News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 6, 2013

READERS’ FORUM: July 6, 2013


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Airplane visit a visual treat

Thanks to the Tribune-Star’s fine reporting and Hoosier Aviation’s solid hosting ability, the DC-3 Flagship Detroit completed another successful visit to Terre Haute this past week.

Those of us fortunate enough to see her got a visual treat, for her volunteer staff does a superb job of upkeep. Fork over the membership fee for a flight and you may just think the good old days were better. Last year a group from Terre Haute flew on this aircraft from Terre Haute to New York and they are still talking about it.

As one Flagship volunteer told me, they are all retired and pretty much go where they want and when, so catching up with this plane is a bit like catching fireflies.

I am grateful that the Tribune-Star makes the Flagship Detroit visits common knowledge, for this is a most uncommon aircraft.

— Susan Hodge

Terre Haute

Adverse effects of ties that bind

In a recent article in the state edition of the Indianapolis Star, Tad DeHaven of the Cato Institute questions the nature of Indiana fiscal policy and Gov. Mike Pence, and how conservative both really are.

This should not be an issue in a state where Republicans totally dominate both the legislative and executive branches. DeHaven, though, writes that 35 percent of Indiana’s budget is federally funded.

That’s too high. It is not merely too high in the sense that 35 percent is an arbitrarily large portion of the budget, but 35 percent is too high in the sense of leverage.

Nothing is ever free, and in the case of federal funding this is especially true. Funding is a source of leverage for the federal government. When states do not comply with certain whims, the feds will threaten a stop the gravy train that is relied on heavily by the state

It is similar to the power that many parents hold over teens: “You will comply with my rules, or you will not get your allowance.”

As typical teens grow to adulthood and become less and less reliant on the money and whims of their parents, they become increasingly independent even though they never lose their familial ties and obligations. Those who are not given the opportunity to grow as people find themselves unable to take care of themselves or deal with the harsher aspects of reality.

It is not a far reach to apply this to states with a paternalistic federal government that uses monetary leverage to control so much of the activities and possibilities for the state of Indiana.

How can Indiana determine its best decisions for its citizens when it allows another party to have so much input and so much power? Being free from federal funding would mean a greater sense of independence and state identity.

— Frank B. Stahl, intern

Indiana Policy Review Foundation

Student at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Well-done show at West Vigo HS

Thank you very much  to the Vigo County school Corp. Performing Arts Workshop for their presentation of “Tarzan”, the stage musical, at West Vigo High School.

The students performed so very well and the costuming and staging was also very good. I enjoyed seeing our young people doing something they enjoyed.

— Phyllis McCain

Terre Haute