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Letters Published in August 15, 2007 Issue
Aug. 15, 2007 - Letter submitted by Bob, Laura, Kordell and Lindley Prescott of Knightstown
There are times when you move to a new community and you have many mixed feelings and emotions about the move and wonder what type of people live in the community. Over the past year we have found Knightstown to be a community full of caring, generous and supportive people who have touched us in many ways, one of which we experienced last Wednesday evening after the storm came through town and lightening struck a tree that fell on our home.
We were not home at the time, but within a short period of time our "football family" came to our rescue with chain saws, ladders and trucks. By dusk, the tree was gone and the hole in the roof was covered with tarp. The outpouring of hospitality by so many people was very comforting. Our emergency could have been so much worse, but it is wonderful to know that there are wonderful individuals in our community that will reach out and help those in need.
In moments like this, we are reminded that Knightstown is a special place with special people. God tells us to be bold, and each of those who worked so hard in the rain and heat were definitely bold. We cannot thank each one of you enough for all that you did for our family. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Aug. 15, 2007 - Letter submitted by Tim Wehr, Democrat Precinct 9 chairman and Abbie Wehr, Democrat Precinct 10 chairwoman
Attention Carthage voters: The Carthage town election is once again making history for the first time. On August 16 at 6 p.m. in the Ripley Township Community Center, the Republican Party will hold a town convention. The purpose of the town convention is when a political party has more candidates than the ticket will allow. This year the Republican voter have 10 candidates to chose from. The five candidates with the majority of the vote will appear on the general election ballot on November 6.
At the November 6 general election, all voters, regardless of political affiliation, will have the chance to vote for next five member town council. They will also be able to vote for the next clerk-treasurer for the town. The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Any registered voter who lives within the town's boundaries is eligible to vote in the election.
Any person needing assistance to see if they are registered, or who wish to register, please contact us or the Rush County Clerk's Office. You can register to vote by October 9 and still vote in this election. Also, we can help you file an application for an absentee ballot. You can also vote in person in the county clerk's office until noon on November 5. If you have any further questions you may contact the Rush County Clerk's office at 932-2086 or us at 565-6428.
Aug. 15, 2007 - Letter submitted by Nate LaMar, Henry County Councilman
As a conservative Republican, I'm the first to admit I am to the right of Senator John McCain (R-AZ). Ideologically I'm closest to Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS), but he has no prayer in his long-shot bid for the presidency. Therefore, as a fellow service academy graduate, I trust the wisdom of John McCain to make the right decisions in any tough times ahead for our country. National Review and the Weekly Standard have already endorsed McCain, whose advice any conservative should respect. McCain also has the endorsement of more Republican governors than any other presidential candidate.
There is no better summary of the life and career of John McCain than a stanza of the Cadet Prayer at West Point, which says, "Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong." As the son of an admiral, John McCain was offered early release from the Hanoi Hilton, but instead chose to stay with his fellow POWs a few more years.
Americans decry corruption in other nations. But non-wealthy challengers at the state legislative level or higher can readily attest to the need to level the playing field against our own "legalized" bribery (special interests bankrolling incumbents). McCain/Feingold (Campaign Finance Reform Act) is far from perfect, and in need of revision, but was a bold first step in the right direction. It was criticized by many who didn't even offer their own alternative plan! Again, McCain took the harder right instead of the easier wrong.
With only 23.5 percent of today's members of Congress being veterans (as compared with 70 percent in 1975), it is important that we elect a veteran as our next president. Who better to make tough decisions in war-time: a veteran or a non-veteran? While our reasons to go to war in Iraq were based on faulty intelligence, history proves that setting a timetable for withdrawal from any insurgency is a mistake. McCain knows this and would act with wisdom accordingly. Again, McCain takes the harder right instead of the easier wrong.
John McCain distinguishes himself from the crowd in many ways. He has a consistent record of being pro-life and opposing gay marriage, unlike a womanizing former New York City mayor and a flip-flopping former Massachusetts governor. In addition, he has the work ethic it takes to be president, unlike a trial lawyer and actor turned Tennessee senator, turned actor, with few legislative accomplishments, who was known for working the fewest hours of any U.S. senator during his tenure. Most importantly, if New York City's turn-coat current mayor runs as an independent, Republicans MUST field a candidate from outside the Eastern Establishment or Hollywood in order to beat Hillary.
Having collected some 350 signatures of voters in east-central Indiana to get McCain on the ballot in 2000, I'm prepared to do so again. For his consistency, courage, and commitment, please join Gov. Daniels, Attorney General Steve Carter, Muncie City Councilman David Taylor, and me in supporting John McCain for president!
Aug. 15, 2007 - Letter submitted by Jay and Terri Wood, Carthage
What is happening to our country of the free? Well, we think it sucks!
"Why?" you ask. Where should we start?
Well, three years ago, our grandson Brandon, now four-and-a-half years old, lost both of his parents. When they passed away, his mom was 22 and his dad was 26 - too young. Now, we have the job of starting over with a third boy to raise. Our son did the right thing by having everything in place, so if something happened, the only thing we, his parents, had to do was go to court to do things by the law. We did this, so now we have guardianship and we are Brandon's grandparents/parents.
Now, here comes the fun part. We've been trying for the last two years to get Brandon in preschool. Well, that hasn't happened because we make too much money, and because we have guardianship, our income counts. What's up with that? Our income is ours, so should that count? We don't think so, but we were told it does.
We were told if Terri was single with a bunch of kids running around, or we were Katrina (flood) persons from out of state, we could get help. We get no get no help whatsoever from the government because we make too much money, (there it is again), but if Brandon was in foster care, or got some kind of government help, he could go to preschool. Come on, people. This is BS!
We were told 10 percent of kids from "over income" families could go to preschool, but not Brandon. "Why?" you ask. Good question. Could this be discrimination or what? You tell us.
We know there are rules, but they need to make new ones. Our case has nothing to do with the rules. They need to look at each case. We were told if we were on drugs or had other things going on, we could go get help or whatever we needed. Brandon would be in preschool and the state would pay because we would be getting the help we needed, and we would get him back. Well, too damn bad his parents can't come back.
There are more and more grandparents raising their grandchildren today, their choice or not. So, for whatever reason, we are being left out in the cold because we have love and care and are raising our grandchild because his parents can't.
Our grandson lost his mom at 13 months old and his dad at 18 months. He was so young when he lost both of his parents. All he has is a picture. While most of us have our parents, don't you think he has lost a lot to be so young? He has lost more than most people have and he is only four-and-a-half years old. We only want what is best for him and to give him everything most people want for their own children. So what makes grandchildren different?
Wake up people. Let's do the right thing and stand up and be counted, and make some rules different now and years ahead.
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