News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 15, 2013

READERS' FORUM: Oct. 15, 2013

The Tribune-Star

---- — Simple rules for a saner society

There is scripture stating sex with a person of the same gender is an abomination to God. However, God gave man the right to make decisions, right or wrong. Those rights need to be respected.

To those who are gay, the word marriage, in civilized society, has always meant one man and one woman. If you want something different, find your own word. To those who are straight, leave the gays alone; they are sinners, just like you and me.

Abortion is murder. It is shameful that our country says it is legal.

People who abandon animals should be thrown out of a moving vehicle in a remote area to fend for themselves.

Penalties should be much stronger for child abuse, spousal abuse and elder abuse.

People who throw their trash out along our countryside are just low class.

If each employed citizen would give a small amount to a shelter or food pantry, it would become a large amount.

Excessive perfume/shaving lotion in public is uncomfortable and sometimes harmful for those who have allergies.

Cell phone users who carry on conversations in public places are extremely annoying and rude. Though they may think it makes them look important, it only draws attention to the fact that they are annoying and rude.

Only someone with total disregard for the law, their safety and that of others, would text while driving.

What part of the word illegal, as in illegal immigrants, does this country not understand?

Every citizen has the right to own a gun. The exception should be the mentally ill or those who have already committed a crime using a weapon.

Anyone who thinks gun control will lower the crime rate is either nuts or wants fewer guns out there to stop them while they commit crimes. I resent supporting people who say, “Why should I get a job when welfare pays me more than I could earn?”

Recent comments on the news regarding cleaning up our city prompt the question, “Why aren’t people on welfare required to do some work in this regard?” It would be an honest repayment for the benefits they are receiving. A limit should be put on how long able-bodied people can receive benefits.

If all our country’s leaders would take a small pay cut, the budget could be well on its way to balancing.

A veteran of the United States military service should never be homeless, hungry or without medical care.

And lastly, people who do not vote have no right to complain about anything in this country.

— Lois Little

Terre Haute

‘Poverty parents’ need help, too

In a recent column, George Will reported results of two studies: (1) it is nearly impossible for children raised in poverty to achieve success, and (2) a likely cause is that 2-year-old children, raised in poverty, have only heard 12 million words spoken to them by parents, compared to twice that many for children of middle income families and four times that many if kids have two professional parents.

Added to these studies is a 2011 study by the Department of Health and Human Services that reluctantly showed that its own $8 billon program, Head Start, aimed at 3- and 4-year-old children, produces no significant long-lasting benefit.

These results show that no amount of free lunches, progress tests in schools, teacher’s performance pay, Common Core, work training, free college or aid to poverty families can change the fate of children who have not received full and proper interaction with family before age 2 or 3.

If governments and individuals can simply accept this fact, all is not lost.

While continuing to provide basic needs for those now in poverty, government programs can be consolidated, reworked and/or developed to include poverty bound parents as well as their infants, birth to age 3, as a pre-requisite for public aid.

This “day care with parents” approach would serve to provide helpful training for young poverty parents, and it places government spending at the heart of the poverty problem, the development of newborns for success later in life.

— Ron Gore