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Letters Published in December 3, 2008 Issue
December 3, 2008 - Letter submitted by Mike Alter, Post 152 commander; Jerry Jordon, Post 152 Board of Trustees chairman; Darrell Haines, Post 152 adjutant
Knightstown American Legion Post 152 would like to thank the many volunteers, both members and non-members, for their hard work during our Thanksgiving dinner. The American Legion would also like to thank the Legion Auxiliary for the pies, and the Legion, Auxiliary and SAL members who were there for the entire process. The American Legion family very much appreciates the support from the community and we’re happy to have this opportunity to join with the community in celebrating another Thanksgiving together. This is a tradition that has endured for many years.
And since we have been in our new facility, we can serve the elderly and handicapped citizens easier than we could in our old building. Counting home deliveries to shut-ins, we were able to serve well over 300 meals. We hope to see this grow more each year.
December 3, 2008 - Letter submitted by Barb Mofield, Knightstown
We all know that Knightstown is a great place to live. However we need to work on our image to outsiders.
Driving through Knightstown this fall has brought to attention the amount of leaves in our town, may of which haven't been raked. If we had an organized plan for leaf collection, it would make our town more impressive to everyone.
If the town was divided into 4 zones and leaf collection was assigned by zone by day, then everyone would know which day to have their leaves raked and out for collection. Zone 1 could be from Main Street north and Jefferson Street east; Zone 2 from Main Street north and Jefferson Street west; Zone 3 from Main Street south and Jefferson Street east; and Zone 4 from Main Street south and Jefferson Street west. Collection could be Monday, Zone 1; Tuesday, Zone 2, Wednesday, Zone 3 and Thursday Zone 4. This would begin the middle of October and go through Thanksgiving week. The plan could be posted in the Banner so that everyone would know when the collection was in their area and would be ready.
Just the small thing such as leaf collection would help create a more positive image for a great place to live.
December 3. 2008 - Letter submitted by Nate LaMar, New Castle
Coming home from work on Thanksgiving Eve, I was shocked to hear news of terrorism in Mumbai (Bombay), a city I visit twice a year (most recently in October). As I write theses words, it is early, and details are still sketchy. The previously unknown “Deccan Mujahedin” claims responsibility. Along with the Oberoi, Trident (formerly Hilton), and historic Taj Mahal Hotels in Mumbai’s downtown, they also attacked two hotels near the airport (Grand Hyatt, where I have stayed, and Hyatt Regency, where I have dined) and some other locations across this overpopulated city.
For my employer, I manage sales & marketing in Latin America, the Middle East & Africa, and Central & South Asia. Therefore, my traveling companion is often a book, The World’s Most Dangerous Places. According to this book, India has had primarily domestic terrorism for years (mainly involving the state of Jammu & Kashmir, which is claimed by Pakistan), but it has not targeted foreigners – until now. These latest terrorists entered each hotel specifically looking for American, British, and Israeli businesspeople and tourists to take hostage.
My employer forbids its employees to visit any country on the US Department of State’s Travel Warning list. As such, I have never been able to visit Colombia, and have been unable to visit Israel and Saudi Arabia since 2000, despite booming business there with my distributors. India has not been on this list, but may be added to it, even if temporarily, like Kenya. This comes at an especially unfortunate time, as we were to exhibit for the first time ever at a trade show in India in early March. The event, which is scheduled to take place in Mumbai, may now be canceled. New Delhi is India’s capital, but Mumbai is its commercial capital.
Hotels in India are typically walled, gated compounds, often surrounded by shantytowns with open sewers and homes made of cardboard and scrap metal. At main entrances, security guards open hoods and trunks and run mirrors under each vehicle entering, before opening the gate to allow entry. Once at the lobby entrance, you and your luggage must then pass through airport-style metal detectors. On occasion, you may even be frisked.
On my October visit, security was that tight in Mumbai, but not so in New Delhi. Farook Kharani Lam was one of my MBA classmates at Thunderbird. Farook was a Parsi (of Persian descent, but of the Zoroastrian religion) from India, who became a US citizen. While very pro-American, he could not hide his contempt for the British. He referred to Pakistan as “the bastard child of the British Empire.” By this, he meant that Pakistan (and Bangladesh) were illegitimately created by the British partition of 1947, just to weaken India, as all three countries had been part of greater British India. Farook claimed that the British created this artificial division between Hindus and Muslims, which previously did not exist, as Hindus and Muslims in greater British India got along well with each other.
Despite the partition of 1947, while not a Muslim-majority nation, India still has the largest Muslim population of any country in the world. Based on its name, the Deccan Mujahedin would be a southern Indian (Deccan plateau) Muslim terrorist organization. As of this writing, it is still too early to know if this organization has any ties to al-Qaeda or any other more well-known, international terrorist organizations. Over the past decade, I have been fortunate to see India first-hand, as it gives up 50 years of socialism to slowly emerge as a global economic power. Along the way, bit-by-bit, India has been reversing the tide of its brain drain, as many from the global Indian diaspora return. Let’s hope that this latest terrorist incident, specifically targeting the international business community, does not set India’s progress back.
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