Dangerous path was set long ago
Our representative government, thought to be a friend of the citizens of this country, has failed to limit the cost, the powers and the growth of the federal government. Large bureaucracies in the federal government have multiplied and become more powerful and costly. Through government bureaucracies, over regulation and legislation, the citizens of this country have naively let the federal government grow and usurp greater powers and authority over their lives.
The sovereignty of the people has been legislated and regulated to almost a sense of powerlessness and citizens are made to feel insignificant other than when voting.
The 17th Amendment, ratified back in the year 1913, a constitutional disaster, has our U.S. senators elected by popular vote and not by the state legislatures as originally designed by our founding fathers.
This seemingly innocent constitutional amendment basically gave the states no connection to the federal government. And through these actions it became no accident that the federal government has ballooned into its excessive size and power.
The U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights were thought to limit the size and power of the federal government and protect every citizen from its government. But the federal government through controlling governing majorities, growing bureaucracies and constitutional changes continued to grow more powerful to borderline tyrannical, regardless of the political party in power.
The 17th Amendment changed the governing and representation dynamics of our U.S. senators and the relationship of our states to the federal government.
It is and has been destructive to our country and its citizens, and a main reason why the federal government is ballooning larger and becoming more and more tyrannically and administratively powerful.
So today, what are the chances of any of our legislators in our federal government wanting to repeal the 17th Amendment? Sorry to say, not much of a chance from any of them.
The 17th Amendment ratified years ago set the foundation and wheels for progressively changing our federal government into a more powerful and tyrannical one.
The design by our founding fathers to have the election of U.S. senators by the state legislatures, to prevent federal government tyranny, was destroyed by the 17th Amendment.
— Charles Bean, Terre Haute
Right approach on meth abuse
The Indiana State Medical Association is dedicated to physicians and their efforts to provide the best possible health care to patients. For this reason, the ISMA was pleased to see the House Committee on Courts and Criminal Procedure deny a vote on the proposed prescription mandate for medicine containing pseudoephedrine.
Pseudoephedrine is a safe and effective decongestant commonly used to treat colds and allergies. Many Indiana residents rely on this medicine to stay functional throughout the year, and physicians understand the benefit of its affordability.
A prescription requirement for pseudoephedrine would have unduly burdened both patients and physicians. Patients would have had to pay additional costs to consult their doctors while doctors would have had to make time to prescribe safe, FDA-approved cold medicines. Doctors’ offices are already overcrowded. Forcing Hoosiers with common colds to visit their doctors would only result in longer wait times for patients with more serious conditions.
While we support the legislature’s efforts to curb meth abuse, we’re pleased they rejected a policy that creates unnecessary difficulties for physicians and their patients. Our organization has long devoted our energy and resources toward protecting the rights of patients and ensuring physicians are able to deliver care without hindrance.
— Deepak Azad, M.D., President, Indiana State Medical Assn.
Dangerous path was set long ago
- Readers’ Forum: July 30, 2014
RONN MOTT: Colonoscopy No. 5
I just finished up my fifth colonoscopy last week. It had been seven years since my last one, and since my father and grandfather died of colon cancer I find it advisable to go through this procedure in attempting to live as long as I can.
Readers’ Forum: July 29, 2014
• Anything goes with the liberals
• Deserter does not deserve discharge
• Outrage lacking on IRS scandal
LIZ CIANCONE: Next century? Hope strikes out again for ‘our’ team
It is a case of hope trumping experience that my Best Friend and I looked forward to the 2014 baseball season.
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.
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