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RONN MOTT: Your Government
I’ve been reading letters on the Tribune-Star’s editorial page and, of course, the airwaves are full of right-wing commentators like Rush Limbaugh and that ilk. They’re all saying the same thing … and that is the awful “government” is going to reach out, take away our guns, and crush us.
RONN MOTT: I don’t know …
It has been many years since I tried to be a basketball player. I was the last man cut in my junior year at Clinton High School.
LIZ CIANCONE: Innocence appreciated when you’re growing up
I grew up rather stupid. I didn’t realize it at the time. Neither did my teachers who seemed to think I had “promise.”
MARK BENNETT: After years of preparation, 60 immigrants will gather in Terre Haute on March 14 to pledge their allegiance to the United States of America
It will have been a long and difficult road, but it will be an emotional moment when they raise their right hands and begin the oath of citizenship
RONN MOTT: Indiana Militia
Someone emailed us to suggest I look up the Indiana Militia on their website. (I had written earlier I had bumped into a militia man and I knew almost nothing about the Indiana Militia.)
I’m sorry to report the Indiana Militia website leaves more questions than it answers, even though it makes an attempt to answer many questions.
RONN MOTT: A look at media
Don’t tell the bosses, but I’m about to pay Midwest Communications’ station WIBQ a nice compliment.
RONN MOTT: South Carolina
It might be in the soil of South Carolina, or maybe it goes back to the American Revolution. South Carolina lost almost as many people to other South Carolina bullets in fighting the British.
MARK BENNETT: The fall and rise of a ‘Young Titan’
Broken. Humiliated. Discarded. Finished.
Few of us think of Winston Churchill in such bleak terms.
THOMAS L. STEIGER: ‘Blame the victim’ ideology emerges in gun debate
Last week while fueling my car, I noticed a pickup truck with a bumper sticker that read: “It’s My Choice — Not Obama’s”, then above that are two check boxes, one for “Armed” the other for “Victim.” The bumper sticker suggests that our choice is to be armed or to be a victim. A big red check mark was in the box for “Armed.”
RONN MOTT: This 'n' That II
Last week I was invited up to see all the changes that have been made at WAXI in Rockville. (The station is four miles south of Rockville on the old, 10 O’clock line. That was a treaty boundary between the Anglo immigrants and the Indian tribes.
RONN MOTT: Clyde
Kudos to Mike McCormick for a great series of articles about Clyde Lovellette. It’s hard to lose someone who is nearly seven feet tall, but it would appear Clyde Lovellette has been the forgotten hero of Terre Haute basketball.
LIZ CIANCONE: Years along rivers make them feel like home
I’ve been following plans for celebrating “The Year of the River” with interest. Rivers have played such a role in my life that I’ve celebrated a good many rivers. The Wabash River is merely the most recent example.
MARK BENNETT: Trying to keep momentum of acceptance within the community a key part of Jeff Lorick’s job
Second-graders’ eyes and minds function differently.
They see the future unjaded. Their possibilities stand tall, not yet choked by the adult weeds of prejudice and bitterness.
RONN MOTT: Fun on the farm
I seem to have created some interest in my Grandpa in an article I wrote a few days ago.
As I write this, I’m reminded of the fact I did not get to spend a lot of time with my grandparents on their farm. Since I was a city boy (actually, a small-town boy), I found the farm a magical place. There was always something going on, often things you did not want to happen, happened anyway.
RONN MOTT: People, places, and things
I was looking for vinegar slaw at the deli in Baesler’s the other day and a lady’s voice behind me said, “I think it’s a little to the right.” I learned it is not called “vinegar slaw,” it’s called “A Dutch Salad” in Baesler’s.
RONN MOTT: Survivor
A few days ago watching television, one of the news channels had a crawl going at the bottom of the screen telling me the last survivor of the Glenn Miller Orchestra had died …
LIZ CIANCONE: There are always cat stories to be told
I was asked the other day why I write about dogs I have known, but never about cats. “What’s the matter?” they asked, “Don’t you like cats?”
MARK BENNETT: For Glenda Ritz, being educator, ‘not a politician’ still makes good political sense
Educator, not a politician.
Glenda Ritz emphasizes that distinction about herself.
RONN MOTT: Roman Numerals
I want to thank the National Football League and the Super Bowl Committee for reminding us about Roman numerals. The numbers for ancient Rome were letters and, I suppose every year at the Super Bowl, it reminds us how important they were. For that matter, I suppose it reminds us how important Rome was.
RONN MOTT: Gripe City
I don’t know why anyone would want to be president of these United States.
RONN MOTT: Super Bowl Weekend
Saturday night was a sweet and sour night if you’re a basketball fan. The sweet was Indiana knocking Michigan from their perch in the polls as they defeated the Wolverines in Bloomington. They are two very good teams.
LIZ CIANCONE: Sharing the family history
My Grandmother lived with us. Ed and I were eager audiences for her family stories about the Cooks. Mom also shared her memories of growing up with three brothers.
MAX JONES: Social media can actually serve a useful purpose
If you’ve spent any time at all on Facebook and Twitter, you know that so much of what we now call social media is mindless banter. Not that this is a bad thing.
MARK BENNETT: Falling short of the big prize will produce lessons nonetheless
This is a day for Roman numerals.
Americans seldom use them. And when we do, humility is not our purpose.
RONN MOTT: Grandfathers
I watched a TV commercial the other day where a man took his son and grandson fishing. (There are actually many commercials like this one on TV.) In this one, the fish is caught and released. I was reminded I never once went fishing with my grandfather.
Noble Dale Keyes, 75, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at his residence surrounded by his family, following a seven-year battle with Myelodysplasia.
RONN MOTT: Imploding
John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives, gave a speech to a gathering of Republicans in Washington, D. C., a couple of weeks ago. Boehner told the gathering the President was trying to destroy the Republican Party.
RONN MOTT: Stan Musial
I’m not the only one who has sad feelings about the passing of Stan Musial. As nicknames go, he had a good one, “Stan the Man.” He had a lifetime batting average of .331, which puts him up there with all the greats who played the game.
LIZ CIANCONE: Do we want our privacy or not?
We Americans are a strange bunch. We insist upon our right to privacy, yet we neglect few opportunities to parade our personal business in public.
MARK BENNETT: Forgotten Message: Advice from ‘The Mick’ should be remembered in wake of Lance Armstrong’s troubles
The two comments were almost identical.
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