News From Terre Haute, Indiana


January 26, 2014

Readers’ Forum: Jan. 27, 2014

Central time is not the answer

I disagree with columnist Mark Bennett’s idea, as expressed in the Jan. 23 Tribune-Star, that all of Indiana should be on central time.

I know it was when I was young and I know that Alabama, directly south of us, is on central — but I do not want it to get dark before 5 p.m. or at 4:30 on cloudy days in December and early winter. I don’t like the dark winter mornings either, but I believe it’s always light by 8 a.m.

Why can’t schools just start an hour later in the winter? In the East, when I was in school, schools didn’t start so early as they do here. On so many winter days schools open two hours late here. It’s depressing to have such early sunsets as going on central time would give us.

— Robert L. Carter, Terre Haute

Great care during scary episode

It is nice to know that when you have an emergency, there are good professional people at Union Hospital to respond.

The day before Thanksgiving, I was at home and my heart started racing. After giving it a little time to slow down and it didn’t, I went to the ER at Union Hospital.

I was in such good hands from that time on. Everyone I came in contact with treated me with such good care and respect. They knew exactly what to do and did it very quickly while telling me what they were doing and what to expect. They all made a very fearful time as non-threatening as possible. They were able to get my heart slowed down to a normal rate.

Also I want to thank the doctors and nurses on the third floor for being so professional and nice. I appreciate that they gave up their Thanksgiving and being with their families to take care of patients like me.

Just this past week I had a heart cathetrization with Dr. Rajedra S. Desai and it was very successful with no blockage. He was very informative but was able to explain everything in such a way that I could understand.

I also want to thank the nurses in the cath lab for being so competent and friendly.

I thank God for my good health and for the doctors and nurses at Union Hospital.

— Debra Pierce, Terre Haute

$1,300 raised for Ryves center

The Ryves Community Optimists Club would like to thank Bob Baesler for allowing us space in Baesler’s Market for our annual fundraiser during the Thanksgiving holiday. He has been kind enough to let us do this for several years now; he is always very supportive of our work and his staff is always friendly. We raised over $1,300 this year.

We raise money every year for the many projects our club funds in the Ryves Neighborhood, from assisting Ryves Youth Center in purchasing additional security cameras to buying socks and underwear for students at Franklin Elementary School. This year, one of the projects we’re undertaking is a cultural project with the Chinese School of the Wabash Valley, titled “Connecting Cultures”, which will assist them in matching grant funds to host several art and culture lessons at Ryves Youth Center, culminating in a poster contest for the Chinese New Year and sending participants and their parents to see a Chinese cultural event at ISU.

We’re very excited to foster a cultural project with the Chinese School and Ryves Youth Center to promote understanding and cultural diversity.

The Ryves Community Optimist Club was formed specifically with the mission to assist in projects and to help raise funds in the Ryves Neighborhood, one of our city’s most impoverished sections. We invite you to join us on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Ryves Youth Center for our meeting.

You can find us online at, and we would love to have your help in assisting this neighborhood.

— Theresa Ortega, PR/Publicity Chair Ryves Community Optimists

Blues festival not a problem

Concerning the controversy over the blues festival in downtown Terre Haute:

Boo. Hiss. Sounds like sour grapes to me from the local attorney.

I went downtown last year during the festival to support our new Yogurt in Love establishment with my granddaughter. I was let in [to the festival area] without hassle and no payment. I know several people “abused” the free entry by lying, but that’s another issue.

Perhaps a ticket could be given for a refund when you exit, after being stamped by the business you are supporting. Or is this complaint simply because the attorney is not making any money off the festival? Hmmm. Makes one think.

— Patty Cottom, Terre Haute

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