TERRE HAUTE —
Ban big pressure cookers; that’s it!
I just wanted to express my disappointment at the lack of response shown by President Obama after the Boston Marathon bombings. There are several options available to him of which he has not taken advantage.
If I was him, first I would have the Department of Homeland Security buy up every single pressure cooker in the U.S.A. Criminals can’t buy them if they aren’t on the store shelf! Brilliant? Right?
Then I would review all the different manufacturers’ buyer registrations to see who currently owns such weapons. This would greatly aid in speeding confiscation. Besides, there is no need for anyone to own a 3-quart cooker. He might allow the smaller ones but really, this is 2013! Nobody even needs them at all. There are other ways to cook deer!
President Obama should take the huge amounts of money saved by closing the White House tours and furloughing air traffic controllers and invest that money into solar- or wind-driven pressure cookers.
China would be so happy to produce them for us! We certainly don’t need any more jobs here!
If our rascally part-time, constitutionally elected legislative branch won’t pass the laws the president wants, why, he should just issue any executive order he wants. And if the Supreme Court doesn’t think it’s right, well, he can just ignore the justices, or bribe them, or even embarrass them by yelling at them during his State of the Union Speech!
I wonder if he has DHS checking those guests coming up from the south? They always carry backpacks, Hey! That’s the idea! Ban backpacks!
Seriously, folks, we’re in a heap of trouble. Our constitution is under attack by people sworn to preserve, protect and defend it. And that is treason.
We can’t exchange freedom for a false sense of security. Our bloated, overgrown government needs to be pruned and put on a diet. We need more freedom — not less.
Thank God that in 1951 Congress saw fit to limit presidential terms. We are now in dire need of a limit to congressional terms. We will never get that until we, the people, demand it, and elect only people who will fight to make it happen.
There are too many millionaires and professional politicians, too much wheeling and dealing in secret backroom meetings. Where is the transparency Nancy Pelosi promised? Probably in the same rooms where Obamacare was stealthily crafted.
We need to have our attention on what our government is doing and planning. Otherwise, these people will continue to bankrupt us and rule away our freedoms.
Let your voice be heard while you still have a voice.
— Nancy Bond
Clinton’s mistakes with Benghazi
I was an eyewitness to history: I watched the Congressional Oversight Committee hearing dealing with the tragic events in Benghazi.
I begin with a segment addressed to Mrs. Hillary Clinton:
“Mrs. Clinton, the YouTube video, to which you referred numerous times, had nothing to do with the confrontation in Benghazi. And I wish that you would have advised the president not to use the phrase ‘al Qaeda is decimated,’ which was a purely pre-election political observation.The irony is, in my view, that lack of deployment of U.S. Armed Forces in this operation (yes, a terrorist attack), related inadvertently to your comment about the Internet video and the president’s statement of the disarray of al Qaeda. It is my deeply felt belief that these were two major mistakes.”
You don’t fight a severe case of pneumonia with over-the counter medicine. (I know something about it. I was a pharmacist all my active life).
I am, obviously, not a lawyer:
Love of America is my credo: “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.”
I am sure that Mrs. Hillary Clinton, in her curriculum at Yale Law School, took a course learning how a person can appear in a hearing in front of one of the two chambers of Congress: The citizen will raise his or her right hand to make a solemn statement, under oath, to tell the truth.
If not, the phenomenon is defined as perjury.
— Michael Kor
TERRE HAUTE —
Ban big pressure cookers; that’s it!
GUEST EDITORIAL: Congress now free from the threat of too much work
The headline on the Congress-watching newspaper Politico said it all: “Done.”
RONN MOTT: A friend celebrates his 90th
I went to Charlie Fox’s 90th birthday party Sunday last. He was standing greeting people as they came in the door. I never saw him sit down even one time. He looked more like a man celebrating his 60th rather than his 90th.
Editorial: Bring on the ‘Miracle’
For five miraculous years, Terre Haute’s Christmas festival on a Friday night in early December has grown and prospered.
- Readers’ Forum: Dec. 6, 2013
RONN MOTT: Cigars
Leaving Baesler’s Market the other day, making my round of errands, I started to re-light my cigar. It was left over from the day before and I did not place it in the humidor. It had gotten too dry, so I threw it into my garbage sack asking myself the question, “Why do I do this?” Well, I do it because I enjoy it.
TRIBUNE-STAR EDITORIAL: Changing attitudes demand GOP action
From all indications, the Republican Party’s legislative leadership will punt away in its next session the opportunity to make a good decision on behalf of all Hoosiers about placing a same-sex marriage ban in the state’s constitution.
READERS’ FORUM: Dec. 5, 2013
• Anarchy is in the ‘tea’ leaves
Editorial: Help us spread holiday cheer
The kind and generous people of the Wabash Valley are called upon often to help those less fortunate. We are proud to live an area where that call never goes unanswered.
- Readers’ Forum: Dec. 4, 2013
RONN MOTT: Cats, Inc.
I suppose we should give her a cake and a candle, but she would be happier with a handful of “treats” you can find wherever you shop for groceries. I’m talking about the two-year anniversary of the first cat we adopted. If we had known there were going to be more, her name probably would have been different. She was Orange Crush, a small, bedraggled, starving, Golden Tabby female that wandered into our yard a little after Thanksgiving. She had been badly maltreated.
MS. TAKES: Plenty of downsides to tree with candlelight
I had been spinning my wheels over Thanksgiving preparations the other day, so my Best Friend took me out for breakfast — a little luxury I never tire of. Our friend, Bill, stopped by our table to offer holiday felicitations and the conversation turned, as it often does this time of year, to Christmas.
READERS’ FORUM: Dec. 3, 2013
• Prestige chosen over practicality
• Tea partiers love country, freedom
• Same old clowns
LIZ CIANCONE: Plenty of downsides to tree with candlelight
I had been spinning my wheels over Thanksgiving preparations the other day, so my Best Friend took me out for breakfast — a little luxury I never tire of.
Readers’ Forum: Dec. 3, 2013
Prestige chosen over practicality
Tea partiers love country, freedom
Same old clowns
EDITORIAL: For NESC, transparency best option
The five-member board of the Northeast School Corp. of Sullivan County is in the midst of tough times as it faces a difficult decision on the future of its schools, including Union High School in Dugger.
Readers’ Forum: Dec. 2, 2013
‘Ask not …’: Living by the words we speak
MARK BENNETT: ABA’s record proves Bobby Leonard’s a legit Hall of Famer
Bobby Leonard symbolized the feisty competitive flair of the old ABA.
EDITORIAL: Preserving, improving our parks
Few amenities more greatly affect the quality of life in Terre Haute than its public parks.
FLASHPOINT: Getting right with history
I am ornery enough to never much worry about whether I am on the “right” side of history.
READERS’ FORUM: Dec. 1, 2013
The dangers of aggressive driving
Thanks to Lowe’s for great work
Another ‘Miracle’ set for Friday
Obama lies with malicious intent
Down the path to nowhere
Remembering to help needy
Jihadis, be careful what you wish for
Hanging on to people’s rights
No more trespassers thanks to mayor
RONN MOTT: Collett Park Christmas Walk always a special event
Since I live right across the street from Collett Park, I enjoy very much this particular neighborhood. And since I have walked around it a few times, I’m familiar with the 0.8 of a mile it takes to walk around the park. The Christmas Walk is a walk around the neighborhood. There were approximately 15 homes involved and open to the public this year
EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news
An expansion of county parks
A teacher, visionary and leader
Reader poll results
READERS’ FORUM: Nov. 29, 2013
Cooperation helps enhance security
RONN MOTT: Rule Changes
Watching the beginning of a new basketball season reminds me of my attempt to play basketball in high school. On the B-team, at a township high school my freshman and sophomore years, I fouled out of a great many basketball games.
EDITORIAL: To be solemn, reverent and grateful
Its label is “Thanksgiving.” As Abraham Lincoln first proclaimed this national holiday in 1863, this 24-hour period celebrates our blessings, to be “solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American people.”
READERS’ FORUM: Nov. 28, 2013
Governor can put words into action
Editorial: Newspapers’ greatest day
Those who are limited in their news intake or gain most of their information from broadcast or Internet sources may be under the false impression that newspapers are a dying institution. They may believe that readers and advertisers have abandoned the traditional newspaper, be it print or digital, in favor of some other sort of news flow that relies on shallow streams of broadcast fluff or, even worse, social media.More astute observers of media trends and those who are discerning about the information they consume are quite aware that this newspaper doomsday scenario just ain’t so.
- Readers’ Forum: Nov. 27, 2013
RONN MOTT: A Hornet’s Nest
I seem to have kicked over a hornet’s nest in my criticism of the American health care system.
The basic fact of the matter is this: We do not have, in America, the highest-rated health care system. We are not in the top 10, nor top 20, but somewhere in the middle 30s. Yet we pay more for our health care than any other nation in the world.
LIZ CIANCONE: Mourning a death is a personal exercise
One does not properly “celebrate” an assassination, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to be reminded that there are a lot of nuts out there. Coverage this past week of the anniversary of the Kennedy assassination still has the power to disturb, but all the theories won’t undo the facts.
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