News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 21, 2012

READERS’ FORUM: Dec. 21, 2012


---- — Seek solution in balanced

approach to ‘fiscal cliff’

A similar message was recently sent to all the employees of Frontier Communications concerning the economic crisis now facing our country:

Right now, we are not Democrats, Republicans or Independents. We are simply “Americans,” and as Americans we must stand up for what is best for our country at a critically important time. For far too long, a “fiscal cliff” has loomed over the U.S. The issue is serious, and CEOs across the nation are working together to encourage Congress to demonstrate that principled compromise is alive and well in this country.

Many employees of Frontier Communications live in the Terre Haute region. I have asked them, and I ask all who read this piece, to reach out to their congressional members and support bipartisanship resolution of the economic issues that demand immediate attention. As we all know, our country is capable of great things; when the cause demands it, we can work together on any issue. The time is long overdue for Congress to do just that.

I am proud to be part of a campaign led by CEOs across the country to encourage Congress and the Administration to do the right thing. We are asking our elected officials to work together to prevent the significant negative economic, employment and social consequences of going over the fiscal cliff and the resulting across-the-board tax hikes and dramatic spending cuts scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2013.

A failure to act will be devastating to the U.S. economy and will harm future generations. Our country will be diminished, as well as our standing in the world. The United States, once a proud leader, will be perceived as unable and unwilling to put its own house in order.

Unfortunately, Congress has achieved very little over the past few years. Partisan politics, rhetoric and pettiness have stalemated many issues. If this inaction continues, the U.S. economy, which is only starting to recover from a terrible economic crisis, will fall back into recession. It is imperative our elected officials join forces and come up with a balanced solution that will include revenue growth and spending reductions.

Thank you, and God bless America.

— Maggie Wilderotter

Chairman and CEO

Frontier Communications

We’re losing a

parks legend

Keith Ruble has dedicated over 40 years to Vigo County parks and should be greatly missed by the Terre Haute community. He has given his life to parks and recreation and should be recognized for all he has done.

The people of Vigo County, park visitors, Indiana, surrounding states, staff, family and friends should take the time to thank Keith for all that he has done. I only wish I would have taken more time to just sit down and talk to Keith over the last five years.

Keith, I hope you enjoy retirement and thank you for all you have given us over the last 40 years as a park legend.

— Eddie Bird, superintendent

Terre Haute Parks & Recreation