in the fables
While browsing in the library, I happened upon an esteemed work dating back 2,500 years. Many are familiar with “Aesop’s Fables,” those wonderful tales that culminate in moral edification via narratives involving animals. Most are familiar, for example, with the race between the tortoise and the hare. Many others have inspired illustrators as well as the Disney Studios and other animation filmmakers.
The ancient Greek historian Herodous alluded to Aesop’s work that was written by a slave in the 5th century B.C. According to legend, he cleverly freed himself and became an adviser to kings and city-states. Other famous Greeks, such as Aristophanes and Plato, were also aware of his work. Plato in his “Phaedo” writes of Socrates, awaiting execution while in prison (399 B.C.), whiling away his time changing Aesop’s tales into verse.
One of the fables that gave me pause was simply titled, “Mittzie the Chameleon.” Unhappily, this poor creature did not fit in with the mainstream species (the “Common Chameleon”) because of his religion. But he wanted to. Badly. So after ingratiating himself with the locals sufficiently enough to get elected to the Provincial Council, he bodaciously decided he would run for the job of Commander-in-Chief Chameleon. But, alas, he had one problem. He was given to wearing an expensive and rather ornate garment that concealed his natural-born epidermis.
Sad to say, it led to a bitter defeat after a quite contentious campaign. By trying to cloak the fact that he was just a garden-variety chameleon, given to taking on the color of his surroundings, he was rejected by the electorate.
The moral: Be true to who you are. Do not try to deny your congenital nature, lest you be seen as a hypocrite.
— Saul Rosenthal
I continue to be baffled by how Indiana voters contradict themselves.
Case in point: The overwhelming defeat of Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett should tell us that the majority of the state didn’t like the direction he was taking. However, with Mike Pence winning the governorship just as easily, it is obvious that many of the people who voted against Bennett voted for Pence.
Pence and Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma have both stated they plan to go full steam ahead with Bennett’s education reforms, regardless of the constituents’ disapproval.
Here lies my confusion with the voters of Indiana. This is but one example of many over the years. I ask, as I have done so many times, why do the people of Indiana vote against their own best interests?
— Ben Brower
Ben Franklin Elementary’s fundraising effort for the USO will be today at the school from 7 to 10 a.m. A letter to Readers’ Forum published Thursday stated the event would be on Saturday.
READERS' FORUM: March 11, 2014
• Meat-free path to the fountain of youth
• Faulty point?
READERS' FORUM: March 10, 2014
• Our government’s heart and soul
• A plea for more give and take
Readers’ Forum: March 9, 2014
Mardi Gras great event for Swope
EPA regs will cause energy bills to soar
Please pray for Ukraine innocents
Sinful thinking on road to hell
Liberty — or licentiousness
People will not always agree
Botched chance at leadership
- Readers’ Forum: March 7, 2014
Readers’ Forum: March 6, 2014
Utilities do need tighter regulation
Great work by TV sports staff
- Readers’ Forum: March 5, 2014
Readers’ Forum: March 4, 2014
Lunatic ravings of the far right
Let IRS take the bullying pledge
Readers’ Forum: March 3, 2014
Social workers honor profession
Readers’ Forum: March 2, 2014
Candle still burns at St. Ann’s Clinic
Thanks to all at Sarah Scott
How should we define marriage?
An argument of science and law
Chance to expand your knowledge
Excellent service from paper carrier
Central time zone makes more sense
Summer adult baseball league for all ages
Recognizing that all people matter
More selfish opposition to Common Core
- Readers’ Forum: Feb. 28, 2014
READERS' FORUM: Feb. 27, 2014
• Unfair criticism of electric utility
- Readers' Forum: Feb. 26, 2014
Readers’ Forum: Feb. 25, 2014
Group to rival The Beatles?
HJR-3 opponents afraid of the truth
Readers’ Forum: Feb. 24, 2014
Declaration of specific gender should never occur
Say no to alcohol at the State Fair
Protect yourself against bad food
Warm appreciation for support staff
Merit in approach
READERS' FORUM: Feb. 23, 2014
• A specimen of bad policy
• And up it goes
• It is past time to talk about rape, sex assault
• Religion is best spread peacefully
• Fugitive thoughts on a winter day
• America taking steps backward
• Being respectful, not anonymous
• Kind help on a cold morning
• Let us throw another stone on the pile
FLASHPOINT: Local control over the business personal property tax good option
I have a tremendous respect for Indiana’s local leaders.
FLASHPOINT: Did legislators place bad bet on Common Core?
A comedian once observed that the reason they call it “horse sense” is because horses don’t bet on people.
- Readers' Forum: Feb. 21, 2014
READERS' FORUM: Feb. 20, 2014
• Take another look at Terre Haute
• The state that adapts, adopts
- READERS' FORUM: Feb. 19, 2014
Readers’ Forum: Feb. 18, 2014
Founders were indeed ‘devout’
Firm definition is what we need
All handouts equal
Readers’ Forum: Feb. 17, 2014
Utility billing process unfair
Voters must demand court information
FLASHPOINT: Manufactured statistics, exaggerated claims make meth battle more difficult
Indiana has many societal problems. One of the most serious is the use of methamphetamine. Meth destroys families, ruins lives and costs taxpayers millions of dollars in law enforcement and meth cleanup efforts.
READERS FORUM: Feb. 16, 2014
• Wrong direction on income issues
• Vet, staff at Brown gave caring service
• Worried about governor’s words
• Drying up stream of public support
• We have passed the tipping point
• Making sure the poor get poorer
• It’s all relative
• Support needed for Catholic school
• Great response from center
- READERS' FORUM: Feb. 14, 2014
READERS FORUM: Feb. 13, 2014
• Expressing thanks for helping students
Readers’ Forum: Feb. 12, 2014
• Sandbagging the time zone issue in Indiana
• Learning, excelling at McLean school
Readers’ Forum: Feb. 11, 2014
Dangerous path was set long ago
Right approach on meth abuse
Readers’ Forum: Feb. 10, 2014
Define marriage and get it right
FLASHPOINT: Study dissects tough tax issues on business equipment, machinery
Indiana’s Legislature first got serious about eliminating personal property taxes in 1966, when Hoosiers approved a constitutional amendment separating taxes on property and personal property.
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- READERS' FORUM: March 11, 2014