Goodwin campaign deserves attention

Election Day, Nov. 5, 2019, is slowly creeping up on us. On this day, we will have the opportunity to vote for real changes in our city. Perhaps the most important decision is that of mayor of Terre Haute. While we have three candidates running for mayor, to me, the choice is clear. I will be voting for Pat Goodwin, who is running as an Independent. 

Pat has been actively campaigning since January 2018. In these last 18 months, he has been tirelessly shedding light on various issues concerning the present state and future of Terre Haute. Whenever discussing city matters, he does so in a truly transparent, intelligent, well-researched manner. As a former city engineer, Pat has a wealth of knowledge about the inner workings of a city. Furthermore, he is truly independent; therefore, he is working for us, not a political party. How refreshing.

For Pat, excellence is a way of life. He and his wife, Marti, are raising four fabulously talented, high-achieving, kind kids, while also running a successful company together. He treats his employees very well and fosters a fun, yet highly productive work environment. At company social events, it is evident that his employees have meshed as a team and have mutual respect for one another. 

As mayor, I’d expect Pat to create a similar working environment, one where employees are valued, respected, and united in working toward a common goal. I have witnessed Pat devote his life to this campaign for all the right reasons: he loves our community, knows we aren’t meeting our potential, and is capable of leading real positive changes. He is devoted to a single mission — to improve the quality of life in Terre Haute.

Who wouldn’t want Pat on our side, working tirelessly to create a better Terre Haute?

I encourage you to become educated on Pat’s platform. You may learn more by liking and following “Goodwin for Mayor of Terre Haute” on Facebook and Pat Goodwin @GoodwinforTH on Twitter. Also check out www.goodwinforterrehaute.com. Pat is open and responsive to your questions about his vision for Terre Haute’s future. After a little research, I believe the choice will be clear for you, too.

I’ve lived here since 1996, and this is the most excited I’ve been about the possibility of Terre Haute becoming a great city. I’d love for my four kids to have the desire and opportunity to stay in Terre Haute as adults. I want to be proud of the city in which I live. We can do better. It starts on Nov. 5, 2019, by voting for the change Terre Haute desperately needs. Goodwin for Terre Haute will be a “Great Win” for our city.

— Julie McNichols, Terre Haute

Don’t waste those discarded books

Every July, the apartment complexes in Terre Haute clean out student rooms to get them ready for the new students moving in August, when school starts. 

Sadly, students leave so many things behind like clothes, electronics and books. There is only one bookstore in Bloomington that offers to take all the books from these apartments before they are thrown in the dumpsters as a way to keep them from ending up in a landfill. Academic Scholarly Bookstore in Bloomington tries to get the word out to all dumpster divers and apartment owners to bring the books, electronics and clothes to them. 

Only a small percentage stay out of dumpsters and make their way to a place that can use them. The amount of books, electronics, clothes and other items could easily be saved by taking them to a local establishment that can re-use them, or give them to another charity. 

Terre Haute could do a better job of protecting the environment if only these apartment complexes would take the time to distribute these items to bookstores, clothing thrift stores or others.

— Joe Grant, Bloomington

Fiscal concerns need cooperation

Having followed the drama played out in our local paper concerning inadequacies of our jail and schools, I attended my first meeting of the Citizens for a Better Government at the library on Saturday.

Over the years, since the institution of our property tax caps, we have had to watch our property taxes go up to fund local government. Living in the Deming subdivision, my property taxes soared this year and will again increase next year due to a state reassessment. Now we are faced with crumbling schools and an inadequate jail (which we are still paying for), ensuring many years of even more burdensome, but necessary, costs.

Having learned a great deal about the challenge of the homeless in our community, I’m aware there are hundreds of people in Vigo County on the cusp of homelessness. If they must choose to pay utilities or buy food or medicines, what will they choose?

Those of us who are on fixed incomes may find they must downsize or move away if taxes become unaffordable.

It is imperative that we as a community come together to decide the best alternatives for the most cost-effective and feasible way to fund both our schools and the jail. Let us be an example of cooperation between both city and county council members and constituents.

We know concessions will need to be made, but with good leadership and determination, our differences can be overcome and our community will continue to have schools we can be proud of and a justice system that will be exemplary.

I urge all to contact their council members and let them know your opinion on this issue. Fiscal responsibility should be in mind as each council member casts a vote.

— Mary Jo Brown, Terre Haute

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