News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 6, 2013

Noteworthy in the news: Still looking like a candidate

The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — John Gregg surprised a lot of folks last November when he ran a close gubernatorial race against Mike Pence, the heavy favorite and eventual winner. After a slow start in the campaign that seemed to linger well into the fall, Gregg closed in a rush and lost only by a few percentage points.

So it should be no surprise that Gregg is still looking every bit like the candidate of the future for Democrats who harbor hopes of unseating Pence in 2016. The Knox County Democrat, who served portions of Vigo County for years as a legislator and eventually as Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, hasn’t committed to another gubernatorial run. He hasn’t ruled it out either.

But appearing as the grand marshal in Monday’s Labor Day Parade in Terre Haute should be a clear signal that Gregg’s political fire has not yet dimmed. If we’ve learned anything from Gregg’s history in politics and government, it’s that you should never, ever sell him short.

We suspect Indiana has not yet heard the last of John Gregg.

United Way campaign blasts off

Thanks to an incredible pilot campaign involving 21 companies, United Way of the Wabash Valley has already raised more than $779,600 of its $1.85 million goal for 2014.

The pilot effort began in July and culminated with the official fundraising launch on Thursday.

The generous people of Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties in Indiana, and Clark County in Illinois, have a long history of supporting the United Way cause. Part of the reason for such consistent support is the quality and effectiveness of the 30 agencies funded each year.

With the pilot campaign raising almost half the total goal, the agency now turns its attention to the next phase — raising the remainder by early next year. We congratulate those who’ve gotten the campaign off to a good start, and we urge the community to join the effort in coming months.

Reader poll results

Recently, the Reader Poll at asked:

Do you think the U.S. is justified in taking limited military action against Syria in response to its government’s use of chemical weapons against its citizens?  

Results: 394 votes were cast.

• Yes — 84 votes, 21.32 percent

• No — 283 votes, 71.83 percent

• Not sure — 27 votes, 6.85 percent

New web poll

Are current state laws concerning purchases of pseudoephedrine effective enough to have a positive impact on the meth problem?

To vote, visit