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October 6, 2013

Readers’ Forum: October 6, 2013

TERRE HAUTE — A tribute to Ron Laswell

With the death of Ron Laswell last week, the Wabash Valley lost a charismatic leader.

Much has been said about Ron’s outstanding qualities as a businessman and family man, and I shall confine my remarks to a narrow issue, that of mine safety.

Owners of underground coal mines are often portrayed as cruel bosses who treat their workers as expendable pawns by cutting corners on mine safety in a misguided attempt to save a few dollars by risking disaster. I am not refuting this stereotype in general, but I am in the case of Ron. He was a good enough businessman to realize that a major accident was disastrous not only to the workers but also to production, and without production a mine is only a liability, not an asset.

Ron insisted that the corporate culture at his mines must be one of safety; that every employee from the top management to the lowest laborer is a team member who is responsible for his own safety and that of his teammates. Ron’s people were loyal to him because he was loyal to us.

My mother once told me, “I hope you never enter an underground coal mine,” but I was never afraid to go underground because I had confidence that this corporate safety culture was strong. Events proved that my confidence was well-placed. Ron did well by doing the right thing.

— Spencer Young


Still active while parish appeals

From the parishioners of Holy Rosary Church in Seelyville, we warmly invite all to join us in celebration of Mass at Holy Rosary, Monday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m. We will pray the rosary at 5:30 prior to Mass and join together for dinner at Schelley Hall following the service — RSVP for dinner to Annunciation Parish.

Our Catholic community in Seelyville is in the process of appealing to retain the status as a parish with the hope of continuing the regular celebration of Mass that is so important to our faith community.                                                                                                                                                                      

We celebrate Mass for baptisms, weddings and funerals.                                                                                                                                             While we await the decision of our appeal, we ask for the prayers of the community for our parish, for the parishes just beginning these mergers and closures and for the Church as a whole.

— Jean Anne Jenkins


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