News From Terre Haute, Indiana


October 20, 2013

READERS' FORUM: Oct. 20, 2013

Kudos to Sen. Joe Donnelly

It is reassuring to know that there are some in Congress who believe in compromise and working together.

Tribune-Star columnist Mark Bennett’s front-page piece on Oct. 17 pointed out the important role assumed by Sen. Joe Donnelly within the struggles over the debt crisis. As Bennett quoted in his article, Donnelly said, “What gets things done is the relationship you have to work together to make our nation stronger. And you had 14 people in a room who trusted one another, who knew they could trust each other’s word, and who knew that their only goals were to try and make this nation stronger.”

He pointed out that “It was negotiations where a number of people had different positions. Nobody got 100 percent of what they wanted, but the goal was to make sure our nation was protected.”

We are fortunate to have a senator representing Indiana with a desire to find solutions and not just be a “grandstander.”

Donnelly’s middle ground approach helped to avoid an international crisis. Where was Sen. Coats?

— Martha Cornelius

Terre Haute

Telling the story of climate change

Thank you for giving such prominence to the study from  the University of Hawaii on global warming (Oct. 10). I have talked about global warming for at least 20 years. It’s been so evident to me, not only from what I’ve observed here but from what I’ve read about what’s happening  worldwide, and from what information I’ve gotten from radio and TV.

I won’t be around in 2047, but for those who will it’s time to realize the future looks bleak if we can’t reduce greenhouse gases.

— Robert L. Carter

Terre Haute


Don’t overlook 13th and Hulman for aquatic center

I never learned to swim, and as a kid in the early 1950’s I nearly drowned. Like water and oil, I didn’t mix well either.

But now I find myself writing about the new VCSC pool and its placement. Perhaps Voorhees Park would make a beautiful setting for the pools, except for one major factor — the location of Voorhees Park itself.

Simply put, it’s the traffic congestion in that whole area. Voorhees Park would be sandwiched between accident-prone Third Street (U.S. 41) and single-lane Indiana 63. There are many homes along that Indiana 63 route, plus the federal prison. Add to that the rear exit from the Honey Creek Mall onto Indiana 63. I may enter the mall at the front, but sometimes I’ll leave by the rear exit to evade the heavier traffic out front. Many people do the same thing.

I can only imagine, with the inner-city school meets and perhaps statewide competitions, the school vans and buses traversing that area (especially on a weekend). A last comment on the park: I love trees far more than swimming pools, so how many trees might be lost to renovate that area?

In summation, there is only one spot in the whole city where the pools should go, and I drive by that area several times a week. This area was also mentioned on a list of sites considered, (T-S, Sept. 30), and that site is the old coke plant at 13th and Hulman. That is one massive piece of ground, and not a tree in sight. Four wide-open lanes, all the way from Poplar to Springhill, and no houses on the west side of 13th from Hulman to Lockport.

Easy enough access to the site for all the schools, and without the entanglement of the southwest side. I know they were figuring out how far each school had to travel to Voorhees Park — something like three to seven miles. Wow. All that way! It’s in the city, folks. Where else would we put the pools? Say, didn’t Abe Lincoln walk seven miles to the library?

With the 13th and Hulman ground, you are starting from scratch, a blank canvas. That area can be made beautiful, with trees planted around the perimeter. Tons of room for roadways and parking lots to accommodate different sizes and types of vehicles.

In the center, create a park-like setting with an enclosed concession for the patrons attending meets. Provide the usual fare: soft drinks, hot dogs, popcorn, prime rib, (medium rare with a nice glass of Cab). Hey, this is my idea, and I’m near the end of the trail.

But all seriousness aside, folks (Steve Allen’s line), I don’t recall “hearing or reading how many pools are going to be installed. I’ll assume no more than three, not less than two Olympic-sized pools. Whatever the number, install an extra pool for the general public on the far southside of the property. This should also include an adjacent wading pool for the children. I still can’t swim, but I’m a very proficient at wading, so I will volunteer my services as lifeguard. I just don’t think the public should use the students’ pools. I have other ideas, but I will end it here.

Am I over budget? If so, I will pick up the shortfall (when I win the lottery).

— Michael Mareena

Terre Haute

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