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
- Readers’ Forum: July 30, 2014
RONN MOTT: Colonoscopy No. 5
I just finished up my fifth colonoscopy last week. It had been seven years since my last one, and since my father and grandfather died of colon cancer I find it advisable to go through this procedure in attempting to live as long as I can.
Readers’ Forum: July 29, 2014
• Anything goes with the liberals
• Deserter does not deserve discharge
• Outrage lacking on IRS scandal
LIZ CIANCONE: Next century? Hope strikes out again for ‘our’ team
It is a case of hope trumping experience that my Best Friend and I looked forward to the 2014 baseball season.
Readers’ Forum: July 28, 2014
• Tea party folks misunderstood
• We have only us to blame
MARK BENNETT: Hall of Memories: Names, images of baseball greats trigger connections to our own past
Baseball Hall of Famers are just people. Totally human. Still, for Americans who follow the national pastime, those players represent a nostalgic connection to summers gone by.
Editorial: Community support crucial for workers facing layoffs
The loss of 150 jobs impacts people — the employees themselves, their families and the community. They need the support of loved ones, friends, neighbors, churches, schools, clubs and local service groups in the search for new work and clarity amid the uncertainty.
- Readers' Forum: July 27, 2014
Flashpoint: Why incumbents keep getting re-elected
Nearly three-quarters of Americans want to throw out most members of Congress, including their own representative, yet the vast majority of incumbents will be returning to Capitol Hill in January.
Flashpoint: Spreading the good word about marriage equality
If you blinked over the past month, you probably missed some news about marriage equality in Indiana.
Ronn Mott: Gaza 2014 — hatred lives on
The rockets’ red glares have turned Gaza, part of the Palestinian authority, into a battleground with Hamas, a legislative terrorist organization that has been stockpiling armaments to use against Israel for years.
- Readers’ Forum: July 25, 2014
RONN MOTT: The Czar of Russia
If you are expecting Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Republic, to react to the crisis in the Ukraine as an ordinary elected official, think again. Even though Putin is the President of the Russian Republic, this is not the job he wants. Putin also doesn’t want to be the chairman of a newly resurrected Communist Party in Russia. No, what he wants is to be the czar of a greater Russia.
Readers’ Forum: July 24, 2014
• Clinic will expand basic health access
• Misunderstanding truth about Islam
EDITORIAL: Work program needs industry buy-in
Good help is hard to find. That’s essentially what Indiana companies have insisted for several years. The state struggles with a “skills gap,” the firms explain. They need employees, but can’t find enough — or in some cases, any — qualified Hoosiers. Businesses say too few applicants possess the “soft skills,” such as showing up for work on time or being able to effectively communicate with co-workers.
- Readers’ Forum: July 23, 2014
RONN MOTT: Dragonfly
The other morning I was moving the canister that holds our recycling material out to the curb when I saw a strange sight. What I saw was a dragonfly fighting with a bee.
FLASHPOINT: News about reality, not affirmation
The public’s trust in the news media keeps dwindling. At the same time, Americans’ political polarization keeps increasing.
LIZ CIANCONE: Chickens as pets always turned out same way
I suppose many of us who grew up on farms or in small towns adopted unusual pets. I had a fondness for chickens. My folks always kept a few chickens, not only to fry or roast, but also for the eggs.
Readers’ forum: July 22, 2014
• Supt. Ritz has right to govern
• A tribute to a teacher
• Rep. Pelosi shows ‘bungling idiocy’
Readers’ forum: July 21, 2014
• Theater brings the joy of music
• Drawing closer to the spirit
• Give some space to heterosexuals
MARK BENNETT: Former Terre Hautean Jim Lovell stood ready as Neil Armstrong’s backup on Apollo 11
The words “Apollo 11” stir optimism in me.
I was an elementary school kid growing up in Vigo County when Neil Armstrong put the first footprint on the moon on July 20, 1969. So much seemed possible
EDITORIAL: Vigo Jail study essential to determine strategy
It comes as encouraging news that the Vigo County Council might include in its 2015 budget significant funding for an expert and neutral study of what can be done to replace or enhance the existing county jail.
Readers’ forum: July 20, 2014
• ‘Hotel Indiana’ has a sour tune
• Kind words about the newspaper
• Some questions about RTL video
• No mercy for cop killers
• Crack down on gun violence
• Anti-Dem tirades mask GOP failures
• Important day for participants
• Appreciation for support
FLASHPOINT: Solve our border crisis
More than 60,000 unaccompanied alien children — mostly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador — have been apprehended on America’s southern border during this fiscal year.
RONN MOTT: World Cup over, but it was fun
After many weeks and many games, the World Cup is over. While the world calls it “futbol,” only we in North America play another brand of football. It is very simple to understand why this is the world’s favorite game … all it takes is an empty lot, a round soccer ball, and you can get a futbol game together.
FLASHPOINT: Living in peaceful communities requires collaboration
Hoosiers have the right to live in peace. Yet, too many of our friends and neighbors are currently living in fear.
Flashpoint: Will Gov. Pence be true to his word?
This is written in response to recent remarks made by State Board of Education members.
- Readers’ Forum: July 18, 2014
RONN MOTT: Presidential Ambush
No wild-west ambush, either real or fiction, has been as successful as the ambush on President Barack Obama.
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