News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 26, 2013

READERS’ FORUM: Nov. 26, 2013

The Tribune-Star

---- — Include Wea in Terre Haute’s ‘Walk of Fame’

I saw with interest the article in the Wednesday, Nov. 13, newspaper regarding the “Walk of Fame.” I must point out that once again the very people responsible for Terre Haute being here have been left out. I am speaking about the Wea Indians and their Old Orchard Town Village that was the forerunner of present day Terre Haute.  

Were it not for these people, Terre Haute may well have not even been here, for it was their village that brought the traders and commerce to this location, as there were many other locations along the Wabash River that provided good places for crossing.

The fact the our state is named Indiana, Land Of The Indian, also seems to have been lost on the powers that be. I have spoken with Mr. Garrison several times regarding this, but to date the Wea have never been included to my knowledge.

After looking over the different categories, I think there are at least three where the Wea could be included; Arts & Culture, Education & Social Sciences, and Civic & Social Services. The Wea, while having their own villages, were at one time a part of the Miami Confederation, and an important part of the history of the State of Indiana.

I for one would love to see the ancestors of this state be included and honored in this historical portrayal of Indiana, as most of the sites of the big cities of this state sit on the sites of former Native American villages.

Perhaps next year they could be included. It would be a wonderful addition to the history of Terre Haute.

— Vicki R. Rainbolt

Enrolled Member of the

Cherokee Tribe of

Northeast Alabama


You can pardon a holiday turkey

President Obama will get a break from Obamacare when he pardons the traditional Thanksgiving turkey. Each of us can also set aside our cares by pardoning a turkey and choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance — one that gives thanks for our good fortune, health and happiness with a life-affirming, cruelty-free feast of vegetables, fruits and grains.

And here are more reasons:

• You will stay alert through the entire football game.

• You are what you eat. Who wants to be a “butterball”?

• Your vegetarian kid won’t have to boycott the family dinner.

• You won’t have to call the Poultry Hotline to keep your family alive.

• Fruits and vegetables don’t have to carry government warning labels.

• You won’t sweat the environment and food resources devastation guilt trip.

• You won’t spend a sleepless night wondering how the turkey lived and died.

• Your body will welcome a holiday from saturated fat, cholesterol and hormones.

Our own dinner this Thanksgiving will feature a Tofurky, lentil roast, mashed potatoes, corn stuffing, stuffed squash, candied yams, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. An internet search on “vegetarian Thanksgiving” got us more recipes and other useful information than we could possibly use.

— Theo Mattson

Terre Haute

Rebuffed by Bennett

Tony Bennett, ex-superintendent of public instruction in Indiana, was surely unfit for the job.

Many of our school children smoke, use drugs and are involved in many anti-social misdeeds. The children from broken homes are picked up by the drug Mafia people and are converted into addicts. Naturally, I felt that I should organize a group to go to every school to talk to the children to be respectful to the parents, teachers and the elders and to work hard and study well to be the best, instead of wasting their time in useless fun.

With all the wonderful facilities in our schools and the good teachers, our children should be the best in the world, but they are far behind the students of other countries and it was no concern of Mr. Bennett. In China, moral education is a course in the primary schools. The children must be inspired to love the motherland, protect the environment, learn the true story of our world and build themselves into the leaders, unlike the ones we have now, to guide the world, now at the point of total destruction, to peace and prosperity.

I wrote a letter to Mr. Bennett and explained the situation and offered my services, but received no response. So I called his office and requested an interview so that I could explain to him everything personally, but he even refused to see me. I was disappointed and could not believe that a public servant, a superintendent of education, could be so rude and unconcerned about the proper education of our children.

I believe that we must have that organization to protect and guide our children to be the best leaders of the future.

— Anil K. Sarkar, M.D.

Terre Haute