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
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.
LIZ CIANCONE: Antiques show better than any modern programs
I’m not a big fan of television.
Readers’ Forum: March 4, 2014
Lunatic ravings of the far right
Let IRS take the bullying pledge
EDITORIAL: New attention on sex assaults
Youth sexual assault in Indiana is a troubling issue that has not received the attention it deserves.
KELLY HAWES: It’s time to take politics out of redistricting
A bill to form a bipartisan redistricting commission apparently died in the Indiana Senate last week.
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