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September 16, 2012

READERS’ FORUM: Sept. 16, 2012


Is communism still illegal here?

In “Today in History” on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Communist Control Act, outlawing the Communist Party in the United States. Is this act/law still enforced?

— Edna Bolinger


Thanks for column on old ballplayer

This is directed to history columnist Mike McCormick:

Thanks for your article about Wally Jakowczyk. Many Terre Haute residents were saddened to hear about the passing of Wally.

He was a true gentleman. I attended all the home games of the Terre Haute Phillies, along with the rest of my family. Wally was always our favorite on or off the field. There was not a better centerfielder in the old Three-Eye League. He could hit, run, and oh how he could play centerfield. My sister, Luna Hunter, called me to make sure that I saw your article.

I ran into Wally at Alcan many years ago when we both worked there. We had a nice long talk about the old Phillies. He couldn’t believe that I remembered seeing him play. At the same time, I was absolutely thrilled to get the chance to talk to him after so many years. Just the chance to sit and talk to him meant a lot to me. Thanks again, Mike, for your article.

Wally put today’s athletes to shame in several ways. He was not only an excellent athlete, but a true gentleman. Terre Haute is much richer to have called him a “true friend.”

— Joe DeLorme

Clay City

Bucshon needs lesson in truth

It amuses me to see the Republicans proclaim, “Mr. President, we did build it.”

It amuses me because I have heard about the steel mill that Bain Capital built in Indiana. In fact, according to Associated Press, “Steel Dynamics quickly became a leader in the production of flat-rolled steel, expanding to other locations in the U.S. and Mexico, reaping $8 billion in sales in 2011. Bain’s five-year investment paid off, and when Bain cashed out in 1999, it left with an 82 percent rate of return on its $18 million investment.”

But the steel mill received $37 million in state and local tax incentives to build in Indiana, and nearby residents were subject to a special income tax levy to support the project. That part of the story does not fit well with the Republican convention’s “We built it” mantra that business, not government, grows jobs. Romney acknowledged in the speech that not all Bain investments were successful.

Apparently, our U.S. Representative Larry Bucshon knows nothing of the truth. Will somebody please tell him before he writes another exaggerated letter?

— John Garner

Terre Haute

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