TERRE HAUTE —
Need for food is greater this year
It’s time for the Vigo County Fair. Last year at the livestock auction, several individuals and businesses bought animals and then donated them to the Light House Mission to feed the hungry of our community.
We would like to thank the following for their generous contributions last year: Fred Nation, Rural King Supply, Terre Haute Savings Bank, Marion Farms, Hartmann Farms, Cross Veterinary Clinic, and Crop Production Services.
Our need for food this year is greater than it was last year. The hot temperatures have brought more people in for shelter. Without school lunches, many families come to the Mission for one or more of their daily meals. As the hungry come to us for food, we are asking more of the community to get involved in helping us meet the growing need.
We would like to receive livestock donations from the fair again this year. If you are interested, information will be available at the fair, or give us a call. Our community always steps up when there is a need, so thank you in advance for your help with this project.
— Timothy J. Fagg, CEO
Light House Mission
Rep took major role on roads bill
I would like to thank Rep. Larry Bucshon and his hard-working staff for their stellar work on the latest transportation bill.
When the Senate passed its transportation bill there was an amendment (the Bingaman-Durban Amendment) that directly punished Indiana for Major Moves. If it had gone into effect, Indiana would have $42 million dollars a year stripped from its federal highway funds and redirected to other states. The formula itself (MAP 21) would have cost Indiana an additional $41 million dollars
Bucshon did not sit back and let this happen. He asked to be put on the conference committee. On the committee, he forcefully advocated for his district and Indiana and won. The bill as it passed last week gave Indiana a record return and no Major Moves penalty.
Many of the reforms the congressman wanted also made it into the final bill. It streamlines the approval process for roads and consolidates programs. The bill forces federal agencies to pick a timetable for decisions and stick to them.
I am proud that our congressman rallied all the members of Indiana’s congressional delegation and other states to stand unified against the parts of the bill that targeted Indiana. It was a huge win for our district and our state and Rep. Bucshon should be proud. Now, with certain funding, the Indiana Department of Transportation can continue to improve area roads.
— Jeff Mulzer
Not enough space for patriotism
The editorial last week celebrating our country’s freedom was very well stated. However, I was quite disappointed in the political cartoon depicted this special day.
We are not just Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians or Independents. We are Americans proud of our freedoms. The space could have been used to promote our patriotism and set an example to all of us and especially our younger generation that this important day should be held in high esteem.
Your newspaper missed the opportunity to dedicate this space to the thousands of forefathers/mothers and veterans that gives us and your newspaper this freedom the right to express our views without threat of reprisal or intimidation.
On this extremely special day in the history of our country, the paper would have served the community much better had it given honor to the thousands and thousands who have gone before us, many giving their lives for this freedom.
We can never give enough space of printed material to the heroic acts of these citizens.
— Margaret (Peg) Fischer
TERRE HAUTE —
Need for food is greater this year
RONN MOTT: Mushrooms = Hoosier happiness
Someone wrote or said a few years ago a statement that would define the word “Hoosier.” According to this urban legend, a Hoosier is somebody dribbling a basketball around the Indy 500 while eating a fried, morel mushroom. It did not define me, at the time.
EDITORIAL: Insult to an independent press
Distrust of government secrecy has been elevated to an exceptional level with the disclosure the Justice Department covertly examined two months of Associated Press phone records to determine who leaked details to the AP about a foiled terrorist plot.
READERS' FORUM: May 17, 2013
Hinduism doesn’t deserve ridicule — Shefali Purohit, Terre Haute
RONN MOTT: Israel’s Air Force
Recently the Israeli Air Force bombed and rocketed a convoy leaving Syria going to Lebanon with rockets that were going to be used to attack Israel. It did not get there. It was destroyed.
EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news: Dashing finish for the Sycamores
It’s always thrilling to see Indiana State University’s athletic teams do well in high-level competition, and two specific teams rose to impressive heights last weekend in the Missouri Valley Conference outdoor track and field championships.
Readers' Forum: May 16, 2013
Moving Deming folks sounds ‘nuts’
Readers' Forum: May 15, 2013
Participants rise to the challenge: I would like to write a letter congratulating all the Wabash Valley Roadrunners that competed in the One America Indianapolis Mini Marathon.
RONN MOTT: Media merry-go-round
Round and round it goes, where it stops nobody knows. That isn’t a unique phrase to this writer or to this era in time. But, when it comes to the musical chairs of broadcasting, it certainly applies.
LIZ CIANCONE: Courts see a different appearance than cops
Have you ever noticed the transformation between the arrest of an accused lawbreaker and the first appearance in court?
READERS' FORUM: May 14, 2013
ISTEP failure exposes flaws
Community hasn’t changed its spirit
Egregious threat to nation’s defense
READERS' FORUM: May 13, 2013
• Women’s group criticizes Bucshon
• Let’s hope this doesn’t come true
• Many get thanks for fest success
MARK BENNETT: Life at face value: Mom’s simple advice still presents a valuable daily challenge
Most moms don’t base their advice on scientific research.
(Unless, of course, your mother is a scientific researcher. If so, carry a No. 2 pencil and take good notes.)
EDITORIAL: Better monitoring needed to prevent local environmental messes
The nasty, hazardous messes lurking in the community raise a bottom-line, red-flag question. Could these environmental problems have been monitored and, thus, prevented?
GUEST COLUMN: Nursing more than medicine and bandages
Being a nurse … Like most nurses, I chose this profession because I had a strong desire to help others and no other career would allow me the opportunity to touch lives the way I have been able to through nursing.
READERS' FORUM: May 12, 2013
Vigo Youth Football, entering 45th year, seeks new support
Media ignoring important case on abortions
Proud to be old-fashioned
Guns in school? What’s next?
Promoting hate not a ‘brave’ act
FLASHPOINT: Again in 2013 General Assembly, middle class generally ignored
Last year, the people of Indiana entrusted the Republican Party with some of their most precious possessions.
RONN MOTT: ‘Raccoons II’
In the Algonquin Indian language, raccoon means “working with hands.” They are really cute little fellows until they injure a child, or a pet, or leave feces around where you certainly do not want it.
Readers’ Forum: May 11, 2013
I just wanted to express my disappointment at the lack of response shown by President Obama after the Boston Marathon bombings.
Readers' Forum: May 10, 2013
CANDLES event plants new seed: On April 26, CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center hosted an event called “Sowing Seeds of Peace: A Celebration of Spring” at the Apple House. Our purpose was to introduce people to our concept of forgiveness as a seed for peace.
RONN MOTT: ‘NRA Convention’
At the recent NRA Convention in Houston, Texas, where the right-wing political hot air almost lifted the convention's building off its foundation, the NRA trotted out the forever yours political dame of the right wing, Sarah Palin. Sarah did not disappoint.
EDITORIAL: Memo to U.S.A.: You can ‘SPPRAK’ just as we do in Vigo County
Our kids, truly, are ‘Making a Difference’
Some words in praise of boring government — Indiana’s
A conservative Republican governor has super majorities in both branches of the legislature. One might suspect such one-party government leads to major changes in public policy. This did not happen in 2013 in Indiana.
EDITORIAL: Doc’s prescient prescription
Viewed through a 2013 prism, Doc Bowen’s response to the AIDS epidemic looks merely prudent, routine.
RONN MOTT: ‘Heritage gone’
The last high school I attended was being torn down just a few days ago. I didn't learn about it until I saw classmate Dick Mills on television and a display he had put together about State football championships in the middle 1930's. I began elementary school with Dick Mills. That was Matthew South Elementary School on South Sixth Street in Clinton, Indiana. After seeing Dick on TV, it dawned on me that all schools I had attended in Clinton have been torn down.
LIZ CIANCONE: We always want more than we need
Washington seems more preoccupied with the unemployment rate than they are about the constant stalemate. Still with thousands out of work and the unemployment rate hovering somewhere between 7 percent and 9 percent, it does deserve more than a passing nod.
FLASHPOINT: Indiana lawmakers reinforced school safety mechanisms
Nothing is more important to me than the safety of my children. Every parent has felt that instant, apprehensive rush when their child plays too close to the street or falls down while playing soccer and it is our responsibility as parents to implement every safety mechanism we can muster to protect our kids.
READERS’ FORUM: May 6, 2013
• Money drives our newfound ‘needs’
• Guns not the only dangerous objects
MARK BENNETT: Should I stay or should I go?
Some have their Bill Clinton-era Cavalier packed (with the trunk bungee-ed shut), apartment cleaned (except for the fridge), and iPhone GPS locked onto the fastest route out of Terre Haute. Others are staying — until they find a better job, or because they’re starting a career here, or because this town feels like home. In each case, a new stage of life begins today.
EDITORIAL: Education remains worth the cost
Within the next few weeks, each of the local colleges will have conducted graduation ceremonies. A few days later, a different Class of 2013 will don caps and gowns for commencement — the seniors at five Vigo County high schools. It is still a smart, worthy aspiration for those high school grads to replicate the achievement of those college students by earning a higher-education degree.
College Class of '13 gets a little extra advice
Local college grads will hear commencement speakers offer life and career advice this month. We’re offering them an extra dose here from folks who’ve found success in various vocations and regions of the nation. Many have Terre Haute roots.
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