News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 4, 2013

EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news

The Tribune-Star

---- — The annual Homecoming Parade, one of the biggest events of the year for Indiana State University, will step off Saturday morning in downtown Terre Haute. Sycamore blue will be front and center up and down Wabash Avenue.

ISU has been gearing up for the big day with activities and events this week, but Saturday is the big day. After the morning parade, the activity center will be Memorial Stadium, where the Sycamore football team will host Youngstown State.

The weather forecast is looking a bit iffy, but we doubt that will dampen spirits too much.

This is one of those special events that help Terre Haute define itself as a true college town with all the color and energy that go along with it. It should be a grand time. We wish everyone associated with the ISU festivities a happy and safe homecoming.

Cheers, jeers and tears

• Cheers to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College for its recent $2-million federal grant award aimed at improving student success, particularly for first-generation and low-income students. We’re confident the college will put these resources to great use.

• Cheers to Bernice Helman, a real estate agent for Coldwell Banker Troy Helman Realtors in Terre Haute, for being honored with a prestigious Good Neighbor Award from the National Association of Realtors’ REALTOR Magazine. Among the good works that earned her the award was her efforts through the years with United Way of the Wabash Valley.

• Tears at the passing of longtime Terre Haute Tribune reporter, editor and community activist Carolyn Toops, who died last week at age 90. Her boundless energy and commitment to community were inspiring. She will be missed.

•Jeers to Todd Rokita, the Indiana congressman who served two terms as state secretary of state. Rokita got a bit caught up in the hyperbole of government shutdown politics this week when he said the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, is “one of the most insidious laws ever created by man.” We hope he was just exaggerating. Otherwise, he’d be lumping the ACA with such infamous laws as slavery, the Fugitive Slave Act and Prohibition, not to mention the numerous laws in foreign countries that violate basic human rights. Rokita has been roundly skewered in the media, including a hilarious verbal spanking from Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

• Cheers to the large contingent of volunteers who gathered last Saturday to help clean up portions of the city. The project was coordinated by a TREES Inc. committee, the City of Terre Haute and Republic Services.

You can say that again

“You don’t get to demand some ransom in exchange for keeping the government running,”

— President Obama on the government shutdown

Web poll results

Recently, the Reader Poll at asked:

Should 8th District Rep. Larry Bucshon vote for a GOP proposal to defund the new health care law, even if doing so risks partially shutting down the federal government?

Results: 345 votes were cast.

• Yes — 219 votes, 63.48 percent

• No — 119 votes, 34.49 percent

• Not sure — 7 votes, 2.03 percent

New web poll

Is Voorhees Park a good location for the school corporation's new aquatic center?

Register your vote at