Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Actions could divide the united force.

To the Editor:

An open letter to Dr. Mark Buckley and the Save our Schools organization:

I recently was thinking about a quote you made in the paper. "... Like (Ronald) Reagan said, we have to 'trust but verify'. That is what we are doing."

This is a phrase that came after years of a cold war. After people were killed, planes were shot down, and trillions spent to fight the enemy. This is not a phrase that should be used with a group that is to be a uniting force.

Let me give you an example. When your wife comes home next time, ask her where she has been. When she says : "the grocery store," say to her: "trust but verify." Then start tracing her steps and making calls and tracking her phone to verify. See how well that makes the relationship.

Mind you I am no stranger to stirring the pot. I once filed a similar action as the two that you have. I withdrew it once the point was made. I did not want it to be a costly divisive event. Your actions will not bring this community together.

I in the last few months have made it a point to talk to the board members. I can tell you my belief is that not one of them wants to close a community school. We have lost close to $3 million in annual funding to our school. That is a staggering number. The board is looking for any way to cut costs to SAVE our school. There has been no consideration of closing schools. There has been discussions of getting facts and figures to make informed decisions about saving money to SAVE our school.

If it came down to a choice of lose WRV or cut costs, that is a simple decision.

I would like to invite you and your organization to join in to help our schools. I would like to invite you to the next board meeting to ask questions and join the discussion. I would like to have you and your group on the team. I promise you the board does not have some evil plan.

John P Coleman


Thanks for help with horse pull

To the Editor:

I would like to thank everyone that contributed to the 2012 Freedom Festival heavyweight horse pull.

Thank you to REMC, American Legion Post, First Financial Bank, Main Source Bank, Bloomfield State Bank, The Red Barn in Montgomery, Park Inn, Anderson Poindexter Funeral Home, Welch & Cornett Funeral Home, Monty's Barber Shop, South Side Express, Dairy Queen, Elliott Insurance, Tieman Tire, Casey's General, Strong Automotive, Key Associates, Thomas Pafford, Flooring America, Richard Brown Insurance, City Pest Control, Linton Veterinary Clinic, Tracy Keen State Farm, Ore Kneep Harness Shop Odon, Bio Harness Shop Montgomery, Victor Raber Montgomery, Graber Post (Ed Cox) Odon, Kramer Custom Land Clearing, Carol Mowery Family, Maynard St. John Gibson Co. Coal, and Sullivan Bowling Alley and Patrick's Restaurant Sullivan.

We had a very good turnout with 12 teams of horses and a good little rain.

Thank you all, we hope to see you all next year.

Jane Elliott



Jim Hubbel


Larry Kinnett


Family says thanks for prayers and comfort

To the Editor:

We would like to thank everyone for the prayers, comforting words, cards, visits, food and flowers at the time of Ann Walters' illness, and her going home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

A special thanks to the staff of third floor north at Bloomington Hospital, and to Dr. Rose and Dr. Stone for their compassionate care of our mother. Thanks also to the wonderful staff of Hospice House in Bloomington for their extraordinary care of both mother and our family.

Words cannot express our sincere gratitude for the love shown our family at this difficult time.

Gerry and Janet Thomas


Gene and Mary Ellen Walters


Dean and Patty Walters


Jim and Eleanor Walters

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