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 Letters Published in September 12, 2007 Issue



 Sept. 12, 2007 - Letter submitted by Cort Swincher, Knightstown

If I may, I'd like to say thank you.

I'd like to thank all the people who have showed love, compassion, and just overall caring for my daughter, BreAnna Hope Swincher. She underwent brain stem surgery at Riley's Children's Hospital in Indianapolis last Tuesday (Sept. 4) and is now home recovering. Thank you to all those people who showed they care. Thank you to the area churches for their prayer chain, and thanks to the teachers and administrators who have worked with us during this situation. May God bless each and everyone of you.



 Sept. 12, 2007 - Letter submitted by MainSource Bank staff, Knightstown

A great big thank you to the Knightstown police force. We had a problem with one of our alarms and they came immediately to make sure we were OK. They were very efficient and did not leave until they were satisfied we were all safe. We appreciate their dedication.



 Sept. 12, 2007 - Letter submitted by Brookelynn and the Atencio Family, Knightstown

This past year has been very difficult! We've lost everything through fire, our family was torn apart, and legal charges that were filed were dropped. It was our friends, family and churches, especially Brandywine, Greensboro Nazarene, Shirley Church of God, and Community Baptist of Knightstown who helped us. We truly could not be at peace and in a loving home again without all of your help. With our utmost respect and love, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.



 Sept. 12, 2007 - Letter submitted by Joe Mueller, Knightstown

This past week, I went to the new American Legion hall on Main Street for lunch. I was very impressed by it all. We, as a town, really have something to be proud of. If you haven't been inside yet, you're missing a lot. You need to stop in and see for yourself, and if you're not a member, you should join if you can.

Also, one day, after a very good meal at the Legion, I went over to the veterans memorial to just look and do some thinking. The memorial is also very nice. As I looked around and read some of the bricks with our veterans' names, I found my own, my father's, my brother's, and also my best friend in high school, Scott Cook's. As the saying goes, "all gave some, some gave all." My best friend Scott gave all. He was killed in the war.

You know veterans are not about nice buildings to go eat at or a memorial where you can sit and talk to others. Veterans are about our freedom. They have fought in wars and served in peace time to keep our country safe - safe for you and me. Our freedom comes at a high price, and with that freedom comes many things. We can live anywhere, go anywhere, and make our lives as good as we are willing to work for. And if we don't like the way our government is run, we can also change that by voting. Yes, our veterans fought and served, most of all, to make sure we have the right to vote.

Knightstown is a great place to live, but like most towns nowadays, there are a few things wrong. In November, we have a chance to vote for the first time in more than 20 years for three new town board members. The three new men running are really good people of this town, very honest and truthful - something we need very badly on the town board.

So, if you're not registered to vote, you have until October 9 to do so. And don't forget to vote. If you're one of those people who say, "Why should I vote?" well, just go up to the town square and walk around the veterans memorial. Look at all the bricks that line the walkway - each one of them is a good reason why you should vote.

As my father always said, "If you don't vote, then don't complain," and "If enough people don't use their right to vote, someday we may not have that right."

In closing, I want to say that the next time you see a veteran, shake their hand and tell them thanks. Don't forget to vote.



 Sept. 12, 2007 - Letter submitted by Jim Purucker, Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of Indiana

As teenagers begin classes, both in high school and college, parents and other adults have a responsibility to ensure kids are educated about the dangers of alcohol.

According to The Century Council, 65 percent of underage youth who drink obtain alcohol from family and friends. For parents whose teens are off to college, educating kids on the risks of minor consumption and binge drinking is imperative. For teens still living at home, all necessary precautions should be taken to keep your kids safe. This includes ensuring that alcohol cannot be easily accessed inside the home.

Although the suggested time to start talking to your kids about alcohol is age 12, it is never too late to have this conversation. There are many ways to approach this - you can practice saying "no" in uncomfortable situations, set firm rules, explain the legal and real-life consequences of underage drinking, and set a good example by being responsible if you drink.

As kids go back to school, the social pressure to drink increases. Educating teenagers on the risks of alcohol increases the likeliness that they will make the best decisions when facing these situations.


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