Letters to the editor, June 19
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Updated: July 20, 2012 6:07AM
She will vote on issues, with no influence by race, religion
I am a lifelong resident of Northwest Indiana. I’ve grown up in Griffith, where most of the men in our neighborhoods worked for a local steel mill and belonged to a union.
Most of our parents were Democrats because, back then, the Democratic Party represented the blue-collar worker. It represented my world as I knew it.
Growing up during the 1950s-’70s, we didn’t expect our parents, community or government to become responsible for our medical or health care needs. It just wasn’t an option. We were held accountable and responsible for the choices we made.
When I conceived a child who was born with a disability, I didn’t ask for a pity party or handouts. My child with special needs was my responsibility and came with no instructions. I had to learn how to use what I did know and learn more about what I didn’t know.
Attitude is a choice, and I knew my attitude would influence my child’s attitude. So, I became the student to learn how to advocate for my child. I learned the importance of information, education, knowledge and working through the proper chain of command.
Consequently, after 16 years of volunteer advocacy, I feel compelled to make a statement about the upcoming election. I do not claim any political party affiliation because I vote on the issues.
My vote will honor the disabled veterans, POWs and those who gave their lives to defend the life, liberty and freedoms of every American citizen provided in our U.S. Constitution. My vote will not be influenced by race or religion. My vote will be given to the candidate who values and protects all life as a gift, regardless of its age or “special packaging.”
Using Fox and Rush as good examples doesn’t look good
Charlie Van Cleef’s letter to the editor started in the Chesterton Tribune. Some guy wrote that young people should watch Fox and listen to Rush Limbaugh.
I answered that Fox is a propaganda wing of the Republican Party and that most of their commentators are bloviating ignoramuses; I quoted George Will’s expression of Donald Trump.
Also, Limbaugh called a young lady a slut for asking insurance companies to pay for women’s contraceptives, and he wanted to see a video of her making love. I questioned why would you want to turn young people onto that kind of garbage, and old Charlie whipped on me pretty good.
In the Chesterton Tribune, Charlie said Rush apologized for calling that girl a slut, which he omitted in the Post-Tribune.
He doesn’t like what people like me are setting up for our grandkids; maybe he should look within himself and wonder if what he’s setting up for his grandkids is all that wonderful.
I still contend that when you mention Fox and Rush in the same sentence, everything else you say becomes irrelevant.