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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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U.S. vaccination programs appear to have become a victim of their own success. Because many parents have never experienced the effects of childhood diseases such as mumps or measles — let alone polio — they don’t always appreciate the health risks the diseases pose and the continuing need for vaccinations.
Readers’ Forum: Dec. 9, 2013
Remove politics from education
FLASHPOINT: Dealing with hunger requires less rhetoric, more action
In November, millions of families in Indiana and across the nation saw their Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits cut through a planned phase-out of a temporary increase in funding that originally took place during the 2009 recession.
READER FORUM: Dec. 8, 2013
• Diving in to pool project
• A timely review of food basics
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• Full attack on common sense
EDITORIAL: Refusing to accept injustice, Mandela made world a better place
Injustice seldom ceases easily. Humans rationalize entrenched systems of persecution. Oppressed people or ideas get painted as a danger to the peaceful social order — the status quo. Cast in that image, inequality appears acceptable, even necessary, to the masses.
Time for a tour?
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GUEST EDITORIAL: Congress now free from the threat of too much work
The headline on the Congress-watching newspaper Politico said it all: “Done.”
RONN MOTT: A friend celebrates his 90th
I went to Charlie Fox’s 90th birthday party Sunday last. He was standing greeting people as they came in the door. I never saw him sit down even one time. He looked more like a man celebrating his 60th rather than his 90th.
Editorial: Bring on the ‘Miracle’
For five miraculous years, Terre Haute’s Christmas festival on a Friday night in early December has grown and prospered.
- Readers’ Forum: Dec. 6, 2013
RONN MOTT: Cigars
Leaving Baesler’s Market the other day, making my round of errands, I started to re-light my cigar. It was left over from the day before and I did not place it in the humidor. It had gotten too dry, so I threw it into my garbage sack asking myself the question, “Why do I do this?” Well, I do it because I enjoy it.
Tried n True: Tea party cookies, lemon and orange
When you get done with these cookies, you will have two different flavors. Our grandkids loved to make the balls and roll them in powered sugar. I can’t remember when I first got this recipe, but it has to have been at least 40 years ago.
TRIBUNE-STAR EDITORIAL: Changing attitudes demand GOP action
From all indications, the Republican Party’s legislative leadership will punt away in its next session the opportunity to make a good decision on behalf of all Hoosiers about placing a same-sex marriage ban in the state’s constitution.
READERS’ FORUM: Dec. 5, 2013
• Anarchy is in the ‘tea’ leaves
Editorial: Help us spread holiday cheer
The kind and generous people of the Wabash Valley are called upon often to help those less fortunate. We are proud to live an area where that call never goes unanswered.
- Readers’ Forum: Dec. 4, 2013
RONN MOTT: Cats, Inc.
I suppose we should give her a cake and a candle, but she would be happier with a handful of “treats” you can find wherever you shop for groceries. I’m talking about the two-year anniversary of the first cat we adopted. If we had known there were going to be more, her name probably would have been different. She was Orange Crush, a small, bedraggled, starving, Golden Tabby female that wandered into our yard a little after Thanksgiving. She had been badly maltreated.
MS. TAKES: Plenty of downsides to tree with candlelight
I had been spinning my wheels over Thanksgiving preparations the other day, so my Best Friend took me out for breakfast — a little luxury I never tire of. Our friend, Bill, stopped by our table to offer holiday felicitations and the conversation turned, as it often does this time of year, to Christmas.
READERS’ FORUM: Dec. 3, 2013
• Prestige chosen over practicality
• Tea partiers love country, freedom
• Same old clowns
LIZ CIANCONE: Plenty of downsides to tree with candlelight
I had been spinning my wheels over Thanksgiving preparations the other day, so my Best Friend took me out for breakfast — a little luxury I never tire of.
Readers’ Forum: Dec. 3, 2013
Prestige chosen over practicality
Tea partiers love country, freedom
Same old clowns
EDITORIAL: For NESC, transparency best option
The five-member board of the Northeast School Corp. of Sullivan County is in the midst of tough times as it faces a difficult decision on the future of its schools, including Union High School in Dugger.
Readers’ Forum: Dec. 2, 2013
‘Ask not …’: Living by the words we speak
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Bobby Leonard symbolized the feisty competitive flair of the old ABA.
EDITORIAL: Preserving, improving our parks
Few amenities more greatly affect the quality of life in Terre Haute than its public parks.
FLASHPOINT: Getting right with history
I am ornery enough to never much worry about whether I am on the “right” side of history.
READERS’ FORUM: Dec. 1, 2013
The dangers of aggressive driving
Thanks to Lowe’s for great work
Another ‘Miracle’ set for Friday
Obama lies with malicious intent
Down the path to nowhere
Remembering to help needy
Jihadis, be careful what you wish for
Hanging on to people’s rights
No more trespassers thanks to mayor
RONN MOTT: Collett Park Christmas Walk always a special event
Since I live right across the street from Collett Park, I enjoy very much this particular neighborhood. And since I have walked around it a few times, I’m familiar with the 0.8 of a mile it takes to walk around the park. The Christmas Walk is a walk around the neighborhood. There were approximately 15 homes involved and open to the public this year
EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news
An expansion of county parks
A teacher, visionary and leader
Reader poll results
READERS’ FORUM: Nov. 29, 2013
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