‘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
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
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
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
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
‘Rigged’ system needs overhaul
Living the dream
Earth Day receives its share of under-your-breath criticism.
EDITORIAL: Pondering the jail problem
Our compliments to Vigo County Councilman Mark D. Bird for taking the time and investing the thought and energy into writing his detailed letter to the editor on the topic of the county’s jail, published in this newspaper on April 13.
FLASHPOINT: Newspapers and baseball: Two great institutions are evolving
There are few aspects of American life that are the same today as they were 100 years ago. Two of them are newspapers and baseball.
Readers’ Forum: April 20, 2014
Testing still best way to measure
Addressing issues of inequality
Perfect blend of attributes
An outstanding choice for judge
No excuses for Benghazi tragedy
RONN MOTT: Spring activities settle into northside park
Some say young love blossoms like the flowers in the spring. It must be spring, because we witnessed the first wedding ceremony performed in the Collett Park gazebo on a recent Saturday.
EDITORIAL: Get smart with 911
Worst-case scenarios when emergency service are needed are not things people like to think about. But focused attention on details in advance could make a life-changing, even life-saving, difference in the future.
FLASHPOINT: Heading in the wrong direction
A study released last week by the Tax Foundation reported Indiana taxpayers saw one of the sharpest increases in tax burden since 2001. Dig deeper and the numbers are more alarming.
RONN MOTT: They didn’t make it!
The “One and Dones” done went and didn’t! (I know this is grammatically incorrect, but I want those folks down in Kentucky to read it.)
EDITORIAL: Dealing with eroded trust
Our neighbors in Putnam County are understandably concerned, even outraged, over problems in their sheriff’s department. People have a right to expect their chief law-enforcement agency — one of the most important public institutions in any community — to operate professionally and effectively.
Readers’ Forum: April 17, 2014
• A blessing from our young folks
• Confidence in judge candidate
EDITORIAL: Preparing for voting changes
The primary election, during which Hoosiers will traipse to their polling places to select party candidates to fill the ballot for the general election, is now three weeks away.
Readers’ forum: April 16, 2014
• Mott’s rant on global warming
• Salvation through the Indian way
RONN MOTT: Royce Waltman
In recent days the papers have been full of good things about Royce Waltman. Not a lot of puffery, but more like Royce himself… straight, true and right at you.
LIZ CIANCONE: Not much peace since war to end all wars
My jaw dropped the other day when I read that this year, 2014, marks 100 years since the start of World War I. No, you wise guys, I wasn’t there personally.
Readers’ Forum: April 15, 2014
Sound choice for county judge
Giving your car the care it needs
Park restrooms should be open
EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news (Honors for outstanding women)
Honors for outstanding women
Sprucing up around the wetlands
You can say that again
Reader Poll results
Readers’ Forum: April 14, 2014
Alternatives to ‘injustice’
EDITORIAL: Teaming up to fight the ugliness of graffiti
Graffiti hurts the Terre Haute community. It deflates property values and local pride. It literally paints an image of carelessness on the city.
MARK BENNETT: It’s (Not) So Easy
Arctic air bled into the Wabash Avenue post-hippie-era diner-pub every time the wooden door swung open.
ERIC SCHANSBERG: The 1040 tax form turns 100
The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution brought us the federal income tax in 1913. A year later, the 1040 tax form was born.
Readers’ Forum: April 13, 2014
• An attack of hypocrisy
• New jail not a good idea
• Thinking about the next election
• Being positive a tremendous asset
• Work status a matter of value
FLASHPOINT: Time to fix government
In 1965, the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, Wilbur Mills, brought legislation establishing Medicare and Medicaid to the floor of the U.S. House. That was my first year in Congress, and I remember vividly the moment when Mills came to the Democratic caucus to explain his plans.
Death Notice: April 13, 2014
GUEST EDITORIAL: Despite high court ruling, big money may not guarantee election success
The Supreme Court has taken the predictable next step in the wake of its 2010 Citizens United decision in which it lifted the limit on donations wealthy donors can make to certain political entities.
RONN MOTT: Pondering our planet’s future
I watched a TV show recently and the subject was global warming.
EDITORIAL: Warm thoughts for Waltman
When Royce Waltman left Indiana State University as its head basketball coach in 2007, there was a sense of disappointment in the community that covered a broad spectrum.
Readers' Forum: April 11, 2014
• An appeal for organic farming
• Kesler best choice for judge position
RONN MOTT: Bits & Pieces
I don’t know about you, but I get a total sense of helplessness when I realize 239 people died in one airplane crash. And to make it worse, if that is possible, the loved ones left behind can’t close. Maybe this week.
EDITORIAL: Road work season requires motorists’ undivided attention
Spring’s budding flowers, trees and grasses are not the only colorful eye candy popping up on the west-central Indiana landscape. Those orange barrels and pylons common to construction areas are appearing as well.
Readers' Forum: April 10, 2014
• Appreciation for writer’s views
• Amazed by policy on birth control
- More Opinion Headlines
- Living the dream