Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

November 21, 2013

Letters to the editor

Greensburg Daily News

---- — A letter rebuttal

Dear Editor:

This letter is in response to Hershel Houk’s recent letter to the editor.

In his letter, Mr. Houk asked how much of a raise the Mayor gave himself. My answer would be that whatever he gets, he earns. It is not an easy job. By the way, the last time you wrote to the Daily News editor, you stated that you did not own property in Greensburg. If this is true, why are you worrying about Mayor Herbert’s salary, anyway? You pay very little, if any, of his salary.

The next part (of the letter) is over the top. Why is the mayor’s salary being compared to your wife’s salary? I don’t think he has anything to do with your wife’s 1.5 percent raise. She is getting the same as all others who receive social security, so what’s the beef?

The next question concerned the city engineer, Gary Murray. Since you don’t know what the past city engineer received in wages, this is not a very smart question. When Mayor Herbert was elected, he could have replaced all of the people from prior administrations, but he instead decided not to change very many of them.

I have no idea what your problem is with City Clerk-Treasurer Bridgett Weber, so I won’t say anything except that she is a nice lady.

The last part of your letter I will sum up the way I told you a while back: Mayor Gary Herbert has run on the Democratic ticket and won. He then ran twice on the Republican ticket, winning both times. So I think the people of Greensburg are satisfied with his performance.

The bottom line is that you are hanging out with the wrong people. You need to watch more TV. That Obama guy is the one to blame. If your car won’t start or your commode won’t work, it’s his fault, okay? He gets blamed for anything and everything going wrong, after all.


K.B. Redelman


A grim lesson from Native Americans

Dear Editor:

Given the prevailing mood of “let’s attack the Federal Government,” I believe it behooves us to address the controversy between those who believe in a strong federal government and those who just as strongly believe in state’s rights, meaning opposition to a central form of government.

This theme was prompted upon reading that representatives of the 556 Indian tribes recognized by the federal government were having a meeting with officials in Washington.

This piece has nothing to do with that capitol meeting. What is pertinent is the astounding number of recognized Indian tribes–that amazing 556–and the part that may have played in their defeat by European whites in the 1700’s and 1800’s.

The Native Americans were already burdened by being, for the most part, a primitive, stone-age race. We whites had them severely “outgunned” in weaponry and other supplies modern to the times; however, I believe there was an even greater reason for the Indians defeat, that being the extremely “splintered” nature of their existence.

Had all those Native Americans been of just one “tribe,” rather than hundreds of groups, often engaged in bitter wars among themselves, that one large tribe could have presented a far more powerful challenge to the invading European whites.

While we no doubt would have still have triumphed in the end, it would without question have taken much longer and been far costlier in blood and treasure.This all leads up to the fact that the United States is a world power only because it is, in fact as well as name, the United States. Those states-righters who would strengthen the individual states to the detriment of the union apparently do not realize that such weakening of the union would eventually lead to “Balkanization.” I believe those who are constantly attacking the recognized government of

the United States are enemies of said United States.

Respectful disagreement is a recognized hallmark of a republic, but many states- righters have gone far beyond the bounds of civil discourse.

You’ll note that when we recite the Pledge of Allegiance it’s not to the state of Indiana or any one of the other forty-nine, but rather to the United States. How many citizens even know the Indiana State Anthem? I don’t,** but I do well know our national anthem, which, while almost impossible for the average person to sing, and which is regularly murdered by rock’n’rollers, hip-hoppers, red necks and other alleged “singers” preceding sports events, it is our anthem, and I, for one, am proud of it.

Blood, sweat, tears and countless lives have been sacrificed to preserve the union that some alleged patriots would now choose to tear apart.

To summarize:

* If those 556 Indian tribes had stuck together instead of fighting each other, their outcome might have been different.

* Those who push state powers over those of the nation are not true believers in the United States of America and its destiny. Some of these people are those stockpiling assault rifles in the vague hope that someday they will take up arms against the “fedral gummint.”

Best regards.

Norm Voiles