|Sun, Dec 22, 2013 12:20 AM
|Issue of December 18, 2013
I just wanted to thank The Corydon Democrat for such great coverage on this matter (about the Depauw couple who was charged and recently sentenced in an animal-neglect case). There are many news organizations, with the threats and accusations, that may have backed down. You were accurate and on top of things from the day the animals and children were affected by this. Great job!
I also want to commend our judicial system. So many other communities don't take the matter of neglect of animals as seriously as our community has. It's good to know they have a voice here.
Just a reminder for those that haven't been following this, with all the animals that had to be taken in by animal control, there is a dire need for homes for them now. Apparently, animal control is offering these animals for adoption for a donation of four items that can go for charity such as food banks. It would be really nice if people added a fifth item that would be animal related to go to those in the community suffering financially that still strive to care for their animals or to reputable no-kill rescues. Rescues and animal control are always looking for items such as paper towels and bleach, etc. Some nice toys for the animals contained within animal control would be nice to provide some amusement for the animals, too.
An additional kudo needs to go to Bruce LaHue and the staff at Animal Control that have worked so diligently to bring these animals to a healthy, adoptable state within their care.
I will continue to pray for the children in this family that have been so traumatically affected by this whole affair.
December 18, 2013
State Board of Education members, including Supt. Glenda Ritz, participated last week in a strategic planning meeting and an orientation session led by national consultants. Optimism over board progress made with the help of these consultants diminished quickly when Supt. Ritz walked directly out of the board's public orientation to hold a press conference accusing the governor of yet another attempt to usurp her authority. Her claim is based on an old e-mail from Oct. 3 mined from a closed DOE e-mail account previously belonging to a current member of the governor's staff.
The e-mail consisted of draft recommendations for reorganizing the governance structure of the state board. Such recommendations have been rejected by Gov. Pence, which he had personally conveyed to Supt. Ritz the previous week.
The recurrence of unsupported accusations by Supt. Ritz must stop. She routinely casts aspersions against her fellow board members. These include allegations of secret meetings, violations of Open Door law and her most recent claim of an "improper" motion that involved a board resolution I drafted to evaluate Common Core standards that she would later characterize as "illegal." Not surprisingly, her accusations are unsupported and fail to pass tests of legal scrutiny. In fact, an Attorney General legal advisory opinion requested by the superintendent affirmed the legality and appropriateness of the very resolution she claimed to be improper and illegal.
Perhaps of greater concern than unsupported claims is the absence of leadership as chair of the state board. Completion of tasks such as the evaluation and adoption of standards, state assessment development, issuance of school letter grades and revisions to Indiana's A-F accountability system have been compromised by the lack of adherence to established meeting procedures and basic meeting rules that govern decorum.
As an elected leader, Supt. Ritz has the opportunity and the obligation to cultivate harmonious relationships that contribute to the responsible governance of Indiana's K-12 education system. Leadership efforts to develop greater collegiality and cooperation would be most welcomed.
Dr. Brad Oliver, SBOE Member, Sixth Congressional District
December 18, 2013
Corydon Presbyterian Church mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela and celebrates the gift of his life to the people of South Africa and to the whole world.
May all of us take courage and inspiration from a sacrificial life well-lived.
Outreach Committee, Corydon Presbyterian Church
December 11, 2013
Last month, a Live Wire caller referred to Randy West's letter on the Affordable Healthcare Act as "a throwback to his liberal views when he was editor of The Corydon Democrat." The content of the remark caught my attention.
I had viewed Randy's letter as one who had a caring view of the controversial health care act and its potential impact on those without insurance and that Randy was simply supporting the new law.
Maybe I was missing something, so I searched my old papers and found Randy's letter to the editor and read it in a more critical view. I came to the conclusion that it was well written, had a clear introduction, substantial supporting documentation and a concise conclusion. The content in Randy's letter simply supported a law that he believed would help others. Is that what makes him a liberal?
It doesn't seem that long ago that we used to refer to those who cared about the less fortunate as humane and, yes, as Christians. If all it takes to be a liberal is to be caring toward others, then, by the grace of God, I hope to become a liberal.
Richard L. Gettelfinger
Harrison County, Ind.
December 11, 2013
Traveling the Harrison County roads, I have noticed an illogical situation I would like to call attention to. There are three intersections I want to discuss. The first one is the intersection of Corydon-New Middletown Road and Fogel Road. Thank goodness there is now a three-way stop. This was long needed because of the crisscross nature of trying to navigate that intersection.
The second is the intersection of Shiloh Road and Ten Dollar Road. This three-way stop I wonder about. There are two houses there, lots of open fields and the ability to see in all directions.
The third is the intersection of Shiloh Road and Fogel Road. There is no three-way stop at this most dangerous of the three intersections. If you are coming from S.R. 337 South toward New Middletown on Fogel, you face a blind curve and a downhill ride. If you come from New Middletown going to 337 South, you come uphill with a blind curve and are unable to see who is coming from Shiloh. There is a stop at Shiloh Road when you come to a Y in the intersection. At this stop, you blindly pull out at the blind curve coming uphill from Fogel Road. Please go and see for yourselves.
It is just a matter of time before someone is injured or killed. Who knows? It may be me and the HCRCC won't have me to send out trash mail on. They will probably do handstands and shout, "Glory hallelujah!" But what if it isn't me, folks? What if it is a busload of school kids? What if an older couple is trying to brave the situation as they pull out in front of the blind curve? What if it is a carload of happy-go-lucky teenagers? What if it is a man and his wife and young children?
If I am being illogical, then I apologize. If I am not, then please man up enough to do something about this hazard to the citizens of our county. May God richly bless you with everything you deserve.
December 04, 2013
Many people have heard the saying: For every puppy bought, a pound puppy dies.
Well, here are the statistics to back up that statement.
According to the HSUS (www.humanesociety.org), nearly eight million animals end up in shelters every year and about half are adopted. The remaining have to be euthanized, and almost three million of those are healthy.
They estimate about 47 percent of all households have at least one pet, and 30 percent of those owners adopt while 70 percent buy their pets from breeders. This means the 30 percent who adopt are saving the lives of about four million pets every year.
Therefore, if 33 percent of those who buy would instead adopt, the three million healthy pets that are euthanized would be saved. That's something to think about. Sometimes you can find pure breds or look-alikes at shelters.
So, for those of you who buy, why don't you take a look at your shelter first? Maybe you could save yourselves a lot of money. That's something else to think about.
New Middletown, Ind.
December 04, 2013
Before severe winter weather arrives, it's a good idea to make sure your vehicle's engine is running effectively and efficiently. If you find that your car or truck is experiencing major engine damage, but is in relatively good shape otherwise, consider repowering it with a rebuilt engine so you know you can count on it when the temperatures drop.
With rebuilding, a vehicle's engine or an identical one from another like-vehicle is completely disassembled, cleaned, machined and remanufactured/rebuilt. Unlike used or junkyard engines with an unknown performance and maintenance history, remanufactured/rebuilt engines are dependable, reliable and backed by excellent warranty programs.
In addition to making your vehicle more dependable, a rebuilt engine gets better gas mileage and emits fewer pollutants than a worn-out engine. It's a sensible solution and much more cost effective than purchasing a new or used car. To learn more, visit the Engine Rebuilders Council website at www.enginerebuilder.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Rick Simko, Chairman, Engine Rebuilders Council
December 04, 2013
Throughout our communities, activities are already being booked on calendars well into next year. With that in mind, we are pleased to invite the public to save the date for the annual Christian Academy Gala at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, in the Marriott Downtown Ballroom at 280 W. Jefferson St. in Louisville.
The evening, including a festive dinner and auction, will draw together people from the area who wish to support Christian education. The added benefit is guest speaker Dr. Thom Rainer, president and CEO of the 5,000-employee LifeWay Christian Resources based in Nashville, Tenn.
The Gala supports the annual fund of the Christian Academy School System, one of the largest Christian schools in the United States and serving more than 3,000 students representing 350 churches of a variety of denominations. This year's goal is to raise $500,000.
As you consider the wide array of worthwhile community activities coming up, please mark your calendars for Feb. 28 and know you will be making a difference to support developing students who have a heart for God.
Christian Academy serves the community with four campuses: English Station, Rock Creek and Southwest, and Christian Academy of Indiana in New Albany. Together, we can help ensure its continued excellence through tuition assistance, technology integration, professional development, fine arts and athletics.
For more information, please contact me at 1-812-944-6200, ext. 5011 or email@example.com, or Adrienne Crosby at 1-502-753-4585 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Watch the media for more details at the first of the new year.
We hope to see you on Feb. 28, and, until then, have a blessed Christmas!
Phyllis Wilkins, Christian Academy of Indiana Development Director
December 04, 2013
This letter is to inform you that we are once again starting our annual fundraiser for needy children in our area. This annual Christmas shopping program has helped approximately 800 kids in the last 10 years.
This year, I have made it a goal to take 150 needy kids shopping, and we need your help. This year, as with last, we are focusing on children from Crawford, Harrison and Floyd counties who are wards of the state (orphans or abandoned), in foster care or are currently being housed in shelters due to no fault of their own.
We will again be taking kids shopping with us on Saturday Dec. 14, at Walmart in Corydon. More than once I was told that these were the only Christmas gifts these children would receive.
Of the $200 to $250 (amount depends on money raised) given to each child, at least 75 percent must be spent on clothing. The remaining money can be spent on toys or more clothes.
We are sales tax exempt, meaning that each child gets the full $200 to $250 to spend.
A large amount of the kids we help are school age and they devote their entire amount to clothing for school.
The Denzinger FOP Lodge does NOT solicit for this great program, or anything else, by telephone. All contact with our supporters is done through this letter only. Our overhead is extremely low, and the only overhead for this program is the cost of the letter that you are reading.
This year, we are using donations received at our booth at Harvest Homecoming to offset the cost.
With that being said, I can tell you that for every $1 you give, $1 goes right back to the kids! No one is paid or receives compensation to run this program. We are all volunteers.
To allow us to better plan for the number of kids we can take, please have donations mailed back by Dec. 1. Checks can be made payable to "F.O.P 171 Shop with a Cop."
Again, thank you for your continued support. Without you, this annual tradition of helping those in need would be next to impossible.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at my home (969-3534) or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Thank you for your continued support.
Bill Wibbels, President, Frank C. Denzinger FOP Lodge
November 27, 2013
In the mid-1970s, a group of thoughtful citizens came together joined by a common interest. They believed people deserved to live the best quality of life possible until the end of life. That meant having a choice in how and where they would spend those remaining months, weeks or days.
These selfless volunteers brought a new kind of care to our communities called "hospice." They weren't sure if it would work or if it would last; they did it anyway.
Thanks to their bold efforts, this year, we celebrate 35 years of service. Our teams of professionals and volunteers have cared for more than 80,000 patients and families since we admitted that first patient in June 1978.
Today, more than 800 volunteers help our 500-plus employees care for patients and families at the end of life. In addition to giving families a needed break from caregiving, our volunteers help with special events, fundraising, administrative tasks, hair care and massage therapy among other assignments. This past year alone, these dedicated individuals donated more than 47,000 hours of their time. Those hours translate into a dollar value of approximately $1 million.
The time and the value our volunteers provide have been particularly welcome this past year. It is no secret that cuts to the Hospice Medicare Benefit have dramatically affected all hospices, including Hosparus. But just like our founding volunteers, we know it is work that must be done. Our dedicated teams of professional care providers, including physicians, nurses, nursing assistants, social workers, chaplains and grief counselors, will continue to serve our patients and families with unwavering help and support from Hosparus volunteers.
In honor of all Hosparus volunteers, I ask that you consider lending your time, talent and treasure to our organization. To learn more about how you can get involved, visit www.hosparus.org.
For us, the road to the home of a patient who needs us is never too long; it's a journey we treasure for a life we celebrate. Thanks to Hosparus volunteers, we will always be here to answer the call for help.
All of us at Hosparus wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season. As always, if we can help you or someone you love, call us at 1-800-264-0521.
Jerry Leonard, Associate Vice President/Executive Director Community Operation, Hosparus Southern Indiana
November 27, 2013
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