The Hendricks County Flyer
Tue Jul 10, 2012, 03:57 PM EDT
To the Editor:
On July 7 we had a fundraiser garage sale so that my son can go on a mission trip to Jamaica this fall with his school.
We were doing very well until an elderly lady tried very hard to ruin our day by "informing" us that our antique items were priced too high at $2. I just want to let her know that she did not succeed.
Several customers overheard her and donated a few dollars here and there. They were very generous and several offered to pray for my son and his school. I would like to publicly thank them for that.
It has been a hard journey after losing my job. My son has had to get a job. My husband has had to get a second job and we scrap metal. Several items we had to sell at the sale were items that have been passed down from family members that have passed away. You do what you have to do during times of trial.
My son will go on that trip if we have to set up a lemonade stand and if you are the elderly lady that has an issue with my prices, please drive on by if 50 cents a cup is too much to help out a kid trying to do the Lord's work.
I read Rich Lowry's column with ironic amusement, first because I rarely read his far right opinions, second because he starts off accusing the Chief Justice of caving to the fear of the "tsunami of criticism that would come his way had he struck down (Obamacare)." He then proceeds to criticize the Court and the Chief Justice. The tsunami was not avoided; it came from a different direction.
We are free to disagree with our opponents (part of the Constitutional guarantees), and that is Lowery's right. I disagree with the decision that empowered large donors unlimited influence in our election process (part of the same Constitution), but we are a nation of law, and that now is the law.
One of my early memories of the role of the Supreme Court is when Earl Warren was Chief Justice. A former prosecutor and three-term Republican governor of California, he was appointed to the Court by President Eisenhower. The Warren Court issued several controversial decisions, including Brown vs Board of Education which overturned separate but equal education systems and integrated public schools, Griswold vs Connecticut which recognized a right of privacy in our homes, Miranda vs Arizona which guaranteed a criminal defendant right to counsel, Mapp vs Ohio which prevents prosecutors from using illegally obtained evidence and coerced confessions in a criminal prosecution, as well as many others.
Warren was denounced by conservatives for handcuffing police officers and overruling state laws against miscegenation and segregation. I remember a large billboard at 16th and Georgetown Road in Indianapolis calling for his impeachment.
Warren was also noted for building consensus on the Court. Under his term there were few 5-4 decisions, and several unanimous ones.
The Court has been criticized by both sides for being too political, and I commend Chief Justice Roberts for his effort to rise above politics and return the Court to one which arbitrates equity and fairness, regardless of where that takes us.
Neither Lowery nor I was present when the arguments were presented, nor did we participate in the deliberations that followed. Had we been part of that process, we both may feel differently about the decisions handed down. Personally, I do not like the result of the decision removing limits on campaign fund donations, but I understand the issue of free speech and did not expect a different outcome.
I am proud of the Chief Justice, and hope his Indiana connection had something to do with his development.
I’ve not kept it a secret that I find people who dress their dogs in clothes to be, to put it nicely, somewhat more than just eccentric. And many friendly, helpful readers out there have not kept it a secret that they really wish I would not express my views about dogs dressed as humans.
May 17, 2013
Distrust of government secrecy has been elevated to an exceptional level with the disclosure the Justice Department covertly examined two months of Associated Press phone records to determine who leaked details to the AP about a foiled terrorist plot.
The federal government recently announced new regulations for buying fast food.
It sounds like the plot from a dystopian libertarian novel. The word “patriot” and the phrase “educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights” triggered heightened scrutiny from the most intrusive agency in the federal government.
The action at the bird feeder has been spectacular lately: Cardinals, finches, songbirds in impressive variety crowding around all day long in search of sustenance. It is truly gratifying …
For my neighbor.
That’s what it’s like at his feeder.
May 14, 2013
On April 27, Dr. Jeff Butts demonstrated a rare form of servant leadership as he participated in the Go Love Indy westside service project.
May 13, 2013
Everyone presumes that Sen. Chuck Schumer, the media-hungry Democrat from New York, wants to be the next Senate majority leader. His performance in the negotiations over the Gang of Eight immigration plan should bolster his case for an eventual promotion.
Someone had to take the fall for President Barack Obama thoughtlessly drawing a “red line” threatening serious consequences if Syria used chemical weapons. It turns out that it is the president himself.
There were other issues that had potentially greater financial impact or will leave a more resolute imprint on people’s lives, such as Medicaid expansion and Common Core.
It happens every year at this time; I make a little dandelion whine. So here goes.
May 10, 2013
Oregon and Idaho each had to shut down three water gauges due to automatic budget cuts, known as sequestration. Watch how Idaho relies on these water gauges, from tracking drought conditions to determining stream levels for salmon.
May 15, 2013
Part I: Are We Prepared? | Part II: Disaster Dollars Part III: Lessons Learned | Part IV: Warning Signs Part V: The Big One
When it comes to midsized family sedans, the Kia Optima ranks high on my list for its good looks, economy and value.
May 17, 2013
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