News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 10, 2013

Readers' Forum: May 10, 2013



plants new seed

On April 26, CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center hosted an event called “Sowing Seeds of Peace: A Celebration of Spring” at the Apple House. Our purpose was to introduce people to our concept of forgiveness as a seed for peace. This was the first time we have ever done such an event, which featured a wine and beer tasting amid the beautiful foliage of a greenhouse.

We could not have been more pleased with the support from the community. We had a great turnout and received lots of positive feedback. CANDLES owes every bit of the positive response to our wonderful volunteer co-hosts and sponsors.

I would like to thank our co-chairs: Whitney Gurman-Roberts and Mike Roberts, and Patrick and Lindsay Fazio. They were outstanding leaders of this event. We could not have done it without them and our talented co-hosts, including Katie Shane, Susan Snider Turner, Megan Marvin, Teresa Shaffer, Paige Preusse and Rachel Leslie. These volunteers, aka “Team Awesome,” planned and pulled off an incredible amount of detailed work, and they did it with grace, humor, generosity and positivity. Terre Haute is fortunate to have such a great group of people who give of themselves for the good of the community.

I would also like to thank our generous sponsors for the event. The Apple House was a fantastic venue, and Ryan and Tom Cummins and staff were great to work with. Another big thank you goes to Lori Knight and Bourbon and Canal, as well as all the excellent wine and beer vendors who shared their products and expertise with our attendees.

Thanks also to Simple to Elegant, Midwest Printing, Large Ink, WTWO, Clabber Girl, The Copper Bar, Complete Outdoor, Transformations Salon and Spa, Barcelona Tapas Restaurant, and Forget-Me-Not Custom Gifts and Parties. You helped us create a great event at minimal cost so that funds raised can support our work.

Above all, I would like to thank our community for supporting the mission of CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center, which is to shine a light on the Holocaust and the story of Eva Kor, to create an empowered community of critical thinkers who will illuminate the world with hope, healing, respect, and responsibility. Check out our website, www.candles, for

more upcoming events.

— Kiel Majewski,

Executive Director

CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center

We must speak of

Islam ‘candidly’

Arthur Feinsod’s letter of April 29, 2013, shows that he does not understand Islam and the threat it poses to the West. In his book “Religion of Peace? Islam’s War Against the World,” Gregory M. Davis explains the threat Islam poses to the West and writes:

“For those of us aware of the problem, we must resolve to speak candidly what we know to be true about Islam, what it is and what it has done. We mustn’t be cowed by charges of ‘racism’ or ‘xenophobia;’ we mustn’t be afraid of ridicule or ostracism by elements whose careers have been made peddling soft, comfortable fictions; and we mustn’t be afraid even of paying the ultimate price. Clearly, Islam’s true believers are willing to kill and die for their cause. If some of us are not at least willing to die for ours, we are surely lost. From the bloody deeds of Muhammad, to the Armenian Genocide to the terrorist jihadists of today, we must speak the truth candidly and the consequences be damned.”

— Hal Strahm

Terre Haute

Bowen huge friend

 of Taft Institute

The front-page article in Tuesday’s (May 7) Tribune-Star reporting the death of former Gov. Otis Bowen brought back many memories of Bowen’s support and encouragement to C.W. (Will) Engelland’s well-known Robert Taft Institute on practical politics conducted in the summers at ISU for many years.

When the teachers who enrolled in the institute gathered for their end-of-session banquet, Dr. Bowen was often the principal speaker of the evening. He enthusiastically supported Engelland and ISU in these institutes, and if at all possible made arrangements to attend and take part.

The institutes, of course, studied the two-party system, and Republican Bowen and Democrat Engelland worked together in political education projects for Hoosiers with the greatest respect for one another.

— Pat (Mrs. C.W.) Engelland

Terre Haute