News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 7, 2013

READERS' FORUM: March 7, 2013

The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Obama’s tactics

will not work

The president’s scare tactics on the sequestration will not work. I believe the American people are smart enough to figure out that releasing illegal immigrants from jail and not sending military ships to the Middle East when needed are just scare tactics to get the public on his side.

President Obama pushed for the sequestration and now he has it. He is cutting back in areas that are needed instead of cutting unneeded programs and waste. Examples of waste are the $115 billion in improper payments to those not qualified for benefits, 47 job training programs that could be consolidated, 183 conferences which has included in 2010 the General Services Administration debacle and EPA grants to foreign countries that have amounted to $100 million in the last 10 years. These are a few examples of many where money can be saved.  

We avoided the so-called fiscal cliff when the House and Senate voted to increase taxes, now it is time for President Obama to live up to his agreement and meet with the House and Senate leaders to wisely make cuts to cover the $85 billion needed for the sequestration.

If $85 billion cannot be cut wisely from a $3.8 trillion budget, the American people are doomed to a never-ending deficit, which is now over $16 trillion.

Fifty-one percent of the American people got the president they voted for, some several times. Now it is time for him to lead.

— Dennis Wilkey

Terre Haute

A look behind

the thin blue line

We want to express a heartfelt thank you to Chief Plasse, Lt. Hugh Crawford and the members of the Terre Haute Police Department who opened our eyes to the world of law enforcement.

As members of the second Terre Haute Civilian Police Academy, we can honestly say that the opportunity afforded us allowed us to view the Terre Haute Police Department in a different light. Each week of the Academy, we were exposed to the different departments, their roles and responsibilities. It was an opportunity that we looked forward to each week.

What we were most impressed with was seeing the dedication and professionalism that was displayed by all the law enforcement officers. The Terre Haute police fulfill the obligation to protect and serve the citizens of Terre Haute. Their training, equipment and dedication is equal to any in the state of Indiana, and we are indeed fortunate to have these officers. Every day they help to keep Terre Haute a safer city in which to live and raise a family. I know that when the call goes out, one of Terre Haute’s finest will be there to help in any situation at any cost. We highly recommend this experience to anyone who has an interest.

Again the Terre Haute Police Department is accepting applications for the third Terre Haute Civilian Police Academy. This Academy will last for 11 weeks. If a person ever wanted a chance to look inside the police department, this is a unique opportunity.

— Mr. and Mrs. David Roads

Terre Haute