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 Letters Published in May 21, 2008 Issue



 May 21, 2008 - Letter submitted by Angela Tielking, Knightstown

I have been reading the letters to the editor with interest the last couple of weeks in regard to the custom of pulling off the side of the road (both sides) to let a funeral procession pass. After Rita McBride's letter last week, I feel I must comment.

I also grew up in Fortville and did not grow up observing this "custom". As I became older, and as I began to pay attention, I noticed this "custom" and thought how wonderful, thoughtful, caring and respectful it was to the deceased and the mourners. So I began participating in this "custom" and I have noticed a majority of the people do it as well.

There is a quote that I have read many times. "If you cannot respect the dead, then how can you respect the living?" You do not need a law to tell you how to respect people, both alive and dead. Mr. Hoepf, do we honestly need the government to tell us how to do that? Respect and caring comes from our heart and our conscience.

Not stopping for a funeral procession does, in my opinion, show disrespect. It shows that you and your time are more important than those passing by you. I think Ms. McBride, you need to reanalyze your priorities and I hope you get them straight. May peace be with you and may God soften your heart.



 May 21, 2008 - Letter submitted by Knightstown Athletic Boosters

At this time, the Knightstown Athletic Boosters Club would like to express our thanks to the many volunteers that make the boosters the successful and supportive group that it is. The monies that this group generates help in many areas for our student athletes. Thanks goes to Cheryl Hammer for chairing the football concessions and Denise Titus for the baseball concessions; Tony Ortman, Kelly Hall and Nina Smith for selling ads and printing the fall and winter athletic program books.

We would like to thank the many volunteers not mentioned who worked in the concession stands, sat in the dunk tank and helped with our membership drive during Jubilee Days. Without all of these willing and wonderful people, we would not be the great group that we are. Lastly, we thank the community for your continued support in all of our endeavors.



 May 21, 2008 - Letter submitted by Tim Wehr, CAB School Board

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who supported the campaign for change. I would like to thank all of you who campaigned on my behalf at the polls and to those of you who went door to door. While it is impossible to name everyone, a special thanks needs to go to Don Stoten, Jamie and Nora Maxwell, Jim and Janet Hope, Bob and Carolyn Myers and Juanetta Dunn. Without your help none of this would be possible.

The work has just begun and I am eager to begin. Thanks for all of your support and it will be an honor to serve you.



 May 21, 2008 - Letter submitted by Norma Kerr, Knightstown

I am writing this letter as a result of a situation I have been dealing with recently. The anniversary date of my father's death was approaching and I wanted to decorate his headstone. Being a "crafty" person, I purchased the flowers and made the arrangement myself. I placed the flowers on his grave on May 1. I returned to the cemetery on May 5 to find the arrangement gone.

Needless to say, I was very upset. It had only been four days and they were already missing. This was not the first time this has happened, but I decided I was not going to sit idly by and let it happen again.

After filing a report with the police and looking through several local cemeteries, I returned to the cemetery where my father is buried. It is very disheartening to have this happen, but what makes it worse is to find your flowers on someone else's headstone.

It takes a pretty lowdown person to steal flowers off of graves, but even more unbelievable is that they would have the guts to put them on a grave in the same cemetery. Did they think no one would notice? Well, they were wrong.

I would like for the community to also take notice of what is happening. I know I am not the only one that has had this experience. If you are unfortunate enough to have this happen to you, please take the time to report it. Maybe if we bring enough attention to this problem, we can stop the rotten thieves from doing it again.



 May 21, 2008 - Letter submitted by Joe Mueller, Knightstown

This letter is in response to "Inside the Chrome Dome" by Ty Swincher in last week's Banner.

Yes, we have a drug problem in our park. In fact, we have a drug problem all over his town. It gets to a good start everyday at our schools, which our school board does nothing about. Then, when school lets out, the closest place to go is the park.

I've been retired from the town for five years now, but the last three of those years I walked and took care of the park, cutting grass, picking up trash and trying to keep it looking like a park. As for the drugs, yes, I used to find needles also.

The police can't do it by themselves. With many of the kids who do illegal things in the park using cell phones to let each other know where the police are, law enforcement needs lots of help from the neighborhood crime watch group and from each one of us. It takes more than just parents to raise kids - it takes a whole town. We need to look after one another. And it's not just kids doing drugs - there's a lot of grown-ups, too.

Drugs are not just the police department's problem. It's a town problem, one that can be beat if we all make the effort to do whatever it takes to help police get the job done.

On a related point, the more we keep thinks picked up in and in proper repair, the less people tend to throw trash down on the ground or tear stuff up. Up by the playground equipment, a small place was built a few years ago for people to sit in the shade while their kids play on the swings, etc. Last summer, I saw where someone had broken some of the lattice slats out of it. As of last week, repairs were still needed, only more so now. That lattice could be fixed for $20 to $30. Why doesn't the park board fix it?



 May 21, 2008 - Letter submitted by Knightstown Postal Employees

The Knightstown Post Office would like to thank everyone who participated in the National Letter Carrier's Food Drive on May 10, 2008. Special thanks go out to the Clever Clovers 4-H Club and Boy Scout Troop 333, for helping to collect the food. All of our helpers did a wonderful job and we appreciate your help. A total of 1,130 pounds of food was collected and taken to the local food pantry that serves Knightstown and the surrounding areas. A big THANKS to all of the Knightstown residents that donated food.



 May 21, 2008 - Letter submitted by Don Villwock, president - Indiana Farm Bureau and Knox County farmer

There has been a lot of rhetoric about the new farm bill, H.R. 2419, which was passed last week by both the U.S. House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support. Much of that rhetoric has been inaccurate. It seems that even in a major agricultural state such as Indiana, many people have little understanding of the farm bill, its importance to farmers both large and small, and its importance to everybody who is interested in conservation and in food aid for the needy - and to everybody who eats.

As has been pointed out repeatedly, the bill is a $300 billion package. However, what few people seem to notice is that almost all of that money goes to non-farm programs: food assistance and nutrition programs for needy Americans, programs to help conserve our natural resources, food safety and support for rural communities.

Only 17 percent of the package is devoted to the farm safety net - which makes up just ¼ of 1 percent (0.25 percent) of the federal budget.

Funding for hunger relief programs is why America's Second Harvest, the nation's food-bank network, asked contributors to lobby in favor of this farm bill. (The news release can be found at The bill includes a strong nutrition title with $250 million a year in funding, indexed for inflation, for the Emergency Food Assistance Program and significant improvements in the Food Stamp Program.

Another factor that is ignored is what Americans are getting for their farm program dollars. Direct payments aren't handed out freely - they compensate farmers for protecting wetlands and highly erodible land, providing environmental benefits the rest of America wants.

The bill cuts deeply into basic financial support for farmers while still providing food security for the nation. The five-year total for commodity-type supports is slashed to about $48 billion - about half the $95 billion in the previous farm bill. In addition, payment limitations have been significantly strengthened. Those looking for substantial reform have found it in this bill.

Another factor often ignored is: What would have happened if Congress hadn't passed this bill? The most likely alternative would have been extending the current bill, which would have been even more expensive since it does not include the reforms. Wouldn't that have been fiscally irresponsible?

Therefore, Farm Bureau applauds the members of Indiana's congressional delegation who helped pass this bill, which is good for Indiana agriculture, consumers and the environment.


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