News From Terre Haute, Indiana


December 16, 2013

Readers’ Forum: Dec. 17, 2013

Why stop with Pepsi sponsor fee?

I read with interest the recent story in which Refreshment Services Pepsi pays a sponsorship fee to the Vigo County School Corp. for an exclusive license to sell its products on campuses.

Well, that got me thinking. Why stop there? Why not use the corporate model and sell the naming rights to school properties? Think of it. How much money could be contributed to the district general fund by asking corporations to pay for the naming rights of the local high schools? Just imagine the excitement on the playing fields and in the stands when rivals “Wells Fargo North HS” and “Terre Haute South by CitiCorp” clash?

But why stop with the naming rights to schools? There’s a lot of money to be made in selling the naming rights to individual facilities and classrooms. What student could resist taking classes in the “International Business Machines Computer Sciences Lab”? Or taking PE in the “Duke Energy Gym”? Don’t feel well? Get a pass to the “UnitedHealth Care Nurse’s Office.” In trouble? March yourself down to the “The Principal’s Office presented by Vizio.”

And there’s no reason local businesses couldn’t acquire naming rights. Why not “Clabber Girl English 101”? With a little imagination, the possibilities for income from naming rights is endless. Why, if it catches on, you could soon find yourself a proud resident of “Walmart Stores at Terre Haute, Indiana” — “Save Money. Live A Level Above.”

— Jim Fisher, Terre Haute

Thanks to those who participated

We would like to thank everyone who braved the cold winter night on Nov. 23 in attending the 10th annual Candlelight Vigil and Christmas Tree lighting for Victims of Crime, Missing Persons and all Military, past and present.

As Alan Pedersen said, “It’s not too cold out here, you know why, because it’s never too cold to be here for someone you love, and it’s never too hot to walk in a walk to remember for someone you love.”

We would like to acknowledge and thank some special people who participated in this year’s vigil. Dr. Dan Willis for his special prayers and kind words; Mayor Duke Bennett and his staff for their support; Vigo County Prosecutor Terry Modesitt; Indiana State Sen. Tim Skinner; Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse; Vigo County Sheriff Greg Ewing; Pam Bird representing Compassionate Friends of the Wabash Valley; Lt. Col. Hal Johnson representing the United States military; and Alan and Denise Pedersen representing Angels Across the USA and Compassionate Friends; and Ann and Carl Smith for lighting the victims’ tree.

A special thank you to the young men and women representing the Terre Haute North Vigo ROTC for presenting the colors, led by Lt. Col. Steve Jenkins, and Bernie McGee for providing the beautiful music and the sound system. Good luck on your audition for the “Voice.”

A special thank you to Michelle Manning and the youth group from Central Christian Church for their help in decorating the courtyard around the Ribbon of Hope that cold morning.

We would also like to thank all of you in the media for the great coverage and the fantastic service that you provide for our great community.

We also want to thank the entire Wabash Valley community for their continued support.

In closing, we would like to encourage everyone to try to turn your tragedies into special memories during the holidays and throughout the coming years by celebrating with family and friends and by celebrating and remembering a life that was lived, not a life that was lost. Happy holidays.

— Merv and Doreena Javins, Terre Haute

WWII lives worth more than fuel

In  regard to Liz Ciancone’s opinion page column on Tuesday, Dec. 10, she states that there was no fly-over at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7 to honor WWII veterans because the Pentagon wanted to save money.

There were approximately 291,557  lives lost in WWII. Now, I admit I don’t know what 291,557 lives are worth or what mathematical formula you would use to find out, but I do know this, that no matter how you figure it, those 291,557 lives were worth at least a couple of plane loads of fuel for a fly-over at Pearl Harbor to honor them.

I hope the Pentagon was proud of the money it saved. I for one would like to say thanks to all those who served and thanks to those serving today, and may God bless you all.

— Robert J. Dunkley, Clinton

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