Why stop with Pepsi sponsor fee?
I read with interest the recent story in which Refreshment Services Pepsi pays a sponsorship fee to the Vigo County School Corp. for an exclusive license to sell its products on campuses.
Well, that got me thinking. Why stop there? Why not use the corporate model and sell the naming rights to school properties? Think of it. How much money could be contributed to the district general fund by asking corporations to pay for the naming rights of the local high schools? Just imagine the excitement on the playing fields and in the stands when rivals “Wells Fargo North HS” and “Terre Haute South by CitiCorp” clash?
But why stop with the naming rights to schools? There’s a lot of money to be made in selling the naming rights to individual facilities and classrooms. What student could resist taking classes in the “International Business Machines Computer Sciences Lab”? Or taking PE in the “Duke Energy Gym”? Don’t feel well? Get a pass to the “UnitedHealth Care Nurse’s Office.” In trouble? March yourself down to the “The Principal’s Office presented by Vizio.”
And there’s no reason local businesses couldn’t acquire naming rights. Why not “Clabber Girl English 101”? With a little imagination, the possibilities for income from naming rights is endless. Why, if it catches on, you could soon find yourself a proud resident of “Walmart Stores at Terre Haute, Indiana” — “Save Money. Live A Level Above.”
— Jim Fisher, Terre Haute
Thanks to those who participated
We would like to thank everyone who braved the cold winter night on Nov. 23 in attending the 10th annual Candlelight Vigil and Christmas Tree lighting for Victims of Crime, Missing Persons and all Military, past and present.
As Alan Pedersen said, “It’s not too cold out here, you know why, because it’s never too cold to be here for someone you love, and it’s never too hot to walk in a walk to remember for someone you love.”
We would like to acknowledge and thank some special people who participated in this year’s vigil. Dr. Dan Willis for his special prayers and kind words; Mayor Duke Bennett and his staff for their support; Vigo County Prosecutor Terry Modesitt; Indiana State Sen. Tim Skinner; Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse; Vigo County Sheriff Greg Ewing; Pam Bird representing Compassionate Friends of the Wabash Valley; Lt. Col. Hal Johnson representing the United States military; and Alan and Denise Pedersen representing Angels Across the USA and Compassionate Friends; and Ann and Carl Smith for lighting the victims’ tree.
A special thank you to the young men and women representing the Terre Haute North Vigo ROTC for presenting the colors, led by Lt. Col. Steve Jenkins, and Bernie McGee for providing the beautiful music and the sound system. Good luck on your audition for the “Voice.”
A special thank you to Michelle Manning and the youth group from Central Christian Church for their help in decorating the courtyard around the Ribbon of Hope that cold morning.
We would also like to thank all of you in the media for the great coverage and the fantastic service that you provide for our great community.
We also want to thank the entire Wabash Valley community for their continued support.
In closing, we would like to encourage everyone to try to turn your tragedies into special memories during the holidays and throughout the coming years by celebrating with family and friends and by celebrating and remembering a life that was lived, not a life that was lost. Happy holidays.
— Merv and Doreena Javins, Terre Haute
WWII lives worth more than fuel
In regard to Liz Ciancone’s opinion page column on Tuesday, Dec. 10, she states that there was no fly-over at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7 to honor WWII veterans because the Pentagon wanted to save money.
There were approximately 291,557 lives lost in WWII. Now, I admit I don’t know what 291,557 lives are worth or what mathematical formula you would use to find out, but I do know this, that no matter how you figure it, those 291,557 lives were worth at least a couple of plane loads of fuel for a fly-over at Pearl Harbor to honor them.
I hope the Pentagon was proud of the money it saved. I for one would like to say thanks to all those who served and thanks to those serving today, and may God bless you all.
— Robert J. Dunkley, Clinton
Why stop with Pepsi sponsor fee?
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To say that Michael Curry was stressed is an understatement.
‘Ups and downs’ in the Statehouse
As state legislators head into the final week of the state legislative session, five of them from the Wabash Valley met with citizens Saturday at the Vigo County Public Library in downtown Terre Haute and engaged in conversation about the “ups and downs” of the recent session.
Finding what the kids need
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Spotting pot, gun in home nets 2 arrests.
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HUMAN RIGHTS DAY: Focus on poverty, inequality
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VIDEO: Tasting their way to a cure
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Same-sex marriage: 4 couples sue state over ban
Four gay couples from southern Indiana sued the state Friday, seeking to force Indiana to recognize same-sex marriages from out of state and issue licenses to same-sex couples.
Time to check smoke alarms
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Indiana State Board extends president’s contract
Indiana State University has signed up Dan Bradley, the school’s president, for an additional three years of service.
New animal shelter gets welcome boost
The aging Terre Haute Humane Society shelter is not a place for the faint of heart.
Vigo County high school team in FIRST Robotics’ Crossroads Regional
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Benefit planned for daycare fire victim
Veronica Gray never met 19-month-old Emma Lloyd, but when she learned about the child’s tragic death in a Sullivan day care fire, she had to do something.
Winter’s costs add up for Vigo
While still within county and city budgets, the snowstorms of January and February were more costly than a year ago.
Mayor Bennett threatens veto of consultant funding
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Semitrailer fire slows eastbound traffic on Interstate 70
Traffic on Interstate 70 was slowed Thursday afternoon by a semitrailer fire just east of Terre Haute.
Tests show Skittles had no unusual chemicals
The Indiana State Health Department has given Skittles a clean bill of health.
No problems reported in early 10-digit phone dialing
Just be grateful you (probably) aren’t using a rotary telephone these days.
Cloverdale woman sentenced to 10 years in molestation/neglect case
A Cloverdale woman received a 10-year prison sentence Thursday after pleading guilty to child molesting and neglect of a defendant in Vigo Superior Court 3.
College students spend alternative spring break helping in Vigo County
Pruning in the orchard and preparing plants for the garden has been part of the experience for a group of Minnesota students who are spending this week as an alternative spring break at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.
MARK BENNETT: How you approach the day will influence if you are a ‘morning person’
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Area Plan Department considering raising fees
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Tuesday night crash leads to arrest on drug charges
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Clock ticking on downtown TIF district
The sun is setting on Terre Haute’s downtown tax increment finance district, which city economic development officials say has been crucial to downtown revitalization, following action this week from the Indiana General Assembly.
Lay pastor files guilty plea in child sex case
A Terre Haute man has pleaded guilty to seven felonies in connection with a child molestation that allegedly involved the man’s wife as well.
Man gets 1 year probation for child, animal neglect
A Vigo County man has been sentenced to one year on formal probation after pleading guilty to housing children and animals in a filthy house.
Three-vehicle crash on U.S. 41 injures three
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Sullivan daycare fire victim ID’d
Sullivan County authorities have released the name of a 1 1⁄2-year-old girl who died Tuesday morning in a Sullivan County daycare fire.
Sullivan Daycare fire: Broken hearts
A 11⁄2-year-old girl tragically died early Tuesday morning as the result of a fire at Waterman’s Wonderland Daycare on Sullivan’s south side.
Sony DADC cutting 34 distribution jobs here
Sony DADC is halting product distribution operations from its Terre Haute plant at a cost of 34 jobs, a company official said Tuesday.
Bill ends automatic license suspensions for many crimes
Unpaid parking fines, falling behind on child support, drunken driving: So many offenses trigger a suspended driver’s license in Indiana that more than a half-million Hoosiers have lost their driving privileges. In fact, driving on a suspended license is the most common charged offense, prosecutors say.
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