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Issue of October 22, 2014
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All play role in ending child abuse, domestic violence


Each community has an important role to play in preventing child abuse. Obviously, this begins at home, but all community members can take part in helping respect life no matter where one may find that life. All of us can and should speak up when we see negative actions toward another life.

The month of October is dedicated to Domestic Violence Awareness. Research has shown where there is violence in the home toward an adult or child, up to 60 percent of the time both forms of abuse exists (Journal of Family Violence). In addition, those who have been abused as children are more likely to physically harm their children.

We can help stop this cycle. Community agencies can work more closely together to form a collaboration sharing a common vision of recognizing the issue with a child or family and seek help for them. Individuals can help through these steps:

•Get involved in a local organization to prevent adult or child abuse.

•Support a workplace environment safe from all forms of violence and have policies in place that support victims in accessing information, services and legal remedies.

•If you suspect that someone close to you is being abused or has been sexually assaulted, gently ask if you can help and call.

•Talk to your faith leaders about domestic violence. Discuss ways in which your faith community can promote healthy relationships, provide support to victims and their children and send clear messages that domestic violence is not acceptable.

•If a relative, friend, classmate, colleague or teammate is abusing his partner — or is disrespectful or abusive to girls and women in general — don't look the other way. If you feel comfortable doing so, try to talk to him about it. Urge him to seek help. If you don't know what to do, consult a domestic violence program. Don't remain silent.

•Encourage young boys to be nurturing and young girls to be strong. Help children develop knowledge, attitudes and beliefs that lead to healthy relationships.

•Respect and promote respect for all people, regardless of race, gender, religious affiliation or sexual orientation. Do not tolerate discrimination, violence or degrading behaviors against anyone you perceive to be different from yourself.

•Recognize that teaching peace begins at home. Teach your children and grandchildren to reject violence, especially in the face of peer pressure or messages to the contrary in popular culture.

If you would like more information about the Harrison County PCA Council or ways in which you can help the community spread the message, please call 812-738-4971. In addition, if you or anyone you know is the victim of child abuse and/or neglect, please call 1-800-800-5556 to report. This number is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days per year.

Roger Corley
Harrison County PCA Council Member
October 22, 2014

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RIght to Farm bill fails to protect animals


Thanks in part to the "yes" votes of Sen. Richard Young and Rep. Rhonda Rhoads, the state legislature passed a Right to Farm bill to protect the rights of farmers to choose among all generally- accepted farming and livestock production practices. This means they will not consider any future legislation to ease the suffering of animals on these Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) or CFOs (smaller versions of CAFOs), which means they have actually passed a Right to Harm bill.

The dairy industry uses tail docking to make it easier for the farmers to attach the milking machines, which means the cows can no longer fend off flies, and dehorning without pain relievers.

The veal industry confines the baby bulls purchased from dairy farms into small stalls know as veal crates, where they are kept immobile for 16 weeks until they are ready for slaughter.

The pork industry confines sows to gestation crates during their 3-1/2-month pregnancies, where they can only stand up and lie down, bashing to death those piglets that are sick or considered runts in a process known as "thumping" and castrating the males without pain relievers.

The egg industry crams five or six hens into a drawer-size cage known as a battery cage, where they are kept for up to a year, debeaking to prevent them from pecking each other and tossing the unwanted male chicks, alive, into a grinder in a process known as "maceration."

The broiler industry raises birds that grow three times faster than normal where many are unable to stand and spend their short lives laying in their own waste.

It seems that if one person mistreats an animal, it is considered cruelty, but, if an industry does it, their actions are condoned and defended by otherwise intelligent people.

The next step to appease the animal agriculture industry will be to pass an "Ag Gag" law to make it illegal to photograph the abuses that goes on behind closed doors without the permission of the owner. Such a bill passed the Senate last year, despite Sen. Young's "no" vote, but was withdrawn from the House before a vote could be taken, so we don't know how Mrs. Rhoads would have voted. They may try again.

If an Ag Gag bill were to be passed, companies will flock to Indiana to start more CAFOs and CFOs because our state will be an animal agricultural heaven.

Ray Wilson
New Middletown, Ind.
October 15, 2014

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Handling of chip-and-seal not acceptable


I'm writing you concerning the numerous crushed stone and oil surfaced state highways in our area. A year ago, I wrote the Indiana Dept. of Transportation and the governor regarding the unacceptable condition of S.R. 62 following the "chip and seal" resurfacing. They expressed absolutely no interest in addressing the unbelievable mess caused by "chip and seal" resurfacing.

Therefore, I decided to write our state representative, Ms. Rhonda Rhoads, and our state senator, Mr. Richard Young. They were provided with information explaining why the "chip and seal" resurfacing of our state highways should be immediately stopped. Furthermore, I asked them to please work together, along with the governor, to resurface S.R. 62 with asphalt. Finally, I requested that future state highway "chip and seal" projects be changed to asphalt pavement.

Unfortunately, my numerous emails were ignored. As their pre-election mailings proclaim, Ms. Rhoads has been busy working on education issues, and Mr. Young has been busy working on hemp farming legislation. Meanwhile, we continue to drive on deteriorating crushed stone roads that were previously in wonderful condition.

Folks, every time that I drive on our state highways that have been ruined by "chip and seal" resurfacing, I am reminded of the upcoming election. I am reminded that our state representative and state senator did nothing to prevent the "chip and seal" deterioration of our state highways.

Kenneth Doane Sr., USAF Retired
Corydon, Ind.
October 15, 2014

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Time to enact Fair Tax Act


The Fair Tax Act, HR25/S122 has been held up by the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee since 1997. This is a travesty considering the $17.5 trillion debt this country has that is growing.

When enacted, this plan is projected to bring about a 10.6-percent-plus growth the first year. Instead of moving away from the U.S., companies will have an even playing field here.

Imagine the impact of the $2,855,059,420,000 that the IRS collected in taxes during 2013 being left in the hands of businesses and taxpayers to be put into the economy. That would be a stimulus that works.

The reason the fair tax has not been enacted is our Congress and president uses the graduated income tax to bribe supporters and buy votes. They'd rather use a failed (Marxist) system than give this up.

It is time for the American people to demand this to stop.

What started out as a simple flat tax 100 years ago has spawned an IRS that resorts to unconstitutional actions to work. It is time the American people demand HR25/S122 be enacted into law.

For more information, go to www.fairtax.org.

Roy T Newsom
Granbury, Texas
October 08, 2014

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Republicans continue to dismantle public school system


The assault on Indiana's public schools began with Mitch Daniels and his man Tony Bennett, but Gov. Pence is determined to continue the assault. Only trouble is, Bennett was defeated for Superintendent of Education by Glenda Ritz, who got more votes than Pence himself, and this was before Bennett's several scandals became breaking news.

Even so, Pence remains determined in his assault on public schools and, for partisan purposes, seeks to undermine Ritz's commitment to Indiana's public schools by using political appointees to personally attack independently-elected Ritz and thus undermine the Department of Education's effectiveness.

Pence has also set up a Center for Education and Career Innovation, a costly shadow agency that overlaps the responsibilities of the Department of Education and four other state agencies. The CECI costs taxpayers over $3 million and is chaired by a non-educator who serves as the governor's special assistant at a salary of $120,000, more than the governor's $112,000 salary or the Superintendent of Education's $88,000 salary. The CECI also employs a staff of 16, six of whom earn more than $100,000 each.

Pence has further pursued his anti-public school agenda through the GOP-dominated state legislature. Its current budget gives schools their lowest funding for the last generation in a year not in recession. Rep. Rhonda Rhoads voted for this budget.

Then, from the already underfunded money allocated for public schools, the GOP took money to pay for a greatly-expanded voucher program for additional students already in private schools, costing Indiana taxpayers and the public schools $15.8 million. Rhonda Rhoads voted for vouchers originally and then for their expansion.

The GOP also continues in its enthusiasm for charter schools, whose students take with them money from the public schools. These charters are for-profit, corporate-operated schools whose performances, on average, are no better than, if as good as, those of public schools. One of Bennett's scandals was that he raised the grade of a charter school whose owner was a contributor to his campaign.

The Republicans continue to work against teacher unions, which provide the only voice for those who actually teach our kids. The Republican legislature has worked to lower standards for teacher licensing, compromising the education, training and professionalism of those who teach our children.

Rhonda Rhoads has been a consistent and loyal supporter of the GOP's assault on the public schools even to the point of using tax dollars for corporate and private school funding.

Charles Allen
Corydon, Ind.
October 08, 2014

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Habitat appreciates all for making dreams happen for homeowners


The generosity and concern of the Harrison County community is well documented. Their support of various causes and fundraising events throughout the year speaks for itself.

Habitat for Humanity of Harrison County recently completed our 11th home. We could not fulfill our mission without the continuing involvement of the numerous (more than 100) volunteers and organizations who helped make the "dream" of the current homeowners come true. Habitat's continuing gratitude to all of those who participated is difficult to express. Few, if any of them, expect acknowledgment for their work.

Habitat returns their dedication by making every effort to use our resources locally. We buy from local contractors and merchants. We generate tax-producing assets in the communities where we build. We strengthen our community by bringing our churches, civic groups and individuals together in an effort to offer a "hand up" to qualified residents of the county.

While we try to thank each of the participants individually, we sometimes miss a few.

This letter is one way Habitat can publicly extend our sincere thanks to each of you who helped hammer nails, hang drywall, pull electrical wiring, paint, provide materials and expertise, lay shingles and provide meals for workers, all tasks required to complete the project. You know who you are.

We will begin our 2015 house in the near future. Another deserving family will provide many hours of sweat equity to qualify to purchase their "dream." We hope to see our consistently dependable volunteers in the spring. We look forward to welcoming new volunteer individuals and groups, as well.

Don Gossman, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Harrison County Inc.
October 08, 2014

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Artisan Center plans anniversary celebration


Three years ago, Harrison County Arts! opened the doors of the Artisan Center in historic downtown Corydon. Thanks to a grant from the Harrison County Community Foundation and the support and hard work of local artists, businesses and art patrons, the Artisan Center has become a venue for local and regional artists. It is our hope to become a destination to further celebrate the rich artistic culture of our region.

The after-school art program students have exhibited their works in painting, photography, ceramics and other media at the Artisan Center. Exhibits of regional, local and historic artists have been hosted throughout the years.

For the past several years, volunteers from the Artisan Center have painted sets for the Hayswood Theatre productions. The Artisan Center is a facility that currently provides adult art classes and participates in community events such as the wine walks, "sip and strokes" and World on the Square.

The center opens weekends, Friday and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with frequently-changing exhibits and artist challenges, as well as a source of unique gifts.

In celebration of its anniversary, the Artisan Center invites the community to visit us on Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for artist demonstrations, refreshments and fun. Demonstrations will include the Bicentennial Quilt embroiders, pottery and crafts. There will also be face painting and an art activity for the kids.

Give us the opportunity to thank you for your support of the arts and offer us your suggestions for furthering the arts in the future in person or contact us at www.artisan-center.com or call us at 812-738-2123.

Karen Cable
Elizabeth, Ind.
October 01, 2014

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Nation deserves comparison of Constitution Convention views


I have noticed David Long's letter concerning a Constitution Convention each week for numerous weeks now. I think it is good to bring this to the people's attention.

However, a lot of us have concerns about the wisdom of such action. How much say are the people going to have concerning who will be chosen to participate and what the changes will be? Will those participants be confined to specific clauses or is the changes going to include their personal desires?

Congress and the Senate have used Section 8 (the Commerce Clause) to support the constitutionality of some questionable legislation.

There are people who believe that the 10th amendment gives the states the power to challenge such legislation.

It seems to me that it would be good to give equal time to the objections to a Constitution Convention. This is something that could completely change our Constitution. Do we want that?

It is very simple to pull up the comparison of the two views. Just enter "Constitutional Convention vs Nullification" in the search block on a computer. It, in my opinion, would be a service to our nation.

Stewart E. Kopp
Corydon, Ind.
October 01, 2014

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Plea made for donations to purchase historic log cabin


As the 200th anniversary for the admission of Indiana as a state approaches in 16 short months, the Harrison County community has been presented with an exciting opportunity to preserve the legacy of Harrison County's pioneer story.

The Historical Society of Harrison County is issuing an urgent appeal to the community's sense of history and heritage to help us protect one of Harrison County's historic treasures, the Harrison Log Cabin, one of the oldest structures still standing right in the heart of the downtown Corydon Historical District.

The Historical Society of Harrison County firmly believes this cabin represents a vital, but fragile, link in preserving Harrison County's historical legacy. This cabin, c. early 1800s, has stood firm since the early territorial days, watched closely through Corydon's state capitol period and silently observed the attack by Morgan's Raiders, Indiana's centennial and sesquicentennial celebrations and many other important events. What may be even more amazing is that this historic structure is in excellent condition, having been lovingly and painstakingly restored by the Taglarino family in the late 1980s. Protection and respect for this historic structure, not extensive restoration or remodeling, are the paramount issue.

The Historical Society of Harrison County envisions the cabin serving as an interpretive center for many years after 2016 has come and gone, filling a distinctive niche for sharing pioneer and territorial history by interpreting the legacies of such local pioneer luminaries as Squire Boone, John Shields, Thomas Posey, John Tipton, Spier Spencer, Jonathan Jennings, as well as William Henry Harrison, Yellow Jacket militia members and other notables.

As one committee member, Bob Bartley, recently stated, "All it takes is one hero or maybe a multitude of heroes."

The Historical Society of Harrison County has until this coming Saturday, Sept. 20, to raise $50,000 toward the remaining balance of $190,000 for purchase of the historic structure. This will provide time for the Historical Society of Harrison County to implement a variety of fundraising strategies for the historic project.

Anyone who would like to step up and be a historic hero is urged to contact me immediately by email at karengleitz@hotmail.com, by phone at 812-736-2373 or 812-738-2828 or by sending a check to 5850 Devil's Elbow Road NW, Corydon, IN 47112.

Thanks for your continuing support!

Karen Schwartz, President, Historical Society of Harrison County
September 17, 2014

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HIP 2.0 right prescription for rural hospitals


It may not come as a surprise to many people that the Indiana Hospital Association has given Gov. Pence's HIP 2.0 plan its enthusiastic endorsement. It will, after all, result in 350,000 more Hoosiers being able to access affordable health care while giving the state access to billions in federal dollars to help make that coverage happen.

For our member hospitals, having more insured patients and reducing uncompensated care will be helpful financially. But for our members in rural areas, many of which are considered "critical access" hospitals, it is nothing short of a lifeline. In fact, for many of Indiana's rural hospitals, the increase in coverage through HIP 2.0 may be the key to their survival.

What is it that makes many rural areas more challenging to serve? Demographics play a key role as rural areas generally have older populations, making rural hospitals critically vulnerable to cuts in government funding. Medicare payment cuts were imposed on hospitals in order to pay for expanded coverage under the Affordable Care Act, about $4 billion over 10 years, which have been compounded even further by the sequestration impasse. In order to offset those cuts, rural hospitals must have more Hoosiers enroll in private insurance through the exchanges and in programs like HIP 2.0. just to stay out of the red.

Some recent statistics from the National Rural Health Association put this problem into stark perspective. Currently, more than 41 percent of Critical Access Hospitals operate at a net financial loss. These hospitals have already seen a 2-percent cut due to sequestration. With little help for hope on the horizon from a program like HIP 2.0, it could very well be the push that causes many hospitals to go out of business.

But, for rural hospitals, we believe the adoption of HIP 2.0 is about more than just the bottom line. We believe everyone deserves access to quality, affordable health care, regardless of the income levels of your neighbors or the size of your town. If hospitals in rural areas were forced to shut their doors or consolidate, rural patients would have longer drives to the emergency rooms and lose access to physicians, maternity care and interventions for heart attacks and strokes. They would face the very real prospect of a future where they would have second-class access to care.

Let's not forget that in many rural communities the local hospital is one of the largest employers in their county, if not their region. Having access to quality, comprehensive health care is at the top of the list in conversations with businesses seeking to locate to or expand in rural areas. Closure of a hospital would likely damage, if not doom, a town's economic development prospects. Would Honda have located in Greensburg or Toyota in Princeton if not for the outstanding hospitals in those communities?

The Indiana Hospital Association has endorsed HIP 2.0 because we believe it is the right prescription for Hoosiers. It not only brings health care options to the people who need it most, but it improves the health of our member hospitals, too. We hope that the program will be approved soon so that we can strengthen the safety net and improve the quality of life in every community in Indiana, large and small.

Douglas J. Leonard, FACHE, President, Indiana Hospital Association
September 17, 2014

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