News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 27, 2012

READERS’ FORUM: Nov. 27, 2012


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Grave sculpture needs repairs

This last Veteran’s Day, I made my annual visit to Highland Cemetery to put a flag on my veteran friend’s grave. I then went over to the section that has the children of the former Chauncey Rose Home for children buried there — 12 names of those who passed away while at the home from 1883 to 1950.

At the east side of the graves is where former Mayor Ralph Tucker’s grave site is located. He was a child at the Rose Home — on his grave at the top is installed the limestone carving of the angel with wings. This was at the top of a building at the home. Mayor Tucker saved it, with the sculpture to be placed at the children’s grave site.

While I was checking the monument, I found that a brainless person had used a large hammer and broke a section out of the top of the monument.

As we go through life we all have to put up with these type of obnoxious illiterates. I will be asking the cemetery board to allow me to make the repairs.

— Thomas E. Champion

Former Rose Home boy

Terre Haute

No compromise on our principles

Now that the election is behind us, it is time to reflect. It seems to me that there are too many conservatives who are ready to compromise our principles just to win over new voters. That, in my opinion, would be a major mistake.

Although we lost the vote, our beliefs did not lose. Unless, that is, we abandon them for political expediency. There comes a point in everyone’s life when you must stand for what you believe. This, my fellow conservatives, is one of those times.

Although I am very disappointed with the outcome, l will not let a second Obama term sway me from my fundamental beliefs, and neither should you. It is too easy in today’s world to succumb to the pressure that is political correctness. Unfortunately, one of the major reasons that the country is spiraling out of control is because too many conservatives have “compromised” our values.

Abe Lincoln once asked a question in which he said, “How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg?” A compromiser would answer five. Someone who stands behind the truth would answer four. How did Lincoln answer? He said “Four. Calling the tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.” Although many will see this as a pointless quotation, conservatives should heed the advice that lies within.

Calling someone pro-choice doesn’t take away the fact that they are ending a human life.

Granting amnesty doesn’t take away the fact that those needing amnesty came here illegally.

Pretending that radical Islam is inherently peaceful does not stop the rockets from flying into Israel.

Calling our debt a “stimulus package” does not eliminate the fact that it will have to be paid back.

Saying the economy is rebounding does not mean that unemployment rate is acceptable.

I could go on and on, The fact is, Americans are sick and tired of politicians playing word games and acting like we are too stupid to look at the facts. This is a trick that liberals play every day, and sadly enough, have gotten very good at.

That being said, just because it looks like their tactics work when it comes to elections doesn’t mean that we, as conservatives, should play the same game. I think, when it comes to compromising principles, Gandhi said it best when he said, “All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take.”

Well said, Gandhi, well said.

— Brandon Wright

Terre Haute

Absence was in very poor taste

In response to Bob Spruill’s letter titled “Program at same time as services,” this letter was in response to a letter that I had written on Nov. 14 titled “Great Parade, but some were AWOL.”

First I would like to start by saying thank you for your service to our country, Mr. Spruill. With that said I would like to say I am very aware that the Veteran’s Day program was held during Sunday church services, but the God I serve is a very forgiving God and I am pretty sure he would not mind if anyone missed a Sunday morning service to honor our veterans. After all, and you can correct me if I’m wrong, if it were not for our veterans and actively serving military we would not have the freedom to serve the God of our choice as well as the many freedoms we as Americans enjoy daily.

I am also aware that many churches offer evening Sunday services that one may opt for. The God I am free to serve is any day, any time, anywhere because of our veterans.

Veterans Day only falls on a Sunday every seven years, unless there is a leap year. The reason for the 11th hour is because WWI ended the 11th month, the 11th day, the 11th hour and this is the appropriate time frame for the celebration of Veteran’s Day.

I’m sorry, but I feel as though, elected officials of our county, someone from the commissioners should have been present to make the announcement with Mr. Stephens about the “Memorial Soldiers Field” that he so diligently has been working on with them for a year. I feel not being there was in very poor taste on the part of the commissioners.

— Janet Mason

West Terre Haute