News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 21, 2013

READERS’ FORUM: March 21, 2013

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Another injustice for the workers

I’m writing this letter to let people know another injustice is about to be delivered to the working man.

The company name is familiar to folks around Indiana, it was one of the best jobs you could have in the day. The name is Peabody Coal Co. A few years ago, they got out of the mine because of pensions and health care so they closed their Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky mines.

The pensions and health care mean a lot to many retirees and widows. They promised health care for life but promises don't seem to mean much to corporations. They sold off their assets and liabilities to Patriot Coal, millions in debt Peabody knew that Patriot Coal could not sustain.

Now, they have filed chapter 11 bankruptcy and want to take away what the workers worked for and were promised. They call this financial engineering in the board rooms, another way to put it to the little guy.

I hope God has a bankruptcy court just for morality. I'm sure the little guy will win that one.

— John Lynch

Terre Haute

Shelter animals need our help

Obesity is a growing problem in America, and not just for humankind. According to a recent survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), 53 percent of adult dogs and 55 percent of cats are overweight or obese. As with humans, improper diet and lack of exercise are largely to blame for this epidemic of excess.

Owners of overweight pets can help their pets achieve a healthier lifestyle by making better food choices and adding in daily exercise in the form of walks, runs, or playtime. But for dogs and cats in shelters these simple changes can be extremely difficult to implement. Shelter staff do their best to choose healthy foods and provide daily activity, but they lack resources to hire sufficient help. (National animal groups give little of the money they raise to shelters — just 1 percent in the case of the Humane Society of the United States.)

By dropping off a bag of healthy food, volunteering to walk dogs, play with cats, or simply donating to your local shelter, you can make sure that homeless dogs and cats stay healthy while they wait to find their forever homes.

— Diana Culp, director

Humane Society for Shelter Pets

Adamstown, Md.