News and Tribune

September 25, 2012

News and Tribune letters: Sept. 25, 2012

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Property owner pleased with Bethlehem roadwork

My wife and I are the property owners of a 20 acre hayfield in Bethlehem that we donate to the Autumn on the River Festival for charity parking. We have hundreds of visitors every year to our festival. The festival committee has raised thousands of dollars each year of which all is donated, including the parking. It is a total community affair with food, art and craft booths, displays, historical re-enactment, musical groups, entertainment, rides and an auction. We attract visitors from all over the Midwest and it is a great asset to Clark County.

For the last several years we have had a serious hazard with the county road because of the drop-off and no shoulder along the road. We not only use our hayfield for parking but also for our flag memorial, antique tractor displays, hot air balloon and parade. The road was repaved two years ago with stimulus money and was not properly backfilled. There was a huge drop-off and, in fact, the new pavement was cracking. In the past, I have went out in the field and took dirt with a backhoe to make access for parking and handicap vehicles along the county road. I asked our County Commissioner John Perkins for some county help with this situation and to help save the road.

John Perkins got our Highway Supt. Jim Ross and his crew involved. They were able to backfill and put a shoulder along the road and not only eliminate a safety issue but save the pavement from future damage.Thanks to Nugent Sand/ Bethlehem Sand & Gravel for free filldirt, the crew was able to complete a much needed job without straining the county budget. In the past, the county highway department has performed shoulder repairs, culvert repairs, and drainage work in our township similar to this job with good old common sense and not major appropriations being needed. This was another one of those jobs! In my opinion, we need more people like this in our government that are problem solvers and care about our county.  

  I would like to thank Commissioner Perkins, Supt. Ross and all the county employees for a job well done and a safety issue resolved.

— Mike Oles, Bethlehem property owner

Voter writes from the ‘other America’

This is the statement from Mitt Romney: “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. ... These are people who pay no income tax. My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

So if the President has 47 percent of the country right now (which is correct), then every person who will vote for him pays no income taxes. Lives off government assistance. Believes they are owed a free ride. Every Democratic voter is lazy, worthless, makes no attempt to be part of the working system.

This is the man running for the White House. The man who thinks only his voters work. This is the man who thinks his voters do not support any government assistance, like subsidies to oil companies, and farms. Like tax breaks to companies to open in your state. Like unemployment, welfare and food stamps that go to millions of Republicans.

I understand, Mitt. We understand. We are not part of your America. We hard working men and women who do the work needed to keep this country running are not part of your America.

If you vote for Mitt Romney, you should return your citizenship papers to the Government. Because anyone who agrees with this view of America has no concept of what this country was founded on.

What caused you to hate hard working Americans the way you do, Mitt?

I have never been so proud to be called a bleeding heart. At least I have one, Mitt.

From a man who has worked all his life, has never been given a single thing by anyone, and has never taken Government assistance. KISS MINE, MITT.

— Richard Hodge, of DePauw