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Issue of July 23, 2014
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Join county push to get high-speed Internet


High-speed Internet access is a necessary utility service for all families in our community. Unfortunately, our local landline provider, Frontier Communications, is not providing our community with necessary upgrades to provide basic DSL service to thousands of households.

With new laptops given to Harrison County high schools, high-speed Internet has become necessary for our children's education. Many parents' only option is to use very expensive and limited satellite or cell-tower Internet access.

Frontier Communications is not taking advantage of their opportunity to become a leader in high-speed Internet access. Many people are cutting their landline service with Frontier Communications in favor of cell-phone service. Many of these lost customers would return to Frontier Communications if they were able to purchase affordable high-speed Internet.

My personal experience with Frontier Communications has shown that they can provide service to the community if we complain enough. I spent months gaining contacts with Frontier Communications and pestered them with hundreds of phone calls. Finally, I reached someone tired of listening to me, and they sent a service crew out to my home and installed DSL service. I managed to get service for myself and three neighbors, but the rest of the families on my street were not allowed to join the DSL service.

We need to stand together as a community and demand our utility companies provide adequate service to all of Harrison County. Please sign the petition, but do not stop there.

We need you to communicate to our elected officials that subpar high-speed Internet service is unacceptable. Our county commissioners are responsible for giving the rights for utilities to operate in Harrison County and, if they are unwilling or unable to provide adequate service, then their contracts should be revoked.

Please sign my petition at www.thepetitionsite.com/274/814/288/demand-frontier-communications-to-provide-dsl-service-across-all-of-corydon-and-harrison-county/#sign.

Please contact your county commissioner to let them know you demand high-speed Internet: George Ethridge — gethridge@harrisoncounty.in.gov; Kenny Saulman — ksaulman@harrisoncounty.in.gov; Jim Klinstiver — jklinstiver@harrisoncounty.in.gov.

Chad Pulliam
Corydon, Ind.
July 23, 2014

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More needs to be done about 'generally accepted' practices


In the beginning, God created us as vegetarians (Genesis. 1:29). He didn't give us permission to eat meat until after the great flood (Gen. 9:3). Then, in Moses' time (Leviticus 11), he put restrictions on what could and could not be eaten. This didn't mean we have to eat meat; it meant we could if we wanted. Some chose to remain vegetarian (Daniel 1:12-16) ...

It wasn't until Peter has his vision (Acts 10:9-16) that it was OK to eat all types of meat again.

In Romans 14:1-3, Paul describes vegetarians as being weak of faith, which makes me wonder if he knew about Daniel, who was hardly weak of faith. However, his advice to not judge one another is good.

Which brings me to the purpose of this letter. All was fine until about 60 years ago when someone decided it would be more profitable to take animals out of the barnyard and raise them in large buildings in an unnatural environment.

The Bible tells us not to be cruel to animals (Deut. 22:6-7 and 25:4) and that the righteous cares for their animals (Proverbs 12:10). However, the animal agriculture industry thinks they are treating their product well.

Industrial dairy farmers give their cows hormones so they will produce twice as much milk. They take calves away from their mothers and sell the baby bulls to veal farmers who confine them to small crates where they remain for up to 18 months, until they are ready for slaughter. Industrial pig farmers confine their sows to gestation crates where they can only stand up and lay down during the term of their 3-1/2-month pregnancies and, after they give birth, they are reinseminated and confined again, over and over, until they are considered used up. The same thing happens on egg farms where five or six hens are confined to drawer-size cages, known as battery cages, ... and left there for about a year, but some die in their cages.

I could ... describe other atrocities committed upon animals raised on these industrial farms using what they call "generally accepted farming and livestock practices," all without pain relievers. If they did those things to cats or dogs, they would be charged with animal cruelty. Farmed animals are exempted from Indiana animal welfare laws; they come under the protection of the federal Animal Welfare Act, which basically protects them from starvation, beatings and abandonment.

The Bible tells us not to misuse animals (Deut. 22:10), but the broiler industry, through selective breeding, has created birds that grow so fat, many cannot support their weight and lay in their own filth until time for slaughter.

The Bible tells us God doesn't forget these animals (Luke 12:6) and instructs us to help animals in distress (Exodus 23:5).

Through the efforts of various animal welfare groups and public support, some changes have been made. Nine states have banned gestation crates, eight have banned veal crates and California has banned battery cages. Consequently, some corporations have instructed their suppliers to phase out the use of gestation crates. The veal and egg associations encourage farmers to phase out veal and battery cages. The ASPCA has taken up the cause of chickens raised for meat and is circulating a petition on www.truthaboutchicken.org and asks everyone to sign. More needs to be done to address those generally accepted farming and livestock practices.

I encourage people to send a message to the corporate industry by buying organic meat, milk and eggs. I also invite everyone to check out www.christianveg.com.

Ray Wilson
New Middletown, Ind.
July 23, 2014

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President's action changes some soldiers' thinking


Does the president think our soldiers are stupid?

If a terrorist is trying to kill you and you capture him alive, he will be sent to Gitmo, where the commander in chief will set him free again to try to kill more soldiers.

The question our soldiers now have to ask themselves is: Do I kill him now or wait until he kills more U.S. soldiers later and then repeat the cycle? The unspoken military rule by those in battle will be "Take no prisoners alive."

Let's face it, in a real firefight, damn few officers get close enough to the action to know if anyone tried to surrender.

Another benefit will be that Guantanamo Prison will not have any new incoming inmates and eventually won't be needed. In the long run, the president may have done us all a favor.

Personally, I think this works better than what we are doing now.

Bob Laythe
Laconia, Ind.
July 16, 2014

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Parents, other adults should not aid underage drinking


Today, July 1, the new social host law goes into effect. It is illegal to provide alcohol to minors and now it is illegal to provide a place for them to drink it.

During the 2014 legislative session, the Indiana Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking worked with legislators to pass the social host law, which was part of SB 236 and makes it a Class B misdemeanor for adults to knowingly and intentionally provide a place for minors to drink. The offense becomes a Class A misdemeanor if the person has a prior unrelated conviction and a Level 6 felony if the consumption, ingestion or use of the alcoholic beverage is the proximate cause of the serious bodily injury or death of any person.

This new law is a great tool for law enforcement to use in their efforts to disperse and disband underage drinking parties. We hope that parents and other adults understand the criminal and civil liability of providing a place for minors to drink and will not become a party to underage drinking.

The Indiana Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking would like to thank Sen. Pete Miller (R-24), Sen. R. Michael Young (R-35), Sen. Lonnie Randolph (D-2), Rep. Matt Pierce (D-61), Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-40) and Rep. Jud McMillin (R-68) for their work on and support of this law.

The Indiana Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking, a subsidiary of Mental Health America of Indiana, is an advocacy coalition addressing the availability and accessibility of alcohol to minors through education and policy.

Lisa Hutcheson, Director, Indiana Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking, VP of Policy and Programs -- MHAI
July 16, 2014

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Social host law designed to reduce underage drinking


Today, July 1, the new social host law goes into effect. It is illegal to provide alcohol to minors and now it is illegal to provide a place for them to drink it.

During the 2014 legislative session, the Indiana Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking worked with legislators to pass the social host law, which was part of SB 236 and makes it a Class B misdemeanor for adults to knowingly and intentionally provide a place for minors to drink. The offense becomes a Class A misdemeanor if the person has a prior unrelated conviction and a Level 6 felony if the consumption, ingestion or use of the alcoholic beverage is the proximate cause of the serious bodily injury or death of any person.

"This new law is a great tool for law enforcement to use in their efforts to disperse and disband underage drinking parties," Lisa Hutcheson, director of the Indiana Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking, said. "We hope that parents and other adults understand the criminal and civil liability of providing a place for minors to drink and will not become a party to underage drinking."

The Indiana Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking would like to thank Sen. Pete Miller (R-24), Sen. R. Michael Young (R-35), Sen. Lonnie Randolph (D-2), Rep. Matt Pierce (D-61), Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-40) and Rep. Jud McMillin (R-68) for their work on and support of this law.

The Indiana Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking, a subsidiary of Mental Health America of Indiana, is an advocacy coalition addressing the availability and accessibility of alcohol to minors through education and policy.

Lisa Hutcheson
Director, Indiana Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking, VP of Policy and Programs
July 09, 2014

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Pre-trip check can make a difference


Road-trip car trouble can be a real nightmare, but performing a pre-trip car check helps drivers avoid a vacation break-down disaster. A 10-minute driveway inspection gives motorists peace of mind by reducing the chance of unplanned, costly car trouble and providing an opportunity to have any repairs performed by a trusted technician before hitting the road.

Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Underinflated tires reduce a vehicle's fuel economy, and uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.

Check the hoses and belts as they can become cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or show signs of excessive wear. These are critical to the proper functioning of the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering and the cooling system.

Check filters and fluids, including engine oil, power steering and brake and transmission, as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.

Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly, and inspect and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation.

Check the brakes and battery to be sure the battery connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free and that the brakes are functioning properly.

The Car Care Council also recommends that motorists restock their emergency kit, consider a pre-trip tune-up to help the engine deliver the best balance of power and fuel economy and order a free copy of the Car Care Council's popular Car Care Guide for the glove box online at www.carcare.org/car-care-guide.

Rich White
Executive director, Car Care Council, Bethesda, Md.
July 09, 2014

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New Healthy Indiana Plan state's best option


Some state-run health care exchanges — the brainchild of the Affordable Care Act — have gotten off to a rocky start, to the point that they are turning to the federal government to pick up the pieces. Indiana's decision to try to expand the already-existing Healthy Indiana Plan in lieu of an exchange seems a more prudent choice every day.

Last month, Gov. Pence outlined HIP 2.0, which would provide two alternatives to traditional Medicaid by offering a high deductible health plan along with a power account (similar to a health savings account). The Indiana Chamber has reviewed HIP 2.0 and urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to give it the needed approval.

Indiana's HIP provides reimbursement to health care providers at Medicare rates. This practice is particularly appreciated by companies and their workers. Reimbursement rates for Medicaid typically result in health care providers being put in position to recover such losses by increasing prices for private sector employers and their employees through cost shifting. Any attempt to lessen that cost shift is viewed as a positive and productive attribute of the HIP program and its successor, HIP 2.0. Furthermore, higher reimbursement rates to providers improve access to care for enrollees. This is especially significant with the increased demand and limited supply that will be placed upon our health care system as a result of the ACA's individual mandate.

An intriguing component in HIP 2.0 is the new optional defined contribution premium assistance program called "HIP Employer Benefit Link" that would be implemented in year two of the HIP 2.0 program. This could turn out to be a method to allow the working poor to maintain an employer-sponsored health benefit. If structured properly, it may even promote small employers that do not provide health insurance benefits to do so in the future, with the understanding that the employer will contribute 50 percent to the cost of the plan. Maintaining and encouraging private sector health insurance whenever possible, especially employer-sponsored coverage, is a better option than any government plan.

HIP has been well received by a diverse group of Hoosier constituents and has notable support from those on both sides of the political aisle. We hope CMS fully considers Indiana's unique brand of addressing the needs of our uninsured population and recognizes HIP 2.0 as the best option for Indiana to expand health care coverage.

Michael A. Ripley
Vice President of Health Care Policy, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Indianapolis, Ind.
July 09, 2014

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God expects obedience from us to his laws


I have put off expressing my opinion on same-sex "marriages" in a public forum, but today's breaking news about several of these couples rushing to the altar in Indiana prompted me to write this letter.

Pressure to be politically correct seems to over-ride any moral stand our public officials take. Kentucky's governor was even ridiculed for pointing out that gay couples cannot procreate, which is a major purpose of marriage in God's plan. There, I've done it, mentioned the Almighty!

Of course, we all know, or are perhaps related to, nice people who happen to be gay. But they, along with those who are "greedy, deceitful, arrogant, envious, ruthless" — read Romans 1:18-32 for the entire list — are not pleasing to God, nor are the people who approve of such practices.

We Christians often do find it easier to condemn the gay community — because so many of them now flaunt their lifestyle — than to correct our own shortcoming.

However, we should keep in mind that public opinion and popularity of a belief are not going to be determining factors when Christ returns to decide our eternal fate.

"There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death." —Proverbs 14:12.

We all need to help each other along the way on this journey and realize that, in spite of God's love for us, He expects our obedience to His laws.

Janet Davis
Depauw, Ind.
July 02, 2014

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Role to ending child abuse falls to all


By the time you finish reading this letter, more than 30 cases of child abuse will have been reported to authorities nationwide. By the end of today, that number will swell past 9,000 and four of those children will die at the hands of their abuser.

When we take stock of these sobering statistics, it's easy to be overwhelmed and to ask yourself, "What can I possibly do to make a difference?" The answer is, you can do a lot. Everybody can play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect by becoming an advocate for children.

For some of us, that advocacy comes in a formal role. Teachers, child care workers, health care providers and others who come into daily contact with children can be vigilant for signs of abuse and neglect. Their actions to report suspected abuse or to offer extra time and attention to fragile children can do more than make a difference; it can save lives.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers stand up for abused and neglected children, giving them a voice in an overburdened child welfare system that is hard-pressed to meet their individual needs. A CASA volunteer's intense advocacy can break the cycle of abuse and neglect.

Children with CASA volunteers find safe, permanent homes more quickly, are half as likely to re-enter the foster care system and do better in school. That is making a profound difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of abused and neglected children across the county and right here in Harrison County.

Harrison Circuit Court CASA is one of more than 900 CASA programs across the country committed to more than doubling our corps of volunteers by 2020 so that each child who needs a CASA volunteer has one.

CASA volunteers are people just like you: teachers, business people, retirees and grandparents who are willing to participate in an in-depth training program, strong communicators, willing to commit to at least one year of service, over the age of 21 and able to pass a criminal and Child Protective Services background check.

Not everyone can be a CASA volunteer, but everyone can be an advocate. Here are some steps you can take to make our community safer for our children:

•Keep our state's toll-free child abuse hotline number close at hand, 1-800-800-5556. If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, you can report your suspicions confidentially.

•Donate or volunteer for a social service agency that helps children who have been abused or neglected.

•Educate yourself — and others — about the devastating toll that abuse and neglect take on children and our society as a whole.

Your advocacy for children will not only help end child abuse, it will improve our community for everyone who lives here. Children who are abused and do not get the support they need to heal are more likely than other kids to drop out of school, end up homeless, turn to crime and, as adults, rely on social welfare programs. When we work together to protect vulnerable children, it saves lives while also saving tax dollars.

For more information about CASA or about becoming a CASA volunteer, please call 812-738-3645.

We all have a role to play. What will be your role?

Harrison Circuit Court CASA, Sharon Uhl, Interim Director, CASA.HarrisonCircuit@gmail.com, and Darlene Caimens, Volunteer Coordinator
Corydon, Ind.
July 02, 2014

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Couple appreciated random act of kindness


Thank God there are still some very generous, wonderful people in the world, specifically Crawford County.

My husband and I drove to the Overlook Restaurant at Leavenworth Saturday evening, June 14, to celebrate Father's Day and our 63rd wedding anniversary, both events being on Sunday, June 15.

We had "splurged" money-wise in ordering our food since it was a special occasion for both of us. The food was delicious. The view was beyond describing, and the weather was perfect. The waitress was polite and well qualified to make for us a delightful evening of dining.

Then, to our surprise and quite shocking to us, instead of our waitress giving us our check in order for us to pay for our meal, she informed us it had already been paid by the gentleman who had been seated just behind us with his family. She further stated that he had overheard us make a remark about celebrating our 63rd anniversary. The total for our meal was not just $10 for two hamburgers and fries, but $40 for two bountiful dinners.

Whoever you are, we would like to say thank you for an anniversary to be remembered. May God repay you in some manner for your act of kindness.

Yes, we did tip our waitress appropriately.

Phyllis J. Heishman
Corydon, Ind.
July 02, 2014

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