July 21, 2021
• For over 20 years, a man that I know’s been drawing disability for his back. Just today I seen him putting a roof on a porch on a trailer that his dad owns, which he owns several of them and they collect rent off of them in somebody else’s name. There’s something wrong with this country.
• The mudslide on Loudon’s Chapel Road has been taken care of. Thanks to everyone who was involved.
• I was calling in about the $300 change that they just made, business thing … I guess that’s the reason more people are staying at home than working because they’re getting all this free money and the people working are paying for it.
• This is Jim Hays, a member of the U.S. Harness Writers Association and, therefore, a Hall of Fame voter. Regarding the recent Live Wire comment about the Hall of Fame and Harness Racing Museum in Goshen, N.Y., the Hall of Fame has an alternative process for honoring others. It involves the installation of a brick with their name on it in a sidewalk on the grounds. As far as I know, the only Corydon honoree in Goshen with a brick is Ray Parker. Ray was a trainer and driver from Corydon in the 1950s and early 1960s at a time when black folks were not as prominent in the sport in the north as they are today. He wasn’t Jackie Robinson, but he was certainly a guy many admired and is well deserving of this honor. He relocated his stable to southern Illinois in the 1970s, became a prominent trainer at Fairmount Park near St. Louis and died in his new hometown in Illinois not too many years ago. Mrs. Hurst’s status as a world record holder would almost certainly qualify her for a brick. I’m checking into it.
• I can’t believe how much money they’re giving for people to stay home and take care of their kids. It showed in The Courier(-Journal) there was only one in nine care things that wasn’t opened. Guess the easy way of making money is sitting on your butt.
• I want to challenge our Indiana attorney general to elaborate on his accusations in his editorial published in the July 14 (Corydon) Democrat that our schools are “prioritizing political agendas over academic achievement.” I know the challenges that teachers and students have both faced during the COVID pandemic. They all had to step back and punt in order to meet the minimal needs of student learning. How dare he insult all involved by suggesting that meeting the educational standards to progress students forward is being given a back seat to pushing political agendas. This is both insulting and strongly political itself in nature. … As parents, I suggest we all contact Mr. (Todd) Rokita and give him a lesson of what is truly being taught in our schools. He can be contacted at www.in.gov/attorneygeneral.
• I’ve been a frequent walker on the Indian Creek Trail, and I was noticing these tiny little frogs or toads. They aren’t as big as probably your fingernail. Some of them are a little bit bigger, but I’ve never seen that many of that tiny size and I was wondering if you all could do some research and find out what the deal is with those tiny little frogs or toads, of they’re anything special if just a normal little frog or toad. Thank you, and I look forward to seeing a potential answer to my question.