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Food collections next Saturday

Saturday, May 10, is the date for this year’s National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive. Every year letter carriers nationwide collect bags of food in their home communities which is then donated to local food banks for distribution.

For the past 20 years, the amount of food collected has increased each year, but the need has unfortunately increased even more. Once again we are asking our fellow citizens in the Wabash Valley to place non-perishable food in bags by their mailboxes on May 10 or to place their donations in food barrels placed in local businesses.

Many of those who receive your donations are families with children. As the school year draws to a close, these children may no longer have access to school lunch programs that help provide daily nutrition. Food banks with limited food cannot help families feed their children during the summer without our help, so your donations are particularly important at this time of year.

We thank Wabash Valley citizens for your generous support in the past, and we hope that you will help us again this year. Remember, May 10 is the day that carriers will pick up food at your mailbox, and collection barrels will soon appear in local businesses. Please help us make this year’s food drive a success.

— Keith McElroy

NALC Food Drive Coordinator

Terre Haute

Excellent choice for county judge

Vigo County Superior Court Division 2 is a court of general jurisdiction — with limitations and guidelines approved by order of the Indiana Supreme Court. Pursuant to Case No. 84S00-1312-S-912, entered on Dec. 20, 2013, and by order of the Indiana Supreme Court, 60 percent of marriage dissolutions are assigned to Division 2 whereas 13 and 1⁄3 percent are assigned to Divisions 1, 3 and 6, but none to Divisions 4 and 5.

Additionally, 100 percent of mental health cases are allocated to Division 2. By Indiana Supreme Court order which adopted Local Rule LR84-CR2.2-2, Division 2 does not handle any criminal cases, although it receives 40 percent of civil tort filings. By handling 60 percent of marriage dissolution cases compared to 13.33 percent in other courts and 100 percent of mental health cases, Division 2 by all accounts appears to be a Family Court dealing substantially with family law matters.

The vast majority of all civil tort filings are resolved in mediation and do not require a trial on the merits. Likewise, the vast majority of divorce actions are resolved by mediation requiring only the court’s approval of the settlement terms. For those cases which proceed to trial, either with or without a jury, the court acts much like a referee — making rulings based upon the Indiana Rules of Court, the Rules of Evidence, and case law precedent of the Indiana Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.

Lucky Reddy is a candidate for judge of Superior Court Division 2. Lucky Reddy possesses a wide array of legal knowledge in all of the areas which would come before Superior Court Division 2. She has practiced during the past 16 years in the areas of business and corporate law, commercial real estate and business transactions, health law, medical malpractice defense, civil tort litigation, estate planning and probate, and all areas of family law — specifically including dissolution of marriage, guardianships and mental health cases.

Upon graduating cum laude from Indiana University School of Law in 1997, Lucky was selected to serve as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Frank Sullivan Jr. for the Indiana Supreme Court. In this position, Lucky was responsible for the initial drafting of law opinions to be rendered by Justice Sullivan Jr., now retired. This required the legal ability to analyze factual scenarios and fit them into the existing framework of Indiana law. Her experience as a Supreme Court clerk will serve her well as Vigo Superior Court Judge.

Lucky’s volunteer efforts with community organizations illustrates her dedication to community service and issues of equality. Lucky is the type of individual who would serve as a judge and rule in an unbiased manner regardless of race, religion, gender, ethnicity or economic status of the litigants. It is my belief that she would rule and conduct her court strictly upon the established Rules of Law. It is that notion of certainty to which Vigo County citizens are entitled. In areas involving judicial discretion, Lucky would rule in a completely unbiased manner.

I have been a practicing attorney in Vigo County and in numerous states across the U.S. in state courts and U.S. District Courts since 1968. I have appeared and litigated as lead counsel in substantial and complicated cases in State Courts and U.S. District Courts in over 30 different states in both state and federal courts. The experience and legal ability of Lucky Reddy would compare quite favorably with the many state court and federal court judges before whom I have appeared.

Vigo County has an opportunity to elect a new Superior Court Division 2 judge. Lucky Reddy is an excellent choice. I support her for this very important position.

— Raymond H. Modesitt

Terre Haute

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