News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 9, 2013

READERS' FORUM: July 9, 2013

The Tribune-Star

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Our community would benefit from pool facility

I would like to offer my opinion on building a new Terre Haute aquatic center. Do it!!

What have we been waiting on? One thing that I have learned in almost five decades of staring at the black line on the bottom of the pool is nothing comes easy or free and to look at the long term. Also, check the honor rolls. They are almost name for name members of the swimming teams or Torpedoes.

Keeping Vigo County and Terre Haute attractive and competitive to other similar communities is something else that needs to be considered. Go east to the Bird-Gibson center. Several times in the past 10 years I’ve seen schools from all over, all-Americans and Olympians in my neighborhood.

We could fill in the pools totally and do away with local swimming all together to save money now, but in the long run we will lose much more. Maybe we could open a video game center and snack bar where they used to be. Future generations would miss out on things like dedication, teamwork and sportsmanship from a sport where everyone plays and has an event.

— Wesleigh Walker

Terre Haute

First fundraiser a grand success

On Sunday, June 23, Educational/Family Services of West Terre Haute held its first annual bowling tournament fundraiser. It was a grand success.

We want to thank all who came out to support us and all who helped by donating wonderful gifts to be used as door prizes and for silent auctions. Such support from you, our neighbors, allows Educational/Family Services to continue to support people in need in our community through free tutoring and adult education programs.

We want to thank Terre Haute Bowling Center, which donated use of its facility.

We thank the following for donating gift cards that were used as door prizes: Baesler’s, Burke Spring and Alignment, Walmart, Cracker Barrel, Red Lobster, Casey’s, Mike’s Car Wash, Bob Evans, Arby’s and Sister Charles Van Hoy, S.P.

We are grateful for gift baskets from Front Porch Friends, Kohl’s, Larry Paul Tan, Sam’s Club and one of our parents, Tina Graham. Raffled prizes were donated by Front Porch Friends, Rocky’s Flowers and Sister Mary Tomlinson, S.P.

Educational/Family Services is sponsored by the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, and we are grateful for their assistance with marketing and for their continued support.

So many people came out to support us. Thank you to everyone. Together we can give our neighbors a boost through education.

— Penny Sullivan, director

Educational/Family Services

Elections plentiful in Seelyville past

No elections in Seelyville?

I cannot believe that once again it has been stated by Wayne Langman that there had been no elections in Seelyville for 40 years. He has used this statement in past elections.

I campaigned for the Democrats running for town board positions in past elections so I know that there were elections held. The fact is that Mr. Langman lost in every election in which he was a candidate. Does an election not count if he doesn’t win? He ran for council position against John Wade in most of the elections I helped with and he lost.

Then after Mr. Langman somehow got his name on the ballot in place of Tamara Caton, he ran for the clerk/treasurer position. He was once again defeated. The voters in these elections, which Mr. Langman says weren’t held, spoke once again. They didn’t elect him.

I have read a lot of non-facts in the paper lately and wanted to give at least one fact.

— Amy Price

Terre Haute

Pondering the nature of politics

Reading a recent editorial, a thought regarding the nature of politics came to me. Perhaps this has been commented on before. If so, it is worth repeating. If not, well it is something we should all consider.

Democrats tend to be pessimists. They see the world in a way where human nature means people will prey upon other people. As a result, we need to be protected from each other.    

Republicans tend to be optimists. They see the better nature in people. Further, they see a world where everyone deserves a chance to look after themselves. Only if that fails is there the need for private or government assistance.

— Dwayne Owens

Terre Haute