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August 7, 2013

READERS' FORUM: Aug. 7, 2013

Indoctrination from the liberals

This is in reply to Mr. Raymond Quist’s letter dated July 28, which questioned Mitch Daniel’s ability to be an academic president due to his being “very ideological and unsuited for academia and the flow of free thought in an academic society.”

First of all, Mr. Quist, most of our universities have shut down the flow of free thought a long time ago. Unless, of course, your ideology is of a liberal, progressive nature, and then your comments are welcomed. On some campuses conservative students are ridiculed and intimidated into silence should they dare to express any viewpoints that are counter to those of their liberal professors. These tactics seem much closer to Nazi Germany than Mr. Daniels wanting to rid our schools of one America-hating “history” book that has been force-fed to our children for far too long.

Your comments about censorship are laughable, considering that liberal “educators” have been censoring curriculum for decades. How many conservative educational materials would you find on most college campuses today? My guess is not many at all. But you already know this, don’t you? So when you mentioned restriction in curriculum, what you really mean is that any and all liberal propaganda should be allowed to remain in the classrooms, ready to indoctrinate our pliable youth.

Nice touch, also, in comparing the Tea Party to the “brown shirts of the ’30s.” With all of the liberal’s hand-wringing when someone on the right dares to question them or their policies, apparently they are allowed to say anything they want. So, since the gloves are off, here is my reply: People like you are trying their best to destroy this country, while the Tea Party is trying their best to save it.

— Jennifer Latham

Center Point

Bad move on food stamps

Earlier this month the U.S. House of Representatives, on a party-line vote, broke with tradition by stripping from the farm bill the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps). What’s left in the bill is billions of dollars of subsidies, mostly for farming conglomerates. The U.S. Senate passed a much more balanced bill last month. The farm bill sets U.S. agricultural, food and resource conservation policy for the next five years.

Over the past 18 years, our government has doled out an average of $7 billion per year of taxpayer funds to support the livestock and dairy industries. Instead, their products should be taxed to reimburse state and federal governments for the uncounted billions in increased medical costs and lost productivity associated with their consumption. Conversely, a sound national nutrition program based on vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fruits and nuts can save additional billions in reduced social costs.

I am all in favor of reducing our national deficit, government waste and medical costs. But that’s not going to happen by taking nutritious food from the mouths of 47 million of our society’s least privileged members.

— Tommy Caton

Terre Haute

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