News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 20, 2013

RONN MOTT: Similar, yet different

Ronn Mott
Special to the Tribune-Star

---- — In the last few weeks it’s been my privilege to interview two of this state’s representatives to the Legislature … different backgrounds, different political parties and yet similar in devotion to the task at hand. They are state Reps. Clyde Kersey, Democrat from Vigo County, and Alan Morrison, Republican from Vigo County.

When this country was founded and states were formed, the legislators only had to contend with a mere handful of people who were reporters. Generally speaking, just a very few newspapers in those early days had full-time reporters in Indianapolis. So the news coming out of the Legislature was often slow and not especially well written. Then with electricity and the leased wires of the Associated Press and other news-reporting services, information would flow much quicker into your local papers. I would have to say it also began to be better reported with more accuracy and, maybe, with less bias.  

There have been some evil times in our state when rotten institutions, like the Ku Klux Klan, held sway with more influence and power than they deserved. That ended and politics got back to a less dirty and cleaner attitude, which was certainly better for the State of Indiana.  

Which brings us back to our people we were interviewing on the radio (WAXI 104.9). Alan Morrison, who played baseball at Slippery Rock University, and Clyde Kersey, who matriculated to be a teacher (by the way, ex-ISU Coach Royse Waltman played center field for Slippery Rock.) Morrison and Kersey are polls apart in what they feel should be the course of things for the State of Indiana. Each man feels the path he is on is correct. I believe both of them to be intelligent men who have agreed to disagree.

I disagree with many directions the governing body of the State of Indiana has taken and will continue to not only say so, but to write about it when I believe the situation deserves the attention.

Alan Morrison has one of those gerrymandered districts which includes a part of Fountain, Clay, Parke, Warren, Vermillion and Vigo counties. It’s a good thing Alan Morrison is a strapping, tall, young fellow who can walk many miles and greet as many of his constituents as possible.

Clyde Kersey is very open and works very hard to serve the people of his district, which mostly includes Vigo County. These were two interviews I truly enjoyed. It would appear the hatred, the name-calling and the downright stupidity of a lot of politicians does not live with these two men.

I don’t believe much of what I learned will change my individual vote, but I would say if all the legislators were like these two men, the State of Indiana would have to be considered in capable hands.

Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on, and in the print and online editions on Saturday.