An award well-earned
Bill Felts is an inspiring story. He has admirably merged a life of faith, business professionalism and service to others. And he’s done it all modestly, without fanfare or personal aggrandizement.
As we reported Wednesday, his longtime efforts have earned him a Terre Haute Rotary Club’s highest award to a non-Rotarian.
As a banker, Felts helped support the community, with integrity, through trying financial times. As a United Methodist minister, he has attended to the spiritual needs of hundreds. And as executive director of the 14th and Chestnut Community Center for the last 11 years, he has worked to develop that center into a strong positive force in the innercity through programs that stress wholesome activities, character building, education, nutrition, training, tutoring and parenting.
Key among his efforts is to encourage all who come through 14th and Chestnut to believe that a college education is attainable and that they are worthy.
There’s something special happening in that building, and Felts is a big part of the reason why. We join in congratulating him.
A step forward on ISTEP
We believe the botched administration of ISTEP testing in Indiana schools this spring is a pretty big issue — big in significance to students, teachers and schools, big in cost to school corporations and the state.
Accordingly, we’re glad to see Glenda Ritz, the state superintendent of public instruction, take a hard line toward the company that couldn’t handle the computer demand and, in turn, caused distracting, costly and counterproductive disruptions of testing in April and May.
Ritz — correctly — wants CTB/McGraw Hill to pay the state $614,000 to “make whole” the Department of Education and school systems who expended extra money, time and frustration cleaning up CTB’s mess.
As we have stated editorially, we think that makes perfect sense, especially given the $95 million, four-year contract CTB has with the state — with one year remaining.
Pages of grocery history
As readers of last Sunday’s Tribune-Star know, a Terre Haute business institution, Page’s IGA on Lafayette Avenue, plans to close at the end of July.
When they ring up their last purchase, the Pages will have provided more than 40 years of grocery service to the north side of town — since 1974 at the current location. They will leave behind hundreds of loyal, longtime customers who have supported the neighborhood grocery.
Founder Arnold Page had it right when he said, “We’ve had a good run.”
We all should thank the family-run business for the pages of community history it has written over the decades, and we should regret its passing.
New effort against breast cancer
Pink is the adopted color of breast cancer awareness, research and treatment. And now a group called P.I.N.K. is bringing an extra resource to families dealing with that dread disease.
The acronym stands for Passion, Initiative, Need and Knowledge — which describes its roles of enthusiastically filling voids in support and knowledge about the realities of cancer treatment. Services will be delivered, survivor or volunteer to patient, personally and with empathy.
As we reported in Wednesday’s paper, P.I.N.K. was formed here by a breast cancer survivor, Amy Bagnoche, and a family physician, Dr. Darren Brucken.
To raise funds, it plans a P.I.N.K. party on July 12 and a golf outing the next day. All of the money raised, organizers say, stays local.
For details about this laudable undertaking and its two upcoming events, go to www.pinkofterrehaute.com.
An award well-earned
EDITORIAL: Our children in poverty
An important gauge for measuring the long-term prospects of a community is the well-being of its children. For all the effort and progress Vigo County has made in rebuilding the economy and improving its quality of life, chronic problems with the welfare of its children still exist.
READERS' FORUM: March 14, 2014
• ISU officers should stay on campus
• Good reasons why guns are needed
• Salute to Jake
RONN MOTT: Ukraine 2
The situation in the Ukraine should let us know plainly, and openly, the old saying about a leopard never changing its spots is true. Vladimir Putin is a KGB officer, grew up a communist and, from all appearances, still believes like a communist.
EDITORIAL: Meth battle never ends
It’s been more than a decade since local police officials declared methamphetamine as “public enemy No. 1.”
READERS' FORUM: March 13, 2014
• Celebrating the Girl Scouts
• Challenging the politicians
EDITORIAL: Warm thoughts on a cool day (Part III)
• Resolving to praise ISU
• Right down our alley
- READERS' FORUM: March 12, 2014
RONN MOTT: SAWS
A few days ago we talked to John Anderson of the Greencastle Presbyterian Church. He’s the coordinator for a mission of the church that builds ramps and stairs for those who are physically handicapped in Putnam County.
EDITORIAL: Thinking warm thoughts (Part II of III)
• Renewing a local library commitment
LIZ CIANCONE: We’re not only ones ready for springtime
During the most recent of our numerous descents into polar temperatures, I was astounded to see a dozen or more robins up to their ankles in snow. They were fluffed out to about twice their normal size. I suppose that was an effort to provide a bit of feathered insulation against the cold.
READERS' FORUM: March 11, 2014
• Meat-free path to the fountain of youth
• Faulty point?
EDITORIAL: Warm thoughts on cool days (Part I of III)
• Something good’s brewing
• Y we can’t take it for granted
FLASHPOINT: Where Congress falls short, and where it doesn’t
At a public gathering the other day, someone asked me how I’d sum up my views on Congress. It was a good question because it forced me to step back from worrying about the current politics of Capitol Hill and take a longer view.
READERS' FORUM: March 10, 2014
• Our government’s heart and soul
• A plea for more give and take
MARK BENNETT: New public-access point begins quest to create more spots to experience river
Fairness holds no power over the Wabash River.
EDITORIAL: Ads on the sides of school buses? What have we come to?
Ads on the sides of school buses do not constitute a sign of the apocalypse. Western civilization will survive.
Flashpoint: President should stop Medicare Advantage cuts
Virtually all elected officials — Republicans and Democrats — share the goal of increasing access to affordable health insurance and helping families receive the best coverage to meet their specific needs.
Readers’ Forum: March 9, 2014
Mardi Gras great event for Swope
EPA regs will cause energy bills to soar
Please pray for Ukraine innocents
Sinful thinking on road to hell
Liberty — or licentiousness
People will not always agree
Botched chance at leadership
RONN MOTT: Radio now a long lost love
I fell in love with radio when I was 16, just a few short weeks before my 17th birthday. The man who did the deed and hired me was Adlai Ferguson.
EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news
Welcome to girls teams, fans
You can say that again
Reader Poll results
EDITORIAL: What do Sony cutbacks mean?
It is easy to understand why shivers run down local people’s spines whenever rumors hit the streets about Sony DADC’s plant on Terre Haute’s east side. With more than 1,400 people currently employed in Sony’s production and distribution facilities, the community has grown somewhat dependent on the economic stability Sony provides.
- Readers’ Forum: March 7, 2014
RONN MOTT: Knicks
The big noise in the NBA is whether Carmelo Anthony will stay with the New York Knicks or go elsewhere.
If my memory serves, and it doesn’t always, Carmelo left the Denver Nuggets, the team that drafted him, to play in the bright lights of the Big Apple. It was loudly proclaimed at the time that Carmelo wanted to play for a championship team. The Knicks’ ownership bought a bunch of players and spent a whole bunch of money to aid Carmelo in helping the Knicks to get to a championship.
EDITORIAL: More ill will against gays
If you’re a feral cat wandering freely through a trailer park in Indiana, the General Assembly has taken action to make your life better.
Readers’ Forum: March 6, 2014
Utilities do need tighter regulation
Great work by TV sports staff
Editorial: A good place for persistence
The topic of Gov. Mike Pence’s effectiveness as the state’s top governmental leader during this year’s General Assembly will be hashed and rehashed after the session closes down in the next couple of weeks. At best, the first-term governor will get mixed marks.
- Readers’ Forum: March 5, 2014
RONN MOTT: Abraham Lincoln and George Washington
I remember when by edict the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington were lumped into a single celebration called “Presidents Day.” I thought it was stupid then, and I still do.
LIZ CIANCONE: Antiques show better than any modern programs
I’m not a big fan of television.
Readers’ Forum: March 4, 2014
Lunatic ravings of the far right
Let IRS take the bullying pledge
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- EDITORIAL: Our children in poverty