TERRE HAUTE —
Open your hearts to moms Sunday
Mothers are the driving force in our world. Without mothers, there are no fathers, no sons and daughters, no brothers and sisters. In 1904, our organization, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, set out to thank these brave, selfless women by making a public plea for a national holiday in their honor.
A decade later, that holiday became a reality as President Woodrow Wilson signed a law designating the second Sunday in May each year as Mother’s Day. As it is now, men, women and children everywhere spend the early days of May picking out cards, buying flowers and wrapping gifts to show their appreciation.
Like many of our holidays, Mother’s Day gradually became less a day of honor and remembrance and more an enterprise. In 2012, we’re asking citizens everywhere to get back to the true spirit of Mother’s Day. Take the time to give thanks and share stories. Tell the tale of how an upstart organization used its membership to pressure national leaders into doing the right thing and designating a day for those who gave us life.
Explain how, in a time when women were still denied the right to vote, Frank E. Hering stood up and made a plea to honor our mothers and all they do to make us who we are. Instead of buying a card, write her a letter. Instead of buying flowers, help her plant some. Realize the best gift you can give this year can’t be purchased from a store. It can only come from within.
This year, let’s close our wallets and open the history books as we celebrate Mother’s Day. After all, it’s hard to know where we’re going if we don’t know where we came from.
— James R. Sink, secretary
Fraternal Order of Eagles 291
How can we be proud of this?
To those of your readers who are considering a vote for Democrats this fall, consider this:
The Democratically controlled Senate has not approved a budget, as required by law, for “X” years.
The Congress, controlled by Republicans, has voted a budget each of these years. This means nothing if the Senate does not also vote one in.
Is this any way to govern a country? Our country, one that we have been proud of for over 200 years? Of course not.
The United States has had such leaders as George Washington, Ulysses Grant, “Ike” Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, men we can all be proud of, men worthy of the pride all Americans should feel about their country.
How can we be proud of a country whose leaders have led us the the brink of bankruptcy?
Who will pay off the trillions of debt we now have?
— Warren W. Bowden
of Chemical Engineering
Rose Polytechnic Institute
Institute of Technology)