TERRE HAUTE —
Ever since Vigo County earned the distinction as the national Mecca for intercollegiate cross-country athletes, the annual NCAA Pre-Nationals has been a premier event at the LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course on the county’s east side.
It happens again this weekend, when more than 2,000 runners from across America converge on Terre Haute to compete for positions in the national championship race, also to be conducted here in late November.
The city and county have benefited greatly from national events such as these. Not only have they been an engine for local commerce and tourism, they have bolstered the community’s image to outsiders as a place where important events occur and are handled well.
Tip your cap and give a heartfelt Hoosier greeting when you run into Pre-Nationals visitors this weekend. That will let them know they are welcome here and that their presence is valued. When they leave, we went them to have good memories of their brief stay.
We will never grow weary of commending and congratulating those who have made these events possible for Terre Haute and Vigo County.
It was a grand vision that has produced dividends, tangible and intangible.
Ignore spin, embrace the facts
“Spin” is ever-present in American politics. It’s a useful tool employed to support or defend a position. And often its purpose is to twist or shade facts and events to fit a message intended for a particular audience.
But there are times when you encounter a politician delivering spin laced with so much irony that it merits special attention. Eighth District Rep. Larry Bucshon, a Newburgh Republican, earns that dubious distinction this week.
Rep. Bucshon joined U.S. House tea-party Republicans in voting against the temporary bipartisan measure to end the partial government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling in order to avoid Treasury default. While disappointing, Bucshon’s vote was no surprise.
What is noteworthy is the manner in which he explained his vote.
In a press statement, Bucshon presents this tidbit: “This legislation is merely the byproduct of a dysfunctional, Democrat-run Washington, D.C. that would rather kick the can down the road than work on serious solutions. …”
Kick the can down the road? Now hold on a minute. Democrats and some Republicans initially pushed a long-term solution to these problems, but were prevented from doing so by the more conservative block in Congress.
Forcing your political adversary into a position and then criticizing them for it is an ages old political “spin” trick. But it’s annoying nonetheless. We hope people of the 8th District don’t buy it.
Reader Poll results
Recently, the Reader Poll at Tribstar.com asked:
Do you or someone in your family plan to attend the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival in the coming week?
Results: 225 votes were cast.
• Yes — 123 votes, 54.67 percent
• No — 93 votes, 41.33 percent
• Not sure — 9 votes, 4 percent
New Reader Poll
Did Rep. Larry Bucshon do the right thing on behalf of 8th District citizens by voting against the deal that re-opened the government and prevented financial default?
To vote, visit www.tribstar.com.