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June 21, 2014

Readers’ Forum: June 22, 2014

Traffic signals need attention

I’m sure I’m not the only one to notice that something should be changed with respect to the programming of traffic signals at the main entrance/exit for Honey Creek Mall at Third and Davis during the road construction.

It seems to be the worst for traffic trying to exit the mall. They would be much better off to have the signal green for both straight-through to Davis Avenue and for people turning left onto Third Street at the same time.

The lane to the right is very congested with cars that won’t turn left on the arrow and cars that won’t go straight when there is no green turn arrow.

— Dan Cade, Terre Haute

Current, future state of Iraq

The planet is replete with tyrants. There is nothing new about this. There is one in Syria, and several in Africa. But the tyrant who made sense when he was in power was Saddam Hussein.

He held Iraq’s various sectarian groups and religious interests in check. From a Machiavellian geopolitical standpoint, Saddam, as a once military ally of the United States, kept the balance of power in equilibrium throughout the region. He effectively dealt with the Iran.

And, then, along came the Bush, Cheney, Halliburton team which upset this symmetry, and in whom this triumvirate must now bear culpability for this current Iraqi mayhem as there were no al-Qaida, Levant or Islamic State of Iraq to deal with prior to Bush’s initiative to invade Iraq.

Now, Mosul, Tikrit, Fallujah, Ramadi, Tal Afar and Kirkuk have fallen to these sectarian factions. Baghdad will more than likely be the next to fall.

Eventually, Baghdad and southern Iraq will collapse to the influence of Iran’s Shiite dominance. ISIS and Levant elements of the Sunni network will control western and northwestern regions as a part of the aggregate plan for a Syria/Iraq caliphate paradigm. Kurds will retain control of the northeast territory. Kurdish refugee migration into Turkey will further exacerbate border tensions and pressures forcing the Turkish government to take punitive measures to interdict this transmigration.

— Earl Beal, Terre Haute

ISU focusing on returning adult students

This is in response to The Tribune-Star editorial of Sunday, June 15, “Enticing more students back to campus.”

We compliment IU-PU Fort Wayne on providing financial assistance to adult learners so they may return to school. Programs that help students return and complete undergraduate degrees help build a better Indiana.  

The returning adult student often faces several hurdles not common to traditional age students. The adult returner must juggle several responsibilities, including job and family obligations that often impede taking classes. Accessibility, transfer flexibility and student support services are as important to these students as is cost and financial assistance.

Indiana State University has made serving returning adults a strategic focus for the past four years. To better serve place-bound students, we have significantly expanded our online degree programs. Currently, there are 15 bachelor completion programs online and soon a 16th will be added. To give returning students the maximum credit for college work they have completed, we have created four flexible degree completion programs over the past several years.

Our Bachelor of Science degrees in Adult Career Education and General Studies, and the Bachelor of Applied Science degrees in Technology and Health Sciences, provide returning students programs that match their interests and maximize credits they have earned or experiences gained from work. We have also overhauled our policies to make transfer as easy as possible by providing block transfer of foundational studies requirements for associate degree holders.

To assist returning students who must balance many responsibilities, we have focused our attention on improving student services. For those students studying from a distance, we have improved library support, exam proctoring, tutoring services and provided a student services concierge to assist them. Our Sycamore Express initiative provides a virtual one-stop-shop for a variety of student services that serves all students but is particularly helpful to those who infrequently are on campus.

Indiana State has been helping students for several years to earn undergraduate degrees in as affordable a manner as possible. Our Transfer Scholarship annually makes $2,000 awards to 60 transfer students who have minimum cumulative GPAs of 3.0 and have earned a minimum 30 transfer credits. Transfers who qualify academically are also eligible to receive laptops as part of the university’s laptop scholarship program. Most recently, students who are pursuing a bachelor in applied science degree in technology or health professions through distance learning are eligible for $1,500 renewable scholarships when they enroll half time. Beginning this year, students pursuing Bachelor of Science degrees in General Studies will also qualify for this new $1,500 scholarship.

Indiana State University is committed to reaching out to Indiana’s adult population and make returning to complete a degree as attainable as possible. If our state is to thrive economically, the entire higher education community needs to remove as many barriers to educational attainment as possible. Working together, we can help our citizens to achieve their educational goals.

— John Beacon, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Marketing and Communications, Indiana State University

Activist’s passion for a better world

Kudos and gratitude to Betty Cockrum, President/CEO, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, for her recent apologia about what her organization stands for: “comprehensive, accurate education about sex” for teens, birth control, prevention of teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and STDs by abstinence as well as contraception, and reducing the enormous cost to the taxpayers resulting from teen childbearing, high-risk births, their higher health care costs, foster care, incarceration, and the resulting loss of tax revenues on top of the tax burdens.

“Two-thirds of young unmarried mothers are poor and an estimated 25 percent go on welfare within three years of a childbirth.” Is it any wonder that an “overwhelming majority of parents” support high school sex education and in addition “most want this information to students in middle school.”

The most strident opponents of Planned Parenthood clinics denounce them as “abortion mills” or slaughterhouse factories that compare in numbers with the Holocaust. In fact, only 2 percent of clients come for abortions.

What was left out of Ms. Cockrum’s eloquent advocacy for contraception, abstinence and sex education is that these measures happen to be the most rational and pragmatic methods of combating and reducing abortions. To argue otherwise seems not only wrong but complicit with evil.

Could not the same be said of the papal position on contraception, as well as the orthodox views of some members of other churches committed to the same dogma?

Complicity with evil indeed. Because such an irrational and unscientific posture, in an age of enlightened medical knowledge, allows many millions to suffer infertility, disease, despair and death.

Pope Francis has a golden opportunity to catapult the Church into the 21st Century on this issue, or at least to significantly shepherd it forward in the years left to him. Taking on the entrenched opposition within the hierarchy won’t be easy, but the man has shown some spine on several issues that clearly do not comport with orthodoxy.

Leaders and prominent clerics of the other mainstream religions can also do far more to promote birth control — not only to save lives and prevent great suffering but to confront the problem of overpopulation.

The present population of seven billion — half impoverished and earning no more than a dollar or two a day — is clearly unsustainable. Much less so the 10 billion we are facing in  the near future.

The population explosion, in tandem with climate change and its ongoing calamities, promise a bleak future for our beleaguered planet and the generations of innocents who will inhabit it.

Would that more activists had the passion of Ms. Cockrum to make it a better world for our progeny.

To her critics, as well as the deniers of global warming and the danger of population explosion, let me suggest that there is a difference between honest, hard-thought, defensible opinion and a promiscuous disregard for the facts of science.

— Saul Rosenthal, Terre Haute

Don’t waste your vote yet again

More people than ever now see the so-called “Two Party System” as two sock puppets on one puppeteer. We can see how the “Good Cop/Bad Cop” fear-mongering and power games always lead to the same end of more power and money for the same few people, with a lot less freedom for everybody else. So let’s talk about the puppeteer.

Central bankers, or more specifically, bankers granted monopoly power over a nations’ currency, are like a societal Serpent of Eden. Their stupefying words and appealing promises have lured people into serfdom, and nations to destruction, for millennia; just as they’re doing now.

At first, moneychangers had to use unfair scales and exchange rates, or subtly add copper to gold, or replace silver with tin in order to cheat others. But about a thousand years ago in China, people accepted paper backed by nothing (fiat currency) instead of real money; so bankers could simply run the presses, thereby making each yuan or dollar or euro worth less and less in real value. This became equivalent to a hidden tax, devaluing people’s savings, property and labor. You can see the effect in US coins: $1.25 in 1964 silver quarters is now worth about $20 as “junk” silver. What was the minimum wage in 1964? $1.25 an hour.

Depreciating currency is why “minimum wage” and “cost of living” increases seem necessary, why prices go up and why the middle class is disappearing.

There’s nothing secret about this ancient moneychangers’ scam. Look it up. We’ve been warned about it forever. All our wisest founders, best economists, and even several U.S. presidents vigorously opposed central banks. Inherently ruthless, classist and political, central banking has always become the real power in any society. As Baron M.A. Rothschild said, “Give me control over a nation’s currency, and I care not who makes its laws.”

But to bad politicians, central banking is a candy store. The bankers’ promise of unlimited currency allows politicians to make impossible promises while delaying accountability to some future generation. Moneychangers’ loans to governments expedite political Ponzi schemes, “corporate welfare,” “bridge to nowhere” projects, the “military-industrial complex” and social segregation that keep us attacking each other instead of our common foe. Bankers’ OPM (Other People’s Money) is not just how we sell out the next generation for our present comforts, it’s how we lose human freedom, property and lives.

Let’s be clear: Central bankers are counterfeiters and thieves. They lend money they don’t have, making harsh rules for you while they have none, with the aim of exchanging their bits of paper for real wealth — houses, property and businesses as well as politicians and nations.

And since 1971, for the first time in human history, central bankers run the whole world with their fiat currency scam.

As always, this will end catastrophically if we don’t snap out of their spell, and end the banks first.

So while I’d strongly support “Free Competition in Currency Act,” which was reintroduced in the 113th Congress by Rep. Paul Broun (H.R. 77), my goal would be to rapidly and completely eliminate the power, function and entities of Federal Reserve System, and restore constitutional monetary policy. That’s all written down in both our Indiana and federal constitutions. Annotated copies are free at www.horningforcongress.com.

Through the last hundred years, the bankers’ puppets have developed a crony network of corruption and crime that seems impenetrable only because we’ve been allowing it with our inaction and approving it with our votes. The moneychangers are a tiny few, and their puppets exist by our choice alone. Voters really could end this trans-generational crime in a single Election Day with a little information and resolve.

We’ve tried reforming the “Two Party System” for too long; to continue that canard is a foolish self-deception and surrender. Our founders gave us Election Day as the power of peaceful revolution; not for a game of card-game-strategy, or as yet another day of capitulation. Don’t waste your vote again. It’s time to get your money’s worth out of it for a change.

— Andrew Horning, Libertarian Candidate, 8th Congressional District, Freedom

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