Sound choice for county judge
John Kesler II is running for Vigo County judge in this election, and I’m proud to say that he has been an important part of my life since I was very young. John’s son and I have been lifelong friends and remain close to this day.
John, along with my dad, helped coach youth basketball for many years. Being from a small town, we competed in many of the local facilities here in Vigo County. Through these experiences, we were able to meet many of our fellow athletes. As we got older, John continued to coach, and Kesler & Kesler Law sponsored our AAU team. John would load up the team and take us all around our beautiful state. Traveling throughout the state and competing at the highest levels provided me with experiences that benefited me beyond the court as well.
After high school, John’s son and I headed off to Indiana University in Bloomington, where we were roommates. John and his wife, Diane, would travel to Bloomington to visit Trey, his son. Since we were away for school, I would have understood them wanting to spend time catching up with Trey, but they always invited me along. A warm meal and friendly company are always appreciated by a young man on a college budget. John and Diane would be sure to check our stock of groceries before leaving as well.
As college wrapped up, it was time for me to start my career. With no real professional experience at the time, it was important I have good references that could attest to my character. John was one of the people I asked to provide a reference for me. He didn’t hesitate to offer his time to speak with potential future employers. I can’t thank him enough for any part he played in my success.
Now with my own family, John has continued to be helpful. We have reached out to him for legal advice locally in Vigo County at times. I also am able to stay in touch with his son, and my close friend, who is now carrying on the Kesler family legal tradition as a third generation attorney.
I am very appreciative of the role John has played in my life and hope that the people of Vigo County are able to experience his caring professionalism and dedication to community as I have. By electing John A. Kesler II, judge, you will be electing someone who has raised three children in Vigo County and is committed to making this a better place to live.
Elect for experience in our legal system. Elect for knowledge of our legal system. Elect John A. Kesler II Vigo County judge.
— Bryant W. Wolfe, Terre Haute
Giving your car the care it needs
Many vehicles were neglected during the recent brutal winter months and could use a little extra care by now. The Car Care Council recommends that motorists follow three simple steps during National Car Care Month in April to get vehicles ready for the spring and summer driving season.
Keep your vehicle clean. Regular car washes and waxes protect the paint and body of your car from corrosive debris. In parts of the country where salt is used on the roads, regularly washing is especially important.
Keep your car on schedule. Every vehicle has a manufacturer recommended maintenance schedule. Whether you choose to do your own maintenance or patronize a local repair shop, following a routine service schedule is essential to keeping your car in safe and dependable working order.
Keep an eye on the little things. Your windshield wipers aren’t cleaning as well as they should? Your gas tank is missing its cap? There’s a warning light on your dashboard? When you see your car needs attention, don’t delay. Repairing small things now can help avoid more costly problems down the road and add years of useful vehicle life.
The Car Care Council offers many free tools on its website, www.carcare.org, to help consumers drive smart, save money and be car care aware, including the popular 60-page Car Care Guide, www.carcare.org/car-care-resource/car-care-guide, and a custom service schedule and email reminder service, www.carcare. org/car-care-service-schedules/
— Rich White, exec. director Car Care Council, Bethesda, Md.
Park restrooms should be open
Why are the neighborhood park restrooms no longer open in the spring and summer months?
As a former supervisor for the Terre Haute Park Department, one of my daily duties was to open and close these facilities. These restrooms were utilized a great deal by day cares and schools. If the taxpayers make up the majority of the Park Department budget, why should they not have the privilege of these restrooms?
— Steve Reimschusel, Terre Haute
Sound choice for county judge
Readers’ Forum: July 28, 2014
• Tea party folks misunderstood
• 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
• Misunderstanding truth about Islam
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?
This is written in response to recent remarks made by State Board of Education members.
- Readers’ Forum: July 18, 2014
RONN MOTT: Presidential Ambush
No wild-west ambush, either real or fiction, has been as successful as the ambush on President Barack Obama.
READERS’ FORUM: July 17, 2014
• Civil rights and burning cities
• Quality service from Baesler’s
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
• The truth about property taxes
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- Readers’ Forum: July 28, 2014