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December 7, 2013

READER FORUM: Dec. 8, 2013

Diving in to pool project

Well, folks, we are about to start building Terre Haute’s own “Pool of Dreams.” While building at the proposed pool site won’t plow under any corn, it will take away open park space that could serve other purposes. We’re being told by planners that “if you build it, they will come,” but that assurance remains to be seen. It seems to me that all proponents are willing to “go the distance” in convincing residents that this pool is necessary.

Since all of us will ultimately be paying for this project, and the mayor has thrown his full support behind it, I hope we won’t have to “ease his pain” at the next election if optimism turns to pessimism regarding revenue.

If building this pool doesn’t turn out to be everything promised, proponents may seek to disappear into the nearest cornfield.

— Douglas Elia

Terre Haute

A timely review of food basics

This being the season to be thankful and nice, perhaps the “Tried and True” great-grandma would be so kind to do a column or two of “Cooking for Dummies.”

It just might be helpful as the not-so-nice complaint was made by someone obviously not knowledgeable about cooking or he would have known “shortening” has many substitutes.

And the mother who foundered her son on Hamburger Helper for many years could surely use some help. My family tried this, once and the dogs had a feast. We went back to taco salads, tacos, hash, goulash, pasta and “nail” soup, and many other better tasting and less expensive ways to stretch meats.

We learned to cook from scratch during the Great Depression when there were no free lunches, nor food banks. Thankful blessings were woods and creeks that served as the food pantry and toy supply in those days. Be thankful and enjoy your blessings.

Thank you for freedom of speech that we may all learn from it.

— Ruby K. Cook

Marshall, Ill.

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