Mark Bennett has reported and analyzed news from the Wabash Valley and beyond since Larry Bird wore Sycamore blue. That role with the Tribune-Star has taken him from Rome to Alaska and many points in between, but Terre Haute suits him best.
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The harsh realities of COVID-19 have illuminated difficulties that Native Americans have faced for decades.
" The governor and his top health official also seem to believe that vigilant Hoosiers vastly outnumber those ignoring or refusing to follow the public health protocols to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Let's hope so."
Hundreds of Hauteans once sat in those leatherette seats, as passengers on Indiana Railroad's Car No. 205. Some rode that streetcar to and from jobs at riverfront factories. Other riders went shopping on Wabash Avenue. Many climbed aboard to take a date to a movie at one of several Terre Haute theaters, buy groceries at corner markets, attend a funeral or get drinks at a nightclub.
ISU has gained a reputation for civic engagement through the past decade, first for its high rates of volunteerism around the county and most recently for the student participation in voting. Washington Monthly, a nonprofit magazine tracking politics and government, placed ISU on its Best Colleges for Student Voting list, along with 156 other schools. ISU received the same recognition in 2018.
Years ago, we kept a dusk-to-dawn street light glowing above our driveway, partly for security but mostly so our kids could play basketball after sundown.
Fear left us bleary eyed. Uncertainty about the present and future made it hard to sleep. There was no easy solution to a life-or-death situation. A new normal was ahead. Nineteen years later, 9/11 sounds like 2020.
As if working for a living wasn't already stressful enough. Then came 2020. The year America couldn't sleep. Help awaits, though.
"By the encore, many fans were dancing to 'Twist and Shout' and crooning along to the famous chorus of 'Hey Jude' performed onstage by the popular Classical Mystery Tour foursome and a necessarily scaled-down version of the symphony."