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September 10, 2012

READERS’ FORUM: Sept. 10, 2012

Commissioners prove the need for new blood, fresh perspective



I was disappointed that Caleb Fleschner, a candidate for Vigo County commissioner, was denied the right to march in the Labor Day Parade.

I do not know Mr. Fleschner, but I admire his enthusiasm and determination not to let some union thuggery prevent him from pursuing his goal and plans to march in the ISU parade. This is the type of individual we need on the commission. Some have been there too long and have become entombed and need to be exhumed. We need new blood to breath new life into the commission.

A case in point. Several years ago heavy rains caused Sugar Creek to overflow and flood many homes in the Toad Hop community. Our church organized some volunteers to clean out and refinish a couple homes. While there we noticed a lot of residue and trash from the flood still in the streets and front yards. I met with a commissioner and offered to get some volunteers to help clean up the debris if the county would provide some dump trucks to haul it to the land fill. She said she would look into it.

By June I had not heard anything from her, so I visited her again. She didn’t seem to remember my initial request so I told her again of the need in Toad Hop.

By July I still had not received any answer and visited her again. She said she didn’t know when any trucks would be available and suggested that we get a burn permit from Pollution Control and burn the brush then bag up the rest and the trucks would pick up the bags later.

Have you ever tried to bag a mattresses and springs or tires and cement blocks?

The cleanup in Toad Hop was finally accomplished by the generosity of the Street Department of West Terre Haute, even though it was not its responsibility. They provided a dump truck and end-loader and removed two truck loads of trash. They accomplished in 24 hours what the county commissioners could not accomplish in four months.

I think the voters in Vigo County should give Mr. Fleschner a chance to prove himself. He certainly could not do worse.

As I think about it, perhaps some entombed union officials should also be exhumed.

— Carl Hooley

Terre Haute

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