gets the business
The battle over the future of marriage in Indiana has boiled over from the political and cultural battlefields into the business boardrooms. One fallacy, Chick-Fil-A’s record setting sales day notwithstanding, is that preserving the importance of having both a husband and wife in marriage is bad for business. It is an opinion that came from a book by Richard Florida called “The Creative Class.” When the Wall Street Journal reviewed Florida’s theory, they dismissed it as “economic snake oil.”
Marriage has a great number of business benefits. Married men have stronger employment status than cohabiting men. Men’s productivity increases by 27 percent as a result of marrying. Women in intact marriages have a higher income-to-needs ratio than women in any other family structure. Dr. Jennifer Morse of the Ruth Institute notes, “The family is absolutely necessary for the market to function. The substitutes to the family are expensive and ineffective, and taxpayers end up paying the price.”
As to the claim that the 31 state marriage protection amendments create bad business environments, there are numerous job studies that debunk this lie:
• The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis ranked states for per capita personal income growth from 1999-2009. Eight of the top 10 states for best personal income growth have passed Marriage Protection Amendments. None have same-sex marriage or civil unions.
• CEO Magazine surveyed 543 Chief Executive Officers asking them to rank the best and worst states for business and job growth. All of the top five have marriage protection amendments. The worst five business environment states were California, New York, Michigan, New Jersey and Massachusetts, the first state to allow the unraveling of marriage.
• In February, Kiplinger Financial Magazine named the top 10 states for predicted job growth in 2012. Every one of the top five states have marriage protection amendments.
• This fall, CNBC profiled “America’s Top States for Doing Business” using input from the National Association of Manufacturers and the Council on Competitiveness. Nine of the top 10 business-friendly states have marriage protection amendments. None has same-sex marriage. Those states with same sex marriage landed toward the bottom of their business performance data.
In spite of this easily obtainable data, the myth that respecting marriage is bad for business continues to be repeated.
If the Indiana legislature allows Hoosiers to vote on the importance of marriage including husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, I will bet you a Chick Fil-A sandwich that this lie will still be a scare-tactic used against it.
— Micah Clark
Association of Indiana
much to museum
We’re wrapping up another fantastic year at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum, one that could not be completed without the help of our volunteers.
The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) once published a report stating there was an average of $43 in overhead costs associated with each guest. Those costs can range from maintenance, utilities and staffing to exhibits, education and programming. Our museum, like most, tries to keep the cost low; our admission is $7.
How do we make up the difference? The answer is a vast, eclectic, and unique group of talented, caring volunteers. We’ve had more than 100 volunteers in the past year and they come from nearly all walks of life, including students, areas of workforce development and retirees. They’re the frontline of the museum and help engage families in our exhibits as well as keep the museum safe, all while wearing a big grin.
Additionally, we’d like to express our thanks to several volunteers who have gone above and beyond this year and accrued hundreds of hours of service.
• 100–200 hours — Lou Barbin, Pam Dowell, Sandee Frey, Rita Ghosh, Jeanne LaVanne, Anne Lima, Ian Lytle, Richard Navicky and Helen Ruhl.
• 200–300 hours — Jane Morse, Scott Taylor and James Wood.
• 300-plus hours — Sally Bower, Susan Kane and Chris Sheldon.
We thank our volunteers for their continued support of the Terre Haute Children’s Museum.
— Jamie McDowell
Membership & Volunteer Coordinator
Smoking ban not
On Dec. 14, William Fields declared that a “smoking ban outdoors is a ridiculous idea.” Mr. Fields was referring to the proposed smoking ban in all Vigo County parks. One can only assume he does not frequent the parks.
My family and I utilize the parks on a daily basis for exercise and recreation. Most days I choose to ignore the number of cigar and cigarette smokers inside Deming Park. The smoke itself is a nuisance which I can ignore while I run through the park, but contrary to Mr. Fields’ belief, there are a number of cigarette butts and other smoking paraphernalia that can be found littering the park roads on any given day.
Mr. Fields also states that “children don’t notice people smoking.” Children are much smarter than Mr. Fields gives them credit. My child does, in fact, notice all the smokers inside the toddler playground area and on several occasions has asked to leave the playground to get away from the smoke.
As an adult, I can tolerate cigarette and cigar smoke occasionally, but young children shouldn’t have to, especially inside the playground area at a public park. While a smoking ban in Vigo County parks may seem like a ridiculous idea to Mr. Fields, it doesn’t seem so ridiculous to a 3-year-old child who wants to play outdoors in the fresh air.
— Somer Nourse
School shooting, why? Lack of gun control, maybe. What about taking God out of the schools? What about violent video games and horrendous movies? What about mom and dad staying together and raising the kids they can afford and teaching them right from wrong?
What about overcoverage and giving the shooter cult status and giving rise to a copy-cat mentality?
This shooting happened in one of the strongest gun control areas in the nation. This could change overnight, but states with concealed gun carry laws have not had this problem. It is one thing to shoot at unprotected victims, and it is quite another to face a half a dozen people more than willing to shoot back.
— Sam Wallace
Voters get what
In the November elections, 22 incumbent U.S. senators were re-elected. Three hundred fifty-three incumbent U.S. representatives were also re-elected. This means the American people have re-elected 94 percent of the incumbents who were running for re-election to an institution that has an approval rating presently of about 9 percent.
This means we’re now stuck with the useless, dysfunctional government we deserve.
— Jerry Arnold
FLASHPOINT: Dealing with hunger requires less rhetoric, more action
In November, millions of families in Indiana and across the nation saw their Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits cut through a planned phase-out of a temporary increase in funding that originally took place during the 2009 recession.
READER FORUM: Dec. 8, 2013
• Diving in to pool project
• A timely review of food basics
• Name-calling shows sad state of our politics
• Republicans their own worst enemy
• Full attack on common sense
- Readers’ Forum: Dec. 6, 2013
READERS’ FORUM: Dec. 5, 2013
• Anarchy is in the ‘tea’ leaves
READERS’ FORUM: Dec. 3, 2013
• Prestige chosen over practicality
• Tea partiers love country, freedom
• Same old clowns
Readers’ Forum: Dec. 3, 2013
Prestige chosen over practicality
Tea partiers love country, freedom
Same old clowns
Readers’ Forum: Dec. 2, 2013
‘Ask not …’: Living by the words we speak
READERS’ FORUM: Dec. 1, 2013
The dangers of aggressive driving
Thanks to Lowe’s for great work
Another ‘Miracle’ set for Friday
Obama lies with malicious intent
Down the path to nowhere
Remembering to help needy
Jihadis, be careful what you wish for
Hanging on to people’s rights
No more trespassers thanks to mayor
READERS’ FORUM: Nov. 29, 2013
Cooperation helps enhance security
READERS’ FORUM: Nov. 28, 2013
Governor can put words into action
- Readers’ Forum: Nov. 27, 2013
READERS’ FORUM: Nov. 26, 2013
• Include Wea in Terre Haute’s ‘Walk of Fame’
• You can pardon a holiday turkey
• Rebuffed by Bennett
READERS' FORUM: Nov. 25, 2013
• Bosma wrong on marriage debate
• Savings Bank was key event sponsor
READERS' FORUM: Nov. 24, 2013
• Tech fails, but change positive
• Terre Haute Take care of your own trash, please
• What about the women?
• Another view of a physician’s life
• Could you follow these instructions?
• Just more lies from politicians
Readers’ Forum: November 23, 2013
Common sense or just nonsense?
Why all the air evacuations?
READERS' FORUM: Nov. 22, 2013
Nominations open for Polaris award
Frustrated by city’s response
READERS' FORUM: Nov. 21, 2013
• Bleeding green at West Vigo HS
• Fundraiser a great success
READERS' FORUM: Nov. 20, 2013
• More liberal shortsightedness
• Food no longer tried and true
READERS' FORUM: Nov. 19, 2013
• Candle lighting honors children
• Join the fun of Girl Scouts
READERS' FORUM: Nov. 18, 2013
Very pleased with child care center
Wrong directionon health care
READERS' FORUM: Nov. 17, 2013
What do you know about distracted driving?
Patriotism on display at vets museum
Here’s what’s governing nation
Bird’s legend the greatest gift of all
Mott misses boat on health care
Celebrating JA of Wabash Valley
- READERS' FORUM: Nov. 16, 2013
FLASHPOINT: A pledge to work together with respect, civility
Indiana’s students and schools have made great progress in recent years. According to the latest scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Indiana is improving at the second-fastest rate of any state in the country. We owe this progress to the hard work of our students, teachers and the parents and school reformers everywhere who have insisted that we hold ourselves to high standards.
- READERS' FORUM: Nov. 15, 2013
- READERS' FORUM: Nov. 13, 2013
READERS' FORUM: Nov. 12, 2013
• Wonderful walk on memory lane
• ‘Mini-Hitlers’ still plague world
• 'Amazing’ theater at Rose-Hulman
- READERS' FORUM: Nov. 10, 2013
FLASHPOINT: A common-sense Congress could strengthen our economy
My top priorities have always been to strengthen Indiana’s economy and to help create Hoosier jobs. We can all agree — Democrats and Republicans — that the recent government shutdown and the threat of failing to pay our nation’s bills were significant setbacks to this seemingly simple goal.
- READERS' FORUM: Nov. 9, 2013
- READERS' FORUM: Nov. 8, 2013
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- FLASHPOINT: Dealing with hunger requires less rhetoric, more action