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 Letters Published in April 15, 2009 Issue




 April 15, 2009 - Letter submitted by Mary Lou Hayes, Knightstown

 Dear Editor,

“Etiquette – Cell Phones – Texting”

Sounds like the making of a best seller. These new gadgets have created a whole new level of rudeness. I am sure many people can identify with this scenario. You have gone out to dinner with one or more people. Their cell phone rings. They answer. They talk, talk talk. Obviously, they do not care about the feelings of others. Nor do they realize what an intrusion they cause to others at the table, or at other tables.

The other day I heard about a gentleman’s finances, how much he has in how many banks and his codes. I know his address, home, work and cell numbers. I know how long he has been having trouble with which company, where it is located, what has happened to him, what was done about it and how much it cost. Seriously, are these people so self-absorbed in their own lives, or do they not realize what vital information can be remembered by others?

I empathize with people who have been hit, bumped into, ignored, cut-off short in the middle of a conversation, embarrassed or made to feel like a miniscule piece of nothingness – all because of a cell phone ringing and the person answering it.

Oh, here’s another one. How about those people who have their cell phones on “vibrate”, waiting to be picked up, so the person can read their text message? They pick up their cell phone and text message back! Back and forth it goes. Now the scary part is this: 1) are they students in a classroom who are supposed to be listening to a teacher? 2) are they in a work environment where they need to be paying attention to what they are doing? In a factory with dangerous machinery? A healthcare worker who is taking care of patients while a supervisor gives them orders? A driver for a company on the freeway? The receptionist who needs to be getting the messages straight?

The list could go on and on.

Long story short: It is rude. It is the same as whispering to someone when there are other people around. It is especially rude when the people texting each other are in the same room with other people – and these other people are aware of it. The ultimate rude is when they make eye contact and giggle and retext each other.

Anybody been there, done that, witnessed it? I just want people to be aware of what they are doing and how the message can be construed.

Lastly, if you do not want your personal information to be known by others, be careful what website you put it on.


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 April 15, 2009 - Letter submitted by John Swartz, Knightstown

 Dear Editor,

It must be pretty tough for Mr. Swincher to pull off a joke these days. How much of his front page article is not fact - somewhere? Mr. Swincher said "If it sounds like it's a little on the crazy side, it might just be that," true, but it might just be true. Crazy enough to be true. I'm looking forward to the mural; which building was selected?


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 April 15, 2009 - Letter submitted by Ronald E. Short, Knightstown

 Dear Editor,

It seems that there is more heat than light being generated regarding the Home. But I think it is a very simple. For several years the Home has been neglected by those responsible for it. It was evidently targeted for closure and then neglected enough and under-utilized enough to place it in a questionable basis. The cost per student was cited as being far too high. But one of the articles used IPS costs for a comparison. IPS does not have dormitories, full food service, health care, 24/7 house parents, etc. That article was a wonderful example of shallow, biased, incomplete, shameful reporting. If real comparisons are to be made, the costs of foster care and incarceration must be taken into account. The reports regarding the estimated cost of rehabilitation of the physical facility are, according to people at the home, grossly over-estimated.

But the really important reason for keeping the home a viable option for kids in trouble and at risk is their lives. Every comment I have read from alumni of the Home stresses the care and stable environment it provided them. I challenge anyone anywhere to find as caring and dedicated staff as there is at the Home. I have spoken with Scott, the Governor’s liason to the Department of Health, (ostensibly the decision maker in this matter), two or three times. He tells me that there is no longer a need for homes like this because there are now facilities for students needs in their local community. But I see that as the major problem. When you leave these kids in at-risk homes and schools where they are failing you only perpetuate and intensify their problems.

There was a story recently circulated about the 12 year old boy who was found dead of an overdose. He was left for twelve hours by his mother. Young peoples’ lives can be saved and redirected by the Home. This boys’ life might have been spared had he been in a stable environment like the Home provides. This boys’ blood is on your hands Scott, and on the hands of all those whose tactics you have reported to me; legislative, bureaucratic, and especially the Department of Health. How many more young lives will end or be permanently scarred by the failure of those responsible to fully utilize this much-needed facility? There will be much more blood for the hands of you and those like you, Scott. How are you going to live with it?


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 April 15, 2009 - Letter submitted by Heidi Carmichael, Knightstown

 Dear Editor,

The friends and family (too many to list) of Crysten Butler-Williams and Jett Williams would like to thank the follow, who so graciously donated to the benefit that was held Saturday, March 28. With their help and the help of several volunteers we were able to raise $2,500 for the McNabb Park Playground Project in memory of Crysten and Jett. This project is a tremendous undertaking that without the help of many donations and volunteers would not be possible. Thanks again and hope to see you at future fundraisers. Please continue to keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

Contributors to the recent fundraiser included Charlottesville Lions Club, Knightstown American Legion Post 152, Knightstown Meats & Catering, Pic-n-Save, Lynn Denis and GasAmerica, Kelly Seybert, Cyndy Butler, Traci Morgan, Royal Hylands Golf Club, Boondocks Farms, Hoosier Outdoor Power and Farm Supply, the Williams family, Angler’s World, Culver’s, Home Depot, Kroger, Marsh, Total Tan, Express Car Wash, Jiffy Lube, Strike Force Lanes, Cookies to You, Ye Old Head Shoppe, Superior Mowers, Bob Evans, O’Charleys, Ponderosa, Montana Mike’s, Jim Dandy, Applebee’s, That Fun Place, Chicago’s Pizza, Jack’s Pizza, Tangle’s, Bamboo Garden, Holiday Inn, The Ivy Wreath, Bill and Helen Gorman, Jenny Smith, the Crawford family, CVS Greenfield, Greenfield Kentucky Fried Chicken, PC Remedies and Cassandra Steele, Sullivan’s Package Store, Super 8 Motel Greenfield, Hampton Inn Greenfield, Heartland Resort.

Thanks also to all of the friends and family who helped with organization, gathering donations, preparing and serving food, set-up, clean-up and all of the players. There are way too many to list them individually.


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 April 15, 2009 - Letter submitted by Terri Drysdale, Kennard

 Dear Editor,

Dearest Charles A. Beard school board members … with all due respect, I have some questions for you that the public, whether they realize it or not, needs answered. First, you have notified the Kennard Town Council of your intentions to possibly close the Kennard Elementary School? After all, the school is an important part of the town and the town board is the political part of the area, as are you. Second, you have sent home notices of your intentions to Kennard Elementary parents? They may have an opinion to submit to the publicly-elected board. They are entitled to an opinion, especially to a public-elected school board.

Next, there are questions concerning abandoned buildings. Will you keep any lights on? Will you need the building insured? Will you keep the lawn mowed? Will you keep heat on in the winter? I would expect any monetary savings would have to reflect these decisions.

Lastly, as publicly-elected officials you should reflect the area and the opinions of the people that elected you. Without admitting to the public your true intentions people cannot express their true opinions.

Personally, I would like the public to know all school board members’ phone numbers are listed on the Charles A. Beard website. Click “School Corp.” and then click board members. You have the right to give them a call; you elected them.


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 April 15, 2009 - Letter submitted by E. Roy Budd, Muncie

 Dear Editor,

Congress is considering the passage of the “Employee Free Choice Act” (S.1041) – referred to as “Card Check.” The proposed “Employee Free Choice Act / Card Check” is not “Free Choice,” nor do I think it is fair to the more than 100 million American workers or to business owners. It would severely damage the global cost competitiveness of American businesses at a time when their existence is most vulnerable.

I encourage you to carefully study this legislation before it is passed. Don’t let the ”Free Choice” wording mislead you. Both of my parents were union members – and I think they would agree with me.

The “Employee Free Choice Act / Card Check” allows unions to establish representation through a card check process instead of the secret ballot.

Here’s an example how the procedure works. Assume that the employer has 100 employees. A union interested in unionizing the workforce can go to employees to get them to sign union cards. They may tell employees that signing the card is only showing interest in the union organizational process.

They do not have to tell the employer or the employees that they are trying to win certification. Under card check, when the union gets 50% plus one of the employees to sign a union card they are certified – and that’s only 51 employees. In this case 49 employees may have no opportunity to exercise their rights to hear both sides, discuss and vote on unionization. Following certification, the union will offer a contract to the employer. If the employer does not agree with the union on the contract within 90 days, it automatically goes to an unsupervised mediation process where the contract may be forced on the business.

Union membership has been decreasing – today about 12% of American workers are unionized – with union growth occurring in the governmental sector. Many laws exist to protect workers – safety, age, labor, discrimination, working conditions, labor and more – an original purpose of the unions. Since Indiana is not a “Right to Work” state, when a business becomes unionized, all employees will be required to join the union and pay 1-2% of their wages as union dues – whether or not they support the union.

The “Card Check” process allows unscrupulous union organizers to threaten workers who may refuse to sign the card. Even when organizers obey the law, card-check allows organizers to manipulate workers by presenting only one side of the story and rushing them to make an “on-the-spot” decision to join the union. The organizers know the names and addresses of the holdouts, so they may return to harass the employees to sign the union card. The “Employee Free Choice Act / Card Check” (S.1041) does not offer free choice to all the nation’s employees – and does not truly represent if the workers want to join a union.

The government should not eliminate the rights of over 100 million American workers to vote in privacy with a secret ballot. Why are many in Congress supporting this bill? The unions and their political action committees poured hundreds of millions of dollars into the campaigns electing President Obama.

If the “Employee Free Choice Act / Card Check” bill (S.1041) is passed it would:

*Force millions of additional American workers to pay union dues under the threat of losing their jobs

*Reduce the number of jobs in this country by encouraging outsourcing jobs

*Place the American workforce in an unfavorable global position

*Eliminate the secret ballot rights of more than 100 million workers

Contact U.S. Senators Lugar and Bayh, plus Congressmen Pence and Burton to voice your position.

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