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February 27, 2014

Readers’ Forum: Feb. 28, 2014

TERRE HAUTE — ISU has taken over the town

I was just wondering when we’re changing the name of this city to ISU, Ind., seeing they have taken every building that ever meant anything to anyone in this town.

The train station could have been used to teach kids all about the railroad, but it just had to go to ISU. No need to go downtown — it’s gone.

If these people (ISU) wanted to tear down the whole town why didn’t they just find some land and make a campus there.

I’ve lived here all my life, now I’m sad to stay here. I’d like to go but funds stop me. Maybe ISU could pay for me to move.

They seem to have the money to take everything out of this town. Sorry, but ISU is not Terre Haute, no matter how hard they try to be.

— Linda Williams

Terre Haute

Much to learn of African heritage

February is African American Heritage Month during which America salutes and honors African Americans for their glorious achievements, notable and epoch making contributions to the progress, happiness and enlightenment of the civilization of mankind.

I came across an interesting  book entitled “African Kings” in the Vigo County Public Library which describes several notable events that may  be regarded as milestones reached in this heritage trail; two of which are quoted here for the benefit of those who may be eager to know of these glorious milestones.

On page 19 it says, “The OBA (perhaps means king) was a sacred figure vested with such cosmic energy that it was dangerous to see or hear him. So he lived  as virtual recluse in his own palace, spoke  through an intermediary and wore a mask in public. For his enthronement, he bathed in the blood of his predecessor’s eldest son and ate his heart. … If he proved  in effective, the ‘BAHORUN’, the dean of the council of commoners who designated the monarch and monitored his acts, politely suggested suicide as a solution, failing which he was walled in his palace along with his entire immediate retinue.”

On page 30 it says, “If the god king showed any sign of mental or physical weakness, the palace nobles chose his successor, whom they would put under a black ox whose throat has been slit. The new ‘SARKI’ was then bathed and purified in the blood of the ox while one of the lords strangled the deposed sovereign. The late ruler was then wrapped in the hide of the ox and buried standing up.”

In conclusion, it may be noted there is much to learn, appreciate and admire the magnitude of the history and heritage of African American brothers and sisters.

— Karanam S. Rao

Terre Haute

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