RONN MOTT: World Cup
I remember in junior high school, in physical education class, we were told to meet outside. The track and baseball diamond were in back of the school. We were met with a small, dimpled ball and the teacher told us it was soccer. It is played all over the world and you can use your head, your body and your feet, but not your hands. I decided then it was not a game for me.
Readers’ Forum: June 24, 2014
• Be careful in extreme heat
• Public workers serve us well
• Show us those mustache posters
MS. TAKES: Words no one wants to hear: ‘At your age’
The other evening, a friend limped into the dining room. Judging from the grimace, she was in some degree of pain, so I asked if she had fallen.
FLASHPOINT: Filing amicus briefs gives us voice in court
The United States Supreme Court and federal appeals courts decide important cases impacting the constitutional rights of everyone, the responsibilities of businesses toward consumers and the relationship between government and citizens. States such as Indiana have a stake in these questions, but how do states make their legal arguments known to the Supreme Court if they are not plaintiffs or defendants in the lawsuit the Court hears?
Readers’ Forum: June 23, 2014
• It’s not hate, it’s just the truth
• Lousing up a very good day
What our country needs from the press
These days, the scandal involving long wait times at VA hospitals can feel like some made-in-Washington spectacle generated by politicians looking for headlines.
EDITORIAL: Getting smart about fighting crime
When those “CSI” TV shows began to burst on the scene in 2000, viewers were mesmerized by the flashy scientific and technological methods police labs were using to build cases against criminals.
Readers’ Forum: June 22, 2014
• Traffic signals need attention
• Current, future state of Iraq
• ISU focusing on returning adult students
• Activist’s passion for a better world
• Don’t waste your vote yet again
FLASHPOINT: Working toward an equitable, high-quality education system
Last month, I vowed to preserve and extend Indiana’s ESEA Flexibility Waiver from certain aspects of No Child Left Behind. Because Indiana schools rely upon the flexibility of federal dollars afforded to them through the waiver, it is important that Indiana extend its waiver.
RONN MOTT: Great effort brings rewards
I want to tip my hat to young David Fuson who has become the spokesperson for the family business.
EDITORIAL: Forging ahead
Life in the digital world has changed drastically for many community institutions. But the Vigo County Public Library, which has navigated various minefields of change in recent years, has shown it can adapt, even improve.
- Readers' Forum: June 20, 2014
RONN MOTT: Iraq, again
Mohammad, the prophet of Islam, lifted into Heaven on a rock, on a hill, in Jerusalem. The binding of military might and strategies, and a religion that was meant for everyone, began to fall apart at that time in history.
EDITORIAL: More needed from Speaker
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma did what most people expected he would do in the wake of Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner’s ethics probe.
Readers’ Forum: June 19, 2014
• Coroner ruling seemed ‘absolute’
• Abusers should get what they deserve
EDITORIAL: A woman in the House
The twists and turns of politics can produce unpredictable results. Just ask Bionca Gambill.
Readers’ Forum: June 18, 2014
• Kasem lent voice to help animals
• What are we paying for?
RONN MOTT: The Stanley Cup
I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy, a proud American who wants to see the USA win just about everything — except the Stanley Cup.
Readers’ Forum: June 17, 2014
• Standing against same-sex unions
• JA seeks alumni for celebration
LIZ CIANCONE: Son has a knack for rescuing lost birds
I think the excitement of last week is over — for now. It all began when Number One son opened the door to a storage area and found a small bird, very much alive. Because my family likes to talk in a soothing voice to all animals, Number One assured the little guy that he was not to worry. “I’ll take you back outside so you can find your family.” Oddly enough, the little bird calmed down and sat quietly in our son’s hand until he put it down outside.
Readers’ Forum: June 16, 2014
Criticism of coroner ruling based on false assumptions
FLASHPOINT: EPA must not ignore Hoosier families
Last fall, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy embarked on a national listening tour to gather feedback on possible new energy regulations. Notably absent from her itinerary was Indiana or any other Midwest state that generates a high percentage of electricity from coal.
EDITORIAL: Enticing more students back to campus a worthwhile initiative
Of all of the educational initiatives paraded before Indiana residents in recent years — some ideas worthy, others flops — none seems more timely or more on point than one approved by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education last week.
MARK BENNETT: Dad-to-dad advice
Giving unsolicited advice is like offering somebody else your toothbrush, because it’s worked so well for you.
Readers’ Forum: June 15, 2014
• D-Day stories still spark deep emotions today
• A cold case that deserves new attention
• Don’t change this Indy 500 tradition
• Indoctrination, not education
• Superb service from car dealer
• Great book recommended
FLASHPOINT: Hoosier children deserve more than just a photo op
Earlier this year the state legislature approved a pilot program for early childhood education. Prior to the law’s passage, Indiana trailed Mississippi and was one of only nine states not providing state funding for pre-K education programs.
RONN MOTT: Looking back on yet another birthday
I have a birthday this week. And, I suppose that like some of you, I tend to look back over the lifespan to reflect on how it has been going.
Readers’ Forum: June 14, 2014
Disputing ‘facts’ of recent letter
EDITORIAL: Celebrating local success
It’s always an uplifting occasion when good things happen to good people. And so we join in the celebration of three people who this week achieved a new level of success and recognition for their professional and personal contributions to life in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley.
- Readers’ Forum: June 13, 2014
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