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!
EDITORIAL: Warm thoughts on a cool day (Part III)
• Resolving to praise ISU
• Right down our alley
- READERS' FORUM: March 12, 2014
RONN MOTT: SAWS
A few days ago we talked to John Anderson of the Greencastle Presbyterian Church. He’s the coordinator for a mission of the church that builds ramps and stairs for those who are physically handicapped in Putnam County.
EDITORIAL: Thinking warm thoughts (Part II of III)
• Renewing a local library commitment
LIZ CIANCONE: We’re not only ones ready for springtime
During the most recent of our numerous descents into polar temperatures, I was astounded to see a dozen or more robins up to their ankles in snow. They were fluffed out to about twice their normal size. I suppose that was an effort to provide a bit of feathered insulation against the cold.
READERS' FORUM: March 11, 2014
• Meat-free path to the fountain of youth
• Faulty point?
EDITORIAL: Warm thoughts on cool days (Part I of III)
• Something good’s brewing
• Y we can’t take it for granted
FLASHPOINT: Where Congress falls short, and where it doesn’t
At a public gathering the other day, someone asked me how I’d sum up my views on Congress. It was a good question because it forced me to step back from worrying about the current politics of Capitol Hill and take a longer view.
READERS' FORUM: March 10, 2014
• Our government’s heart and soul
• A plea for more give and take
MARK BENNETT: New public-access point begins quest to create more spots to experience river
Fairness holds no power over the Wabash River.
EDITORIAL: Ads on the sides of school buses? What have we come to?
Ads on the sides of school buses do not constitute a sign of the apocalypse. Western civilization will survive.
Flashpoint: President should stop Medicare Advantage cuts
Virtually all elected officials — Republicans and Democrats — share the goal of increasing access to affordable health insurance and helping families receive the best coverage to meet their specific needs.
Readers’ Forum: March 9, 2014
Mardi Gras great event for Swope
EPA regs will cause energy bills to soar
Please pray for Ukraine innocents
Sinful thinking on road to hell
Liberty — or licentiousness
People will not always agree
Botched chance at leadership
RONN MOTT: Radio now a long lost love
I fell in love with radio when I was 16, just a few short weeks before my 17th birthday. The man who did the deed and hired me was Adlai Ferguson.
EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news
Welcome to girls teams, fans
You can say that again
Reader Poll results
EDITORIAL: What do Sony cutbacks mean?
It is easy to understand why shivers run down local people’s spines whenever rumors hit the streets about Sony DADC’s plant on Terre Haute’s east side. With more than 1,400 people currently employed in Sony’s production and distribution facilities, the community has grown somewhat dependent on the economic stability Sony provides.
- Readers’ Forum: March 7, 2014
RONN MOTT: Knicks
The big noise in the NBA is whether Carmelo Anthony will stay with the New York Knicks or go elsewhere.
If my memory serves, and it doesn’t always, Carmelo left the Denver Nuggets, the team that drafted him, to play in the bright lights of the Big Apple. It was loudly proclaimed at the time that Carmelo wanted to play for a championship team. The Knicks’ ownership bought a bunch of players and spent a whole bunch of money to aid Carmelo in helping the Knicks to get to a championship.
EDITORIAL: More ill will against gays
If you’re a feral cat wandering freely through a trailer park in Indiana, the General Assembly has taken action to make your life better.
Readers’ Forum: March 6, 2014
Utilities do need tighter regulation
Great work by TV sports staff
Editorial: A good place for persistence
The topic of Gov. Mike Pence’s effectiveness as the state’s top governmental leader during this year’s General Assembly will be hashed and rehashed after the session closes down in the next couple of weeks. At best, the first-term governor will get mixed marks.
- Readers’ Forum: March 5, 2014
RONN MOTT: Abraham Lincoln and George Washington
I remember when by edict the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington were lumped into a single celebration called “Presidents Day.” I thought it was stupid then, and I still do.
LIZ CIANCONE: Antiques show better than any modern programs
I’m not a big fan of television.
Readers’ Forum: March 4, 2014
Lunatic ravings of the far right
Let IRS take the bullying pledge
EDITORIAL: New attention on sex assaults
Youth sexual assault in Indiana is a troubling issue that has not received the attention it deserves.
KELLY HAWES: It’s time to take politics out of redistricting
A bill to form a bipartisan redistricting commission apparently died in the Indiana Senate last week.
Readers’ Forum: March 3, 2014
Social workers honor profession
FLASHPOINT: Restoring trust, respect in schools rests in fundamentals
A recent Harris poll of 2,250 adults reveals a troubling educational trend.
EDITORIAL: Voters don’t have to stand for entrenched partisanship
Realistic Hoosiers understand members of Congress will typically follow their political party line.
- More Opinion Headlines
- EDITORIAL: Warm thoughts on a cool day (Part III)