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Killing animals isn't normal

Hunting season is almost here, and I'm seeing ads for rifles with 30-round magazines and even one for a 10-round semi-auto shotgun. Let the slaughter begin.

In my opinion, there's no need for anyone to go hunting for food when there's so much meat available in the stores.

So, the question is, why do they do it? And the only reason I can think of is they enjoy killing animals. The evidence of this is the trophies hanging on their walls, their smiling photos in the paper, their websites, social-media postings and their TV shows.

Hunters won't admit they enjoy killing, so they use excuses such as "getting back to nature," culling the herd, feeding the poor and/or their license fees help pay for "conservation," all of which are bogus.

These people actually think they are "good guys" when they put a gun in the hands of their children and teach them how to kill. It doesn't take any courage to ambush an unsuspecting animal. I think it's really sad that we live in a society where killing animals for fun is considered normal. Therefore, I'm not surprised when one of these people use their assault weapon to commit mass murder of people.

Albert Schweitzer (medical missionary, 1875-1965) said, "When will we reach the point that hunting, the pleasure in killing animals for sport, will be regarded as a mental aberration?" He also said, "The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs, no matter how deeply rooted in tradition or surrounded by a halo."

More people need to become "thinking" men and women and end this senseless slaughter.

Ray Wilson
New Middletown, Ind.
November 15, 2017

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HU thanks supporters

I would like to thank everyone who has supported Hoosier Uplands Home Health Care and Hoosier Uplands Hospice in the past.

Hoosier Uplands Home Health Care is proud to celebrate our 40th anniversary of having local staff members serving our Hoosier neighbors. Home care is a vital service, especially in the rural areas which we serve. Services provided by our home care team can prevent or shorten a hospital or skilled nursing facility stay. Home care promotes independent living and speeds the rehabilitation and recovery process by allowing a person to recuperate in their familiar home surroundings.

Hoosier Uplands Hospice is proud to celebrate 20 years of serving our Hoosier neighbors with local team members. Hospice supports the client and family as they face the last stages of life by offering symptom management and family togetherness.

We would not be able to meet these milestones without the support of the communities we serve. We look forward to helping you and your families with your health care needs in the future.

We serve the counties of Washington, Orange, Lawrence, Martin and Crawford and portions of Perry, Harrison, Scott, Clark, Dubois and Jackson.

Our team of professionals are available to assist you with any questions you have regarding Home Health Care or Hospice by calling 1-812-849-4447 or 1-800-827-2219.

Melissa Jeremiah, R.N., CH.C.E., Director of Operations
November 15, 2017

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Words are not hate crimes

Greg Taylor, D-Indianapolis, represents Senate District 33 and in his article "Making case, again, for hate crimes legislation" states in the top of the second column, "I venture to say that my Republican counterparts feel the need (to enact legislation) because of President Trump's divisive and dangerous rhetoric, and I wish that they would come out and denounce his words." Mr. Taylor could not be more wrong about his advocated desires for more legislative penalties.

What is obvious is Mr. Taylor is one of the left trying to get "words" called HATE crimes. He is against the Constitution's First Amendment of free speech and just trying to hide it with deceptive talk, secretly trying to legislate words as hate crimes. If we really want to look at words as hate, then his statement of President Trump's "divisive and dangerous rhetoric" is an example of what he calls a hate crime. Of course, it is not a hate crime if the leftist say it about the ones they hate, only if the average citizen says something the left does not like.

President Trump spoke balanced criticism about the terrible acts of violence taking place in Charlottesville, Va., and speaking balanced is not acceptable in the views of the leftists and with their illogical and biased thinking, they call it divisive and dangerous. In the left's mind, only the white supremacists should have been criticized as being the hate-filled group. The left believes counter protesters are defending what is right and good no matter what they do. But, it takes two to fight, and the counter protestors, ANTIFA, were obviously just as guilty in hate crimes, but they were excused by the left for their acts of violence.

Very little is mentioned in Mr. Talyor's article about "acts" of hate crimes. This again indicates he wants to call "words" hate crimes, not really defining hate crimes as acts of violence, nor limiting these as hate crimes. Violent acts are what really constitutes a hate crime, not spoken words. There should be immediate legal action taken when the violent acts occur. The Constitution's First Amendment protects the use of words even when argumentative, disrespectful and down-right ornery. The left is lucky that this is the case, as we know all the terribly unfair and sick things the left has said about our president. A lot of them would be locked up if spoken words were truly hate crimes.

His belief is that the lack of reported hate crimes is due to the lack of police training to understand and recognize hate-motivated crimes. This is another ploy to try and blame the police because more people are not arrested for hate crimes. If the police take good prudent legal action when occurrences of violent acts happen, the motivation will be taken care of and this is not the issue.

Let's hope his activities in legislation only result to encourage police action when acts of violence are evident and give the police the motivation and back-up support to take action immediately. It needs to go no further than this.

Charles A. Totten
Leavenworth, Ind.
October 25, 2017

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Domestic violence has long-lasting effects

Hoosier Hills PACT commemorates October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

One in four women and one in seven men will be the victim of domestic violence at some point in their lifetime, and, on average, three women are killed every day at the hands of a current or former intimate partner.

According to studies, children who witness domestic violence are neglected at a rate 1,500 percent higher than the national average, are six times more likely to commit suicide and 50 percent more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, are 74 percent more likely to commit a violent crime against someone else, and often meet the diagnostic criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the effects on their brain are similarly to those experienced by combat veterans.

Domestic violence threatens Indiana communities and traumatizes victims, endangers children and harms families. It is grounded in the inequitable conditions of relationships and society-at-large. Throughout October, communities across the country will mourn those whose lives were taken by domestic violence, celebrate tremendous progress victim advocates have made over the years and connect with one another with a true sense of unity to end domestic violence.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, please call or go to the local Hoosier Hills PACT office. The office is located at 307 S. Indiana Ave. in English. Our phone number is 812-338-3271. If you need to reach us after hours, please contact our 24-hour Crisis Line at1-888-883-1959.

Susan Dodge, Hoosier Hills PACT Crawford County Victim Advocate
October 18, 2017

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Do farm animals merit our compassion and respect?

We are a nation of special observances. There is even a World Day for Farm Animals, observed on Oct. 2 (Gandhi's birthday). Apparently, it's intended to memorialize the tens of billions of animals abused and killed for food.

Like most others, I always thought of farm animals as "food on the hoof," but, when a friend sent me an amazing, endearing Facebook video (www.facebook.com/LeoJuniorBulldogFrench/videos/1198548160234565/), it dawned on me that farm animals are much like our family dog, fully deserving of our compassion and respect.

My Internet search showed that they get neither. Male baby chicks are routinely suffocated in plastic garbage bags or ground up alive. Laying hens are crowded into small wire cages that tear out their feathers. Breeding sows are kept pregnant in tiny metal crates. Dairy cows have their babies snatched away immediately upon birth, so we can drink their milk.

It was enough to drive someone to drink. Instead, it drove me to replace the animal products in my diet with a rich variety of plant-based meats and dairy items offered by my grocery store. I have since learned that a cruelty-free diet is also great for my health and for the health of our planet.

Cooper Drysdale
Corydon, Ind.
October 04, 2017

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Editorial unfairly portrays Trump voters

The opinion article of Aug. 23, 2017, had the title "Time to make clear where you stand" and was written by staff writer Taylor Ferguson. After reading the long article with multiple points of dubious, false and outrageous statements of cause and effects, you have to come to the conclusion that the hidden thesis of the article is "Against the Constitution's First Amendment," freedom of speech.

President Trump was criticized for saying, "We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on the many sides, on many sides." This seems very clear language and did not leave any participating group (Nazis, white supremacists, Klan, counter-protesters, etc.) out of the condemnation. The president's words have outraged many on the "left" because his statement was not completely focused on only the white supremacists. He actually had the audacity to include the counter-protesters in the condemnation.

The counter-protesters group were engaged in half of the violence with their helmets, armor, shields and sticks. President Trump was criticized for being too balanced in his language, even though there was an obvious fight between two groups. What is wrong with chanting "White Lives Matter" if we allow and do not criticize "Black Lives Matter" groups that chant they want dead police at their rallies? Aren't both of these statements freedom of speech? Did the white supremacists say to kill the police? That has not been reported.

The author states, "Nazis and Klan members mowing people down in the streets," and this is a total fabrication from the truth. We don't know all the facts, except we know there were not members, plural; there was one fellow who did this terrible deed. The author is trying to unjustifiably blame the groups.

The legal and approved permit for the rally is an important part being totally omitted by this author. The First Amendment allows even terrible white supremacist views we disagree with being given the right to be expressed. This we have been taught since the first grade is critical to a free country and one which we celebrate in the U.S.A. But this author does not even recognize this right. The white supremacist group adhered to the law and obtained the permit. Did the "left" counter-protesters do the same? No, they just came prepared to do battle. The author makes the false claim that only the white supremacist side did the beating, which news broadcasts show is untrue. Much of this author's writing is in the same vein of untruthfulness.

"Make America Great Again" is not a call to white supremacy. When will America be greater than it is right now? It will be greater than now when 50 million get off welfare in this country. It will be great when everyone has a job that supports their families and can look forward to a new automobile and an even better living year after year. It will be when food pantries are no longer supplying food to so many in need. It will be the time when you find most of what you purchase in the stores is marked "Made in U.S.A."

The author says, "If you are supporting Trump you are supporting white supremacy." This is another false conclusion like so many in this article. Fifty million people voted for Trump in the election he won fair and square. Do you really believe all are white supremacists? Do you also believe anyone who wants to defend maintaining the Confederate statues like Robert E. Lee's is a white supremacist? The Civil War was 150 years ago; get over it. All combatants were Americans. You don't have to be on the Southern side to respect all combatants as doing what they believed in. The war brought this country together stronger than ever and the country is now indivisible.

The author states, "If you are silent in the face of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." I have to say this article is written much in the way of an oppressor by most of it being unjust, creating a very dishonest opinion, is harsh and is tyrannical in its demands on those uneducated who are inclined to follow the untrue conclusions as written.

Charles A. Totten
Leavenworth, Ind.
September 06, 2017

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Make Indiana part of climate solution

Pope Francis is recognized as a global leader on climate change. In his encyclical letter, "Laudato Si," he writes that " every form of life has value regardless of its worth to human beings." He reaffirms that " all creatures are connected, each must be cherished with love and respect, for all of us as living creatures are dependent on one another."

I think this is the essential change of heart that must take place if we are to slow climate change. This is what my Catholic faith and my life as a Sister of Providence calls me to do. I am called to value both the diversity and interconnectedness of the whole web of life.

A bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives provides an opportunity. This group is exploring policy options that address the impacts, causes and challenges of our changing climate. Currently, 25 Republicans and 25 Democrats are members, an even number by design.

Coal and coal ash disposal seriously impact climate change and are also critical economic and health issues in Indiana. I believe one of the solutions is to provide financial support to coal miners desiring to obtain new job skills. They have risked their health and their lives to provide this country's energy needs. This would be similar to the recent Carrier layoffs in Indianapolis. A task force has joined with Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett in announcing those who lost their jobs would be eligible for $1,000 while they look for new employment. They also announced the city would provide additional monies for those employees while also offering incentives to local employers who wish to hire them.

Therefore, I call upon you, the reader, to urge your U.S. House of Representative to join this caucus to make Indiana part of the solution.

Sister of Providence Donna Butler,

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind.

Sister of Providence Donna Butler
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind.
August 23, 2017

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Let's really drain the swamp

As an Independent who has voted often for the individual Republicans who show they care for American citizens, let us not forget that for the past seven years they had their 41 phony little votes to repeal and replace Obamacare, and now, when they are the majority, we find they are still working on getting one decided. Obviously, they are mostly interested in getting re-elected, going along with the Democrats' programs, listening to the lobbyists and putting money in their accounts so, when they leave, they are all millionaires.

We do need to eliminate all of the "elites" out of the swamp. These elites are in both parties but special emphasis needs put on the Republicans because, if they cannot unite together now and truly create a lower cost health care insurance system to replace Obamacare, then they should get the boot first.

This lack of unity and indecision needs us all to contact our congressmen by telephone calls, emails and U.S. mail and demand the following which will effectively rid our government of the entire existing politicians at their next election. This will take an enormous public outcry effort, but it needs to be done. We can call it the Congressional Reform Act of 2017, the Trump Rule.

1. No tenure/no pension. A congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

2. Congress (past, present and future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3 percent.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must (equally) abide by all the laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective Aug. 1, 2017. The American people did not make this contract with congressmen/women.

8. Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s) then go home and go back to work.

If we can unite the entire American public to the point of demanding the politicians do as we say and successfully make these things happen, the American political system will be greatly enhanced, freed up and become an honest instrument for governing. If we fail to achieve these changes, then normal corruption will continue in the "swamp."

It will not be easy, but these changes need to be done. Are we ready for the effort?

Charles A. Totten
Leavenworth, Ind.
August 16, 2017

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Relay committee thankful for successful event

The committee for Crawford County Relay For Life would like to thank all who attended our Relay For Life event benefiting the American Cancer Society on June 16, enabling us to raise over $20,000 toward finding a cure for cancer. Thank you to the Clarion News for all your support informing everyone about our event with news coverage.

We have to give a special thank-you to our sponsors with their monetary donations or items for the silent auction (which was a big success). Without your sponsorship, we couldn't accomplish our goals.

Another special thank-you to all who purchased luminaries or lanterns for the lighting of the luminaries ceremony.

Last, but not least, thank you to our six teams, Hillview for Hope, Can Rem Su/Marengo United Methodist Church, Sole Sisters, Lincoln Hills United Methodist Church, Rocky's Relayers and Marengo Christian Church. Without you, there would be no Relay in Crawford County; you are the glue that held us together, allowing Relay to continue and be a success.

Crawford County Relay for Life Committee
August 16, 2017

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Loving yourself first step in power

I agree with Ashira Young's column on exercising your own intuitive power. But first you have to know that you have that power, that your opinions deserve respect.

That comes from loving yourself. Hopefully, your parents fostered that attitude. If not, then you must gain it from mentors, teachers, religion or philosophy. Loving, respecting yourself comes first. You cannot exercise a power that you do not know is integral. (That is bluff and braggadocios — easily recognized.

Sue T. Chapman
Milltown, Ind.
August 16, 2017

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