News From Terre Haute, Indiana


June 28, 2014

Readers’ Forum: June 29, 2014

The sexual revolution strikes again

In 1789, the clarion call of the French Revolution was “Liberty, Equality and Fraternity.” The Age of Reason or the so-called Enlightenment had begun. Liberalism set out to undo the evils that plagued mankind, and the Christian Church was viewed as one of them.

The rise of permissiveness and the sexual revolution that began in the 1960s can be traced back to the Enlightenment. Profound shifts in attitudes toward sexual expression followed. The result was increased acceptance of sex outside of traditional heterosexual marriage, homosexuality and alternative forms of sexuality, and the legalization of abortion. The sexual revolution produced a significant loss of moral values that were rooted in the Christian tradition.

Until the middle of the 20th century, people were expected to live their lives within the confines of acceptable social behavior, which embodied a moral, heterosexual life style. But the counterculture wanted to free society from these confines. The sexual revolution of the ’60s was an uprising rooted in a conviction that the erotic should be celebrated as normal. There was an elevation of casual sex to a level never seen or heard before. Sexual encounters between unmarried adults increased. Divorce rates soared and marriage rates plummeted. Men and women sought to reshape marriage through open marriage, mate swapping, swinging and communal sex. Americans embraced a set of relaxed morals as casual sex between adults became the norm.

The sexual revolution of the 1960s was a direct attack on traditional notions of morality, marriage, and the family. A generation later, we are realizing the devastating effects of that assault in the myriad social problems we witness almost daily. Our children grow up in secular schools in which they learn that values are relative, they are nothing but evolved animals, and they cannot be expected to control their sexual desires. We give them condoms and send them on their way. They go on to university, where they are further indoctrinated in permissive attitudes and alternative lifestyles.

Abortion, contraception, divorce, cohabitation, children born out-of-wedlock, and the relentless drive to normalize homosexuality all have had a pronounced negative impact on American society. Another “day that will live in infamy” occurred on June 25, when traditional marriage, which was already a shambles as a result of the sexual revolution, suffered a mortal blow. On this date same-sex marriage was adjudicated in the conservative state of Indiana. This could be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back. The demeaning of God-ordained marriage between one man and one woman will ultimately result in the demise of human civilization.

We are now the ultimate enlightened people. In place of God, we have substituted the deification of self and the worship of an individual’s desires and appetites. The loss of faith that we have suffered is not so much the idea that God is dead as that He is irrelevant, that He had nothing to do with our origin, He has nothing to do with our destiny, and that the Bible is a collection of fables rather than life’s operating manual. Be concerned, be very concerned.

— Dick Wood, Terre Haute

Country sinks to new lows

What a sad day for our country. We throw God out of our country. Actually it is “His.” We ban prayer and now we spit in his face with this same-sex farce (I am sorry, it is not marriage).

Congratulations, Judge, Tribune-Star porn tabloid and American citizens who allow and accept this. This once great country has sunk to new lows. What is next? Do we continue to dismantle the Bible page by page, or do we just outlaw the Bible completely? What do we do now, America? Just remember, God will have the last word. Not you, Judge, not me, not America. But God.

— Joe DeLorme, Clay City

Saddened by the headlines

I just felt really sad on Thursday when I picked up our paper. Those headlines [about same-sex marriage] are really an insult to those of us who are Christians and know the Bible. So many good stories out there and we are looking at women getting married. What a sad state our world is in.

Just sorry it had to be our good local newspaper’s headlines.

Yes, I know about freedom of speech, but I also know the Lord is the final judge.

— Carolyn Thorne, Terre Haute

Opinions not same as facts

Howard Pennell’s “rebuttal” to my letter on May 18 is the standard ploy we get from the national and local GOP when they’re confronted with things they have done. It goes like this, “I didn’t do it, I’d never consider doing it”! Then they call the person who’s confronting them a liar by saying, “You need to get your facts straight.”

Number one, I never said you sent attack letters to my home. I said you sent letters displaying your contempt for my article. The fact is you only stopped sending your Republican propaganda to my home when I wrote you and told you that my future mail from you would go into the trash, unopened.

Your military service, mine and millions of others does give you the right to have your own opinion. It, however, doesn’t give you the right to change history that you and the GOP want us to forget.

After repeated lies from Bush/Cheney about Iraq having WMDs (and Condaleeza Rice swore they were true), Congress did vote for the bogus Iraq War. Bush was on national TV telling Congress and the American people that if they didn’t vote for his war, “There’d be a mushroom cloud hanging over America.”

As far as your patriotic comment about God blessing America, I’m not so sure he’d bless a country that has put the almighty dollar ahead of him, and worship false idols.

— Ron Hastings, Clinton

Letter meets with approval

Good morning and congratulations to Richard Hoffman of Clinton. I read with total approval your rebuttal letter, dated Monday June 23, to Shirley Thomas’ ridiculous letter, again attempting to praise President Obama. It is really frightening to realize that among us are people who honestly believe and trust this radical, unqualified, counterfeit president.

I had started a rebuttal letter, got busy and then could not find Shirley’s letter to re-read. Later, when I located her letter, it was at the bottom of my birdcage, a suitable resting place.

Richard, thank you for being an American patriot, who will stand up and speak the truth about the tyrant we have as our president.

God bless and help America.

— William P. Thiel, Terre Haute

The real ‘truth’ sometimes hurts

In response to Richard Hoffman’s “It’s not hate, it’s just the truth” letter where he said that Fox “news” is the No. 1 rated news channel on the air, I saw the same blog and right away I was wondering who participated in the poll. I could find nothing after visiting the blog so I must believe that this was a poll of Fox “news” watchers, because no one except a Fox “news” junkie would say that they are a trusted, fair and balanced “news” station.

Back in 2009, Fox News went to federal court to defend their “right to lie,” convincing the judge that they are entertainment and not a “news” channel.

Anybody can look it up. And anybody who bases their opinions or beliefs on what they hear on material that might be a lie or might not (who knows unless you look elsewhere) then their views are not to be trusted.

I know the truth hurts. Learn and evolve.

— Bruce Sheets, Cory

Applause for great musical

Recently I attended Crossroads Repertory Theatre’s first production of the summer, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” and was incredibly impressed with the performance by the cast and crew.

The musical is a comedic, and often frank, look at the joys and challenges of relationships. The show uses a series of vignettes depicting experiences with love that we all know too well. The six actors (Andrew Behling, Jason Bowen, Carolyn Conover, Jomar Ferreras, Veronica Garza and Molly LeCaptain) are flawless in portraying the several different characters they each play throughout the show.

Moreover, they all are extremely talented singers and do a tremendous job in presenting the score. Additionally, the technical elements of the production are all very well designed and executed.

Kudos to director Bill Kincaid and the entire company of Crossroads Repertory Theatre for a job very well done. The Wabash Valley is very fortunate to have a professional theater company right here in Terre Haute providing quality theatrical programming for our community.

I urge anyone who did not yet get the chance to see this wonderful production to take the opportunity when “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” returns to the stage on July 17, 25 and 26.

— Anthony J. Dinkel, Director of Theatre, Terre Haute South Vigo High School

Raising minimum wage hurts us

Contrary to general belief and understanding about wages in the free market economic system, a minimum wage law would hurt the worker. It would artificially keep wages low.

In the mixed economic system created by government intervention in the economy, a minimum wage law still keeps wages low but it helps the worker a little. Competition of the market in the free market economic system would not allow wages to remain low as workers become more educated, better skilled and/or more efficient. This is less apparent in the government created mixed economic system we live in today, which keeps wages low for lower skilled workers, even if and when they become more skilled and more efficient.

Our government created mixed economic system has designed for itself the government as overseer of minimum wage controls and the necessity of government action for minimum wage increases.

A minimum wage law is the political answer to low-skilled, low-wage employment. But the bridled low wage in the eyes of economic reality shows it to be government and mixed economy created. Still, the government wants to appear pro-worker through legislation with higher wages for low-skill employment. But understand, the minimum wage law is not related to or necessarily a higher wage for improvements of a workers work skills, work efficiency and work productivity.

If a business increases its profits, productivity, sales and size and if it is shown the workers work actions and improved skills and efficiency contributed to it, the worker should receive a wage increase. Wage increases would come about more frequently in a free market economy, and with this the worker, the business and society would benefit more.

— Charles Bean, Terre Haute

Gratitude to camp sponsors

One of the best things about my job is that it allows me to come back home to Terre Haute to visit with our students. I had a great time doing just that on my most recent trip home on Saturday, June 21.

I would like to send a heartfelt thanks to Union Hospital of Terre Haute for a successful high school football camp. Again this year, along with camp sponsor Union Hospital, I was able to host a free camp for high school football players at Terre Haute North Vigo High School. There were 110 campers enrolled for a day filled of drills as well as tips on how to be a successful student athlete.

Local football coaching staffs along with several college and pro athletes served with me to offer valuable instruction and guidance to student athletes. It is necessary for students to understand the importance of academics, and I am always excited to deliver that message as part of this camp experience.

In addition to Union Hospital, thanks goes out to other camp donors offering services to campers and staff, including Bagnoche Sports, Ellis Law, Fox Canteen, Holiday Inn, Rick’s Smokehouse and Grill and Terre Haute Savings Bank.

Once again, along with the Vigo County School Corp. and Superintendent Danny Tanoos, I would like to express sincere gratitude to Union Hospital of Terre Haute and all camp sponsors. Without you and your generosity, the student athletes would not have this fantastic opportunity. Good luck to the North, South and West football teams as they prepare for their upcoming football seasons.

— Steve Weatherford, New York Giants, formerly of Terre Haute

More to the city’s mosquito problem

Perhaps the vector control division of the health department feels that spraying within the city will cut down on the mosquito population.

However, that is just part of the problem. Until they tackle the ponds left by the river on the west side of town, they are fighting a losing battle.

I don’t see how they can play ball on first street at night because of the mosquitoes coming out of the river bottoms.

— Fred Roberts, Terre Haute

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