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April 21, 2013

Readers’ Forum: April 21, 2013

TERRE HAUTE — Vouchers need

continued support


Indiana’s school voucher program is working and we hope area legislators will continue to support improvements to this important initiative. Here’s why.

Indiana families deserve choices and we have a responsibility to provide all students with access to a high-quality education that meets their particular learning needs. While most students are well served by their local public school, some families need other options and vouchers provide those who cannot otherwise afford it, that vital option. This is about acknowledging that parents are in the best position to decide what setting is best for their children.

It’s also important to remember that the voucher program sends money back to public schools and forces all schools to be more competitive. Vouchers save Indiana millions of dollars each year because they are capped at 90 percent (or 50 percent) of the per pupil allotment that the student would receive in public school. So, it will always cost the state less to provide a student a voucher.

To those who say we should wait to expand this program, I encourage them to think about the faces of the individual children who need an option today. We cannot wait while our kids sit in schools that aren’t meeting their needs for another year. Vouchers are already working for more than 9,000 students statewide and the program needs to be improved to provide more families with access to great schools regardless of their income level or zip code.

— Lindsey Brown

Executive Director

School Choice Indiana

Missing those

movie listings


I think that there should be ads in the newspaper about what movies are playing.

To me, folks should know what’s playing at the movies. I really do miss seeing what is playing at the movies.

— Martha Silverman

Terre Haute



Is escalation

in rancor really

what we need,

Mr. Bopp?


In the April 9 T-S article subtitled “TH attorney says it’s time for GOP to get personal in attacks on Dems,” new NRC special counsel James Bopp Jr. is quoted as saying that Republicans want to ignore personal attacks, “because we think personal attacks are despicable.” (Even, Mr. Bopp, when the governor of Indiana calls the president of the United States a terrorist?)

Mr. Bopp goes on to say, “It seems to me the Democrat policies are really trying to create a dependency class of poor and disadvantaged people that then can vote for them.” Yes, of course, the Dems are famous for trying to drive down wages, same as the unions are.

According to the T-S article, Mr. Bopp then notes, “the high unemployment rate for the black community and single women.” He furthermore says the Republican Party suffers from a perception issue. Do these comments about blacks, single women and the poor sound to you like a party that is attempting to be perceived as one committed to the principle of inclusion? Inclusion, even for those perennially lethargic aforementioned subsets of ne’er-do-well unemployed mostly Democratic voters? Even for those lazy-bones union workers and our supreme teachers? Perhaps, Mr. Bopp, the perception is merely a reflection of the reality. Perhaps, what the GOP really needs is a gigantihumongonormous sweater, the better to pull the wool over our eyes.

Mr. Bopp seems to feel that the tea party activists have not been doing enough to ramp up the rancor of political discourse. (We witness their restraint on these very pages with almost daily regularity.) The Obama presidency, says Mr. Bopp, “is having a severe, detrimental effect to our country and we don’t want that to happen again.”

Oh, yes, we do, Mr. Bopp, as evidenced by the results of a not-too-distant election. (Note to GOP: add more wool.)

To be clear, it is the cold, hard currency of a brighter future that President Obama brings to our country, not the bitter tea of failed imaginings.                               

Perhaps, Mr. Bopp simply intends to imply he believes the president’s policies are detrimental to the interests of blacks and single moms, though nonetheless intentional and politically motivated. Even that would be incongruent reasoning and woefully incorrect, as symptomatic of paranoia as some things those liberals say.

The solution to our problems, we should believe, is to eliminate any and all limits on campaign contributions? Just when we think there are signs of compromise on the horizon, it seems that, within the ranks of the GOP, there is not yet a shortage of tea party hystericons. Even at the highest levels.

Ironically, if coincidentally, the same April 9 issue of the T-S also contained an article detailing the visit of former U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez to Indy in an effort to raise money for his new Super PAC so they can stave off attempts by extremist Super PACs within the GOP to derail the future campaigns of moderate Republicans who may vote for immigration reform. These conflicts must be a dream come true for Mr. Bopp and his “Citizens United” approach to campaign finance reform. Tons of money are being raised and spent. Political consultants set sail as ill winds blow. Which is the better course, to seek compromise or to settle for escalations of rancor in our rhetoric? (I, too, should tone it down a notch sometimes.)

On a more hopeful note, there are signs of compromise on the national stage as well as locally. A joint effort on immigration reform may finally come to fruition.  In Congress, of all places! Can you believe it?

And Republicans at both the state and local levels appear willing to spend great gooey gobs of gopher money on road repairs and other infrastructure improvements. (Only, please, don’t call it a stimulus package.)

— Clay Wilkinson

Terre Haute

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