News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 17, 2013

EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news

The Tribune-Star

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Angling for more help from feds

We suspect Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller will have a few fish stories to tell after this week’s trek down the Wabash River.

Zoeller is making the trip to help bring greater attention to the damage being done to the environment by the invasive Asian carp. He hopes to convince federal authorities to allocate more resources to help the state eradicate the species before it does real damage to the eco-systems of Midwest lakes and waterways.

It’s a good cause, and we commend Zoeller for stepping forward to promote it. As he notes, Indiana has spectacular waterways that deserve aggressive efforts to protect.

The fairest of the Fair

Another Vigo County Fair is in the books and by all accounts it was great success. The Wabash Valley Fair Board once again put on a good show. All the 4-Hers who participated were its biggest stars.

There are a lot of moving parts when putting on an event of this scope and magnitude, so the community should recognize and tip its collective hat to every person or group that played a role. Those who help and participate are part of a wonderful tradition.

High caution on the interstate

It is worth reminding everyone who travels Interstate 70 through Vigo County — and isn’t that most of us? — that a massive resurfacing project is continuing from the Illinois state line to the area around Indiana 46. The project means there are almost constant lane restrictions that will slow traffic.

Construction is important and produces positive results. But it also creates dangers. Exercise caution when you venture onto the interstate. Be careful. Stay safe.

You can say that again

“What we know generally is that Indiana families are falling behind. … Especially the people who are just hanging on, who’ve been trying to get into the middle class. They’ve really fallen down.”

— Derek Thomas, policy analyst for the Indiana Institute

for Working Families, commenting on a report

detailing the state’s increase in low-income families

Reader poll results

Recently, the Reader Poll at asked:

What is your reaction to the American Medical Association’s decision to classify obesity as a disease?

Results: 568 votes were cast.

• AMA did the right thing — 220 votes, 38.73 percent

• AMA did the wrong thing — 291 votes, 51.23 percent

• Not sure — 57 votes, 10.04 percent