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 Letters Published in September 26, 2007 Issue



 Sept. 26, 2007 - Letter submitted by Amy Johnson , Knightstown

Knightstown: a great place to visit and a better place to live. I wonder if who ever came up with that statement has walked on the sidewalks in Knightstown? Recently, in the last few weeks I have tried to walk on the sidewalks in Knightstown with a stroller and it was a complete loss.

The sidewalks are uneven, cracked, chipped-up and just not easy to use. I also realized that most of the sidewalks are not handicap accessible. The only reason I know this is the pain of trying to get around the sidewalks with a stroller. There were so many times that I just gave up on the sidewalk and ended up walking in the street.

The other issue is overgrown brush hanging over the sidewalks that almost hits you in the head. Many trees have low branches that forces a person to leave the sidewalk and walk in the street. There are also places where sidewalks are completely overgrown with homeowners' bushes.

If you are a homeowner, please make note of the trees and overgrown bushes that are around sidewalks and help us pedestrians have an easier time taking a walk on the sidewalk.

To the town council: Maybe we should look at the issue of doing something about the sidewalks in town. I would just hate to see a person trip over a hole or uneven places in the sidewalk and break a leg. If you think that you have problems now, just wait until that happens. I also hope that the ADA doesn't catch wind of the condition of the sidewalks and the lack of easy access to them by a person that has a disability.



 Sept. 26, 2007 - Letter submitted by Greg Hochstedler, owner, Boondocks Farms

I want to thank a multitude of friends for their support for Boondocks Farms "Country Fest" last weekend. Without their help the event would not be the same. It is very humbling to see so many friends come out to actively participate in various ways for the event. It is comforting to know that you have a support system around you which you can count in times of need.

I won't specifically name the individuals, but they know who they are and what they have done for me and my staff. I just want them to know how much I appreciate their efforts, their time and especially their friendships from the bottom of my heart. I also want to thank all of my young friends, the youth of the community that have come out to the farm in overwhelming numbers to volunteer their time. On many occasions it was my young friends that took care of many duties and helped fix problems when they arose. It is great to see such a wonderful nucleolus of young men and women in our community. A special hats off to the kids that spend their timeout here. Thanks again to all for your efforts in making the weekend successful.



 Sept. 26, 2007 - Letter submitted by Bill Sitler, committee member, Hoosier Gym Community Center

The Hoosier Gym Community Center is available for your use as a gym and activity center. As the gym is not presently receiving local funding from Knightstown, the gym depends on income received from rents, sale of mementos from the movie Hoosiers, tourists' donations and fund raisers.

Chili lovers are encouraged to attend and participate in our chili cook-off on Saturday, October 6. Saturday, November 3, will be our annual pork chop dinner with the rummage sale held November 2 and 3. Promoters of the Nineveh Fiddlers and Fur Trappers have invited the Hoosier Gym to participate in their event September 21-23. Their old school, demolished in the late 1980s, was used in the filming of Hoosiers in 1985. We are very fortunate to have our Hoosier Gym, which was part of our school system's facilities from 1923 to 1987, a couple of years after Hoosiers was filmed. The HGCC of Knightstown is open for walkers and visitor tours during the day when activities are not scheduled, and the gym may be rented on an available schedule. For more information, please contact Helen Gorman at 345-2626.

The gym, with the support of the Knightstown Optimist Club, has an after school program for youngsters in elementary and intermediate school from 3-5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for a dollar a day. The Optimists will again sponsor elementary league basketball this year.

As the gym has expenses for such things as utilities, insurance, fire alarm and alarm monitoring, fire marshal safety requirements, building and floor maintenance, and the occasional unexpected surprise expense like painting and roof or window repair, your gym committee must charge a nominal fee. Maintaining our gym facility and the Optimist supported activities depend on the many volunteers who donate time and abilities to keep these programs available for our youth.



 Sept. 26, 2007 - Letter submitted by Jennifer Cooper, Carthage

For the last several weeks our Saturdays have belonged to Optimist Soccer, but this past Saturday, September 22, was very frustrating.

I have two kids in soccer this year and Picture Day was very chaotic for me. One had to be there at 9:15 a.m. and they were done with pictures in plenty of time for their game at 10. My second one had to be there at 10:15 and didn't get their pictures done till 11, which is when their game was supposed to start.

Surely there is a more efficient way for pictures to be done. Having all those kids waiting at the same time isn't necessary to me. I stood around with a lot of parents who were just as frustrated as I was about the whole experience. Picture Day last year was just as chaotic as this year. I've been told that the older kids had their pictures done the first or second week. Why can't the rest of the ages be split up also? Do preschool/kindergarten one week, grades one-two one week, and so on.

Don't get me wrong. I think the Optimist Club is a great program and I'm thankful that we have it, but there is always room for improvements and I hope that the Optimist Board makes next year's Picture Day a little more enjoyable.



 Sept. 26, 2007 – Letter submitted by Rex Bell, chairman, Libertarian Party of Wayne County

One time my younger brother and I decided it would be a good idea to stand in the chicken yard and throw green apples at cars that passed in front of our house. Neither of us had much of an arm, so we really weren't much of a threat to the passing motorists. When we saw Mom coming out to put an end to our pastime, I figured we couldn't be in too much trouble since we hadn't hit anybody. She didn't look at it that way.

I went to an anti-property tax rally last Monday night in New Castle. It was fairly well attended, and sponsored by a group called Advance America. I'm always glad to see more people and organizations coming out in favor of abolishing property taxes, and I have no reason to doubt the sincerity of the group's founder, Eric Miller. I do have doubts about whether the two parties currently in power will be able to eliminate property taxes without extreme increases in other taxes, but if we can do away with the property tax, we can worry about that later.

The recent fervor for abolishing the tax has come about because of the outrageous increase in bills in the last year. The number of homes and businesses that are in danger of being lost to the tax does have a way of rallying people behind the movement. But if property taxes are unfair when a thousand people lose their homes, weren't they just as unfair when a hundred people lost their homes? Or 10 people? Or one? Or none?

Libertarians have opposed property taxes as long as there have been property taxes and Libertarians. Not just when the government takes a citizen's property, but also when the government first decides it has the right to take a citizen's property.

So while I'm happy to see Mr. Miller and so many other people coming out in opposition of the tax, I have to ask, what took you so long?


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