News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 20, 2012

READERS’ FORUM: Nov. 20, 2012

Staff Report
The Tribune-Star


Memories of ‘old ball park’ abound

It is with some sadness and a great deal of nostalgia that I recently read that the city is going to sell Memorial Park to be developed into an assisted living facility. I have many fond memories of the “old ball park,” as it was known back in the day, long before it became “the hole.”

I was born in the area and spent the first 20 years of my life just a half block north of the ball park.  It seemed as though I practically lived at the park during my childhood and likely spent more hours there than any other individual.

Some of my earliest memories are watching the Indiana State football team use the park as a practice field and of being entertained with the Industrial League fast-pitch softball league with Bobo Bennett, Wayne Myers and Dick Hankins, just to mention a few players. Who can forget the fun of flying down the snow-covered hills on a cold, windy day? Many hours were spent playing tackle football (with no pads), softball and who can forget the game “over the line”?

The most memorable times were the many years I spent playing fast-pitch softball (that’s the only kind) under the capable supervision of Jim Sission. Some of the players that come to mind are Denny Jackson, Butch Wilson, Leroy Byrley, Ernie Melvin, Merle Spittler, Dicky Butler, Ed Beasley, Kenny Harlan, Annie Wilson and Shirley Bennett. These are just a few of the many hundreds of players that spent a big chunk of their youth playing softball at the park.

The park may be filled in, leveled off and a nice facility built, but no one can ever take away the memories of the “old ball park.”

— Donald Shepherd

Terre Haute

GOP ‘dictators’ to take power

After reading another article in the T-S about how amazing it is that Glenda Ritz has been elected Superintendent of Public Instruction, I must inform you that this is much ado about nothing. Another writer has already touched upon the subject, so let me give you the proverbial reality check.

Mitch Daniels and his “education reformers” don’t give two hoots in hell that some gifted middle-class children get a better education in a charter school. What they care about is the money derived from the vouchers. Mitch and a select group of financiers in some cases own these charter schools or have a direct connection to them. Once again, follow the money. Mike Pence and the legislative super-majority will not allow Glenda to make any significant changes at all.

On Jan. 1, 2013, the GOP super-majority will own the Statehouse, the governor’s mansion and the people of Indiana. On Jan. 1, 2013, Glenda will join what’s left of the Democrats in the Legislature, and through no fault of their own, they will become null and void. On Jan. 1, we the people of Indiana will be living under a GOP dictatorship and not a democracy.

This dictatorship will have full uncontested power to implement their right-wing agenda to demolish the unions, public education and the middle class. And being that the GOP did not win the presidency, they will legislate from the GOP super-majority.

The majority of those who took the time to exercise your obligation to vote have created this super majority and given them carte blanche to do exactly what they want to do. Enrich the upper class at the expense of the middle class.

And mind-boggling as it may be, a percentage of the mentioned majority is made up of teachers and union workers, who are under attack. As two writers have correctly put it, you had to vote Republican and consequently “voted against your own self-interest.” We’ll see how that works out for you.

— Ron Hastings


Let reps know how you feel

If you generally care about this great country, please join me and use every communication available to instruct your representatives in the U.S. House to replace or ignore Speaker John Boehner and get to the business of representing the people who elected them. He continues to say higher taxes on the rich will reduce jobs but means he and his rich friend do not want to pay their fair share.

Boehner and the House have held us all hostage long enough, and they continue to take us to the edge of economic doom without regard for the good of the average citizen. Please communicate how you feel.

— Ernest Garwood

Paris, Ill.

Thanks for help on fundraiser

On behalf of the Disabled American Veterans and all the veterans of the Wabash Valley, I would like to thank the following businesses that helped us with our annual “For-Get-Me-Not” fundraiser held on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.

We were able to collect over $1,400, and all proceeds will be used for our DAV Van Account. DAV vans provide free transportation to our local veterans to the Veterans Administration hospitals located in Indianapolis and Danville, Ill.

Thanks to Baesler’s Market, Clinton Walmart, Hi-99 and the Indiana Air National Guard.

— Martin L. Lathrop

DAV Commander

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Terre Haute