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October 14, 2013

READERS' FORUM: Oct. 14, 2013

‘Rigged’ system needs overhaul

Susan Emondson’s letter expressing frustration with Rep. Bucshon’s lack of response when she has contacted his office to share her concerns highlights one of the major problems caused by gerrymandering.

Every 10 years, the party in power gets to redraw the voting district to reflect the changes in population based on updated census data. Clever politicians can redraw the boundaries to include or exclude people of a particular party.

This results in the election of representatives who already are committed to a political view and those who voted for him. Dr. Bucshon marches to the tea party drum and you are likely to receive party talking points.

This “jury rigging” system needs a major overhaul because it threatens our democratic process. The coupling of the attack on voting rights and gerrymandering has brought the corruptions of the old south to Indiana.

— Raymond Quist

Terre Haute

Celebrating the professionals

Central service professionals are being celebrated for their important role and commitment to patient safety during the annual International Central Service Week, Oct. 13-19. The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) represents approximately 21,000 central service professionals in the U.S. and abroad who facilitate the procurement, management and processing of surgical supplies and equipment.

Central service professionals are integral members of the health care team who are responsible for decontaminating, inspecting, assembling, disassembling, packaging and sterilizing reusable surgical instruments or devices in a health care facility that are essential for patient safety.

If you or someone you love has undergone a surgical procedure, a central service professional was directly responsible for the cleaning and sterilization of the instruments used throughout your operation.

Please join us in honoring these dedicated central service professionals by celebrating International Central Service Week.

— Kim L. Hughes

Carlisle

Was the killing really necessary?

I just got to wondering. I do a lot of that. As an example, I am too old to swim from New York to Ireland. Bungee jumping off of Mt. Everest really does not appeal to me. So I just do a lot of wondering.

As a thought, why didn’t Washington D.C.’s finest just shoot holes in the tires instead of killing the unarmed lady with a baby in her car? I read one time how many dollars us taxpayers spend on law enforcement ammunition. You have to assume they do something with all of those bullets, like practice.

I do not know about you but I think that, just maybe, if I was in a car and had a thousand guns pointed at me with a bunch of loud maniacs screaming at the top of their lungs, I would also be inclined to leave the area. It is not funny, and it is really sad that somebody didn’t use better judgment and pick tires over killing someone. Just wondering.

— Sam Wallace

Casey, Ill.

The epitome of GOP demagoguery

Despite the high-minded Republican hyperbole against Obamacare as being the primary reason for the government shutdown, last week Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell let it out about what they’re up to by the circumstance of an open microphone.

As an example of the epitome of the demagoguery surrounding the Republican stance on this government shutdown, Paul, in the course of their conversation at the podium during a break, asserted to McConnell that “we can win on this Obamacare and government shutdown thing.” What is with this winning nonsense? Are these people thinking they are playing a football game as they play their games with the lives and welfare of the American people?

This Paul-McConnell exchange makes House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner’s words against the Democrats seem significantly hollow in that he wants to ensure health care coverage fairness to all of the American people.

Of course, these politicians continue to be paid along with health care benefits and pension coverage provided to them while the federal government is shut down.

And the Republican demagoguery continues as this Texas congressman Randy Neugenbauer verbally assaulted a National Park Service ranger last week as she was doing her job by securing a closed monument, when he himself voted to shut down the federal government and tangential monument sites in the first place.

The truth is finally on the table about how the Republicans really feel about this shutdown. And, yes, their hypocritical attitude continues without abatement from the days of Mitt Romney’s infamous 2012 “47 percent” remark to business leaders regarding various elements of American society in an unguarded open microphone moment during a 2012 presidential election campaign speech.

— Earl Beal

Terre Haute

Positive focus on good kids

With all the negative focus on education, those of us who are in it stay there because we love it. It is easy to get caught up in the drama and negativity that surrounds our profession. There is so much more to our job than teaching standards and administering tests. Yes, that is a big part of what we do, but let’s not lose sight of the little things that happen daily that keep us coming back for more.

Last week, I had two instances in which my students came to me with money they had found in the classroom. Instead of keeping the money, they gave it to me. Hope found money in a library book and took it to our librarian so she could see who had checked out the book before her. Fiona found money on the floor of the classroom and told me to whom she thought it might belong.

We were able to return the money in both cases to its rightful owners. These types of actions will never be something that you will find listed in our standards or tested on our many assessments that we give. These are just examples of the little things that happen in our rooms that go unnoticed by those who decide what is important and what is not.

Pushing kids to excel is every teacher’s ultimate goal. Watching them blossom and become “good” people is just a bonus we get to share along the way.

— Sherri Armstrong

Honey Creek Middle School

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