News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 18, 2012

READERS’ FORUM: Dec. 18, 2012

Staff Report
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE —

Sadly, violence is everywhere

I’ve followed with interest the tragic events in Connecticut. I’ve heard the arguments for more gun control.

While I don’t believe that would stop these horrific crimes, I do believe we need to re-evaluate our mental health population. They may not belong  in prisons, but not having group homes or hospitals or long-term care, there is no way to provide medical attention to anyone over 18 if they choose not to continue treatment, until they’ve crossed the lines into the criminal system.

I also have to wonder if we need the numerous television shows that depict murder in a dozen commercials daily. I couldn’t turn my television to any channel without seeing a corpse, murder or other violent crime scene earlier this week. Add into that the violent video games and most of today’s youth has come to think murder is as common as sliced bread, and certainly desensitized to it.

Why the public needs these high-powered weapons, I’ll never understand. Yet we seem surprised when these events happen and give the shooters all the attention they must be seeking by continuous coverage. I am going to choose to remember the victims’ names, these beautiful young children who had a whole life ahead of them and cut short by a senseless crime.

Any of them could have been one of our children or grandchildren, and my heart goes out to the families.

These educators who have lost lives protecting the children they were to serve, my heart goes out to their families. Some were starting in their careers, others ready to enjoy retirement. So sad.

My heart also goes out to the first responders. I can’t imagine having to deal with such a gruesome scene. I am going to believe that as we do, pick the freshest blooms from the garden, God has gathered the freshest ones in his. I pray we never have to deal with this type of incident here.

— Janet Royer

Terre Haute

It’s time to talk gun control

This week was particularly brutal as we had two shootings, one in a mall and one in a school. It brought back the quote from a young man we met in Italy last year. “I don’t want to come to your country; you all have guns and if  you don’t like me, you will shoot me.”

At the time, my husband  replied that things were not all that bad; he has now changed his mind.

If this is not the time to discuss gun control, I don’t know when that time is.

— Sandra Treaster

Terre Haute

City should stand up to university

I am writing this letter to add my 2 cents concerning the topic of converting Cherry Street into a two-way street.

I noticed that one of the reasons given by the ISU was to make the campus more accessible. I say if they want the campus to be more accessible, then they should open up Chestnut Street from Eighth Street all the way through to Third Street. Another reason ISU cites is safety reasons, because they are concerned about their students crossing Cherry Street. Well, I always thought that was what intersections with stop lights were for. If the students have to jaywalk, they should at least have the common sense to look both ways before crossing, one of the first things my mother taught me when I was a child.

I also noticed that they installed a crosswalk leading to the Scott School of Business just a hundred feet or so from the intersection of Seventh and Cherry. Are their students and faculty too lazy to walk the extra few feet to cross at the light? If they are so concerned about their safety, then let ISU construct a pedestrian walkway over Cherry Street. It would probably be cheaper than the cost of refiguring Cherry Street into a two-way street.

Lastly, it’s time for the city to stand up for the citizens of Terre Haute. I am tired of the ISU and Union Hospital doing what they want, closing streets, buying up all the property around them and removing said property from the tax rolls. It’s time that the city administration puts its foot down and does what’s right for the citizens of Terre Haute.

— Richard Hoffman

Clinton