When people who have lived in Terre Haute all their lives see corruption, their first response is commonly, "that's just the way it's always been." Many have heard Terre Haute called "sin city" or "terrible haute" more times than they can count. If you pair that with what seems to be a nearly total gridlock … Continue reading Can Terre Haute Change?
First time offenders in our community often get arrested for misdemeanors, and many of them have no connections within the criminal justice system or the money to pay for a lawyer. In Terre Haute, our local public defenders office (PDO) gets reimbursed by the state for each felony case their attorneys handle, as long as … Continue reading Something Stinks: Hidden Costs of Crime and Poverty
Why is money in local politics such a bad thing? People work hard to grow a successful business, so shouldn't they be allowed to invest some of that money into the campaign of a candidate they support. The problem is that money will always have strings attached. For example, Paul Thrift has made over $200,000 … Continue reading Something Stinks: Money in Local Politics
I can still remember how outraged people were when they found out Danny Tanoos made over $260,000, and even more recently when they found out that Bill Riley received a $40,000 pay raise. For years I've wondered, "why is no one outraged that Mel Burks received a $130,000 pay raise in 2019, and currently makes … Continue reading Something Stinks: The Hamilton Center
Recently a local law enforcement officer was given a ten day suspension for violently kicking a dog. The suspension may have been the result of public outcry created by the owner of the dog releasing doorbell camera footage of the incident on social media. The christian scriptures say, "remember all those in prison as if … Continue reading Justice for Richard Patterson