Hostess brings closure to a local Ding Dong
Take it from me, as one garden variety Ding Dong to another. Hostess Ho-Ho’s may be gone from the market shelves but as long as there is an opinion page here in the Tribune-Star, there will remain a cadre of unbridled Twinkies writing in to express themselves and a corresponding field of simple-minded Cupcakes eager to offer rebuttal.
It comes as one of life’s great compromises, not a surprise actually but an irremediable slippage of sorts in the realityism of the space-time continuum, as a reminder of who we are perhaps and a humbling slap in the face, this realization that in the end all are equally soft in the middle and each may be found, once broken or probed, to be gooey on the inside and essentially sweet. This leaves us with a fundamental sense of fullness.
As one of the unfortunates having never known shame, I would close by asserting that when it comes to ding-a-ling letters, this one probably takes the proverbial cake, the tasty little individually wrapped twin-pack of cream-filled chocolatey, even devilish, size-challenged diet-busting cake with deep, dark double-fudge frosting and those intricately overlapping swirls of decadently delicious and visually delightful vanilla detailing some might describe as whited icing filigree.
This can be carefully pried loose and lifted off with the tine of a fork, you know, to be eaten and enjoyed separately. (Or so I’ve heard.) Oh, for one last nibble!
— Clay Wilkinson
key to future
If I hear any more of the hysterical media hype about the dangers of going over the “fiscal cliff” I am going to scream. The president suggested it and Congress ordered it, the theory being it would do such irreparable damage, the politicians would rise above petty politics and fix all of the problems. What a joke. The group with a tax-and-spend agenda still do not want to cut any expenditures and are determined to continue adding to the trillion-dollar per year deficit.
John F. Kennedy said in so many words, quit holding your hand out and ask not what the country can do for me but what can you do for your country. Then he cut taxes and the economy took off. He took no salary. Limited trips around the world. What an icon to hold up to the latter-day officeholders. Now here comes the kicker: He was a Democrat.
I am beginning to believe the fiscal cliff may be overrated. Like all federal agencies, they all overspend. If enacted maybe then both political parties will make an attempt to live within our means. Besides, the new Congress can make changes as needed.
Of course, I believed in Kris Kringle and the Easter Bunny, but isn’t it a shame that good political responsibility is now in the unbelievable category .
— Sam Wallace
We would like to thank everyone who volunteered their time and the community for attending the ninth annual Candlelight Vigil and Christmas Tree Lighting to remember victims of crime, missing persons and our military.
We would like to extend our thanks to Mayor Duke Bennett. We would also like to thank Vigo County Prosecutor Terry Modesitt, Chief of Police John Plasse, Pastor Dan Willis, state Sen. Tim Skinner, Bernice Helman, the Terre Haute North Vigo Junior ROTC Color Guard and Lt. Col Steve Jenkins, and Cindy McClain and Pam Bird representing Compassionate Friends of the Wabash Valley.
We could not have put on this program without all of these people willing to volunteer their time to remember our loved ones at this holiday season.
We would also like to thank retired Plt. Sgt. Matthew Krupa for lighting the military tree and the Owens family for lighting the victims tree.
Also thank you to all the media for the great coverage and great service you provide for our community.
We would like to extend our best wishes for everyone in the community for a happy holiday season and please remember all of our lost loved ones and our military personnel throughout the holiday season and the coming year.
— Merv and Doreena Javins
We’ll see where
election takes us
Someone wrote to the Tribune-Star saying the election was over, so get over it. Sorry, we can’t get over it becouse we have to put up with it for the next four years.
I guess we will just have to see where it takes us.
— Barbara Stoffer
Hostess brings closure to a local Ding Dong
EDITORIAL: Greater course loads can mean quicker degrees
The impact of Indiana’s low education attainment level shows up in Hoosiers’ paychecks.
The state ranks 40th in the U.S. in the percentage of residents with college diplomas.
Readers’ Forum: July 31, 2014
• Stamp of approval
• Great job, WAXI
- Readers’ Forum: July 30, 2014
RONN MOTT: Colonoscopy No. 5
I just finished up my fifth colonoscopy last week. It had been seven years since my last one, and since my father and grandfather died of colon cancer I find it advisable to go through this procedure in attempting to live as long as I can.
Readers’ Forum: July 29, 2014
• Anything goes with the liberals
• Deserter does not deserve discharge
• Outrage lacking on IRS scandal
LIZ CIANCONE: Next century? Hope strikes out again for ‘our’ team
It is a case of hope trumping experience that my Best Friend and I looked forward to the 2014 baseball season.
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.
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