News From Terre Haute, Indiana


June 8, 2014

Readers’ Forum: June 9, 2014

Riley students ready to advance

It is with mixed emotions that we say goodbye to the Class of 2014 from Riley Elementary School. We are sad to be losing such a stellar group of young people whom we’ve grown to know and love in the last six years. We are delighted, however, to be promoting these talented students to our Vigo County School Corp. middle schools. I know they will continue to add much to the fabric of our schools, academically, athletically and socially. Congratulations, Riley Racers.

By the same token, we are saying farewell to many dear colleagues: Teachers Trudy Cooper, Barb May, Sandy McFarland, Debbie McKay, Kim Minderman; and cafeteria manager Colleen Lane. These ladies have collectively spent well over a century in service to our children. I am confident they will each make meaningful contributions however they choose to spend their retirement years. Best wishes from the Riley Racers.

At a time when public education continues to be under an increasingly critical microscope, it is heartening to know that our students have what it takes to make a difference in our futures. We can also be assured that the positions of these highly effective, highly qualified employees will be filled by men and women who approach their educational careers with the professionalism and dedication necessary to move the Vigo County School Corp. ever forward. We are fortunate to have a philosophy of excellence in our corporation and to have Superintendent Tanoos modeling and leading the way toward that excellence.

Citizens of Vigo County should feel empowered and confident the VCSC has the right team in place to accomplish any task. We at Riley are enthusiastically on board.

— Claire Marchese, principal Riley Elementary School

Feeling deprived north of Wabash

I have watched and listened to the news reports about the Casey’s new distribution center. I think it’s wonderful that they are coming to Vigo County to build it. I just wonder why there wasn’t this much news and all the comments when John Menard decided to put a distribution center at 13th and Haythorne.

I have asked several people if they remember anything being said about that. Nobody remembers anything being said like all the carrying on there is about Casey’s. But I guess Menard just doesn’t amount to anything like a gasoline company that wants to keep over-charging the general public for gasoline.

I remember that in the early 1960s the president of Standard Oil said that they could give their gasoline away and still make a profit. Back then a station owner would get a delivery of gasoline and at the point in time he would adjust price on the pumps so that he would keep making money.

If you would look around you might see that there is a refinery in Robinson, Ill., that is owned and operated by Marathon and most of the gasoline outlets are owned by Marathon. Looks a little like you buy our gas and we can change any price we want.

Anyway, back to Menard’s. They have a rail spur that services it and there is a fence around so that it makes it look nice.

I read the article in Saturday’s paper and I’m so happy that the city is going to start street repairs soon. I was very disappointed that it looks like they are going to work south of Wabash and that all you people that live in the north end will have to fend for yourself another year of roads that are in bad repair. If they would repave Lafayette, and 13th and 25th streets, the drive to downtown or to your doctor would be lot more pleasant than it is now.

Just remember you live in the north end and you just don’t get much attention from the people in charge of the city. If you would just move south, how much better your life would be.

Well, thanks to those of you who read this — some will agree and some will not. But I think what I have said is correct and truthful. To you that think I am wrong, just come live up north of Wabash and see what it’s like

— Ron Pullen, Terre Haute

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