Strong response to car accident
Thursday morning Jan. 16 is a day that my wife and I will never forget.
We received a phone call that our son and daughter had been in a horrible car accident on their way to school. Both vehicles involved were totaled and all six individuals in the vehicles were injured North High School Students. All were taken to Union Hospital emergency room, one later to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
At the scene I was met by Dottie Powers who lives across the road where the accident occurred. She is a true saint helping the injured and putting blankets on them to keep them warm.
We cannot say enough about the true professional actions of the Otter Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Vigo County Sheriff’s Deputy Jon Silver and the many individuals who stopped to assist at the scene.
School Superintendent Danny Tanoos arrived at the scene, and then proceeded to the emergency room to comfort the students and families. North Vigo High School Principal Robin Smith was waiting at the emergency room for her students and stayed with them for several hours.
Union emergency room staff and ER Dr. David Rickson went to work immediately with professional care. All our injured North Patriots are starting to heal.
We want to thank all who prayed, called and sent cards. It means a lot to live in a community that stops everything to help. God was truly watching over all our kids that day.
— Tim and Kim Curley
North Terre Haute
Park sidewalks being ignored
I am a former employee of the Terre Haute Parks Department. I would like to know why the neighborhood park sidewalks, with the exception of Collett Park, are no longer cleaned of snow and ice like they used to be.
Instead, they are roofing shelters, which I think would be a spring or summer project. This is a liability as well as a public safety issue.
— Steve Reimschusel
Look closely at 2nd Amendment
The entire Second Amendment is, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
When the Constitution was created in 1787, the first government, the Articles of Confederation that essentially gave all governing rights to the individual states, had failed. The Constitution, ratified by the states in 1788, created a central government that made state governments subsidiary.
At that time, there was no federal military, no money in the federal treasury, we were still paying revolutionary war debts, and the super-powers of the time, England, France and Spain, could at any time decide to reclaim their former colonies by force of arms. The Constitutional Congress knew full well that the British surrender at Yorktown that ended the Revolutionary War just four years before was because the French intervened and prevented British reinforcements from New York.
The writers of the Constitution knew that the U.S. in 1787 was perilously weak. Washington had resigned; the army had disbanded and gone home. The U.S. did not have military forces to defend itself. If you don’t have an army or a navy, your only recourse is for your citizens to come to the aid of the country, and to do so, they needed to bring their personal arms because the government didn’t have any.
The Second Amendment says nothing about guns; it says arms, and the Second Amendment’s clear purpose for citizens having arms is for the security of the free state.
It is the tortured insanity of gun freaks who think that they have a constitutional right to guns for protection against the federal government, when in fact their constitutional right to keep and bear arms is for the defense of the country that gives them their rights and freedoms through its Constitution.
Taking up arms to oppose the constitutional government of the United States is treason, not patriotism.
It is the tortured insanity of gun freaks that defends the “constitutional rights” of persons to murder innocents with guns. Apparently it is OK with gun freaks for your neighbor to take up guns and murder your family because it would violate your rights to know if he is rational enough or legally allowed to possess guns, or even to know if he has a gun.
— William Adams
Let kindness be contagious
A group called Special People Performing Random Acts of Kindness promotes February as a “month of goodwill.” What a lovely idea.
Every person in Terre Haute can belong to this movement. We need not be financially rich or famous or politically active or spiritual or non-religious. Anyone can smile at a stranger, or compliment a mother for her beautiful baby. Each of us can accept responsibility for watching for ways to be kind.
Just imagine how the world would be changed if every city had a month — or even a day — of kindness. Well, Terre Haute is the first.
You and I can start the ball rolling and the good thing is that an attitude of kindness will smile back at us and change us. I wish you a great and happy February, Terre Haute.
— Mary Helen McCombs
Marriage ban not about civil rights
I should preface my remarks by acknowledging that I opposed HJR-3 in its original form because it would have prohibited civil unions.
That said, I also oppose the erroneous narrative put forth by same-sex marriage advocates which attempts to link their cause to the epic civil rights movement of the 1960s. This narrative is flawed because it does not comport with the historical record.
Columnist Jeff Jacoby points out that the civil rights once denied to African-Americans included the right to register as a voter, the right to cast a ballot, the right to use numerous public facilities, the right to get a fair hearing in court, the right to send their children to an integrated public school, and the right to equal opportunity in housing and employment. Have gay people been denied any of these rights? Have they been forced to sit in the back of buses? Confined to segregated neighborhoods? Barred from serving on juries? Subjected to systematic economic exploitation?
Even Jesse Jackson, who has made a comfortable living crying “civil rights violation!” for the slightest offenses, and who has been a vocal supporter of homosexual causes, rejects the comparison, acknowledging “gays were never called three-fifths human in the Constitution.”
Gay marriage advocates cloak their demands in the language of civil rights because it sounds so much better than the truth. They seek to co-opt the heroic civil rights struggle waged by blacks in order to confer moral legitimacy upon their own cause. Not only is this intellectually dishonest, I suspect it’s one reason there is so much resistance to same-sex marriage within the African-American community.
Admittedly, this resistance is largely ignored by the mainstream media, but it persists. During California’s highly contentious Proposition 8 ballot initiative, “Black and Latino voters played an important role in the passage of Prop-8,” concludes a study conducted by the University of California. The study goes on to document that “… amongst Blacks identifying as born again Christians, their likelihood of opposing Proposition 8 was more than double what it was for Whites who identified with the same religion.”
African-Americans resent the dishonest appropriation of their heroic struggle by “gay rights” advocates. To equate same-sex marriage with the heroic events of the 1960s is to trivialize what for many was Black America’s finest hour.
Put another way: Barney Frank is no Rosa Parks.
This growing rift between gays and blacks is a political hot potato for Democrats who rely heavily on both camps every election cycle. In what must be a bitter irony for many African-Americans, their refusal to alter the time-honored definition of marriage opens them up to the charge of “bigotry” from lily-white progressives pontificating from lily-white neighborhoods. How galling it must be for African-Americans to be smeared with this poisonous slur and viewed as being no better than the racists who turned the fire hoses on freedom fighters in Birmingham in 1963.
Which is, of course, exactly what proponents of same-sex marriage insist is the case.
Whether black or white, it has become routine for the defenders of traditional marriage to be cast as the worst sort of hateful bigots. If African-Americans overwhelmingly reject the claim that traditional marriage amendments such as Prop-8, or Indiana’s HJR-3, are nothing more than bigotry-fueled assaults on civil rights, perhaps it’s because they are painfully aware of what real bigotry looks like.
Recently, I had the good fortune to listen to a young lesbian from Utah speaking of the tremendous support she has received from her Mormon family since “coming out.”
She went on to say, “I’m not interested in forcing same-sex marriage down anyone’s throat. I’m not so arrogant as to expect someone to change their closely held religious beliefs because I demand it. Instead, I prefer to exercise patience while working to change people’s hearts.”
Changing people’s hearts; wasn’t that Martin Luther King’s strategy? And Gandhi’s? Perhaps obstreperous progressives could learn something from this young woman and from others like her.
— Reggie McConnell
More to story of Roe v. Wade
Letter writer Tom McBroom submitted a less-than-accurate and remarkably dim “spotlight” regarding Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade infamy. Mr. McBroom suggests that readers should follow McCorvey’s lead and rethink their pro-choice stance on legal abortion.
Perhaps we should discover whether McCorvey or the “opinion writer” have credibility that should be considered worthy of following. In 1971, McCorvey, while pregnant for the third time, was recruited to be the poster woman for legalized abortion in Texas. She was represented in legal actions by the pseudonym, Jane Roe.
Fact: At no time, in any court of law, did McCorvey appear or testify in any matters leading to and including the 1973 Supreme Court ruling upholding a woman’s right to choose. Perhaps McCorvey’s character and personal behavior is “key” to her not understanding the ramifications of abortion on the mother and the fetus.
Fact: Each of the children of her three pregnancies was given away to be raised. McCorvey was no dedicated, loving mother-type. One child went to be raised by the maternal grandmother, a second by the biological father, and the third was allowed to be adopted.
At no time did she seek or undergo an abortion procedure to terminate her pregnancies.
Perhaps McCorvey should have been the spokesperson for contraception, rather than “contra-birth.” She lied in public about her pregnancies resulting from violence and rape, and later amended her remarks by admitting she had lied. During the 1960s and 1970s she was a “wandering experimenter” with both heterosexual and homosexual relationships (not of any concern to this writer).
Fact: McCorvey did not (and could not on legal ground) petition the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn “Roe.” In 2004, supported by money from the Christian right, she had a request before the 5th Circuit of the U.S. District Court that “Roe” be overturned. Her request was denied.
No matter how any of us believes, in regard to a woman’s right to choose and a child’s right to be born, Ms. McCorvey is not a charismatic “standard-bearer” to lead any philosophic faction with credibility and distinction. Truth be told, it appears she could not have cared less about the lives she bore; but she did not choose abortion (when the Supreme Court ruled in 1973 to legalize Roe v. Wade, Ms. McCorvey was not pregnant).
McCorvey did not “see the light” in 1995 and change sides. Evidently, she was always a pro-life advocate. Mr. McBroom implied “her unaware ignorance” to describe Ms. McCorvey’s abortion risks understanding, and suggested she “just wanted to end her pregnancy.”
She never sought to end her pregnancy. But I now better understand M. McBroom’s “naïve” reference, especially since there is no current “hot button issue” nor a national debate raging about Roe v. Wade.
— Jim Camp
Much to learn about religions
I just finished reading what was to me a very interesting article in the Jan. 2 paper on page A7 about the Christmas Around the World program at Dixie Bee Elementary. What follows are my own personal reflections:
I read the article with great interest, and viewed the effort by the first-grade teachers as commendable, even though their Christmas around the World seemed to be confined to just a few north-central European countries. As I read one article, however, I thought that such an effort could be an introductory program to possibly “Religious Observations Around the World,” during which the children could be introduced to how people of the many major religious and philosophical systems celebrate their many and varied holidays.
Through such programs, children would learn about the co-equal status of the world’s great religions; they would learn that all the great religions of the world “speak” to their followers in the same way that Judeo-Christianity speaks to many of us here in America, and they would learn about the great joys and deep sense of fulfillment that full participation in and observance of each religion’s traditions brimgs its adherents.
They would further learn that, at the deepest and most profound levels, that none of the world’s great religions are built on hatred of and disdain for any of the world’s other religions. They would learn of the ability of each faith group to sustain and inspire faithful adherents, and, in the final analysis, to offer ultimate salvation. Children would gain a greater understanding of the people of the world in which we all live, and thus be better prepared for life outside the tiny insular world of Terre Haute.
In order for such a program to have its greatest effectiveness, segments of the various religious groups should be offered by folks who are members of that group, and this is where members of the international student body of our various local colleges and universities could be useful. I am sure that international students would love an invitation to a local school to talk not only about their religious customs, but life in general in their country of origin. Such efforts can only enhance the socialization process which is such a vital part of American education, and more fully prepare our children for life in an increasingly international world.
So once again; I commend the Dixie Bee teachers, Judy Kendrick, Jennifer Hendrix, Deborah Myers and Todd Warren, in their collaborative effort, and hope that it will lead to further such efforts on a more global scale.
— Earle L. Harvey
Grateful for the super people
We cannot say thanks enough to all those who helped us yesterday as we drove toward the Indy airport so my son and family could catch their plane. Driving on I-70, our car broke down three miles before the Brazil exit next to an ummarked police car.
This is where our thanks begins. The super kind Indiana State Police officer Mullen took my son and his wife and two of their small children back to Terre Haute to get their van so they could drive to the airport.
The officer also called Lambert’s wrecker service, which immediately came to our rescue to load our van onto their flatbed truck and then proceeded to take our van to Vrabic’s Car Repair in Terre Haute, where Jim and Rick repaired it very reasonably, but before it was taken, the young Mr. Pemberton who drove the wrecker dropped me off at my church, Cornerstone Bible Church.
What was not a very fun morning turned out to be very inspiring because of all the helpers who were so kind to come to our assistance.
We are grateful to you all and know there still are super people who love to help others. May we all find ways to help each other.
— Ben Johnson
West Terre Haute