More frustration with gas prices
I am writing another letter to complain about the high price of gas. A couple of weeks ago you ran a story about rising prices and even talked to a couple of dealers who blame the big gas companies. But why didn’t your reporter ask why they have to raise it 20 to 25 cents a gallon at a time, but can only lower it 2 to 4 cents at a time?
Then last week there was an article about crude oil going down $1 a barrel and the average in U.S. was $3.65 or so. So Terre Haute gas stations go and raises their gas 20 to 25 cents all over town.
Sure wish someone would do something about this price-gouging one day.
— Matthew J. Voll West Terre Haute
Give vets health care they deserve
Even though this VA matter is definitely not a political issue, we are letting our lawmakers use it as such. Shame on us for allowing this to happen.
Who deserves thanks for what they do more than our veterans? Like law enforcement officers, they put their lives on the line each and every day to preserve the freedom we enjoy, often times without compensation, which enables people who benefit to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle. We know that many vets are forced to apply for government subsidies. Shame on us for allowing this to happen.
Now we are learning they are being kicked to the curb again and are being denied medical attention they need so administrative employees can be paid bonuses they have not earned. Shame on us for allowing this to happen.
Our federal lawmakers are scrambling around trying to find a quick fix and actually don’t have a clue how to solve it. Maybe the solution is too simple for them to comprehend. Both our veterans and lawmakers are government employees, right?
The solution is simple and immediate. Give our veterans the same health coverage senators, congressmen and high-ranking federal employees enjoy. If it’s good enough for them it should be good enough for our veterans.
We have offered this solution to our congressman and senators, which is about the only tool we have in our toolbox. But if everyone took just a few minutes to let them know how compassionate we are about this matter, they might get the idea that it’s about time to deal with the issue.
Why not dig in your toolbox, get your pen out and write your legislators. Let them know we care about these brave men and women and that it’s time to stop playing games and provide the care they deserve.
Thank you, veterans, for your service.
— George and Pat Murphy, Terre Haute
Divine law still right to follow
Governments are assuming responsibility for moral decisions, instead of letting individual consciences determine right vs. wrong.
This leads to a convoluted sense of truth.
One such convoluted truth is the redefining of homosexual unions as marriages. In Natural Law and Divine Revelation, marriage can only occur between a man and a woman. While homosexual inclinations are not sinful, homosexual actions are, just as any sexual intercourse outside of a marriage between one man and one woman is sinful.
Through legalizing same-sex marriages, our government is allowing those who embrace sin to be given rights and consideration through law, while Christians are being stripped of their freedoms. It is now legal to destroy innocent life in the womb. In some states, it is legal for those of the same sex to marry. Yet it is illegal to pray in school.
People can change civil law, but that doesn’t change Divine Law. It merely makes it more socially acceptable to sin and encourages moral decline in our nation.
— Donna Wenstrup, Terre Haute
The real threat Americans face
I applaud Karen Johnson for her letter of June 1, describing the threat Americans face.
Sadly, the entire world faces the same threat.
More information on the nature of the threat can be obtained from the following books by authors Solomon and Al-Maqdisi: “The Mosque Exposed” and “Modern Day Trojan Horse.”
— Karanam S. Rao, Terre Haute
More frustration with gas prices
Readers’ Forum: July 28, 2014
• Tea party folks misunderstood
• We have only us to blame
MARK BENNETT: Hall of Memories: Names, images of baseball greats trigger connections to our own past
Baseball Hall of Famers are just people. Totally human. Still, for Americans who follow the national pastime, those players represent a nostalgic connection to summers gone by.
Editorial: Community support crucial for workers facing layoffs
The loss of 150 jobs impacts people — the employees themselves, their families and the community. They need the support of loved ones, friends, neighbors, churches, schools, clubs and local service groups in the search for new work and clarity amid the uncertainty.
- Readers' Forum: July 27, 2014
Flashpoint: Why incumbents keep getting re-elected
Nearly three-quarters of Americans want to throw out most members of Congress, including their own representative, yet the vast majority of incumbents will be returning to Capitol Hill in January.
Flashpoint: Spreading the good word about marriage equality
If you blinked over the past month, you probably missed some news about marriage equality in Indiana.
Ronn Mott: Gaza 2014 — hatred lives on
The rockets’ red glares have turned Gaza, part of the Palestinian authority, into a battleground with Hamas, a legislative terrorist organization that has been stockpiling armaments to use against Israel for years.
- Readers’ Forum: July 25, 2014
RONN MOTT: The Czar of Russia
If you are expecting Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Republic, to react to the crisis in the Ukraine as an ordinary elected official, think again. Even though Putin is the President of the Russian Republic, this is not the job he wants. Putin also doesn’t want to be the chairman of a newly resurrected Communist Party in Russia. No, what he wants is to be the czar of a greater Russia.
Readers’ Forum: July 24, 2014
• Clinic will expand basic health access
• Misunderstanding truth about Islam
EDITORIAL: Work program needs industry buy-in
Good help is hard to find. That’s essentially what Indiana companies have insisted for several years. The state struggles with a “skills gap,” the firms explain. They need employees, but can’t find enough — or in some cases, any — qualified Hoosiers. Businesses say too few applicants possess the “soft skills,” such as showing up for work on time or being able to effectively communicate with co-workers.
- Readers’ Forum: July 23, 2014
RONN MOTT: Dragonfly
The other morning I was moving the canister that holds our recycling material out to the curb when I saw a strange sight. What I saw was a dragonfly fighting with a bee.
FLASHPOINT: News about reality, not affirmation
The public’s trust in the news media keeps dwindling. At the same time, Americans’ political polarization keeps increasing.
LIZ CIANCONE: Chickens as pets always turned out same way
I suppose many of us who grew up on farms or in small towns adopted unusual pets. I had a fondness for chickens. My folks always kept a few chickens, not only to fry or roast, but also for the eggs.
Readers’ forum: July 22, 2014
• Supt. Ritz has right to govern
• A tribute to a teacher
• Rep. Pelosi shows ‘bungling idiocy’
Readers’ forum: July 21, 2014
• Theater brings the joy of music
• Drawing closer to the spirit
• Give some space to heterosexuals
MARK BENNETT: Former Terre Hautean Jim Lovell stood ready as Neil Armstrong’s backup on Apollo 11
The words “Apollo 11” stir optimism in me.
I was an elementary school kid growing up in Vigo County when Neil Armstrong put the first footprint on the moon on July 20, 1969. So much seemed possible
EDITORIAL: Vigo Jail study essential to determine strategy
It comes as encouraging news that the Vigo County Council might include in its 2015 budget significant funding for an expert and neutral study of what can be done to replace or enhance the existing county jail.
Readers’ forum: July 20, 2014
• ‘Hotel Indiana’ has a sour tune
• Kind words about the newspaper
• Some questions about RTL video
• No mercy for cop killers
• Crack down on gun violence
• Anti-Dem tirades mask GOP failures
• Important day for participants
• Appreciation for support
FLASHPOINT: Solve our border crisis
More than 60,000 unaccompanied alien children — mostly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador — have been apprehended on America’s southern border during this fiscal year.
RONN MOTT: World Cup over, but it was fun
After many weeks and many games, the World Cup is over. While the world calls it “futbol,” only we in North America play another brand of football. It is very simple to understand why this is the world’s favorite game … all it takes is an empty lot, a round soccer ball, and you can get a futbol game together.
FLASHPOINT: Living in peaceful communities requires collaboration
Hoosiers have the right to live in peace. Yet, too many of our friends and neighbors are currently living in fear.
Flashpoint: Will Gov. Pence be true to his word?
This is written in response to recent remarks made by State Board of Education members.
- Readers’ Forum: July 18, 2014
RONN MOTT: Presidential Ambush
No wild-west ambush, either real or fiction, has been as successful as the ambush on President Barack Obama.
READERS’ FORUM: July 17, 2014
• Civil rights and burning cities
• Quality service from Baesler’s
FLAHSPOINT: Supt. Glenda Ritz ‘creating conflict’
It has been my pleasure for the past year to serve as the newest member of the Indiana State Board of Education. I bring a fresh perspective to the board as an attorney and business executive who served as Director of Economic Development under former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson and President of the Indy Partnership, a regional economic development organization charged with recruiting new companies to our state.
Editorial: Continuing the standard
U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett has raised the profile of his federally appointed position more than any individual to hold the job in decades. From the start, he was a man on a mission, and often that mission was focused on rooting out corruption, maintaining integrity in government and pursuing those who violated the public trust.
Readers’ Forum: July 16, 2014
• The truth about property taxes
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- Readers’ Forum: July 28, 2014