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 Letters Published in November 22, 2006 Issue



 Nov. 22, 2006 - Letter submitted by Mel Matlock, works manager, Town of Knightstown

The Knightstown Volunteer Fire Department will be moving into the new station at the end of this month. I would like to thank the many people who helped complete this project: former Knightstown Clerk-Treasurer Linda Stearns; Wayne Twp. Trustee Randy Overman; the Wayne Twp. Advisory Board; the Knightstown Town Council; town of Knightstown employees, especially Larry Rumple, who was the construction foreman, and Wayne Terry, Joe Harding, Tim Apollow, and Doyle Richmond; and community volunteers Rodney Lingenfelter, Dave Steinwachs, Alex Turner, Joe Meuller, Ben Madison, manager Carter Lumber in New Castle. Special thanks also goes to New Castle Correctional Facility Director Craig Hanks and Donna Pierce's work crew. They saved a lot of time and money and did excellent work.

To anyone else who helped but was not mentioned above, thank you very much as well.

I hope the township and the town will be proud of the job these people have done and the facility they have constructed. Chief Bob Schaeffer and the KVFD are planning an open house in the near future.



 Nov. 22, 2006 - Letter submitted by Renee Reynolds Brown and family, Greensboro

This letter is to personally apologize to the family of Darla L. Hoffman. You see, it was my grandmother's funeral procession that Mrs. Hoffman was speaking of in last weeks issue of The Banner's letters to the editor. My family did not realize that our procession had interrupted Mrs. Hoffman's family.

I have spoken with personnel from Hinsey-Brown Funeral Home and they did not mean for this to happen, nor did they do it on purpose. It was an unfortunate misunderstanding and we are sorry that your family was hurt on what was already a sad day for us all.

The big picture that we should all focus on is that life is too short to hold grudges and to be bitter. God wants us all to get along with one another and learn to forgive those who have upset us. With this being said, I would like to take the time to let the employees of Hinsey-Brown Funeral Home know what a wonderful job they did for my grandmother and my family. The staff of Hinsey-Brown are very professional and compassionate in every shape and form and I would recommend them to anyone who has lost a family member.

One other subject I would like to touch on before the close of this letter is those in the public (you know who you are) who have the disrespect not to stop or slow down when a funeral procession is passing you. One day it might be your family member, but you can guarantee I will stop at the side of the road while you pass by and will lift you and your family up in prayer.



 Nov. 22, 2006 - Letter submitted by Kevin D. Brown, owner, Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service

This letter is in response to the letter that appeared in the November 15 issue of The Banner from Darla Hoffman. I would like to first offer my condolences for the loss of her mother. I realize that the loss of a parent can be a very difficult time.

Secondly, I would like to address the situation with the funeral procession. As of owner of Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service, and more importantly, a sincere and caring member of the funeral profession, I realize that this must have upset Ms. Hoffman and her family, and for that, I do apologize.

We at Hinsey-Brown strive to do everything in a very professional manner while adhering to the Golden Rule. Since I was not present at that given moment, I have spoken with the gentleman who stopped traffic for our procession, and the funeral director who was driving the funeral coach. They both assure me that this was not done intentionally, and with no malice or negative intent. The gentleman who stopped traffic says that when he looked before entering the road, he did not see any lights of any kind. I believe him, and I presume the oncoming funeral coach was in the "dip" just before Grant City Road. I know this gentleman would not intentionally stop another funeral procession, but can also understand why, from Ms. Hoffman's point of view, it may have appeared otherwise.

Just know that we sincerely regret that it happened, and will make provisions so that it doesn't happen again. However, please also know that it certainly was not done intentionally.



 Nov. 22, 2006 - Letter submitted by Tracy Winters, Knightstown

Last week I attended the Veterans Day program at Knightstown Elementary and, once again, I was reminded of what a wonderful job the C.A. Beard Memorial School Corporation is doing with my children. I am so happy that my kids are in an environment where they are being encouraged to not only become productive, but also civilized, decent citizens. I don't always agree with every decision made by the school corporation, but I believe that they are doing what they feel is best for all of our children and not a select few. I feel secure that when send them my children each morning, they will be returned to me safe and sound. For this parent, that means a great deal.


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