Diving in to pool project
Well, folks, we are about to start building Terre Haute’s own “Pool of Dreams.” While building at the proposed pool site won’t plow under any corn, it will take away open park space that could serve other purposes. We’re being told by planners that “if you build it, they will come,” but that assurance remains to be seen. It seems to me that all proponents are willing to “go the distance” in convincing residents that this pool is necessary.
Since all of us will ultimately be paying for this project, and the mayor has thrown his full support behind it, I hope we won’t have to “ease his pain” at the next election if optimism turns to pessimism regarding revenue.
If building this pool doesn’t turn out to be everything promised, proponents may seek to disappear into the nearest cornfield.
— Douglas Elia
A timely review of food basics
This being the season to be thankful and nice, perhaps the “Tried and True” great-grandma would be so kind to do a column or two of “Cooking for Dummies.”
It just might be helpful as the not-so-nice complaint was made by someone obviously not knowledgeable about cooking or he would have known “shortening” has many substitutes.
And the mother who foundered her son on Hamburger Helper for many years could surely use some help. My family tried this, once and the dogs had a feast. We went back to taco salads, tacos, hash, goulash, pasta and “nail” soup, and many other better tasting and less expensive ways to stretch meats.
We learned to cook from scratch during the Great Depression when there were no free lunches, nor food banks. Thankful blessings were woods and creeks that served as the food pantry and toy supply in those days. Be thankful and enjoy your blessings.
Thank you for freedom of speech that we may all learn from it.
— Ruby K. Cook
Name-calling shows sad state of our politics
As I read a recent Sunday Tribune-Star I was disheartened to see letters still being written calling our duly elected president everything from a liar to a communist. Apparently the other letter writers have no compulsion about saying President Obama is the devil incarnate.
I don’t even know where to begin to try to point out the falsities of these letters. I guess the main one is the problem over whether individuals may keep their current health insurance or find a replacement. As I understand it, the reason there are so many policies being canceled is because they do not meet the minimum requirements as stated in the ACA. Why on earth would you want to keep a policy that has substandard benefits?
One letter writer stated that we (taxpayers) would end up supporting this system. Aren’t we already supporting those without health insurance when they are reduced to a visit to the emergency room when care is needed? The very idea that the ACA will bankrupt this country is farfetched. Have any of the doomsday writers even checked into how the ACA is being financed. I would wager they are only repeating negative information they have received from less than stellar news reporting groups who have told so many lies that it is impossible to find out what their definition of truth really is.
The good coming out of the ACA is never mentioned in the letters from those who oppose it. The good, like no longer being able to be prevented from getting insurance because of pre-existing conditions; young adults staying on their parents insurance until age 26; free doctor visits before an illness becomes serious; policies cannot be canceled due to a person becoming ill. Also the rate of premium increases has slowed to the lowest point in the last 15 years.
Of course, there have been problems with the online system of registering for insurance coverage. I don’t know of any online system that goes live without start-up problems. They are being corrected. If your employer is raising what you pay for company supplied insurance it is because they are trying to reduce the impact on their bottom line. Insurance companies are in the business to make a profit. They don’t care if you are sick and dying because you are a liability, so they will drop you as soon as possible.
I will come to one last point and that is the Republican Party wants this new ACA to fail. Why, you may ask. They receive large contributions to their political campaigns from insurance companies and in return pass legislation that gives the insurance companies an edge. We must get these kinds of contributions out of our political system so it becomes fair and equal for all.
My last thought is what has become of our country. Why is it permissible to call our duly elected president by derogatory terms and accuse him of everything short of murder? I find this activity doesn’t speak well for our democracy. If you feel that the present course our country is on under the direction of President Obama is wrong, then go to the ballot box in 2016 and vote for someone you approve of.
I think history will show that PBO has been a president who has done great things to advance the condition of the average American. He has been elected twice so people outside of our narrow area must all be wrong. I am just saying that being polite and respectful when you voice your displeasure would be appreciate.
I am sick to death of the constant propaganda that flows from the pens of disgruntled conservatives. Give the ACA a chance and then after a two-four year period, let’s see who wants to take the law off the books. I think you dissenters may be surprised about your opinion then.
— Shirley A. Thomas
Republicans their own worst enemy
This letter was written in response to a survey sent to me by the Republican Senate Leadership.
After I made my reply, I decided to send it on to the Trib-Star opinion page.
Dear Republican Senate Leadership Survey (another one of about a thousand so far and at the end asking for another contribution):
I have always been a Republican and voted in every election since I became 21. However, now I am thinking independent. You sorry Republicans cannot stick together on anything.
I think the Democrats or communists acting as Republicans have infiltrated your party to stir up things and cause havoc in the ranks, and it’s working.
I am a strong conservative, no abortion except in rare circumstances, the right to have and bear arms. (I fear our government now more than ever.) No amnesty for Illegal immigrants, have them enter our country the way our ancestors did, and stop Obamacare. You Republicans folded like an old ironing board when you had a real chance to stand firm on that issue. You Republicans had to know that eventually Obamacare will drive us all into a single-payer national socialist system.
Now that Obama and the world know Obamacare is a dismal failure, even he wants his name removed and revert to calling it Affordable Care Act.
This government has to stop spending money we do not have. On this subject, I believe that Obama is following a pre-set plan to destroy this country. I believe that Obama hates this country and hates Americans, especially white Americans. I also believe that Obama is a mere puppet and is being happily led along. (You can bet he will come out of all of this a billionaire no matter what happens.)
I also believe this same sick, communist, deranged group is controlling our news media. Does the name George Soros come to mind?
I try to read and listen daily to TV, newsprint, Internet and some talk radio. In addition, when I watch local or regular news, like liberal CBS, NBC, etc., they are all in love with our Dictator Obama and leave out his failures and shortcomings. It does not matter that he has told countless lies about Obamacare among many others, they leave out the real truth or put a spin on it.
The point I’m really trying to make is that you Republicans do not work or stick together and until you do, I’m out, I’m done, I’m an Independent and I’m a tea party member.
Speaking of the tea party, I have attended many meetings and met what I consider some real patriotic-type conservative Americans, great people that love this country. They work hard, pay their taxes, believe in the free enterprise system, believe in freedom of religion and believe that this great country was built on the fundamental belief in God and the Ten Commandments. The tea party group realized that our government was getting so large that it was becoming totally out of control.
How anybody can accuse the tea party of being racist, etc., blows my mind. There are more lies being spread about the tea party than Obama has spread about Obamacare. I have learned that some sick, disillusioned politicians will say anything that they think might help them get elected or re-elected.
In closing, you Republicans are playing into Obama’s grand scheme of total destruction of America by not uniting and working together. Wake up and God bless America.
Has Ronn Mott ever attended a tea party meeting? I think not.
— William P. Thiel
Full attack on common sense
This is intended to reply to Mr. Garner’s letter of Nov. 23 that was, in turn, a response to my own letter of Nov. 6. Very little of the letter discusses the merits of points raised in the original letter. Mr. Garner and most liberals today use the nonsense tactic of attacking the messenger because the ideas are full of common sense.
Is America over or under regulated? Government regulations today add over $10,000 to the cost of each employee. We are in a budget crisis, yet the government wants to spend $8M to change something iconic about the USMC uniform. Children’s lemonade stands are shut down because they don’t have the proper licensing. The EPA wants to regulate the dust created on farms as a pollutant. Our government has averaged 4,000 new rules per year for the last 20 years.
Republicans write new regulations to thwart terrorists. Democrats write regulations to expand the welfare state.
In 2011, President Obama made it a priority to eliminate unnecessary rules and regulations. Since then, the Code of Federal Regulations, a listing of all federal rules, has grown by over 4,000 pages to a total of 174,545 pages in 238 volumes.
Further, many new laws are hundreds of pages long in the name of sorting out all the details. Is it any wonder unemployment figures remain high?
Mr. Garner says austerity does not work. I beg to differ. All you have to do is look to the tale of two islands, England and Ireland. Ireland has struggled through the last recession and due to a real austerity program is doing well today. England on the other hand instituted programs it called austerity that increased spending and taxes at the same time and the economy continues to struggle.
As far as Keynesian Economics goes, yes, deficit spending has a place. It can be beneficial in response to a recession. However, the U.S. government has taken that idea to the extreme. The economic theory expects that deficit spending to end at some point. The U.S. has had only four years with a budget surplus since 1970. Our national debt has reached the unsustainable level of being equal to our GDP. We have to start bringing the deficit down. This is not an ideological question, merely a statement of fact.
Since 2000, federal spending per household has increased 50 percent. It is not a question of taking lunch money away from hungry children to buy a new weapon for the military. There is some duplication of effort and programs. There is some fraud.
There is also the question as to whether all the recipients of any given program really need that benefit. We might have to raise taxes to get out of the mess the last several administrations have created.
However, we have to have a real discussion about entitlement spending before taking that step.
— Dwayne Owens