Don’t blame Bush for Dems’ excess

I am so frustrated by the present administration blaming George Bush for their financial problems. How soon the liberals forget that the last two years of the George Bush presidency was controlled by the tax-and-spend Democratic Congress. Then the next two years, every thing including the Supreme Court was controlled by the same tax-and-spend group.

   This spending group now has our country $6 trillion in debt. After six years in power, the spenders are going in debt at the rate of $1 trillion a year, have high unemployment, record number of people on the dole, increased government employees and restrictive practices effecting private industries. The list goes on and on.

   Add insult to injury, it was the president who put forth the financial cliff called sequester and now is trying to blame it on the Republicans. The administration refused to send help to our citizens in Benghazi, which allowed our ambassador and three others to be murdered. Then, he went on for weeks blaming a YouTube video for this terror attack.

   Romney lies? The last I heard the Democratic Party’s mascot, Pinocchio’s nose, has reached from Chicago to just south of Los Angeles.

— Sam Wallace

Casey, Ill.

Abortion only adds trauma for rape victims

“Shouldn’t the woman who is raped be able to have an abortion?” Many people, opposed to abortion in other circumstances, ask this question. There are various reasons why abortion is not the answer.

The woman who has been raped has undergone a terrible trauma and injustice. People care about her. Pro-Lifers will help her. Such pro-life organizations as Fortress International and Life After Assault League exist to bring the rape victim healing and strength and help her get on with her life. Nobody should minimize or ignore the pain of a rape victim. We want to show her love.

Will an abortion help her? First of all, the abortion will not un-rape the woman. The tragedy has happened and nothing can change the past.

Second, abortion brings a trauma of its own. To see abortion as a magic wand that brings relief but no pain is to ignore the pain of countless women who suffer for years and decades after abortion. Such groups as WEBA (Women Exploited By Abortion), American Victims of Abortion and Victims of Choice provide ample proof that abortion hurts women. I know of women who have been raped and then had abortions, and are in counseling not for the rape but for the abortion! In rape, the trauma is “Someone hurt me.” In abortion, the trauma is “I hurt and killed someone else — my child.” That brings even more grief.

Why is rape wrong? Because someone attacks the body of an innocent person. Why is abortion wrong? Because someone attacks the body of an innocent person. That is why both rape and abortion should be rejected.  

Pro-Lifers care about the woman who is raped. Pro-Lifers care about the child who is conceived. Why can’t we love them both? Why can’t we protect them both?

A rape that results in pregnancy directly involves three people: the rapist, the victim and the child. The victim should be helped, and the rapist should be punished. But to say the child should be killed is to punish the wrong person. Suppose your father committed a terrible crime and the police came to your home, arrested you and had you sentenced to death? The unfairness of that is obvious. Yet that is the same unfairness that occurs if a child conceived by rape is aborted.  

We should also know the results of some important studies. Pregnancy occurs in 0 to 2.2 percent of rape victims. Furthermore, most rape victims who become pregnant want to keep their babies. The pressure to abort often comes from someone else. Of all the abortions performed in America, fewer than 1 percent are because of rape.

For more information on these and other aspects of this question, or for counseling and encouragement, contact:

Life After Assault League

1336 West Lindbergh St.

Appleton, WS 54914


Abortion is never the answer. Let’s not add violence to violence. When it comes to the woman who carries a baby conceived by rape, let’s choose to love them both!

—Tom McBroom

Terre Haute

Signs are we need new commissioners

The election is upon us, and the signs are everywhere, seeking to earn our vote. If you live in Vigo County, I encourage you to look beyond the campaign signs to the area surrounding your neighborhood. Is there vacant land, an open lot? Before you cast your vote for Vigo County Commissioners, consider what a vote for the incumbents might mean for your neighborhood, your privacy and the worth of your home.

Five months ago the residents of Woodgate asked the Vigo County Commissioners to enforce zoning laws that were being broken with the construction of multi-family dwellings on land zoned for single-family homes. Week after week the commissioners refused to step in and intervene on behalf of homeowners, in spite of the fact that multiple laws were being violated.

As a commissioner, each of these individuals earns almost twice the average income of the Vigo County resident they “serve.” Yet, it was my neighbors who invested hundreds of hours investigating the details of the Cobblestone Crossings apartments and their dealings with Area Planning and the Commissioners, and Woodgate residents who put up thousands of dollars in an effort to hold the commissioners to their jobs.

The residents of Woodgate attended many commissioners’ meetings, taking time off from work at their own expense to ask the commissioners to uphold the laws which were being overlooked in the construction process. Repeatedly the residents were told by the commissioners that the issue was “complicated,” and at every meeting the commissioners refused to act, electing instead to continue to “study the issues.”

Meanwhile Indiana Investments (aka Cobblestone Crossings) employed workers from before sunup until after sundown seven days a week, erecting apartments at a breakneck pace. What became very clear as the weeks turned in to months was that the commissioners were hedging their bets on how long the Woodgate residents would continue to push the issue, fearing repercussions from Indiana Investments, the builder, and/or the financial institution holding the construction loan.

Commissioner Judy Anderson inexplicably chose to focus on employment issues: “The commissioners’ main concern in issuing the stop-work order was with the construction and other workers it will affect (Sept. 12, 2012 Tribune Star). Last I knew, unemployment wasn’t the responsibility of the commissioners. Woodgate residents were forced to invest their personal resources of time and money to ferret out factual information that was the responsibility and under the purview of the Vigo County Commissioners.

A vote for Paul Mason and/or Judy Anderson could mean big changes for your neighborhood. There is visible proof of this assertion in the back yards of Woodgate residents. Take a trip down Gateway Drive or Ridgecrest Court.  The trip is free — the cost has already been paid by the homeowners, who have each lost approximately $30,000 in assessed value of their property.

From these streets you will see the physical edifices constructed while our commissioners were “studying the issues.” Our commissioners have created a permanent reminder of their time of “service” to Vigo County — the Shrine to the Wholly Incompetent. A vote for the incumbents gives them permission to do the same in someone else’s backyard.

— Linda Behrendt

Terre Haute

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