Too many folks just don’t care
In response to Ronn Mott’s column of Jan 25: You said you don’t care, but you took up an awful lot of space in the Tribune-Star saying it. Apparently, you do care, one way or the other, or you would not have wasted your time writing, or our time reading, this column.
I agree with you that it is nobody else’s business what two people do in private. However, when they bring it into the public eye by demanding we change the definition of a word for their benefit, then it is the business of all us. Just as we do not have the right to demand they change their lifestyle to suit us, they have no right to demand it of us.
I have a gay relative. He and his “partner” had a ceremony which they called “A celebration of our intention to spend the rest of our lives together.” They did not call it a marriage. It is what it is. Family members who did not like it did not attend. Those who did attend but didn’t like it, loved him anyway and kept their opinions to themselves.
Matthew 19:4-5 states (Jesus speaking): “Have you not heard that He who made them from the beginning made them male and female? For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” That is pretty clear.
You said if you were at a different stage in your life, you might care. I found that sad. I hope that I never reach an age where I don’t care about the world that is being left for my grandchildren.
This will be my final letter on this subject. I am tired of it. I think the public is tired of it. Our lawmakers will do whatever they want, whatever will advance their own interests, and they will get away with it because too many people “don’t care.” God help us all.
— Lois Little, Terre Haute
Appreciation for band festival
We would like to commend the Indiana State University School of Music and Dr. Roby George for their sponsorship of the All-Star Honor Band Festival. It was held Jan. 10, 11 and 12, 2014.
Our grandson has participated in this event for the last three years. We have been extremely impressed with the preparation, organization and outcome of the festival.
The quality of the musicians, conductors and choice of compositions is most impressive. What this group is able to achieve with around 100 young musicians in a short period of time is awe-inspiring.
Thank you, Indiana State University School of Music, for the outstanding impression you are making in the community and statewide.
— Nancy and David Walbring, Rosedale
Too many folks just don’t care
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Hoosiers, this time of the year, turn their minds and emotions to the grand old game of “hoops.”
EDITORIAL: Our children in poverty
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READERS' FORUM: March 14, 2014
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• Salute to Jake
RONN MOTT: Ukraine 2
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EDITORIAL: Meth battle never ends
It’s been more than a decade since local police officials declared methamphetamine as “public enemy No. 1.”
READERS' FORUM: March 13, 2014
• Celebrating the Girl Scouts
• Challenging the politicians
EDITORIAL: Warm thoughts on a cool day (Part III)
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- READERS' FORUM: March 12, 2014
RONN MOTT: SAWS
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EDITORIAL: Thinking warm thoughts (Part II of III)
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READERS' FORUM: March 11, 2014
• Meat-free path to the fountain of youth
• Faulty point?
EDITORIAL: Warm thoughts on cool days (Part I of III)
• Something good’s brewing
• Y we can’t take it for granted
FLASHPOINT: Where Congress falls short, and where it doesn’t
At a public gathering the other day, someone asked me how I’d sum up my views on Congress. It was a good question because it forced me to step back from worrying about the current politics of Capitol Hill and take a longer view.
READERS' FORUM: March 10, 2014
• Our government’s heart and soul
• A plea for more give and take
MARK BENNETT: New public-access point begins quest to create more spots to experience river
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Flashpoint: President should stop Medicare Advantage cuts
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Readers’ Forum: March 9, 2014
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RONN MOTT: Radio now a long lost love
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EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news
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- Readers’ Forum: March 7, 2014
RONN MOTT: Knicks
The big noise in the NBA is whether Carmelo Anthony will stay with the New York Knicks or go elsewhere.
If my memory serves, and it doesn’t always, Carmelo left the Denver Nuggets, the team that drafted him, to play in the bright lights of the Big Apple. It was loudly proclaimed at the time that Carmelo wanted to play for a championship team. The Knicks’ ownership bought a bunch of players and spent a whole bunch of money to aid Carmelo in helping the Knicks to get to a championship.
EDITORIAL: More ill will against gays
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Readers’ Forum: March 6, 2014
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The topic of Gov. Mike Pence’s effectiveness as the state’s top governmental leader during this year’s General Assembly will be hashed and rehashed after the session closes down in the next couple of weeks. At best, the first-term governor will get mixed marks.
- Readers’ Forum: March 5, 2014
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