnson Realtors, Flooring America, Heritage Trail Apartments, Ballyhoo Tavern and Papa Johns Pizza.

To all the 24 team members who paid to play the corn hole game, all the regular and association member spectators for their support, and to Jim Creasey for donating his 50/50 winnings back to the organization. A very special thank you to Michele Strohm and Melissa Wrightsman for organizing the entire event.

Firefighter Rich Gallagher told us the goal of the program is to have every Terre Haute home equipped with a working smoke detector. The program started about two years ago after a fatal house fire in which an adult and two children died. The rental home had a smoke detector, but no battery in the unit to enable it to alert the family of the fire.

The smoke detector and battery effort relies on financial donations from individuals, businesses and firefighters themselves who contribute to keep their community safe. Anyone wanting to make a donation can send funds to Protect the Precious, Inc., P. O. Box 2718, Terre Haute, IN, 47802.

— Yvonne Avary, Executive Director

Apartment Owners & Managers Association

Of Terre Haute, Inc.

Send donkeys, elephants home

After listening to Sen. Durbin of Illinois, Speaker Boehner, Sen. Harry Reid and Sen. Graham, I have come to the realization that our nation is run by donkeys and elephants (Democrats and Republicans) who after their campaigns claiming their individual and independent positions, fall immediately in line with their assigned party without even a whimper. The party leadership states a position and donkeys and elephants fall in line echoing the same old thing we have heard over and over.

We did see one case of individual conduct by Ted Cruz last week, and agree or not it was refreshing to see. Now he is under heavy fire, even from those supposedly aligned with him. Whatever happened to the days when a politician voted for or against a bill because it was the correct thing to do?

The next time you hear the screaming of an inept, bloated elephant or bleating of a jackass may it be a reminder we need to send these “Bozos” home, starting at the top.

There, I said it. And I’m glad.

— Bill Jaeger

Terre Haute