Still, the shame of Benghazi
I never thought that I would have lost faith in “60 Minutes” — the signature TV program dealing with history, civic affairs, military science and economics.
But the show on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, was a total waste. The main topic was the Tragedy of Benghazi. Four great Americans have been murdered. The principal leaders representing us (the American people) were President Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The program Sunday night insinuated the names of our two leaders.
I watched the show very closely.
The NAMES of the President and Secretary of State were not mentioned.
If I had the opportunity to speak to President Obama and Secretary Clinton, I would say to them, that you don’t leave our fighting personnel on the battlefield to die.
If I had a chance, I would also mention to the director/producer of “60 Minutes” that the proximity of the election and the phrase “al-Qaeda is decimated" are not vehicles of establishing a presidential legacy.
— Michael Kor
Park field trip took many great efforts
Thanks to the support of Jenny Thomas and the Vigo County Education Foundation, all grade two students in the Vigo County School Corp. recently took part in the Pioneer Field Trip Experience at Fowler Park. The Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department provides a phenomenal educational opportunity for our students, helping them experience the life of a pioneer. As a part of Indiana history, this field trip enriches the curriculum by allowing hands-on activities. Students, teachers, parents and administrators always look forward to this field trip and the knowledge they gain from their participation in this program.
This valuable learning experience would not take place without the time and dedication of a number of individuals. I would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank Kara Kish, superintendent of the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department, and Amber Slaughterbeck, natural resource programmer for the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department. The staff that also participates includes Tony Coletti, Julie Farr, Adam Grossman, Bud Montgomery, Jimmie Pierce and Henry Voges.
Additionally, the field trip would not be possible without the volunteers who take an active role in this field trip for four days. As the students visit each cabin in the Pioneer Village, the volunteers may play the part of a general store manager or a school marm. Students may also observe the volunteers quilting, cooking, or spinning/weaving clothing. The volunteers included Ruth Dalton, Hannah Gillin, Verna Gaskin, Crystal Hastings, Mary Wade, John Wade, Sandy Billing, Pat Breault, Nina Couch-Corenflos, Marilyn Daniel, Marilyn Klug, Linda Sturtevant and Millie Vaughn.
I would also like to thank several employees of the Vigo County School Corp., including Janet Brosmer, Dave Frisz, Diana Jones, Carol Lucas, Tom Lentes, Lori Sankey, Kim Sturgeon and Nancy Weaver.
Finally, thanks to all of our students, teachers, parents and administrators who participated in this program. I sincerely appreciate their encouragement and enthusiasm!
— Holly Pies
Vigo County School Corp.
Time’s now to join literary group
The Wabash Valley Council of the Indiana State Reading Association is completing its annual membership drive. The Wabash Valley Council promotes literacy in our schools and in our community in many ways. We are fortunate to have such an active and hard-working group of dedicated professionals advocating for our students. Through our membership and our attendance at IRA events, we can show our support and appreciation for this worthwhile organization.
The Wabash Valley Council includes the following counties: Clay, Greene, Parke, Sullivan, Knox, Vermillion, Owen and Vigo. Our organization sponsors and/or supports numerous literacy activities including Children’s Library Resources at the Vigo County Public Library, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, Family Learning Day, ISU Parade book giveaway and the spring Student Literacy Showcase.
For the past several years, a group has walked in the ISU Homecoming Parade and given away nearly 1,000 books to children along the route each year! We want children and young adults to have books of their own.
Many of our members are teachers, but anyone interested in promoting and supporting reading and literacy is welcome. The yearly membership is just $8 for educators and $6 for non-teachers. It includes membership in the state organization as well as the local council.
To inquire about membership, contact me at 812-462-4418, West Vigo Elementary, 501 W. Olive St., West Terre Haute, IN 47885 or at email@example.com.
Membership applications and fees are due by Wednesday. Please join us and encourage your friends to join.
— Karen Long
Wabash Valley Council
Still, the shame of Benghazi
Readers’ Forum: July 28, 2014
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• We have only us to blame
MARK BENNETT: Hall of Memories: Names, images of baseball greats trigger connections to our own past
Baseball Hall of Famers are just people. Totally human. Still, for Americans who follow the national pastime, those players represent a nostalgic connection to summers gone by.
Editorial: Community support crucial for workers facing layoffs
The loss of 150 jobs impacts people — the employees themselves, their families and the community. They need the support of loved ones, friends, neighbors, churches, schools, clubs and local service groups in the search for new work and clarity amid the uncertainty.
- Readers' Forum: July 27, 2014
Flashpoint: Why incumbents keep getting re-elected
Nearly three-quarters of Americans want to throw out most members of Congress, including their own representative, yet the vast majority of incumbents will be returning to Capitol Hill in January.
Flashpoint: Spreading the good word about marriage equality
If you blinked over the past month, you probably missed some news about marriage equality in Indiana.
Ronn Mott: Gaza 2014 — hatred lives on
The rockets’ red glares have turned Gaza, part of the Palestinian authority, into a battleground with Hamas, a legislative terrorist organization that has been stockpiling armaments to use against Israel for years.
- Readers’ Forum: July 25, 2014
RONN MOTT: The Czar of Russia
If you are expecting Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Republic, to react to the crisis in the Ukraine as an ordinary elected official, think again. Even though Putin is the President of the Russian Republic, this is not the job he wants. Putin also doesn’t want to be the chairman of a newly resurrected Communist Party in Russia. No, what he wants is to be the czar of a greater Russia.
Readers’ Forum: July 24, 2014
• Clinic will expand basic health access
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EDITORIAL: Work program needs industry buy-in
Good help is hard to find. That’s essentially what Indiana companies have insisted for several years. The state struggles with a “skills gap,” the firms explain. They need employees, but can’t find enough — or in some cases, any — qualified Hoosiers. Businesses say too few applicants possess the “soft skills,” such as showing up for work on time or being able to effectively communicate with co-workers.
- Readers’ Forum: July 23, 2014
RONN MOTT: Dragonfly
The other morning I was moving the canister that holds our recycling material out to the curb when I saw a strange sight. What I saw was a dragonfly fighting with a bee.
FLASHPOINT: News about reality, not affirmation
The public’s trust in the news media keeps dwindling. At the same time, Americans’ political polarization keeps increasing.
LIZ CIANCONE: Chickens as pets always turned out same way
I suppose many of us who grew up on farms or in small towns adopted unusual pets. I had a fondness for chickens. My folks always kept a few chickens, not only to fry or roast, but also for the eggs.
Readers’ forum: July 22, 2014
• Supt. Ritz has right to govern
• A tribute to a teacher
• Rep. Pelosi shows ‘bungling idiocy’
Readers’ forum: July 21, 2014
• Theater brings the joy of music
• Drawing closer to the spirit
• Give some space to heterosexuals
MARK BENNETT: Former Terre Hautean Jim Lovell stood ready as Neil Armstrong’s backup on Apollo 11
The words “Apollo 11” stir optimism in me.
I was an elementary school kid growing up in Vigo County when Neil Armstrong put the first footprint on the moon on July 20, 1969. So much seemed possible
EDITORIAL: Vigo Jail study essential to determine strategy
It comes as encouraging news that the Vigo County Council might include in its 2015 budget significant funding for an expert and neutral study of what can be done to replace or enhance the existing county jail.
Readers’ forum: July 20, 2014
• ‘Hotel Indiana’ has a sour tune
• Kind words about the newspaper
• Some questions about RTL video
• No mercy for cop killers
• Crack down on gun violence
• Anti-Dem tirades mask GOP failures
• Important day for participants
• Appreciation for support
FLASHPOINT: Solve our border crisis
More than 60,000 unaccompanied alien children — mostly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador — have been apprehended on America’s southern border during this fiscal year.
RONN MOTT: World Cup over, but it was fun
After many weeks and many games, the World Cup is over. While the world calls it “futbol,” only we in North America play another brand of football. It is very simple to understand why this is the world’s favorite game … all it takes is an empty lot, a round soccer ball, and you can get a futbol game together.
FLASHPOINT: Living in peaceful communities requires collaboration
Hoosiers have the right to live in peace. Yet, too many of our friends and neighbors are currently living in fear.
Flashpoint: Will Gov. Pence be true to his word?
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- Readers’ Forum: July 18, 2014
RONN MOTT: Presidential Ambush
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READERS’ FORUM: July 17, 2014
• Civil rights and burning cities
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FLAHSPOINT: Supt. Glenda Ritz ‘creating conflict’
It has been my pleasure for the past year to serve as the newest member of the Indiana State Board of Education. I bring a fresh perspective to the board as an attorney and business executive who served as Director of Economic Development under former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson and President of the Indy Partnership, a regional economic development organization charged with recruiting new companies to our state.
Editorial: Continuing the standard
U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett has raised the profile of his federally appointed position more than any individual to hold the job in decades. From the start, he was a man on a mission, and often that mission was focused on rooting out corruption, maintaining integrity in government and pursuing those who violated the public trust.
Readers’ Forum: July 16, 2014
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