People don’t want to read the truth
In response to Judy Dukes’ letter about why there aren’t more conservative newspapers, there are some, but the answer to your question is easy. The answer is sin sells. Just look at movies, TV shows and magazines, six o’clock news, and the list goes on and on.
Conservatives believe in God and that sin is wrong. As proof, there are 77 percent of citizens who say they are Christians, but only 20 percent attend church regularly. Most liberals want God removed from schools, government and anything else they can think of.
There is a majority of liberals and most are for greed and what they think is happiness. When papers print facts and constitutional rights, that isn’t what most liberals want to hear, so conservative papers won’t sell as well (it takes a profit to stay in business). People don’t want to hear the truth or read facts from newspapers or the Bible; doing so may remind them of their sinful lifestyle.
What they think is happiness here on earth, won’t buy them a place in heaven.
— Jim McKittrick
Work for all, not just your party
Blackmail has never worked. Why did Republican extremists led by John Boehner, think it would work by holding Americans hostage unless they got what they wanted? Why not pass the ACA and then work out their disagreements afterwards without the use of blackmail if they find some parts need to be changed?
To continue on this path is ridiculous. Come on, Congress people, work for the American people as you were elected to do, not a political party.
— Jerry Jenkins
Reid to blame for shutdown
Having read for several days now many letters printed in the Tribune-Star regarding various aspects of the fiscal impasse that recently gripped Washington, D.C., it has become increasingly apparent that one important aspect of this has gone virtually unmentioned amidst the consternation and vituperation. The shutdown is entirely the manufacture of one individual.
On Oct. 2, the House of Representatives voted in a bipartisan manner to pass a bill funding the NIH, the National Institute of Health, which, among other things, conducts research into various cancers. This research often provides life-saving treatments for pediatric cancer patients. Having passed the House, this Bill was denied a vote in the Senate by Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
On Oct. 2, the House of Representatives voted in a bipartisan manner to fully fund the National Parks, Memorials and Monuments. This funding would have prevented the shameful instances of veterans being turned away from the memorials erected in honor of their service and sacrifice by what some have dubbed “Barry-cades”. This bill was denied a vote in the Senate by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
On Oct. 3, the House of Representatives voted in a bipartisan manner to fund the Veteran’s Administration, thereby ensuring our veterans received, in a timely fashion, the benefits they have earned through their honorable service to this nation. This Bill was denied a vote in the Senate by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
On Oct. 3, the House of Representatives voted in a bipartisan manner to fund payments for our National Guard and Army Reserve personnel. This Bill was denied a vote in the Senate by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
There seems to be a pattern emerging, in that one person was, as others have claimed, “holding the country hostage” during the latest fiscal impasse. Having duly elected a Republican majority in the House, from which all spending must originate, does it really seem fair that one senator could impede the Congress from doing its assigned duty and acting to fund those aspects of the government it deems appropriate?
— Thomas W. Bogigian
West Terre Haute
Blood transfusions not discouraged
Letter writer Sharon Ammen made a misstatement in her letter printed Oct. 11.
She wrote that Seventh-day Adventists do not believe in blood transfusions. As a matter of fact, members are encouraged to donate blood, especially in times of crisis.
Seventh-day Adventists operate hospitals in many countries and administer blood transfusions on a regular basis.
— Janet Schlunt
People don’t want to read the truth
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.
MARK BENNETT: People spaces
Demolition machinery chipped away at the buildings on the 500 block of Wabash Avenue. I stood and watched awhile, last week. By July 2015, a new $18.7-million structure will replace those relics.
THOMAS L. STEIGER: Creativity requires freedom from the risks of failure
Last week I wrote about the themes that emerged from the panel discussion by five Wabash Valley members of the “creative class.”
Flashpoint: Everyone would benefit from responsibly expanding health coverage for Hoosiers
A medical epidemic is one of the worst scenarios a hospital can face — when a significant portion of the population is suddenly struck with a life-threatening illness.
Readers’ Forum: March 2, 2014
Candle still burns at St. Ann’s Clinic
Thanks to all at Sarah Scott
How should we define marriage?
An argument of science and law
Chance to expand your knowledge
Excellent service from paper carrier
Central time zone makes more sense
Summer adult baseball league for all ages
Recognizing that all people matter
More selfish opposition to Common Core
EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news
Cheers, Jeers and Tears
You can say that again
Reader Poll results
RONN MOTT: Independent thinking in a rapidly changing world
I am a rather independent person. Oh, I don’t belong to any radical, political organization.
Editorial: Toward a better Lifeline Law
In a perfect world, no college or high school student under 21 would drink alcohol, especially to excess. No student would be sexually assaulted. And no student would experience a drug overdose. There is no perfect world.
- Readers’ Forum: Feb. 28, 2014
RONN MOTT: Ukraine
It’s quiet in Ukraine as I write this but, trust me, it won’t be quiet very long.
EDITORIAL: More welcome news for downtown
An average game of dominoes lasts about a half-hour.
READERS' FORUM: Feb. 27, 2014
• Unfair criticism of electric utility
Editorial: A display of confidence
Successful organizations and institutions have stable and effective leadership at the top. Those who don’t suffer the consequences. So it’s no surprise that Indiana State University’s board of trustees is offering a three-year contract extension to President Dan Bradley to run through mid 2019.
- Readers' Forum: Feb. 26, 2014
RONN MOTT: The Olympics
In the medal count in the Olympics, we ended in second place. In times past, without infusion of money, training, etc., second place might have been OK. For this sports-crazy nation, it is not OK.
LIZ CIANCONE: Preference wins over etiquette every time
It’s a source of amusement to me when I read about the trivia which concerns some folks.
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