TERRE HAUTE —
Their footsteps can lead us
One day, a few years into the future, the Local Legends Walk of Fame will lead us from the corner of Ninth Street and Wabash Avenue all the way to the banks of the Wabash River.
It will be lined with metal plaques imbedded in the sidewalk and it will serve to inspire those who want to learn from Terre Haute’s history — its leaders, thinkers, creators, artisans.
Eight more legends were added to the list of Walk of Famers last week as the three-year total rises to 22 inductees, inductees such as Root, Guerin, Hulman, Rose, Dreiser, Crothers, Debs, Wooden, Harrison — a saint and a president among them.
Those who have started and sustained this effort deserve the community’s thanks for a job continually well done.
To see criteria and find a nomination form, go to www.terrehautewalkoffame.org.
It would be music to his ears
Richard Landini, Indiana State University’s eighth president, was fiercely loyal to the university he led for 17 years. Suffer the person who dared praise a red-and-white or black-and-gold school in Landini’s midst. An earful could follow, for he was convinced that ISU, too, had greatness.
After he left administration, Landini continued to diligently serve ISU — and the cause of learning — as a professor of English. Students who took his classes say he was an excellent, informed, insistent, involved teacher who made the topic come alive. Many of the recent physical and aesthetic changes that have transformed ISU from a concrete campus to one celebrating pedestrian-friendly green space and outdoor art began on Landini’s watch — and have been extended by each succeeding president, Messrs. Moore, Benjamin and Bradley.
Landini devoted more than a quarter of his life to ISU, and renaming a building as grand, as cultural, as instruction-based as the Center for Performing and Fine Arts in his honor — as ISU did earlier this month — is fitting and deserved.
Feeding a genuine need
It is jarring to know that so many in our communities need so much help with the basics of life — food, shelter, employment. Such is the nature of our current economy. Thousands in our midst are literally days away from being destitute; thousands more already are.
Fortunately, caring agencies such as Covenant Cooperative Ministries have stepped up to offer help. Last week, hundreds lined up to get food brought to CCM by Feed the Children, a group we are more used to seeing help the poor of Appalachia or of the Third World.
Some may see such food distributions as private social welfare. We see it as neighbors helping neighbors, and we applaud CCM — and many other agencies that didn’t make headlines last week — for their tireless, selfless efforts.
Want to help? CCM needs volunteers to help with its work. To learn more, visit its office at 122 S. 101⁄2 St. or see its website, www.convenantcoopministry.org.