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
Readers’ Forum: April 24, 2014
• Keep comments to the political
- Editorial: Noteworthy in the News (Honors for strong commitment)
- Readers’ Forum: April 23, 2014
RONN MOTT: Shave
I recently saw a television pitch man explain the virtues of the single blade in what appeared to be an old-fashioned safety razor. He was explaining we didn’t need three blades in a razor, or five, or six, and how many more are we going to get with the razor to get that perfect shave? He urged us to use only one.
Readers’ Forum: April 22, 2014
Volunteer to help a child
Very successful WDC Style Show
EDITORIAL: Exploring the road to better health
The Indiana 8th Congressional District exemplifies the importance of the Hoosier Health Care Tour conducted by two doctors who also serve as lawmakers — one on the state level, the other in Washington, D.C.
Readers’ Forum: April 21, 2014
Navigating our freedom, rightsa rocky ride
We need to think about farming
MARK BENNETT: Living the dream
Earth Day receives its share of under-your-breath criticism.
EDITORIAL: Pondering the jail problem
Our compliments to Vigo County Councilman Mark D. Bird for taking the time and investing the thought and energy into writing his detailed letter to the editor on the topic of the county’s jail, published in this newspaper on April 13.
FLASHPOINT: Newspapers and baseball: Two great institutions are evolving
There are few aspects of American life that are the same today as they were 100 years ago. Two of them are newspapers and baseball.
Readers’ Forum: April 20, 2014
Testing still best way to measure
Addressing issues of inequality
Perfect blend of attributes
An outstanding choice for judge
No excuses for Benghazi tragedy
RONN MOTT: Spring activities settle into northside park
Some say young love blossoms like the flowers in the spring. It must be spring, because we witnessed the first wedding ceremony performed in the Collett Park gazebo on a recent Saturday.
EDITORIAL: Get smart with 911
Worst-case scenarios when emergency service are needed are not things people like to think about. But focused attention on details in advance could make a life-changing, even life-saving, difference in the future.
FLASHPOINT: Heading in the wrong direction
A study released last week by the Tax Foundation reported Indiana taxpayers saw one of the sharpest increases in tax burden since 2001. Dig deeper and the numbers are more alarming.
RONN MOTT: They didn’t make it!
The “One and Dones” done went and didn’t! (I know this is grammatically incorrect, but I want those folks down in Kentucky to read it.)
EDITORIAL: Dealing with eroded trust
Our neighbors in Putnam County are understandably concerned, even outraged, over problems in their sheriff’s department. People have a right to expect their chief law-enforcement agency — one of the most important public institutions in any community — to operate professionally and effectively.
Readers’ Forum: April 17, 2014
• A blessing from our young folks
• Confidence in judge candidate
EDITORIAL: Preparing for voting changes
The primary election, during which Hoosiers will traipse to their polling places to select party candidates to fill the ballot for the general election, is now three weeks away.
Readers’ forum: April 16, 2014
• Mott’s rant on global warming
• Salvation through the Indian way
RONN MOTT: Royce Waltman
In recent days the papers have been full of good things about Royce Waltman. Not a lot of puffery, but more like Royce himself… straight, true and right at you.
LIZ CIANCONE: Not much peace since war to end all wars
My jaw dropped the other day when I read that this year, 2014, marks 100 years since the start of World War I. No, you wise guys, I wasn’t there personally.
Readers’ Forum: April 15, 2014
Sound choice for county judge
Giving your car the care it needs
Park restrooms should be open
EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news (Honors for outstanding women)
Honors for outstanding women
Sprucing up around the wetlands
You can say that again
Reader Poll results
Readers’ Forum: April 14, 2014
Alternatives to ‘injustice’
EDITORIAL: Teaming up to fight the ugliness of graffiti
Graffiti hurts the Terre Haute community. It deflates property values and local pride. It literally paints an image of carelessness on the city.
MARK BENNETT: It’s (Not) So Easy
Arctic air bled into the Wabash Avenue post-hippie-era diner-pub every time the wooden door swung open.
ERIC SCHANSBERG: The 1040 tax form turns 100
The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution brought us the federal income tax in 1913. A year later, the 1040 tax form was born.
Readers’ Forum: April 13, 2014
• An attack of hypocrisy
• New jail not a good idea
• Thinking about the next election
• Being positive a tremendous asset
• Work status a matter of value
FLASHPOINT: Time to fix government
In 1965, the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, Wilbur Mills, brought legislation establishing Medicare and Medicaid to the floor of the U.S. House. That was my first year in Congress, and I remember vividly the moment when Mills came to the Democratic caucus to explain his plans.
Death Notice: April 13, 2014
- More Opinion Headlines
- Readers’ Forum: April 24, 2014