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Letters Published in February 11, 2009 Issue
February 11, 2009 - Letter submitted by Jerry L. Jordon, President, Knightstown Home Foundation
Since the announcement was made by Dr. Monroe of the Department of Health to close the Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home at Knightstown I think it is important for the citizens of Indiana to know that many people and organizations are working tirelessly to stop this decision. The Home’s alumni association and the American Legion are working together on various fronts to convince our government officials that they are making a very serious mistake.
The American Legion for many years has felt it a duty and obligation to look after the welfare of veterans' children. The state, I feel, has an obligation to look after the welfare of all its children.
When Dr. Monroe and Governor Daniels decide to close the Home strictly as a budgetary move, then I think they have failed all the children of this state. The Department of Health claims to have conducted a three-year study. Only when pressed for a copy of the study did they finally admit a study had not been done - only an assessment, and even it is full of inaccurate information as pointed out by the American Legion in a meeting with Dr. Monroe and some members of her staff.
I have in the past few days observed the governor on various news programs. He was barefoot promoting the donation of shoes. He was seen awarding money to state employees for being honest. And he visited an unemployment office. I admit these are very worthy situations for the governor to acknowledge. I wonder, however, how 115 children living less than a one-hour drive from the governor's office can go absolutely unnoticed.
I urge you, Governor Daniels, to make that one-hour drive. Take a morning or an afternoon and talk to these children, and perhaps the teachers and staff. Then do the right thing and put this facility back in the budget. Then do that comprehensive study. Many people and organizations stand ready to help.
February 11, 2009 - Letter submitted by Cort Swincher, Knightstown
I would like to thank you for advertising my two vehicles that I had for sale. I sold both of them in less than a week. It does pay to advertise in The Banner. I might add, though, that I actually had many people praying for this, and that always helps.
February 11, 2009 - Letter submitted by Lois Roland, Knightstown
It is time for the Knightstown High School Class of 2009 to start thinking about their future schooling and the first place to start is at the guidance office of the local school.
Much information for financial aid is now available and it is your job to seek it out. These organizations will not knock on your door and beg you to take their money. As graduating seniors, you need to look into this on your own and act accordingly.
There are scholarships that have been awarded because only one person applied. This is nonsense, as there are many students who need and want financial aid.
While searching the web, I found some rather crazy special financial aids. For example, there are aid offers for left-handed students only, persons with red hair, students who only made C’s, people with odd number mailing addresses, auto insurance customers, etc. Yes, it was a real eye opener. I just got on the computer and typed in weird ideas and found many different sites. Try it!
Again, you are the ones to look this information up and act upon it. Just because you do not make straight A’s, or are not going to “college” does not mean you are not eligible for these grants, scholarships, etc.
In these uncertain times, it makes more sense to go to vocational school for an occupation that will support you sooner. If you find the chosen occupation is not the one of your dreams, then you will at least have a way to make a living while you save enough to pursue your ultimate goal.
Get to the guidance area of your school and start searching. There is definitely a way to make things happen.
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