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June 1, 2014

Readers’ Forum: June 2, 2014

Strong support to keep seniors safe

Crime is everywhere. We are seeing such sadness and despair in the news every day about how thousands of senior citizens are being taken by a scam, approached by a con artist, or how they have become the victims of fraud. Crime toward senior citizens holds victims, families, friends and neighborhoods hostage. It rips communities apart and prevents them from coming together.

Sadly, in many communities, it seems individuals are so self-centered that they can’t be bothered with caring for the needs of anyone else; however, our community is different. We are blessed with many who work behind the scenes yet go unnoticed. These unsung heroes are making tremendous strides to enhance the quality of life for someone else — our senior citizens.

I want to take a moment to make our community aware of the efforts, money, time and resources given to serve and protect our senior citizens through the annual SAFE (Scam and Fraud Education) program, which was on May 20 (at the Vigo County Fairgrounds). The preparation of this program takes many months of planning and, through the efforts of an entire community of caring supporters, over 1,000 people benefit from the program each year.

The SAFE program is a free educational program where senior citizens are taught ways to avoid becoming a victim to fraud. It is theme-based each year to make learning fun because addressing the issue of them being potential targets and having their safety in jeopardy is overwhelming and scary. This year’s “Scams Ahoy” program speakers included Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, Senior Medicare Patrol Outreach and Education Coordinator Barb Miller, Vigo County Triad representatives, Vigo County Deputy Bernard Burns and Indiana State Police Sgt. Joe Watts.

I have included all the names I can think of so that everyone can see the outpouring of generosity. The program sponsors and benefactors included: Senior Education Ministries, Sycamore Manor Senior Living, Senior Medicare Patrol, Jessica Becker, Baesler’s Market, Clinton Gardens, Sam’s Club, Springhill Village, Vigo County Prosecutor Terry Modesitt, Anderson’s Medical Products, Comfort Keepers, First Financial Bank, Harrison College, Humana Market POINT, Providence Healthcare at St. Mary’s, Republic Services of Western Indiana, Signature Healthcare of Terre Haute, Stadler Tax Service, Terre Haute Nursing and Rehab, Terre Haute Savings Bank, Westminster Village Health and Rehab, Anderson Sound Aramark, Area 7 Agency on Aging and Disabled, Blackhawk Community Church, Brownstone Manor, C&M Catering, Clabber Girl, Cross Tabernacle, Family First Home Care, GFS Marketplace, Honey Creek Fire Department, Imagine That, Indiana State University, King’s Servants Chapter 916, Christian Motorcycle Association, Indiana Secretary of State , Lamar, Lighthouse Mission, Pepsi Refreshment Services, Songbird-Lisa Krause, Sugar Creek Baptist Church, West Vigo Middle School student volunteers Lyric Krause, Ally Little, and Makayla Price, Janet Kleptz, TransCare, Tribune-Star, Vigo County Fairgrounds, Walmart 1310, Vigo County School Corp. Art Department teachers and students, Viking Press, WIBQ Radio, Wiese USA, Rose-Hulman, Indiana State Police, Vigo County Sheriff, Vigo County Triad, Gov. Mike Pence, Mayor Duke Bennett, Budd Aplin, Jes Krause family, Darlene Norman, Bob and Mollie Shobe, Dan and Judy England, Cliff and Cindy Anderson, the Brendan Becker Family, Edgar Guy, Dustin Pruiett, Barb Troxel, Josie Blake, David Tedtrick, Aaron Birkey, Don and Susan Elmore, Dorothy Myers, Troy Horutz (wheelchair donation), Muriel Ryan, Keith and Joy Haywood, Duke Energy, Clay County Senior Center, Go Ye Therefore Ministries, Clint Pharmaceuticals, Funtime Scuba and Word Power Family Radio.

Vendors included above sponsors and benefactors and the following: Walthier Foundation Education Team, American Red Cross, Hope of Israel, Southern IL & IN Respiratory Disease, Vermillion Convalescent Center, Gowin-Parc, Vigo County Public Library, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), Gentiva Hospice, United Way of the Wabash Valley, Cloverleaf Healthcare of Knightsville, Bethesda Gardens, Cobblestone Crossings Health Campus, Southern Care Hospice, The WILL Center, Wabash Activity Center, Cowboy Church, Nurse Care, Good Samaritan Society-Shakamak, Evan Lunsford-Edward Jones, Brownstone Manor, Union Hospital-Chest Pain Team, Union Hospital-Medical Rehab, Dr. John Trench, Purdue Extension office, Terre Haute Regional Hospital Wound Clinic, Visiting Angels, FSA Counseling Center, Hamilton Center, Social Security Administration, Gary’s Place, Legacy Healthcare, Heartland Hospice, Roselawn Funeral Home, Paris Healthcare, and the Indiana Office of the Attorney General.

To each and every one who gave of their time, I am humbled by your support and want to personally thank you for your continuing commitment in helping to make this community a safe place to live, work and worship freely. I am so blessed to have you as family, friends and colleagues. Thank you for allowing God to use you to serve our seniors.

— Lori Aplin, SAFE program Coordinator, Executive Director of Senior Education Ministries and Vigo County Triad Chair, Terre Haute

Getting under the liberals’ skin

Don’t you just love it the way Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News and several local writers to the opinion page of the Tribune-Star get under the skin of the progressives, liberals, Democrats and socialists?

— Jim Clayton, Brazil

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