News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 10, 2014

Readers’ Forum: Feb. 11, 2014


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---- — 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.