Liberty for all — liberty for real
There has been much debate recently over the HJR-3 same-sex marriage ban in Indiana. My reason for writing today is not so much to give my opinion on the topic, but to make sure that those who are giving theirs are being consistent.
Those against HJR-3 seem to be using the term “liberty” a lot these days. I believe some signs that I have seen read “Liberty for All.” I could not agree more on this belief. What a person does is their own business as long as they are not hurting anyone else directly.
Hearing phrases like this make me wonder if the people using it actually believe in the term, or is it only when it fits in with their beliefs that they want it applied.
Too many of us in the world want liberty and freedom applied only when it is something that fits our morals. For instance; If you believe in liberty you must believe that a person who owns their own business should have the right to make decisions on what legal activities take place there, such as smoking.
Also, I assume that you believe a person should not be restricted from owning and carrying a gun as long as they are not a felon or have been deemed a threat to themselves or others. You liberty lovers also, I am sure, would never be in favor of someone having to wear a seat belt in their own vehicle.
Obviously, you are vehemently opposed to any proposed regulation against me or any fellow citizens choosing what food to eat, healthy or not.
No doubt you would believe that a church would be able to decline hosting a marriage of a same-sex couple if they don’t agree with the idea. What if a privately owned bakery does not want to make the wedding cake for this same-sex couple? I am sure you will stand up for their right to live by their morals, even if you disagree with them. And it goes without saying that you were loud in your opposition to every citizen having to purchase health insurance.
I have seen too many times, people who want liberty when it is convenient for them, but liberty will only persevere when we stand up for it in spite of our convictions. For those of you who see all of the scenarios I have stated as having nothing to do with HJR-3 and liberty, you have just proven my point for me.
By the way, I personally believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman, but I will not support any action by the government that restricts people’s rights so long as they don’t infringe upon mine. So I do not support HJR-3. Now, That is liberty for real.
— Ryan H. Humphrey, Terre Haute
Special thanks for dinner help
A few weeks ago, former Meis Department Store employees met to celebrate friendship and the holiday season.
On behalf of those employees, the organizing committee would like to give a special thank you to the Olive Garden restaurant. Our retirees group was welcomed enthusiastically; the food and service were excellent as usual. We appreciate the extra time and assistance granted to us, to not only enjoy our meal, but also to conduct our informal holiday auction.
This year our group was able to raise $500 for one of our favorite local charities. A special thank you to the helpful staff and manager Jim. We look forward to next year.
— Janetta Benton, Marilyn Siner, Walter Sommers, committee members
Adoption tax credit good idea
I feel I need to speak up, especially for grandparents.
I hope the Indiana General Assembly will listen to Gov. Mike Pence as it meets in 2014 in regard to establishing a tax credit to help families who adopt children when it comes to expenses. There are many, many of us grandparents who struggle financially to raise grandchildren.
I, myself, have gotten very little help from the government since I adopted my two grandchildren. It is hard to provide for them even in the simplest of ways, buying clothes, food, school supplies and forget having money for them to join sports or go to any extra activities.
Please listen to help the children.
— Betty Willard, Sullivan
Liberty for all — liberty for real
Editorial: What do Sony cutbacks mean?
It is easy to understand why shivers run down local people’s spines whenever rumors hit the streets about Sony DADC’s plant on Terre Haute’s east side. With more than 1,400 people currently employed in Sony’s production and distribution facilities, the community has grown somewhat dependent on the economic stability Sony provides.
- Readers’ Forum: March 7, 2014
RONN MOTT: Knicks
The big noise in the NBA is whether Carmelo Anthony will stay with the New York Knicks or go elsewhere.
If my memory serves, and it doesn’t always, Carmelo left the Denver Nuggets, the team that drafted him, to play in the bright lights of the Big Apple. It was loudly proclaimed at the time that Carmelo wanted to play for a championship team. The Knicks’ ownership bought a bunch of players and spent a whole bunch of money to aid Carmelo in helping the Knicks to get to a championship.
EDITORIAL: More ill will against gays
If you’re a feral cat wandering freely through a trailer park in Indiana, the General Assembly has taken action to make your life better.
Readers’ Forum: March 6, 2014
Utilities do need tighter regulation
Great work by TV sports staff
Editorial: A good place for persistence
The topic of Gov. Mike Pence’s effectiveness as the state’s top governmental leader during this year’s General Assembly will be hashed and rehashed after the session closes down in the next couple of weeks. At best, the first-term governor will get mixed marks.
- Readers’ Forum: March 5, 2014
RONN MOTT: Abraham Lincoln and George Washington
I remember when by edict the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington were lumped into a single celebration called “Presidents Day.” I thought it was stupid then, and I still do.
LIZ CIANCONE: Antiques show better than any modern programs
I’m not a big fan of television.
Readers’ Forum: March 4, 2014
Lunatic ravings of the far right
Let IRS take the bullying pledge
EDITORIAL: New attention on sex assaults
Youth sexual assault in Indiana is a troubling issue that has not received the attention it deserves.
KELLY HAWES: It’s time to take politics out of redistricting
A bill to form a bipartisan redistricting commission apparently died in the Indiana Senate last week.
Readers’ Forum: March 3, 2014
Social workers honor profession
FLASHPOINT: Restoring trust, respect in schools rests in fundamentals
A recent Harris poll of 2,250 adults reveals a troubling educational trend.
EDITORIAL: Voters don’t have to stand for entrenched partisanship
Realistic Hoosiers understand members of Congress will typically follow their political party line.
MARK BENNETT: People spaces
Demolition machinery chipped away at the buildings on the 500 block of Wabash Avenue. I stood and watched awhile, last week. By July 2015, a new $18.7-million structure will replace those relics.
THOMAS L. STEIGER: Creativity requires freedom from the risks of failure
Last week I wrote about the themes that emerged from the panel discussion by five Wabash Valley members of the “creative class.”
Flashpoint: Everyone would benefit from responsibly expanding health coverage for Hoosiers
A medical epidemic is one of the worst scenarios a hospital can face — when a significant portion of the population is suddenly struck with a life-threatening illness.
Readers’ Forum: March 2, 2014
Candle still burns at St. Ann’s Clinic
Thanks to all at Sarah Scott
How should we define marriage?
An argument of science and law
Chance to expand your knowledge
Excellent service from paper carrier
Central time zone makes more sense
Summer adult baseball league for all ages
Recognizing that all people matter
More selfish opposition to Common Core
EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news
Cheers, Jeers and Tears
You can say that again
Reader Poll results
RONN MOTT: Independent thinking in a rapidly changing world
I am a rather independent person. Oh, I don’t belong to any radical, political organization.
Editorial: Toward a better Lifeline Law
In a perfect world, no college or high school student under 21 would drink alcohol, especially to excess. No student would be sexually assaulted. And no student would experience a drug overdose. There is no perfect world.
- Readers’ Forum: Feb. 28, 2014
RONN MOTT: Ukraine
It’s quiet in Ukraine as I write this but, trust me, it won’t be quiet very long.
EDITORIAL: More welcome news for downtown
An average game of dominoes lasts about a half-hour.
READERS' FORUM: Feb. 27, 2014
• Unfair criticism of electric utility
Editorial: A display of confidence
Successful organizations and institutions have stable and effective leadership at the top. Those who don’t suffer the consequences. So it’s no surprise that Indiana State University’s board of trustees is offering a three-year contract extension to President Dan Bradley to run through mid 2019.
- Readers' Forum: Feb. 26, 2014
RONN MOTT: The Olympics
In the medal count in the Olympics, we ended in second place. In times past, without infusion of money, training, etc., second place might have been OK. For this sports-crazy nation, it is not OK.
LIZ CIANCONE: Preference wins over etiquette every time
It’s a source of amusement to me when I read about the trivia which concerns some folks.
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