News From Terre Haute, Indiana

January 8, 2013

READERS’ FORUM: Jan. 8, 2013

Liz Ciancone
Special to the Tribune-Star


You asked for it, now you’ve got it

Congratulations, kudos and atta boy to Jerry Arnold, who was right on with his article, “Voters get what they deserve!” Jerry correctly defines that as a result of the November election. The voters have decided to extend the tenure of a dysfunctional, obstructionist/extortionist Congress. Jerry’s article could have also been titled, “Voters Get What They’re Paying For!” That would apply because this is the best Congress money can buy.

The Indiana voters have rewarded GOP House members, such as Larry Bucshon, for his obstructionist “no vote” on bills that would benefit the middle class and the country in general. In spite of his continuous articles to the Tribune-Star about how he represents all of the people, he’s a faithful soldier in the GOP Obstructionist Army.

The Indiana voters have also rewarded the GOP at the Statehouse by giving them a super majority, or as one writer correctly labels it, “A Super Dictatorship.” After being hit with a right-to-work law and voter-suppression law, the middle class and the union workers have volunteered for, as one writer puts it, “financial slavery,” by giving all power and authority to a group that has always pushed to make them financial slaves.

Here’s part of the list the Indiana voter is going to get, and it’s what they deserve. Remember the $100 refund that came from firing teachers and other state workers and Mitch claimed was an accounting error? Forget it. The GOP super majority, in full control, is now saying that money would be better spent on job creation.

When the RTW law was rammed through, the voters were told that businesses would be clamoring to Indiana, which would create jobs. If that’s true, why is your tax refund being spent on job creation?

Remember when Obama and the Dems passed a bill in the Senate that would rebuild our infrastructure? That bill included federal money to rebuild our roads and  bridges. That bill, paid for with federal tax dollars, would have created jobs and given businesses decent roads to transport their products, was killed in the tea party/GOP-controlled House. It was killed because it asked the mega-wealthy to pay their fair share of taxes.

Now we are advised that the GOP super majority has a plan to fix our roads and bridges, and you the voter will pay for it.

If you own a car in Indiana, besides paying a gasoline tax that’s supposed to be used to rebuild our roads and bridges, the GOP now wants an additional tax to rebuild the roads and bridges that the federal government was going to pay for. The funding was going to come from raising the income tax on the wealthy by 1/10 of 1 percent. That would be pocket change to the very rich. But the GOP House (including Rep. Larry Bucshon) said no.

The Indiana super majority now wants to raise taxes (I thought they were against raising taxes?) in the form of a road-use tax. Remember the wheel tax that was supposed to only apply for a short time? Another tax to fix our roads and bridges is coming to your neighborhood, and it’s what you deserve.

— Pam Rogers


Delightful story a positive boost

Tribune-Star reporter Sue Loughlin’s recent account of the dog Ben’s amazing 10-mile trek to be reunited with his “soul mate” Jade is a heartwarming story. I teared up a bit when I read it. How did that dog know to do what it did?

Courtney and Jason Lawler have my thanks and admiration for not only adopting Ben from the Terre Haute Humane Shelter, but also adopting Jade so that the two dogs can remain together as they were at the shelter.

With so much death and destruction constantly going on in the world, news that provides an emotional positive is always welcome. This time all it took were two delightful dogs, two caring young people and a good reporter.

— John P. Torphy

Terre Haute

Flaws in record of Gov. Daniels

Gov. Daniels’ term has been great for Indiana, except he signed the daylight-savings time bill and the right-to-work-for-less bill.

These put Indiana back in time about 50 years. Until those laws, Indiana was ahead of some states.

— James Royer

Terre Haute