Appreciation for kindness
I wanted to thank the incredible gentleman who patiently stood behind me in line at Walmart on Aug. 8 as the cashier scanned all the school supplies I was purchasing for The Salvation Army for our “Back To School” giveaway.
Not only do I admire this man’s patience, but when the clerk was finally done, he stopped me from swiping my credit card and told me he would pay the entire amount of my purchase. I couldn’t believe it.
This man was truly a blessing to me and our organization. And I want to express my deep appreciation for his kindness. The world is certainly a better place because of people like him and we are fortunate that he lives right here in Terre Haute.
— Gordon Hoag, captain
The Salvation Army
‘What ifs’ inspire historical thoughts
Given the fact Sept. 2 is rapidly approaching, which, by the way, was the date the Japanese officially sued for peace in its surrender in 1945 to General Douglas MacArthur aboard the USS Missouri to end World War Two, various questions arise.
What if the Japanese earthquake and ensuing tsunami of 2011 had occurred March 11, 1943, during the peak of World War II’s Pacific conflict between the United States and Japan? Would there have been a cessation of hostilities between the two nations? Would the United States have used its Pacific naval fleet to rush supplies to Japan? By accepting such humanitarian assistance, would Emperor Hirohito have rescinded his bilateral relationship with Adolf Hitler? Would the American people have been amenable to committing such aid and financial donations to assist the Japanese civilian populace in this time of dire need?
Could such a cessation of this Pacific conflict have led to an eventual armistice between Japan and the United States in 1943? In such a context, thousands of American and Japanese soldiers lives would have been saved during the next two years, including the thousands of Japanese civilians who perished and suffered ghastly injuries from these Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb attacks during August 1945.
— Earl Beal
Amazing care for best friend
As we walk through this life, we never know what each day is going to bring. We live in a world that is so busy and we don’t even take the time to appreciate things or people.
On July 16, 2013, I lost my best friend. Being there with her trying to help her and comfort her whenever I could was such a wonderful blessing for me. But another blessing was the personal care she received from Dr. A. Deshpande. His care for her meant so much to her. She spoke very highly of him quite a lot. Thank you, Dr. Deshpande.
I also want to recognize a company called Southern Care. I know from working in the medical field for many years that you have to have a heart for that kind of work, and the staff there really does have a heart. The care Christy Handley gave to Laurie meant so much. Your help was very appreciated by Laurie and Dave.
And last, but by far not least, thanks to a very special person who went above and beyond the call of duty, Kelly Hamilton. I believe God puts people in our lives, and I feel Kelly is one of those people who we were blessed with during such a hard time. She was always there anytime Laurie and Dave needed her. No matter what time of day (or night) it was. My heart goes out to all of you.
I feel I am speaking for all of Laurie’s and Dave’s family when I say, God bless you all for all the hard work you do.
— Janice Smith
Clay shelter in need of help
I work at the Clay County Humane Shelter. We are a small but dedicated group of animal lovers. I take care of the cats. Like most smaller shelters, we are in need of some items.
Since kittens and puppies are still arriving, we are needing kitten and puppy chow, canned cat and dog food and cat litter. Clumping litter is preferred but the old fashioned litter will do, even though it does not smell as good.
We can also use cleaning supplies, paper towels, cat carriers, laundry detergent, treats and cat toys (hard plastic is the best since the cats tend to flip them into their water dishes).
Monetary donations are also needed and are tax deductible. Please donate whatever you can. The animals and the employees will be forever grateful.
— Nola Jane Blueher
What about fares for health care?
In a recent issue (Aug. 14) of this newspaper, an article appeared which stated that the Feds were going to intervene in a proposed merger between American Airlines and US Airways.
The main reason given is that the merger would raise fares and fees.
Please tell me again how much Obamacare is going to drive up health care costs and insurance premiums?
Bless their hearts.
— Mark Burns
Appreciation for kindness
RONN MOTT: That Old Man River
I was surprised to learn the people in Cairo are now taking water taxis to avoid the traffic, the confusion and the dangers that are appearing on Cairo, Egypt’s, streets. I mean, I was surprised the people in Cairo, these native Egyptians, were surprised they could take a water taxi and get to where they wanted to go using the Nile River as a highway. So, for the Egyptians living in Cairo, everything old is brand new again.
EDITORIAL: A green idea worth pursuing
It sounds like a blue-ribbon idea.
READERS' FORUM: July 10, 2014
• Herb Faire a great success
• Appreciation for a ‘lovely angel’
• Thanks for stirring fireworks show
EDITORIAL: Be safe, be responsible
The Independence Day weekend brought a brief respite in construction work on area roadways. In particular, it provided needed relief to the congested segment of Interstate 70 in Clay County that is undergoing resurfacing this summer.
Readers’ Forum: July 9, 2014
• Don’t eliminate our six-day mail
• Zamperini death stirs memories
RONN MOTT: Black Dog
We had some excitement around our house the other day and it was not the good kind.
There was a small dog, black in color with a spiked collar on his neck, and he was the spitting image of a small Doberman. I don’t know if they have miniature Dobermans but this dog could have been a mixed breed that came out looking like a Doberman although smaller.
Readers’ Forum: July 8, 2014
• T-S ignores common decency
• Lighten up on Donald Sterling
• Time to reject Dems in Congress
• Fueling the EPA
MS. TAKES: Great music is made during all generations
Number Two son tells us that his 20-year-old son has been listening to “Big Band” music with apparent enjoyment. As if that wasn’t enough of a surprise, I was talking with a young girl, barely out of her teens and she told us that she really wasn’t into rap. She said, “It isn’t really music, it’s just talk.”
Readers’ Forum: July 7, 2014
• The moral issue is major issue
Editorial: City financial health demands an open, honest discussion
Obscured by the recent rift over use of departmental funds in the city of Terre Haute’s budget are serious issues related to our city government’s overall financial health. The answers may be mired in the complexity of municipal finance, but coming to grips with the situation is important to the city’s future.
Readers’ Forum: July 6, 2014
• Coats ignoring climate science
• Do those mustache posters exist?
• Utility rate freeze took determination
• What perversion is next in line?
• Opinions vary, but voters will decide
• This preaching must stop — now
• Golf fundraiser a huge success
Flashpoint: State’s lawyer has duty to represent state in marriage lawsuit appeal
Recent federal court actions that first struck down Indiana’s statute limiting marriage to the traditional definition, and then stayed that order pending appeal, have left many in our state in legal limbo. As the attorney who represents state government and defends its laws, I know this difficult case stirs many people’s deeply held beliefs that touch their lives in very personal ways. Not since my office had to represent the state in lawsuits arising from the State Fair disaster has a dispute been so seemingly impossible to address in a way that the public would accept as being fair to all concerned.
Flashpoint: The Supreme Court decision and ‘closely held’ corporations
The much awaited Supreme Court decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby came down this week. The court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the 1993 Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (RFRA) does cover “closely held” corporations, even if those corporations are for profit.
RONN MOTT: Learning more about Jefferson
During this Fourth of July weekend, I’ll be reading John Meacham’s biography of Thomas Jefferson.
EDITORIAL: Celebrate your independence
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
As eloquent and declaratory as that statement is, implementing its principles has been a decades-long pursuit for these United States of America. Our nation, it seems, is the quintessential work in progress, even though what this country has created in terms of a stable, collective society is, let’s face it, pretty darn good.
- Readers’ Forum: July 4, 2014
RONN MOTT: The Men Who Made the Country
The Fourth of July is the day we celebrate our independence from Great Britain. It reminds me of something David Ben-Gurion would say, at a much later date, about British rule: “If you have to have a master, the British are about as good at it as anybody.” Of course, we really don’t need a master.
GREG ZOELLER: State’s lawyer has duty to represent state in marriage lawsuit appeal
Recent federal court actions that first struck down Indiana’s statute limiting marriage to the traditional definition, and then stayed that order pending appeal, have left many in our state in legal limbo.
Readers’ Forum: July 3, 2014
• Over the top on immigration
FLASHPOINT: HIP 2.0 gives consumers better choices
On Wednesday, the State of Indiana submitted its proposal for the Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
MIKE PENCE: HIP 2.0 gives consumers better choices
Today, the state of Indiana submitted its proposal for the Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If approved, the Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 would replace traditional Medicaid for low-income, able-bodied Hoosier adults. Unlike traditional Medicaid, which is government-driven, HIP 2.0 is consumer-driven.
Editorial: Texting law serves safety
July 1 each year marks the day in Indiana when new laws take effect. But rather than focus on new laws today, let’s observe the anniversary of a law that went on the books three years ago this month — the law that barred texting while driving.
- Readers’ Forum: July 2, 2014
RONN MOTT: Cats
Looking at the situation as a whole, the adopted cats, plus one, seem to be doing OK. The boys, Magic and Mellow, like to roam occasionally, which causes some consternation when they are gone for a long time.
LIZ CIANCONE: Oldtime fans will never give up on the Cubbies
My Best Friend claims to be the world’s oldest living Cubs fan. I am willing to take him at his word, but surely there is some long-lived fan out there in the right field bleachers who would dispute his claim.
Readers’ Forum: July 1, 2014
• Defying the laws of God
• Correcting the written record
• Hands of $$ from Redevelopment
• Celebrity visit for celebration
Flashpoint: New Healthy Indiana Plan our best option
Some state-run health care exchanges — the brainchild of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — have gotten off to a rocky start, to the point that they are turning to the federal government to pick up the pieces. Indiana’s decision to try to expand the already-existing Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) in lieu of an exchange seems a more prudent choice every day.
Readers’ Forum: June 30, 2014
• Don’t be victim of home repair scam
• Ending unfair tax practices
EDITORIAL: For kids, an immediate need
If you agree that not much is sadder — and potentially more unsettling to our society — than a child torn from his or her home, here is a way you can make a difference, one kid at a time.
Readers’ Forum: June 29, 2014
• The sexual revolution strikes again
• Country sinks to new lows
• Saddened by the headlines
• Opinions not same as facts
• Letter meets with approval
• The real ‘truth’ sometimes hurts
• Applause for great musical
• Raising minimum wage hurts us
• Gratitude to camp sponsors
• More to the city’s mosquito problem
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- RONN MOTT: That Old Man River