News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 19, 2014

READERS' FORUM: Feb. 20, 2014


---- — Take another look at Terre Haute

Searchlights scanning the snowy sky guided 1,300 winter-weary moviegoers to the landmark Indiana Theatre in downtown Terre Haute for the premiere of the movie “The Drunk.”

Written, produced, directed and performed  by Hauteans William Tanoos and Paul  Fleschner (and a cast of professional and local talents), this film gave the audience a chance to see Terre Haute through a different lens.

Familiar locations showed best sides, downtown streets were busy and full. Other scenes didn’t hide local problems, but all offered views we may have missed in our busy lives.

How many places have murals like the ones in the Debs Museum, the Vigo County Courthouse and Woodrow Wilson Middle School? Do other cities this size cherish  locations like the Indiana Theatre, the Ohio Building, Stables, Moggers, the Saratoga and many more? Much of the restorations, renovations and upkeep of these properties are done locally. We have learned to do it ourselves, not ask for handouts from others.

Perhaps we all need to step back and take another look at Terre Haute. We don’t have to be the butt of any more “terrible Haute” jokes. There is a lot to like here. We need to discover that for ourselves and promote our findings near and far.

Thanks again, William and Paul.

— Nancy Bradford

Terre Haute

The state that adapts, adopts

Even as we prepare to celebrate the bicentennial of our state’s constitution in 2016 and seek, risking unforeseen consequences yet again, to alter that noble document’s very essence, interesting it was to note that Gov. Pence would choose to provide new tax credits at the state level thus making it easier for gay, lesbian, bi or transsexual couples involved in a loving and committed relationship to adopt children, although his purpose may have been keyed to appeal to the humanitarian (nothing wrong with that) or anti-abortion sentiments of his conservative base.

And the governor accomplished it all with a simple stroke of the pen on paper. Or, possibly, two pens, one upon the other.

Or, perhaps, two papers, (edge-to-edge or face-to-face?). Or a pen with a paper and/or a pen. Or a pen dolled up extra nice and stepping forth with intent to be a paper. Or a paper and a pen or a paper or a paper and a pen. (Feel free to clutter up the previous sentence with commas at your own discretion.) Or … oh, well, you get the picture.

Indiana: the state that adopts, the state that adapts. Putting pen to paper for two hundred years and counting.

— Clay Wilkinson

Terre Haute