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
Noteworthy in the news: Another landmark for Pat Rady
A few weeks ago, Pat Rady embarked on his 50th year as a head basketball coach. Last weekend, he punctuated his landmark season at Cloverdale High School in Putnam County with the 724th victory of his stellar career, a mark that makes him the second winningest coach — and tops among active coaches — in Indiana basketball. It’s a remarkable achievement, and he appears to be going strong.
- Readers’ Forum: Dec. 11, 2013
RONN MOTT: Seeds from the same tree
Mahatma Gandhi, who was born in India before the turn of the 20th Century, went to England to study law and decided to settle in South Africa, and he did for 20 years. His work in South Africa was involved in the right of his Indian neighbors to have equal access to civil rights. He also worked for the indigenous people as well. When the people of India became restive during the early days of World War I, Gandhi came home.
READERS’ FORUM: Dec. 10, 2013
• Proud of diploma from McLean HS
• Sports could use drone’s eye view
• Another great downtown fest
• ISU’s silence is disappointing
MS. TAKES: Important date passes by without much notice
Recently we were asked to share our memories of the Kennedy assassination. Folks were interviewed for television or radio, or were asked to recall exactly what they were doing when they got word that our president had been murdered.
GUEST EDITORIAL: Lack of vaccinations puts children, community at risk
U.S. vaccination programs appear to have become a victim of their own success. Because many parents have never experienced the effects of childhood diseases such as mumps or measles — let alone polio — they don’t always appreciate the health risks the diseases pose and the continuing need for vaccinations.
Readers’ Forum: Dec. 9, 2013
Remove politics from education
FLASHPOINT: Dealing with hunger requires less rhetoric, more action
In November, millions of families in Indiana and across the nation saw their Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits cut through a planned phase-out of a temporary increase in funding that originally took place during the 2009 recession.
READER FORUM: Dec. 8, 2013
• Diving in to pool project
• A timely review of food basics
• Name-calling shows sad state of our politics
• Republicans their own worst enemy
• Full attack on common sense
EDITORIAL: Refusing to accept injustice, Mandela made world a better place
Injustice seldom ceases easily. Humans rationalize entrenched systems of persecution. Oppressed people or ideas get painted as a danger to the peaceful social order — the status quo. Cast in that image, inequality appears acceptable, even necessary, to the masses.
Time for a tour?
There’s an essay-type question that shows up on history exams, college applications, “Saturday Night Live” skits and quite possibly requests for platinum credit cards.
GUEST EDITORIAL: Congress now free from the threat of too much work
The headline on the Congress-watching newspaper Politico said it all: “Done.”
RONN MOTT: A friend celebrates his 90th
I went to Charlie Fox’s 90th birthday party Sunday last. He was standing greeting people as they came in the door. I never saw him sit down even one time. He looked more like a man celebrating his 60th rather than his 90th.
Editorial: Bring on the ‘Miracle’
For five miraculous years, Terre Haute’s Christmas festival on a Friday night in early December has grown and prospered.
- Readers’ Forum: Dec. 6, 2013
RONN MOTT: Cigars
Leaving Baesler’s Market the other day, making my round of errands, I started to re-light my cigar. It was left over from the day before and I did not place it in the humidor. It had gotten too dry, so I threw it into my garbage sack asking myself the question, “Why do I do this?” Well, I do it because I enjoy it.
TRIBUNE-STAR EDITORIAL: Changing attitudes demand GOP action
From all indications, the Republican Party’s legislative leadership will punt away in its next session the opportunity to make a good decision on behalf of all Hoosiers about placing a same-sex marriage ban in the state’s constitution.
READERS’ FORUM: Dec. 5, 2013
• Anarchy is in the ‘tea’ leaves
Editorial: Help us spread holiday cheer
The kind and generous people of the Wabash Valley are called upon often to help those less fortunate. We are proud to live an area where that call never goes unanswered.
- Readers’ Forum: Dec. 4, 2013
RONN MOTT: Cats, Inc.
I suppose we should give her a cake and a candle, but she would be happier with a handful of “treats” you can find wherever you shop for groceries. I’m talking about the two-year anniversary of the first cat we adopted. If we had known there were going to be more, her name probably would have been different. She was Orange Crush, a small, bedraggled, starving, Golden Tabby female that wandered into our yard a little after Thanksgiving. She had been badly maltreated.
MS. TAKES: Plenty of downsides to tree with candlelight
I had been spinning my wheels over Thanksgiving preparations the other day, so my Best Friend took me out for breakfast — a little luxury I never tire of. Our friend, Bill, stopped by our table to offer holiday felicitations and the conversation turned, as it often does this time of year, to Christmas.
READERS’ FORUM: Dec. 3, 2013
• Prestige chosen over practicality
• Tea partiers love country, freedom
• Same old clowns
LIZ CIANCONE: Plenty of downsides to tree with candlelight
I had been spinning my wheels over Thanksgiving preparations the other day, so my Best Friend took me out for breakfast — a little luxury I never tire of.
Readers’ Forum: Dec. 3, 2013
Prestige chosen over practicality
Tea partiers love country, freedom
Same old clowns
EDITORIAL: For NESC, transparency best option
The five-member board of the Northeast School Corp. of Sullivan County is in the midst of tough times as it faces a difficult decision on the future of its schools, including Union High School in Dugger.
Readers’ Forum: Dec. 2, 2013
‘Ask not …’: Living by the words we speak
MARK BENNETT: ABA’s record proves Bobby Leonard’s a legit Hall of Famer
Bobby Leonard symbolized the feisty competitive flair of the old ABA.
EDITORIAL: Preserving, improving our parks
Few amenities more greatly affect the quality of life in Terre Haute than its public parks.
FLASHPOINT: Getting right with history
I am ornery enough to never much worry about whether I am on the “right” side of history.
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