Appreciation for kindness
I wanted to thank the incredible gentleman who patiently stood behind me in line at Walmart on Aug. 8 as the cashier scanned all the school supplies I was purchasing for The Salvation Army for our “Back To School” giveaway.
Not only do I admire this man’s patience, but when the clerk was finally done, he stopped me from swiping my credit card and told me he would pay the entire amount of my purchase. I couldn’t believe it.
This man was truly a blessing to me and our organization. And I want to express my deep appreciation for his kindness. The world is certainly a better place because of people like him and we are fortunate that he lives right here in Terre Haute.
— Gordon Hoag, captain
The Salvation Army
‘What ifs’ inspire historical thoughts
Given the fact Sept. 2 is rapidly approaching, which, by the way, was the date the Japanese officially sued for peace in its surrender in 1945 to General Douglas MacArthur aboard the USS Missouri to end World War Two, various questions arise.
What if the Japanese earthquake and ensuing tsunami of 2011 had occurred March 11, 1943, during the peak of World War II’s Pacific conflict between the United States and Japan? Would there have been a cessation of hostilities between the two nations? Would the United States have used its Pacific naval fleet to rush supplies to Japan? By accepting such humanitarian assistance, would Emperor Hirohito have rescinded his bilateral relationship with Adolf Hitler? Would the American people have been amenable to committing such aid and financial donations to assist the Japanese civilian populace in this time of dire need?
Could such a cessation of this Pacific conflict have led to an eventual armistice between Japan and the United States in 1943? In such a context, thousands of American and Japanese soldiers lives would have been saved during the next two years, including the thousands of Japanese civilians who perished and suffered ghastly injuries from these Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb attacks during August 1945.
— Earl Beal
Amazing care for best friend
As we walk through this life, we never know what each day is going to bring. We live in a world that is so busy and we don’t even take the time to appreciate things or people.
On July 16, 2013, I lost my best friend. Being there with her trying to help her and comfort her whenever I could was such a wonderful blessing for me. But another blessing was the personal care she received from Dr. A. Deshpande. His care for her meant so much to her. She spoke very highly of him quite a lot. Thank you, Dr. Deshpande.
I also want to recognize a company called Southern Care. I know from working in the medical field for many years that you have to have a heart for that kind of work, and the staff there really does have a heart. The care Christy Handley gave to Laurie meant so much. Your help was very appreciated by Laurie and Dave.
And last, but by far not least, thanks to a very special person who went above and beyond the call of duty, Kelly Hamilton. I believe God puts people in our lives, and I feel Kelly is one of those people who we were blessed with during such a hard time. She was always there anytime Laurie and Dave needed her. No matter what time of day (or night) it was. My heart goes out to all of you.
I feel I am speaking for all of Laurie’s and Dave’s family when I say, God bless you all for all the hard work you do.
— Janice Smith
Clay shelter in need of help
I work at the Clay County Humane Shelter. We are a small but dedicated group of animal lovers. I take care of the cats. Like most smaller shelters, we are in need of some items.
Since kittens and puppies are still arriving, we are needing kitten and puppy chow, canned cat and dog food and cat litter. Clumping litter is preferred but the old fashioned litter will do, even though it does not smell as good.
We can also use cleaning supplies, paper towels, cat carriers, laundry detergent, treats and cat toys (hard plastic is the best since the cats tend to flip them into their water dishes).
Monetary donations are also needed and are tax deductible. Please donate whatever you can. The animals and the employees will be forever grateful.
— Nola Jane Blueher
What about fares for health care?
In a recent issue (Aug. 14) of this newspaper, an article appeared which stated that the Feds were going to intervene in a proposed merger between American Airlines and US Airways.
The main reason given is that the merger would raise fares and fees.
Please tell me again how much Obamacare is going to drive up health care costs and insurance premiums?
Bless their hearts.
— Mark Burns
Appreciation for kindness
EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news
In the competitive and highly entertaining world of collegiate athletics, Sunday is akin to a national holiday. At 6 p.m., the NCAA will announce the field and seedings of its 2014 Division I men’s basketball tournament.
RONN MOTT: One and done, 2014 style
Hoosiers, this time of the year, turn their minds and emotions to the grand old game of “hoops.”
EDITORIAL: Our children in poverty
An important gauge for measuring the long-term prospects of a community is the well-being of its children. For all the effort and progress Vigo County has made in rebuilding the economy and improving its quality of life, chronic problems with the welfare of its children still exist.
READERS' FORUM: March 14, 2014
• ISU officers should stay on campus
• Good reasons why guns are needed
• Salute to Jake
RONN MOTT: Ukraine 2
The situation in the Ukraine should let us know plainly, and openly, the old saying about a leopard never changing its spots is true. Vladimir Putin is a KGB officer, grew up a communist and, from all appearances, still believes like a communist.
EDITORIAL: Meth battle never ends
It’s been more than a decade since local police officials declared methamphetamine as “public enemy No. 1.”
READERS' FORUM: March 13, 2014
• Celebrating the Girl Scouts
• Challenging the politicians
EDITORIAL: Warm thoughts on a cool day (Part III)
• Resolving to praise ISU
• Right down our alley
- READERS' FORUM: March 12, 2014
RONN MOTT: SAWS
A few days ago we talked to John Anderson of the Greencastle Presbyterian Church. He’s the coordinator for a mission of the church that builds ramps and stairs for those who are physically handicapped in Putnam County.
EDITORIAL: Thinking warm thoughts (Part II of III)
• Renewing a local library commitment
LIZ CIANCONE: We’re not only ones ready for springtime
During the most recent of our numerous descents into polar temperatures, I was astounded to see a dozen or more robins up to their ankles in snow. They were fluffed out to about twice their normal size. I suppose that was an effort to provide a bit of feathered insulation against the cold.
READERS' FORUM: March 11, 2014
• Meat-free path to the fountain of youth
• Faulty point?
EDITORIAL: Warm thoughts on cool days (Part I of III)
• Something good’s brewing
• Y we can’t take it for granted
FLASHPOINT: Where Congress falls short, and where it doesn’t
At a public gathering the other day, someone asked me how I’d sum up my views on Congress. It was a good question because it forced me to step back from worrying about the current politics of Capitol Hill and take a longer view.
READERS' FORUM: March 10, 2014
• Our government’s heart and soul
• A plea for more give and take
MARK BENNETT: New public-access point begins quest to create more spots to experience river
Fairness holds no power over the Wabash River.
EDITORIAL: Ads on the sides of school buses? What have we come to?
Ads on the sides of school buses do not constitute a sign of the apocalypse. Western civilization will survive.
Flashpoint: President should stop Medicare Advantage cuts
Virtually all elected officials — Republicans and Democrats — share the goal of increasing access to affordable health insurance and helping families receive the best coverage to meet their specific needs.
Readers’ Forum: March 9, 2014
Mardi Gras great event for Swope
EPA regs will cause energy bills to soar
Please pray for Ukraine innocents
Sinful thinking on road to hell
Liberty — or licentiousness
People will not always agree
Botched chance at leadership
RONN MOTT: Radio now a long lost love
I fell in love with radio when I was 16, just a few short weeks before my 17th birthday. The man who did the deed and hired me was Adlai Ferguson.
EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news
Welcome to girls teams, fans
You can say that again
Reader Poll results
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.
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