TERRE HAUTE —
Buying less gas
In answer to Mr. Fussman’s letter published Feb. 17, you are so right about the oil companies. Have you noticed that every time the price of oil goes down, the price at the pumps will go up?
Our son lives in Green, Ohio, and the price of gas is always approximately 25 to 40 cents cheaper than we are here in the city, “a level above.” I was in the gas station business all of my adult life and I am almost 80 years old, so you can see that has been a lot of years. This did not happen until the EPA rules put all of us dealers out of business. That is when the convenience stores took over. At that time we had competition. Back then the oil companies did not do that to the people.
I am not so sure this is all the fault of the oil companies. Every time gas prices go up sales tax increases too. If anyone thinks the government will help they are very wrong because they would be hurting themselves. There is a cure for this.
The only way to change this is for everyone to buy at least 10 gallons less per car every month. When you hit them in the billfold, I guarantee they will notice. Back in the ’50s through the ’80s if your sales dropped the oil company wanted to know why. If sales did not improve, they wouldn’t renew your lease the next years. Back then we were forced to give TV and green stamps at our expense to improve sales.
All we can do is conserve as much as possible.
— Charles Edwards
Which side not
doing its job?
This fact cannot be stressed enough; the fiscal policy of the nation is not a game. It is not accurate to portray it as such, particularly for the purpose of maligning one party.
Recently, a letter was printed in the Tribune-Star which attempted to portray the GOP in the House as a band of juvenile reprobates intent on all manner of destructive antics with regards to the fiscal health of the nation. Nothing could be further from the truth.
As of the writing of this letter, the United States Senate has not passed a budget, an act they are required to do yearly by law, in over 1,400 days. President Obama has failed to meet the deadline imposed by law upon him to submit a yearly budget proposal in a timely manner for four of the five years he has been in office. Every year since taking control of the House, the GOP has passed a budget, only to watch it fail to be taken up in the Senate by Democrats.
I wonder who the juveniles are, those who follow the law dutifully or those who flaunt it for over 1,400 days.
— Thomas W. Bogigian
West Terre Haute
TERRE HAUTE —
Buying less gas
- Editorial: Noteworthy in the News (Honors for strong commitment)
- Readers’ Forum: April 23, 2014
RONN MOTT: Shave
I recently saw a television pitch man explain the virtues of the single blade in what appeared to be an old-fashioned safety razor. He was explaining we didn’t need three blades in a razor, or five, or six, and how many more are we going to get with the razor to get that perfect shave? He urged us to use only one.
Readers’ Forum: April 22, 2014
Volunteer to help a child
Very successful WDC Style Show
EDITORIAL: Exploring the road to better health
The Indiana 8th Congressional District exemplifies the importance of the Hoosier Health Care Tour conducted by two doctors who also serve as lawmakers — one on the state level, the other in Washington, D.C.
Readers’ Forum: April 21, 2014
Navigating our freedom, rightsa rocky ride
We need to think about farming
MARK BENNETT: Living the dream
Earth Day receives its share of under-your-breath criticism.
EDITORIAL: Pondering the jail problem
Our compliments to Vigo County Councilman Mark D. Bird for taking the time and investing the thought and energy into writing his detailed letter to the editor on the topic of the county’s jail, published in this newspaper on April 13.
FLASHPOINT: Newspapers and baseball: Two great institutions are evolving
There are few aspects of American life that are the same today as they were 100 years ago. Two of them are newspapers and baseball.
Readers’ Forum: April 20, 2014
Testing still best way to measure
Addressing issues of inequality
Perfect blend of attributes
An outstanding choice for judge
No excuses for Benghazi tragedy
RONN MOTT: Spring activities settle into northside park
Some say young love blossoms like the flowers in the spring. It must be spring, because we witnessed the first wedding ceremony performed in the Collett Park gazebo on a recent Saturday.
EDITORIAL: Get smart with 911
Worst-case scenarios when emergency service are needed are not things people like to think about. But focused attention on details in advance could make a life-changing, even life-saving, difference in the future.
FLASHPOINT: Heading in the wrong direction
A study released last week by the Tax Foundation reported Indiana taxpayers saw one of the sharpest increases in tax burden since 2001. Dig deeper and the numbers are more alarming.
RONN MOTT: They didn’t make it!
The “One and Dones” done went and didn’t! (I know this is grammatically incorrect, but I want those folks down in Kentucky to read it.)
EDITORIAL: Dealing with eroded trust
Our neighbors in Putnam County are understandably concerned, even outraged, over problems in their sheriff’s department. People have a right to expect their chief law-enforcement agency — one of the most important public institutions in any community — to operate professionally and effectively.
Readers’ Forum: April 17, 2014
• A blessing from our young folks
• Confidence in judge candidate
EDITORIAL: Preparing for voting changes
The primary election, during which Hoosiers will traipse to their polling places to select party candidates to fill the ballot for the general election, is now three weeks away.
Readers’ forum: April 16, 2014
• Mott’s rant on global warming
• Salvation through the Indian way
RONN MOTT: Royce Waltman
In recent days the papers have been full of good things about Royce Waltman. Not a lot of puffery, but more like Royce himself… straight, true and right at you.
LIZ CIANCONE: Not much peace since war to end all wars
My jaw dropped the other day when I read that this year, 2014, marks 100 years since the start of World War I. No, you wise guys, I wasn’t there personally.
Readers’ Forum: April 15, 2014
Sound choice for county judge
Giving your car the care it needs
Park restrooms should be open
EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news (Honors for outstanding women)
Honors for outstanding women
Sprucing up around the wetlands
You can say that again
Reader Poll results
Readers’ Forum: April 14, 2014
Alternatives to ‘injustice’
EDITORIAL: Teaming up to fight the ugliness of graffiti
Graffiti hurts the Terre Haute community. It deflates property values and local pride. It literally paints an image of carelessness on the city.
MARK BENNETT: It’s (Not) So Easy
Arctic air bled into the Wabash Avenue post-hippie-era diner-pub every time the wooden door swung open.
ERIC SCHANSBERG: The 1040 tax form turns 100
The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution brought us the federal income tax in 1913. A year later, the 1040 tax form was born.
Readers’ Forum: April 13, 2014
• An attack of hypocrisy
• New jail not a good idea
• Thinking about the next election
• Being positive a tremendous asset
• Work status a matter of value
FLASHPOINT: Time to fix government
In 1965, the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, Wilbur Mills, brought legislation establishing Medicare and Medicaid to the floor of the U.S. House. That was my first year in Congress, and I remember vividly the moment when Mills came to the Democratic caucus to explain his plans.
Death Notice: April 13, 2014
GUEST EDITORIAL: Despite high court ruling, big money may not guarantee election success
The Supreme Court has taken the predictable next step in the wake of its 2010 Citizens United decision in which it lifted the limit on donations wealthy donors can make to certain political entities.
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