News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 4, 2013

READERS' FORUM: Nov. 4, 2013

The Tribune-Star

---- — 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

Terre Haute

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

Curriculum Coordinator

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

Membership applications and fees are due by Wednesday.  Please join us and encourage your friends to join.

— Karen Long

Membership Chair

Wabash Valley Council

Terre Haute