TERRE HAUTE —
• Cheers to Deming Elementary students Sam Sancedio, Aaron Myrtle and Brooklyn Shelton for coming to the aid of 7-year-old Katelyn Newell when she collapsed in the hallway after arriving at school on March 22. The young safety patrollers’ instant reactions allowed medical help to arrive quickly and get Katelyn to the hospital. She is now on a pacemaker and awaiting further medical procedures.
• Cheers to TREES Inc. and Sycamore Trails RC&D for their efforts last weekend to remove the destructive Asian bush honeysuckle from Terre Haute’s Dobbs Park.
• Jeers to Democratic Party consultant Hilary Rosen for her uncivil remark about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann. Rosen, on CNN, said that Mrs. Romney “never worked a day in her life.” Mrs. Romney chose to be a stay-at-home mother for her five children rather than work outside the home. Politics may be a rough sport, but Rosen crossed the line. The comment wasn’t just intemperate, it was stupid.
• Cheers to new Terre Haute forester Sheryle Dell, who wants to pursue an aggressive tree-planting project to help maintain the city’s tree canopy.
• Jeers are in order in reaction to the recent report that Indiana females in grades 9 through 12 have the nation’s second-highest rate of forced sex. In more stark terms, that’s rape. Aggressive prevention efforts should be swift and sustained.
• Cheers to those who organized and participated in the No One Left Behind rally on Thursday evening on the campus of Indiana State University. The rally was designed to raise awareness about sexual assault and help ensure that everything possible is being done to prevent it.
• Tears for those who have died recently on area roads and highways, and condolences to their families. There have been far too many news stories about these tragic incidents in recent weeks. Don’t ever forget that safety is paramount on public thoroughfares. Be careful. Be safe.
You can say that again
“I love the old historic buildings and have always had a passion to see them saved and restored. I was an opponent of seeing the Terre Haute House come down and the new hotel go up. I have been proven wrong with what that would do for Terre Haute.”
— Mike Ellis, attorney and Terre Haute property owner, commenting on his plans to sell historic buildings on Wabash Avenue so that the property could potentially be cleared and used for ISU student housing structures.