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
Editorial: What do Sony cutbacks mean?
It is easy to understand why shivers run down local people’s spines whenever rumors hit the streets about Sony DADC’s plant on Terre Haute’s east side. With more than 1,400 people currently employed in Sony’s production and distribution facilities, the community has grown somewhat dependent on the economic stability Sony provides.
- Readers’ Forum: March 7, 2014
RONN MOTT: Knicks
The big noise in the NBA is whether Carmelo Anthony will stay with the New York Knicks or go elsewhere.
If my memory serves, and it doesn’t always, Carmelo left the Denver Nuggets, the team that drafted him, to play in the bright lights of the Big Apple. It was loudly proclaimed at the time that Carmelo wanted to play for a championship team. The Knicks’ ownership bought a bunch of players and spent a whole bunch of money to aid Carmelo in helping the Knicks to get to a championship.
EDITORIAL: More ill will against gays
If you’re a feral cat wandering freely through a trailer park in Indiana, the General Assembly has taken action to make your life better.
Readers’ Forum: March 6, 2014
Utilities do need tighter regulation
Great work by TV sports staff
Editorial: A good place for persistence
The topic of Gov. Mike Pence’s effectiveness as the state’s top governmental leader during this year’s General Assembly will be hashed and rehashed after the session closes down in the next couple of weeks. At best, the first-term governor will get mixed marks.
- Readers’ Forum: March 5, 2014
RONN MOTT: Abraham Lincoln and George Washington
I remember when by edict the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington were lumped into a single celebration called “Presidents Day.” I thought it was stupid then, and I still do.
LIZ CIANCONE: Antiques show better than any modern programs
I’m not a big fan of television.
Readers’ Forum: March 4, 2014
Lunatic ravings of the far right
Let IRS take the bullying pledge
EDITORIAL: New attention on sex assaults
Youth sexual assault in Indiana is a troubling issue that has not received the attention it deserves.
KELLY HAWES: It’s time to take politics out of redistricting
A bill to form a bipartisan redistricting commission apparently died in the Indiana Senate last week.
Readers’ Forum: March 3, 2014
Social workers honor profession
FLASHPOINT: Restoring trust, respect in schools rests in fundamentals
A recent Harris poll of 2,250 adults reveals a troubling educational trend.
EDITORIAL: Voters don’t have to stand for entrenched partisanship
Realistic Hoosiers understand members of Congress will typically follow their political party line.
MARK BENNETT: People spaces
Demolition machinery chipped away at the buildings on the 500 block of Wabash Avenue. I stood and watched awhile, last week. By July 2015, a new $18.7-million structure will replace those relics.
THOMAS L. STEIGER: Creativity requires freedom from the risks of failure
Last week I wrote about the themes that emerged from the panel discussion by five Wabash Valley members of the “creative class.”
Flashpoint: Everyone would benefit from responsibly expanding health coverage for Hoosiers
A medical epidemic is one of the worst scenarios a hospital can face — when a significant portion of the population is suddenly struck with a life-threatening illness.
Readers’ Forum: March 2, 2014
Candle still burns at St. Ann’s Clinic
Thanks to all at Sarah Scott
How should we define marriage?
An argument of science and law
Chance to expand your knowledge
Excellent service from paper carrier
Central time zone makes more sense
Summer adult baseball league for all ages
Recognizing that all people matter
More selfish opposition to Common Core
EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news
Cheers, Jeers and Tears
You can say that again
Reader Poll results
RONN MOTT: Independent thinking in a rapidly changing world
I am a rather independent person. Oh, I don’t belong to any radical, political organization.
Editorial: Toward a better Lifeline Law
In a perfect world, no college or high school student under 21 would drink alcohol, especially to excess. No student would be sexually assaulted. And no student would experience a drug overdose. There is no perfect world.
- Readers’ Forum: Feb. 28, 2014
RONN MOTT: Ukraine
It’s quiet in Ukraine as I write this but, trust me, it won’t be quiet very long.
EDITORIAL: More welcome news for downtown
An average game of dominoes lasts about a half-hour.
READERS' FORUM: Feb. 27, 2014
• Unfair criticism of electric utility
Editorial: A display of confidence
Successful organizations and institutions have stable and effective leadership at the top. Those who don’t suffer the consequences. So it’s no surprise that Indiana State University’s board of trustees is offering a three-year contract extension to President Dan Bradley to run through mid 2019.
- Readers' Forum: Feb. 26, 2014
RONN MOTT: The Olympics
In the medal count in the Olympics, we ended in second place. In times past, without infusion of money, training, etc., second place might have been OK. For this sports-crazy nation, it is not OK.
LIZ CIANCONE: Preference wins over etiquette every time
It’s a source of amusement to me when I read about the trivia which concerns some folks.
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